Jul. 4th, 1943
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 9 1/2"
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- Listed on his birth certificate as Gerald Michael Riviera, born to Allen and Lillian (Friedman) Riviera. In his autobiography "Exposing Myself," Rivera said that he believed his mother was attempting to deflect future discrimination from her children by misspelling their surname on their birth certificates, as they were the products of a mixed marriage.
- His wife, Edie, was 'Kurt Vonnegut Jr.' (qv)'s daughter. His autobiography, written in 1991 is "Exposing Myself."
- The 1980s GI Joe animated series created the news anchor man character Hector Ramirez as a parody of Rivera.
- (1991) Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.
- Allegedly married first wife Linda Coblentz in part to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
- Siblings are 'Craig Rivera' (qv), Sharon Rivera, and Irene Rivera Hunt. Cousin is Wilfredo Rivera, adopted by Geraldo's parents.
- Exposed deplorable conditions in "Willowbrook State School", an institution for people with developmental disabilities, in early 1972. Publicity from the class-action lawsuit against the state of New York that soon followed was a major contributing factor in the passing of a federal law called "Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act of 1980."
- His fourth wife, C.C. Dyer, did not take his last name when they married.
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