Richard Gere Biography

Richard Gere is a famous American actor and activist. This biography profiles his childhood, film career, life, achievements, trivia and timeline.

Richard Gere
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Birthday: August 31, 1949

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Richard Gere Philanthropists

Age: 70 Years, 70 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Richard Tiffany Gere

Born in: Philadelphia

Famous as: Actor & Activist

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Carey Lowell (m. 2002), Cindy Crawford (m. 1991–1995)

father: Homer George Gere

mother: Doris Ann

siblings: David Gere, Henry Januszewski, Joanne Gere, Laura Gere, Susan Gere

children: Homer James Jigme Gere

U.S. State: Pennsylvania

City: Philadelphia

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education: North Syracuse Central High School, University of Massachusetts

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Actor Richard Gere is one of the most popular Hollywood actors. Besides being an actor, he is also an activist. He entered the film industry with ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar’ and a starring role in ‘Days of Heaven’. Films like ‘American Gigolo’ and ‘Pretty Woman’, cemented his place as a leading star and he soon became a sex symbol. He has since starred in several blockbuster films. He has been honored with a number of awards and was named ‘The Sexiest Man Alive’ by an extensively distributed online journal. Apart from being one of the best-looking Hollywood actors, he reportedly is also one of the most expensive actors, charging around 5-10 million USD for each film. He also adds to his fat bank balance by appearing in commercials and endorsing a number of products. Acting apart, he is actively involved with a number of philanthropic organizations, which work for a number of causes including those affected by HIV/AIDS. He also takes up the cause of native tribes around the world. He is an ardent devotee of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and vigorously campaigns for the cause of Tibetan independence.

