Richard Gere is an American actor, known for his outstanding performances in almost all of his films. He was born as Richard Tiffany Gere on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US. His father is Homer George Gere, an insurance agent, while his mother is Doris Ann, a simple housewife. Richard studied at North Syracuse Central High School and later attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, from where he majored Philosophy. However, he did not graduate and left after 2-years. Richard’s first professional work started in a theatre when he performed in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In 1973, he made his first major acting role in Grease (stage version).
He started to perform in Hollywood during the mid 70’s. He was originally cast in the 1974 drama film, The Lords of Flatbush, but was later replaced after a conflict with his co-star,
Sylvester Stallone. In 1977, he played a small role as Tony in the drama film, Looking for Mr. Goodbar. Richard acted in the lead role in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, in 1978. He was one of the first few actors to portray a gay character in Martin Sherman’s Bent (Broadway Production) in 1979, where he earned a Theatre World Award. He was starred as Julian Kaye in the 1980 box-office romantic thriller film, American Gigolo and in Taylor Hackford’s An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982. After the year 1982, Richard’s career failed to achieve box-office success.
But after his films Internal Affairs and Pretty Woman was released in 1990, his career status as a leading man was solidified and led him to appear in many successful films all throughout the year 1990 including Jon Amiel’s Sommersby in 1993, William Diehl’s Primal Fear (1996), and Garry Marshall’s Runaway Bride (1999). In 1997, he was also starred in the political-action thriller film, The Jackal, along with
Bruce Willis and Sidney Poitier. In 1999, he was named Sexiest Man Alive. In 2002, he starred in the supernatural thriller horror film, The Mothman Prophecies, in the drama thriller film, Unfaithful, and the musical comedy crime legal drama film, Chicago.
Richard earned the Best Actor for Comedy or Musical Award at the Golden Globe Awards. In 2004, Peter Chelsom’s “Shall We Dance?”, where Richard played as a lawyer, grossed $170-million around the world. However, his next film, Bee Season, failed commercially. In 2007, he co-starred with
Terrence Howard and
Jesse Eisenberg in the action-adventure-thriller film, The Hunting Party. He was also starred in the biographical musical drama film, I’m Not There, along with
Ben Whishaw, and more. In the following year, he was starred in the romantic drama film, Nights in Rodanthe, opposite Diane Lane.
He earned a nomination at the Golden Globe for his performance in the drama thriller film, Arbitrage, in 2012. Richard got married to the American model,
Cindy Crawford in 1991, but had a divorce in 1995. He married Carey Lowell, a model, and actress, with whom he had a son. Aside from being a good actor, he supports human rights in Tibet and in fact, he was one of the founders of the Tibet House. He is also the founder of The Gere Foundation.