Richard Gere

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

31st August, 1949







Richard Gere (born 31.8.1949) Richard Gere is an American movie actor, best known for his roles in films such as Pretty Woman and Primal Fear.

Childhood: Richard Gere was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Doria Anna Gere and Homer George Gere. His mother was a housewife and his father worked for an insurance company.

Richard Gere graduated from North Syracuse Central High School in 1967. At school, he performed well at gymnastics as well as playing the trumpet. Gere went on to study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he had won a gymnastics scholarship. He left university after two years, without graduating.

Career: Richard Gere's first professional acting job came in 1971, when he performed in a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Provincetown Playhouse on Cape Cod. His first major role, however, came with the original stage production of Grease in London, two years later.

Gere began working in Hollywood in the mid 1970s and in 1977 he co-starred in Looking For Mr. Goodbar opposite Diane Keaton and Tuesday Weld. This was followed by a role in Days of Heaven in 1978. The film was directed by Terrence Malick and also featured Brooke Evans and Sam Shepard.

Richard Gere returned to the stage in 1980 when he appeared on Broadway, in Bent. That same year, his career took something of an upturn with the release of American Gigolo. Gere took the lead role and the film also starred Lauren Hutton and Hector Elizondo. Over the years, it has become a cult classic. An Officer and a Gentleman followed in 1982. Featuring Debra Winger as the female lead, the film grossed over $130 million in its first year of release.

The remainder of the 1980s were not successful years for Richard Gere. In fact, it was not until the release of Internal Affairs (with Andy Garcia) in 1990 that his career got back on track. That same year, Richard Gere starred in Pretty Woman, alongside Julia Roberts. The film was a huge global success and grossed well over $464 million at the box office.

Luckily for Gere, these two films had helped to cement his reputation and he maintained a steady stream of successful lead roles. In 1993, he starred opposite Jodie Foster in Sommersby, the soundtrack to which was scored by Danny Elfman. Three years later, he appeared in Primal Fear. This highly regarded drama had a cast that included Laura Linney, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton, who received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role.

In 1999, Richard Gere took on a more lighthearted role, when he appeared in Runaway Bride, which saw him reunited onstage with Julia Roberts and Hector Elizondo. The film shared the same director as Pretty Woman - Garry Marshall - but failed to regain the glory of its predecessor.

2002 proved to be another milestone for Richard Gere. As well as appearing in The Mothman Prophecies (with Debra Messing and Laura Linney) and Unfaithful (with Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez), he also starred in the screen version of Chicago. Gere won a Golden Globe for his performance in the musical.

Richard Gere's next two films received a varied response. The first, a ballroom drama, entitled Shall We Dance. Co-starring Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon, the film raked in over $170 million. In contrast, his next film, Bee Season (with Juliette Binoche), was a flop.

2007 was a more successful year for Gere, as he starred in the comic thriller The Hunting Party, with Jesse Eisenberg and Terrence Howard. Later in the year, he featured in I'm Not There, Todd Haynes' semi-fictional Bob Dylan biopic. The film also starred Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. The following year, Gere released another clanger, when he starred with Diane Lane in the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe.

Personal Life: Between 1991 and 1995, Richard Gere was married to Cindy Crawford. He then married the actress Carey Lowell in 2002, with whom he has a son, Homer James Jigme Gere.

Despite being raised as a Methodist, Richard Gere is now a practicing Buddhist. He protested against the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, in order to pressurise China into liberating Tibet.

Richard Gere Lands His First Big TV Series Role

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 23 May 2018

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He is filming BBC Two drama 'MotherFatherSon'.

Richard Gere is set to make his first regular appearance in a TV series with the BBC's psychological thriller 'MotherFatherSon', currently filming in London and Spain. While there's no information about when the show will be aired, it's an exciting new career prospect for the big screen superstar.

Image caption Richard Gere at the City Harvest Honors

The 68-year-old Hollywood veteran will star opposite Billy Howle from 'On Chesil Beach' and Helen McCrory from 'Peaky Blinders' in this 8-episode drama mixing politics and power with crime and the media.

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Richard Gere And Alejandra Silva Have Allegedly Tied The Knot

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 19 April 2018

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The pair wed very recently according to reports.

Richard Gere has tied the knot for the third time in his life, just two years after his last divorce. The lucky lady is businesswoman and publicist Alejandra Silva. Few details have been released in regards to the nuptials, but if rumours are to be believed, they wed in Washington D.C.

Image caption Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva at 'The Dinner' premiere

The 68-year-old married the Spanish native (who is 33 years his junior and the daughter of the former Vice President of soccer club Real Madrid, Ignacio Silva) at the beginning of the month, and they plan to host a celebratory event for their family and friends almost a month later on May 6th back home in New York.

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Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend the presentation of the charity project 'El Retiro invade el Nino Jesus' organised by the Juegaterapia Foundation at the Nino Jesus children's hospital - Madrid, Spain - Tuesday 30th May 2017

Richard Gere attending the premiere of 'The Dinner,' during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival held at BMCC Tribeca PAC - New York, United States - Monday 24th April 2017

Richard Gere leaving AOL Build series - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 14th April 2017

Richard Gere at the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' "Norman" held in the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 5th April 2017

Richard Gere at the opening night of Miami Film Festival held at Olympia Theater - Miami, Florida, United States - Friday 3rd March 2017

Richard Gere Swaps Hollywood For Glasgow As He Appears At Red Carpet Premiere

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 February 2016

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Away from the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, Richard Gere was getting on with the serious business of promoting his new movie 'Time Out of Mind'.

