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The No. 1 Entertainer of the Year 2011: Ryan Gosling

It's no wonder Ryan Gosling tops our 2011 Entertainer of the Year list -- just look at him!

This year was a stellar one for the handsome actor's career, as he starred in three very distinctive and character-driven films. First, Gosling finally tried his hand at comedy -- and displayed those gorgeous abs -- in the romantic dramedy "Crazy, Stupid Love," mixing it up with comic talents Steve Carell and Emma Stone.

Next, he starred in the tense indie gem "Drive," playing a loner stunt driver and part-time wheelman who finally finds a connection with a single mom (Carey Mulligan) just as his two worlds collide.

Finally, Gosling tackled the political drama genre in "The Ides of March," portraying an idealistic campaign manager for a presidential candidate (George Clooney) who learns some hard lessons about his chosen profession.

Check out these fun facts about our sexy No. 1 Entertainer!

Sexy Ryan Gosling Facts

He Grew Up Mormon

Ryan Thomas Gosling spent most of his early childhood in the town of Cornwall in Ontario, Canada. His family was raised Mormon. Gosling once told The Guardian, "We were pretty religious, it was a part of everything-what they ate, how they thought." His parents divorced when he was a child and he was raised mostly by his mother.

Child Star

Ryan first broke into show business on "The Mickey Mouse Club," alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. He was once close friends with Timberlake, and even lived with him during their stay in Florida to tape the Disney kids show.

Focused on Acting

When Gosling was asked by Backstreet Boys singer A.J. McLean to audition for the boy band, Ryan turned him down.

No Canadian Accent Here

At a young age, Ryan thought having a Canadian accent didn't sound "tough enough. I thought guys should sound like Marlon Brando. So now I have a phony accent I can't shake, so it's not phony anymore."

The Peacemaker

After working out at a gym in Manhattan, Ryan was walking home and noticed two men fighting on the street. The bold actor got in between the guys and stopped the fight. The entire ordeal was captured on video and put on YouTube. It has been viewed over a million times.

'Quiet Ryan'

Gosling is quickly becoming known as Hollywood's It Guy, with three hit movies released in 2011, including "Drive," "Crazy Stupid Love," and "The Ides of March." As depicted in "Drive," Ryan often chooses masculine, cool-guy roles that is sometimes light on dialogue. He conveys much of his character's emotions through body language, which prompted a humorous montage created by Funny or Die, called "Quiet Ryan." The creators of the amusing video wrote: "Sometimes saying nothing says so much."Quiet Ryan-watch more funny videos

Rapid-Fire Quiz with Ryan

Ryan sat down with "Extra" in September to talk about "Drive," and took "Extra's" Rapid-Fire Quiz! Did you know he loves Kazoozles candy? He also revealed his favorite chick flick... and it's not "The Notebook"!video platform video management video solutions video player

The Rachel Factor

Starring in one of the most romantic movies of the decade, Ryan was cast with the beautiful Rachel McAdams in 2004's "The Notebook." The two had undeniable chemistry on and off the big screen, with Gosling saying, "I mean, God bless 'The Notebook,' it introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But, people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that."

Dead Man's Bones

Of course Ryan Gosling fans know he can sing, from his days on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club," but the hottie also has his own band, Dead Man's Bones. In addition to his snazzy voice, Gosling also plays the piano and the jazz guitar. Dead Man's Bones released their first music video in Dec. 2008 for their song, "In the Room Where You Sleep." Watch!Dead Man's Bones-In The Room Where You Sleep (live video)Dead Man's Bones | Myspace Music Videos

Hey Girl...

Perhaps the funniest tribute to the actor is from a website called, F&%k Yeah! Ryan Gosling, which has photos of Ryan with silly captions that always begin with "Hey Girl." Gosling appeared on MTV promoting "Blue Valentine," and was said he had heard of F&%k Yeah! Ryan Gosling. The reporter handed him a few printouts from the site and asked him to read some of his favorite... see which ones crack him up!Get More: Movie Trailers, Movies Blog

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