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Richard Gere
Childhood & Early Life
  • Richard Tiffany Gere was born on August 31, 1949 to Doris Ann and Homer George Gere in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • He studied at North Syracuse Central High School, where he shined in gymnastics and music. He graduated from there in 1967.
  • He then attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he majored in philosophy. He did not, however, graduate from the university and dropped out after two years.
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  • In 1971, he worked for the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Provincetown Playhouse, where he was cast in ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’. Two years later, he was offered his first big break in theater with the stage adaptation of ‘Grease’.
  • In 1975, he made his motion picture debut as ‘Billy’ in the film, ‘Report to the Commissioner’. The following year, he starred in ‘Baby Blue Marine’.
  • However, he earned his first big break in the thriller, ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar’ in 1977, which was lauded by the audience and critics. After the success of this film, Terrence Malick gave him a role in the hit film, ‘Days of Heaven’, the next year.
  • By 1979, he had already established himself as a bankable actor and was the first actor to play the role of a homosexual Holocaust victim in the Broadway Production, ‘Bent’. The same year, he starred in the film ‘Yanks’ as Matt Dyson.
  • Year 1980 brought with it good luck for Gere. His major motion picture breakthrough came with the film, ‘American Gigolo’, where he played the role of Julian Kaye. This movie earned him the status of America’s favorite ‘sex-symbol’.
  • He depicted his versatility with his role in the romantic-drama, ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’, which broke all records at the box-office, in 1982. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor’ for his role as Zack Mayo in the film.
  • From 1983 to 1988, he starred in a number of movies mostly unsuccessful ones including, ‘The Honorary Consul’, ‘Breathless’, ‘The Cotton Club’, ‘King David’, ‘No Mercy’, ‘Power’ and ‘Miles From Home’.
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  • His career stabilized when he bagged roles in ‘Internal Affairs’ and ‘Pretty Women’, both of which released in 1990. He re-gained his status as a leading actor
  • Following his role in these flicks, he went on to star in a number of other successful films including ‘Sommersby’, ‘Primal Fear’, ‘Runaway Bride’ and ‘The Jackal’, all of which released from 1993 to 1999.
  • Starting with the new millennium, he was nominated for a Satellite Award for ‘Best Actor’ for the film, ‘Dr. T & the Women’, which released in 2000. The same year, he was cast as Will Keane opposite Winona Ryder in the film, ‘Autumn in New York’.
  • In 2002, he played the role of Bill Flynn in one of his greatest films ever, ‘Chicago’. The same year witnessed two other successful releases, ‘The Mothman Prophecies’ and ‘Unfaithful’.
  • In 2004, he once again stunned audiences with his versatility in the dance-drama, ‘Shall We Dance’ opposite Jennifer Lopez. The movie went on to become a huge success at the box-office, grossing $170 million. However, his next venture, ‘Bee Season’ was deemed a failure at the box office the subsequent year.
  • In 2007, he was cast in ‘The Hunting Party’ and also played a part in the semi-biopic, ‘I’m Not There’ based on Bob Dylan’s life along with other superstars such as Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger and Christian Bale.
  • From 2008 to 2011, he starred in a number of movies including, ‘Nights in Rodanthe’, ‘Amelia’, ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’, ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ and ‘The Double’.
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  • He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor’ for the 2012 film, ‘Arbitrage’, where he played the role of Robert Miller. His recent works include ‘Movie 43’, which is a sketch-comedy anthology and features 16 intertwined storylines, released in 2013.
  • Apart from ‘Movie 43’, he has also appeared in ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ (a 2014 American science documentary television series), Henry & Me (), Time Out of Mind (a 2014 American drama film) and 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' (a 2015 British comedy-drama film).
Major Works
  • In 1978, Gere was cast in ‘Days of Heaven’, which was very well received at the box-office. Considered one of his greatest earlier works, the film went on to win a number of awards and was even showcased at the Cannes Film Festival. This was one of the first few films that established his acting talent.
  • ‘Pretty Woman’, released in 1990, is a romantic-comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. This is regarded as one of his major works, because he initially starred in a string of unsuccessful films. However, with this one film, he bounced back and cemented his reputation as one of the best ‘leading men’ in Hollywood along with establishing his lover-boy image. He went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Actor’ for this movie, which collected a whopping $463,407,268 at the box office.
  • In 2002, he starred in ‘Chicago’ a musical film that also starred Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellweger. The film grossed $306,403,013 around the world and he went on to bag Golden Globe Award for his performance in the movie.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 1978, he won the David di Donatello Award for ‘Best Foreign Actor’ for ‘Days of Heaven’.
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  • He was made the President of the Jury of the 19th Moscow International Film Festival, in 1995.
  • He won the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award for the film, ‘Red Corner’, in 1997.
  • In 2002, he won the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor’ for the film, ‘Chicago’.
  • In 2007, he won the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award for ‘I’m Not There’.
  • He was presented the George Eastman Award for his contributions to film on February 16, 2012.
  • He was presented the ‘Medal of Gratitude’ on May 12, 2012, by the Albanian President, Bamir Topi.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married Cindy Crawford in 1991 but divorced her four years later.
  • In 2002, he married Carey Lowell, model and actress, and they have a son together, Homer James Jigme Gere. In September 2013, they separated due to lifestyle differences.
  • From very early on, he was interested in Buddhism and has been an active human rights activist in Tibet. In order to get people to support his cause, he established ‘The Gere Foundation’ and also founded the ‘Tibet House’.
  • He is an active supporter of the ‘Survival International’ organization and also fights for the rights of indigenous tribes around the world. He campaigns for AIDS awareness and other ecological causes as well.
  • In 2010, he expressed his sentiments and deep remorse regarding the invasion of Iraq and mentioned that the pandemonium created was due to the poor, distasteful decisions of a very ‘poor president’.
  • This popular American lead actor and philanthropist of ‘Chicago’ fame, kissed Bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty on the cheek a few times in full public and media view, for which both actors were charged by court for violation of rules related to ‘public obscenity’.


Golden Globe Awards
2003 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Chicago (2002)

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