Sunday was all about the Oscars for virtually the entirety of the movie industry – except for Richard Gere. The silver fox eschewed the annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles and opted for chilly Glasgow instead, where he was promoting his new movie Time Out of Mind.

The 66 year old Hollywood sex symbol, famous for his roles in Pretty Woman and An Officer And A Gentleman, was shaking hands and posing for photographs with delighted fans as he made his way into the Glasgow Film Theatre last night (February 28th).

Image caption Richard Gere at the British premiere of 'Time Out of Mind' in Glasgow

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Time Out Of Mind Trailer

George is a man whose life has turned upside down. With no possessions and no home, George lives on the streets of New York. His only family is his estranged daughter. Left with no other choice, George seeks sanctuary from the elements at Bellevue Hospital. Surrounded by other men all in similar situations to himself - and often much worse, there's little respite.

Living in squalid conditions, the only good thing that seems to be happening to George is he finds friendship with a fellow resident, Dixon. With a little help, George begins to get his life - or at least his mental state - back on track all part of a long process to mend his fractured relationship with his daughter.

Time Out Of Mind stars Richard Gere in an almost unrecognisable role. Gere recently admitted that when he was shooting scenes for the movie out on the streets, only two people recognised him and left him feeling invisible. He has since met with NYC Mayor to speak about the homeless problem the city faces.

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Video - Dakota Fanning And Richard Gere Among Arrivals At 2015 Tribeca Screening Of 'Franny'

The stars of 'Franny' - Theo James, Dakota Fanning and Richard Gere - were joined by the film's director Andrew Renzi and executive producer Michael Finley on the red carpet at the screening which took place at New York's Tribeca Film Festival 2015. Among other arrivals was Dylan McDermott from the TV series 'Stalker'.

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'Pretty Woman' Cast Reunites To Celebrate Film's 25th Anniversary, As Movie's Original Ending Is Revealed

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24 March 2015

Julia Roberts Laura San Giacomo Jason Alexander

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere joined the rest of the film’s main cast on Tuesday’s ‘Today’ show.

The cast of Pretty Woman were reunited on Tuesday’s edition of the ‘Today’ show, to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. Stars Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo and Laura San Giacomo joined director Garry Marshall for a chat with Matt Lauer about how they all came together to make the classic film.

Image caption Richard Gere is a newcomer in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

For Nighy, the biggest fear during filming was "killing the national treasure that is Dame Judi" while filming a sequence on a scooter. "This is the second time I've been on a motorcycle - the first was the first movie - and it's probably the last," he laughed. "That's enough for my motorcycling career!"

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review

By Rich Cline


A badly under-developed script leaves a fine cast without much to do in this sequel to the 2012 hit. Reuniting in India, the actors find moments of comedy and emotion that help make the film watchable, and the big Bollywood-style finale leaves the audience with a smile on its face. But the simplistic plot-threads never amount to much at all, which leaves the project feeling like a missed opportunity to deepen the characters and push the premise in more interesting directions.

Business at the hotel in Jaipur is booming, so managers Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) are looking for investors to expand into a second property. But this distracts Sonny from his upcoming wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), and she's not too happy about that. There are also two new guests (Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg) who may be important. Meanwhile, Evelyn (Judi Dench) is offered a new job just as she realises she might like to pursue a relationship with Douglas (Bill Nighy), whose ex-wife (Penelope Wilton) turns up unexpectedly. Madge (Celia Imrie) is struggling to choose between her many suitors. And Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are having relationship issues due to their lack of communication.

All of these momentous plots, and a few more, swirl around over the course of about a week, which means that none ever has a chance to develop. It also means that the characters are all so busy with their own stories that they don't interact very much, and what contact they do have feels rather contrived. As a result, the film feels like an awkward mix of disconnected slapstick, farce and melodrama. That said, these high-powered actors can hold together even the flimsiest scene. Dench and Nighy generate some lovely emotional resonance in their contrived storyline, while Smith finds some quiet pathos in Muriel's own journey, even if the filmmakers seem to have forgotten to hire someone to do her costumes, hair and make-up.

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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Captures Magic Of Its Predecessor

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26 February 2015

Richard Gere Dev Patel Judi Dench Celia Imrie Maggie Smith

Richard Gere adds even more star power to the 'Marigold Hotel' sequel.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had a tough act to follow. Its predecessor remains of the best loved British movies of recent times and its subtle casting, genuinely funny script and heart-warming narrative saw it gross over $130 million on a budget of just $10 million.

Richard Gere joined the cast for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The sequel - out in cinemas this week - follows the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel) who has his eye on a promising new property now that his Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a success. Judi Dench, Bill Nighty, Celia Imrie and Maggie Smith all return for Second Best, while Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig are among the new arrivals.

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