For nearly 30 years, Gere has used his fame to speak for the disadvantaged and oppressed, from Tibet, to those living with HIV/AIDS, to the Coalition for the Homeless, which he works closely with in New York.
The actor recently traveled to a soup kitchen in Rome, and to the Italian island of Lampedusa, to meet with refugees who have been crossing the Mediterranean into Europe.
"A celebrity has this ability to shine a light on an issue," CBS News' Seth Doane said, adding, "It's also a huge responsibility."
"I have to know a little bit what I'm talking about -- that's really the responsibility," Gere replied. "That's why I'm going to Lampedusa. If I'm going to talk about refugees, I gotta be there."