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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Richard Gere

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Famous For:
American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, Chicago
Networth:
$120 Million
Currently Known For:
MotherFatherSon
Famous Years:
1969 - Present
Birthdate:
August 31, 1949
Richard Gere


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  famous for:
American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, Chicago

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  networth:
$120 Million

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"I have made plenty of mistakes. The key to life is to learn from them. I have been a little too introspective, but I think that stemmed from insecurity or shyness. I took a long time to grow up." Richard Gere is an iconic actor who rose to fame in the 70s with his starring role in Days of Heaven. Since bursting onto the scene, Gere has turned himself into one of the most respected leading men in the industry. Among Gere's numerous high-profile roles are Primal Fear, Chicago, Days of Heaven, and Pretty Woman.

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Born in Pennsylvania

Richard Tiffany Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gere was born to Doris Ann and Homer George Gere. Doris Ann worked as a housewife while Homer worked as an insurance agent for the nationally known, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Gere's father had originally intended to work as a minister though job prospects had understandably not been great at the time. Gere was raised alongside a single sister.

Gere spent much of his early childhood in Pennsylvania. Gere would go on to attend North Syracuse Central High School where he made a name for himself as an athlete and a musician. Gere excelled at both gymnastics and trump plating which had to have made him one of the most oddly popular kids in school. Gere would graduate in 1967 before heading to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gere was able to attend college thanks to a gymnastics scholarship. While at UoM, Gere would major in philosophy while studying acting on the side. Ultimately, Gere would drop out of college after just two years, leaving his degree behind as a result.

Upon leaving college, Gere wasn't content to wait for something to happen. He immediately began performing at the Seattle Repertory Theater as well as the Provincetown Playhouse. Gere would star in an iteration of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. This acting role would launch Gere into the acting world where he would score a lead role in the London production of Grease (1973). Gere also made Hollywood history when he became the first known straight actor to play a homosexual character on Broadway with his work on the production of Bent. Gere would learn a Theatre World Award for his efforts.

Unconventional Leading Man

After jumping into the acting world via the theater, Gere became committed to the profession. Gere would jump into Hollywood with both feet out, landing in several films during the mid-to-late 1970s. Gere would get started in his Hollywood career with a starring role in Days of Heaven (1978) for which he was critically and commercially well-received. Gere would go on to work on American Gigolo in 1980 and An officer and a Gentleman in 1982, alongside Debra Winger. By this point in time, Gere was a certified star in Hollywood with six Academy Award nominations, a pair of Academy Award wins, and more than $130 million in box office gross for the films that he had starred in.

Gere continued his meteoric ascent to the top of Hollywood with one of the most respected runs in movie history during the early 90s. Gere would land a number of huge films during the era including star turning performances in Internal Affairs (1990), Pretty Woman (1990), and Final Analysis (1991). Gere would also land lead roles in thrillers like Sommersby (1993) and Primal Fear (1996). At this point in time, Gere was essentially at the peak of his popularity. He was named by People magazine as Sexiest Man Alive in 1999.

When the aughts rolled into view, Gere would make waves for his performance in the musical adaptation of Chicago (2002). The film would help Gere to win his first-ever Golden Globe Award. Gere would continue to perform with relative frequency following 2002's breakout hit, Chicago. He would appear in several prominent films over the next several decades including The Hunting Party (2007), Brooklyn's Finest (2009), and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015). Most recently, Gere starred in the miniseries, MotherFatherSon (2019) as Max Finch.

Outside fo Hollywood, Richard Gere has been a prominent activist and philanthropist. Gere was raised in a Methodist household, but he would convert to Buddhism in his 20s. This would lead Gere to travel to India where he would meet the 14th Dalai Lama. Since then, Gere has become a devout supporter of the Dala Lama with frequent visits to the country in order to support a variety of human rights groups. The former Pretty Woman star would go on to co-found the Tibet House US in support of the region. Gere would later be banned from presenting at the Academy Awards after he denounced the Chinese government for their human rights violations. Gere has since been banned from China altogether.

Richard Gere is currently married to Alejandra Silva after the two tied the knot in 2018. Gere has two children and is enjoying life as a semi-retired actor-turned-activist.

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