Richard Gere recipient of George Eastman Award

By Tucker Harrington

It was recently announced that actor Richard Gere will be honored with the George Eastman Award due to his contributions to movies and humanitarian causes over the years, according The Associated Press.

Gere will be presented with the award on February 16 at the George Eastman house, which is a restored home of the founder of the Kodak photography company, the news source reports. These awards have also be given to Lauren Bacall, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.

According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Gere has been in some iconic movies, and once was coined “Hollywood’s most successful male sex symbol” by well-known critic Robert Ebert.

Gere has been in more than 40 films, including “American Gigolo,” “Pretty Woman,” “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Chicago.” He also founded the Gere Foundation in 1991, which offers grants to public health, education and emergency relief in Tibet. In addition, he has been an advocate and supporter of the fighter against HIV/AIDS for quite a long time, the media outlet reports.