Richard Gere

Richard Gere

Age
64
Birthday
Aug. 31st, 1949
Born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height
5' 11"

Richard Gere's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies TV Show
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies
 

Main Movie Roles

2009 - Amelia
2009 - Hachiko: A Dog's Story
2009 - Brooklyn's Finest
2008 - Nights in Rodanthe
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2007 - The Flock
2007 - The Hunting Party
2005 - Bee Season
2004 - Shall We Dance
2002 - The Kid Stays in the Picture
2002 - The Mothman Prophecies
2002 - Unfaithful
2002 - Chicago
2000 - Autumn in New York
1999 - Runaway Bride
1997 - The Jackal
1997 - Red Corner
1996 - Primal Fear
1995 - First Knight
1994 - Intersection
1993 - Mr. Jones
1993 - The Making of '...And God Spoke'
1993 - Sommersby
1992 - Final Analysis
1990 - Pretty Woman
1990 - Internal Affairs
1986 - Power
1986 - No Mercy
1985 - King David
1984 - The Cotton Club
1983 - Breathless
1982 - An Officer and a Gentleman
1981 - Reporters
1980 - American Gigolo
1979 - Yanks
1978 - Days of Heaven
1977 - Looking for Mr. Goodbar
1975 - Report to the Commissioner

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Geno Papas
1
Zack Mayo
1
Himself
1
Himself
1
Himself (Voiced)
1
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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 (I) 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 their 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 (I) 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 Indians 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. He says, "If people lose their land, they have nothing. You lose your land, you lose your culture, you lose self." As for the duty of rich nations helping developing countries, Richard says, "This planet can't exist anymore unless all peoples are taken into account. The he suffering does not limit itself to one body; it goes through the entire body".


TRIVIA:
  • Stepfather of 'Hannah Dunne' (qv).
  • Is referenced in the 2001 hit song "Crying at the Discothéque" by Swedish dance group Alcazar.
  • Irish-American.
  • Is the second of five children born to Homer and Doris Gere
  • Some of his earliest photos, known as "head shots" were taken by boyhood friend and struggling photographer 'Herb Ritts' (qv). The people handling Gere were so impressed with the photos, they began hiring Ritts for other assignments and he is now a top photographer.
  • A Buddhist for over a decade, Gere was banned from the Oscars once after making anti-China comments on the air at the 1993 ceremony.
  • Worked with 'Nina Van Pallandt' (qv) in _American Gigolo (1980)_ (qv), and then played her lover 'Clifford Irving' (qv) in _The Hoax (2006)_ (qv), in which she was played by 'Julie Delpy' (qv).
  • In the three films that made him a star, _Days of Heaven (1978)_ (qv), _American Gigolo (1980)_ (qv), and _An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)_ (qv), his role had been turned down by 'John Travolta' (qv).


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