Richard Gere

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Real Name: Richard Tiffany Gere
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth Date: August 31, 1949
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack, Producer

Richard Gere Biography

Humanitarian and actor, Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia. The second of five children, his father, Homer, was an insurance salesman, and his mother was Doris. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions. He graduated from North Syracuse Central High School in 1967, and won a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he majored in philosophy. He left college after two years to pursue acting, landing a lead role in the London production of the rock musical "Grease" in 1973. The following year he would be in other plays, such as "Taming of the Shrew." Onscreen, he had a few roles, and gained recognition in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). Offscreen, he spent 1978 meeting Tibetans when he traveled to Nepal, where he spoke to many monks and lamas. Returning to the US, on Broadway he portrayed a concentration-camp prisoner in "Bent," for which he received the 1980 Theatre World Award. Back in Hollywood, he played the title role in American Gigolo (1980), establishing himself as a major star; this status was reaffirmed by An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). In the early 1980s, Richard went to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador (amidst ongoing wars and political violence); he traveled with a doctor and visited refugee camps. It is said that he was romantically linked with lovely Brazilian painter Sylvia Martins. In 1990 Richard teamed up with Julia Roberts to star in the blockbuster Pretty Woman (1990); his cool reserve was the perfect complement to Julia's bubbling enthusiasm. The film captured the nation's heart, and won the People's Choice award for Best Movie. Fans clamored for years for a sequel, or at least another pairing of Julia and Richard. They got that with Runaway Bride (1999), which was a runaway success (Richard got $12 million, Julia made $17 million, the box office was $152 million, which shows what happens when you give the public what it wants!). Offscreen, Richard and Cindy Crawford got married December 12, 1991 (they were divorced in 1995). Afterwards, Richard started dating actress Carey Lowell. They had a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, on February 6, 2000. Richard was picked by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991, and as their Sexiest Man Alive in 1999. He is an accomplished pianist and music writer. Above all, Richard is a humanitarian. He's a founding member of "Tibet House," a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture. He has been an active supporter of "Survival International" for several years, a worldwide organization supporting tribal peoples, affirming their right to decide their own future and helping them protect their lives, lands and human rights (these tribes are global, including the natives of the Amazon, the Maasai of East Africa, the Wichi of Argentina, and others). In 1994 Richard went to London to open Harrods' sale, donating his £50,000 appearance fee to Survival. He has been prominent in their charity advertising campaigns.

Richard Gere Movies / TV-Shows

Isn't It Romantic (2019)
The Dinner (2017)
Norman (2016)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
The Benefactor (2015)
Red Nose Day (2015)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Henry & Me (2014)
Time Out of Mind (2014)
The Meredith Vieira Show (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
The Oscars (2013)
Movie 43 (2013)
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013)
Arbitrage (2012)
The Double (2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Running Man (2010)
Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (2010)
The Buddha (2010)
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Amelia (2009)
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore (2007)
I'm Not There (2007)
The Hunting Party (2007)
The Flock (2007)
The Hoax (2006)
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)
Dreaming Lhasa (2005)
Bee Season (2005)
Shall We Dance (2004)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002)
Unfaithful (2002)
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Chicago (2002)
Dr. T & the Women (2000)
Autumn in New York (2000)
The Early Show (1999)
Runaway Bride (1999)
Red Corner (1997)
The Jackal (1997)
The Daily Show (1996)
Primal Fear (1996)
Unzipped (1995)
First Knight (1995)
Intersection (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Sommersby (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Mr. Jones (1993)
The Making of '...And God Spoke' (1993)
And the Band Played On (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Final Analysis (1992)
Rhapsody in August (1991)
Maury (1991)
The Howard Stern Show (1990)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Internal Affairs (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)
Miles from Home (1988)
Biography (1987)
Power (1986)
No Mercy (1986)
King David (1985)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Breathless (1983)
Beyond the Limit (1983)
Frontline (1983)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
American Gigolo (1980)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
Yanks (1979)
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Report to the Commissioner (1975)
Strike Force (1975)
Kojak (1973)

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