Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949) is an American
Richard Gere was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Methodist parents of Anglo-Irish descent. His father, Homer George Gere, owned a small insurance company and his mother, Doris Anna Tiffany, was a housewife; he has three sisters and a brother.
In 1967, Gere graduated from North Syracuse Central High School high
school, where he excelled at gymnastics and music (he played the trumpet).
He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but left college after
two years to pursue acting and a professional trumpet career.
Gere's first major acting role was in the original London stage version of Grease in 1973. He began appearing in Hollywood films in the mid 1970s, co-starring in the s--ual thriller, Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), and playing the leading role in director Terrence Malick's well-reviewed 1978 film, Days of Heaven. His acting career took off in 1980, with the successful film American Gigolo, followed by the popular romantic drama An Officer and a Gentleman, which had grossed over $100 million in 1982. Subsequently, he was the first man ever to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Richard Gere's career in the 1980s alternated between box office successes and failures. After the release of both Internal Affairs and the huge hit Pretty Woman in 1990, Gere's status as a leading man was again solidified, and he continued starring in solidly performing films throughout the 1990s, including 1993's Sommersby, 1996's Primal Fear and 1999's Runaway Bride, which re-teamed Gere with his "Pretty Woman" co-star, Julia Roberts. People magazine named him the "S--iest Man Alive" in 1999.
2002 was a notable year for Gere, with three major releases; The Mothman Prophecies, a horror thriller which received some decent reviews, Unfaithful, a solid performer at the box office, and the critically acclaimed film version of Chicago, for which he won a Golden Globe as "Best Actor - Comedy". Gere's 2004 ballroom dancing drama, Shall We Dance, was also a solid performer, although his next film, Bee Season, largely failed to find an audience amid the Oscar-contenders of November 2005.
Richard Gere is Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals' "Man of the Year" for 2006.
Gere was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995. He married actress Carey Lowell in 2002, after dating her for several years. They have a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born in 2000, and is named after Gere's father.
Richard Gere is a well known Buddhist and an active supporter of the Dalai Lama. He has also been a persistent advocate for better human rights in Tibet, and was a co-founder of the Tibet House and served on the Board of Directors for the International Campaign For Tibet. He also campaigns for ecological causes and for AIDS awareness, and has expressed his concern for AIDS problems in India, applauding president George W. Bush's involvement in helping the region.
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