Ricky Gervais, who was born on June 25, 1961, is a comedian and actor from Reading, England. He received a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for his work in The Office.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the British comedian:
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Before starting his career in television comedy, he was a DJ on London’s XFM radio station. He also managed some bands.
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An unfortunate fact about his upbringing is that his mother was poor. His mother, however, tried her best to make sure that he had presents under the Christmas tree despite having to work extra hard the following year to pay off the presents.
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He has openly expressed his true feelings about lateness. In his words, “I hate lateness. I hate people who are late. There is no excuse for turning up late for anything. I’ve never been late for anything in my life. I was actually born a week premature, because I wanted to be early for my own birth. Being late is an insult to me.”
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It should be noted that the British comedian is the youngest of four siblings.
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Another interesting fact is that he considers comedian Jon Stewart to be one of his best friends.
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He made a joke about Charlie Sheen before he hosted the Golden Globes in 2011. He said, “It’s going to be night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast.”
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The famous comedian has made some questionable decisions in his career. More specifically, he has turned down roles in the 2006 movie Mission: Impossible III, the 2006 movie The Da Vinci Code, and the 2007 movie Ocean’s Thirteen.
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The notable animal rights group PETA is a supporter of Ricky Gervais. In fact, the group named a cow after him that was rescued in India. The reason a cow was named after him was that the group likes that Gervais appreciates animals.
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Another interesting fact is that he considers Woody Allen to be his favorite comedian.
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He has shared his thoughts about what the thinks about people who do not appreciate his work. He noted, “Someone not liking my work doesn’t mean I have to give the awards or the money back. People who don’t like your work have no effect on you.”
Chris Heath, “Boob Job: Ricky Gervais’s GQ Interview,” GQ.
Dave Itzkoff, “Ricky Gervais Would Like to Nonapologize,” The New York Times.
“The Website of Ricky Gervais,” rickygervais.com.