Richard Gere

Biography

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.

Richard Gere: 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.

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.

Richard Gere: 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.

Read More

'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Looks Fantastically Watchable [Trailer + Pictures]

11th August 2014 -

 News

Forget The Avengers, The Hunger Games and The Hobbit, for it was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that ruled supreme as the true box-office success story of 2012. Fox were never expecting much when producers...

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

11th August 2014 -

 Video

Set eight months after the 2012 original film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sees the majority of the cast return India for this sequel from director John Madden. In the run up to Sonny's...

Tourist Mistakes Richard Gere For Tramp, Offers Him Cold Pizza

28th April 2014 -

 News

A French tourist mistook Hollywood actor Richard Gere for a tramp in New York, offering him a slice of cold pizza. Gere was dressed in a scruffy anorak rummaging through a bin outside Grand Central...

Richard Gere's New Lady Love, Who Is Padma Lakshmi?

24th April 2014 -

 News

Actor Richard Gere and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi are allegedly an item. Gere has recently ended a relationship with his wife of 11 years, Carey Lowell, while Lakshmi was married to novelist Salman Rushdie between...

Richard Gere Dating Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi On The Sly?

22nd April 2014 -

 News

Richard Gere has apparently found himself a new lady love according to new reports suggesting that the actor is dating Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. E! News claims to have confirmed the news that the...

Richard Gere Has "Been Quietly Dating 'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi

22nd April 2014 -

 News

Richard Gere has already moved on from wife Carey Lowell even thought their divorce isn't even finalized.The 64 year-old actor is now dating 43-year-old 'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi.Gere only split form his actress wife...

10 Actors Who Are Also Talented Musicians (Hint: Not Just Jared Leto!)

12th March 2014 -

 News

Those celebs are a talented bunch, sometimes even more than they let on! Lots of them are also skilled musicians on top their acting and directing day jobs. We bet you’ll never believe that some...

Richard Gere Joining Veteran Cast for 'Marigold Hotel' Sequel

31st October 2013 -

 News

Not only has The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel retained its all-star cast for the sequel, but another behemoth of the big screen has joined ranks. Richard Gere will star alongside Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie...

Richard Gere & Carey Lowell Gearing Up For Divorce, Lifestyle Differences Blamed

25th September 2013 -

 News

Actor Richard Gere and his wife of 11 years, Carey Lowell, are reportedly preparing to divorce after problems resulting from lifestyle differences arose. The pair have apparently been spending time apart but have decided now...

Richard Gere-ing up Indie Flick Role in 'Franny'

30th August 2013 -

 News

Golden Globe winning actor Richard Gere is to lend his considerable talents to the indie flick Franny, a film about a man who invades the lives of a newlywed couple. He very much plays ‘the...

Ever Wondered Why Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere Got Divorced?

14th March 2013 -

 News

Cindy Crawford has, for the first time, opened up about her divorce from Richard Gere eighteen years ago, citing the age difference as the primary reason for the split. The pair were married for just...

Arbitrage

1st March 2013 -

 Movie Review

Richard Gere delivers such a charming, layered performance that he overcomes a contrived plot that piles too many financial and personal crises on the central character. But Gere is magnetic, and the film's themes resonate...

Movie 43

25th January 2013 -

 Movie Review

A collection of random shorts that focus mainly on idiotic male behaviour, this portmanteau comedy is only occasionally amusing, never making anything of its astonishing cast. Frankly, we spend most of the time wondering how...

The Golden Globes Nominations, No Surprises for a Great Year of Film

13th December 2012 -

 News

The Golden Globes are one of the biggest film and television awards in the world. Winning an award from them will almost always top the C.V.s of anyone involved in film. 2012 has been one...

Pictures: Star Studded Governors Ball Sees Legends Honored

3rd December 2012 -

 News

Kristen Stewart was on the prowl at the Academy's Governor Awards but she'll have to go some to get Twilight an OscarHosted by the Academy, the Governors Awards gave plenty of Hollywood stars the chance...

Emma Stone's Sex Tape Does Not Feature Andrew Garfield

23rd November 2012 -

 News

Emma Stone's alleged sex-tape does not feature her Amazing Spider-Man co-star and current boyfriend Andrew Garfield. RadarOnline.com previously reported how a home video of the Easy A star was in existence, though the website claims...

Movie 43

22nd November 2012 -

 Video

If you were hoping for a romantic comedy with a harmless storyline, romance and inoffensive jokes, the here's a warning: read no further. 'Movie 43' is one of the most cringe-worthy and uncensored taboo-filled flicks...

Channing Tatum Is Sexiest Man Alive 2012, Ryan Gosling Fans Go Crazy

14th November 2012 -

 News

Channing Tatum has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012, beating the likes of Ben Affleck, Denzel Washington and last year's winner Bradley Cooper in the process. The result confirms the fact that...

Arbitrage

12th November 2012 -

 Video

Robert Miller is billionaire hedge fund businessman who at first glance seems to have the perfect life; successful, plenty of money, a supportive wife and a daughter/ business partner willing to take on the company...

Brooklyn's Finest

9th December 2009 -

 Video

Watch the trailer for Brooklyn's FinestOver one week everything changes in the lives of three New York City Police officers. In Brooklyn's Finest three NYC Police officers, with conflicting interests, face dramatic transformation through their...

Amelia

14th October 2009 -

 Video

Watch the trailer for Amelia Amelia Earhart was a true hero to many men and women, she was an independent freethinker who yearned to explore. She was the first woman to fly the Atlantic and...

I'm Not There, Trailer

30th October 2007 -

 Video

I'm Not ThereTrailerI'm Not There is an unconventional journey into the life and times of Bob Dylan. Six actors portray Dylan as a series of shifting personae - from the public to the private to...

Back to top

Richard Gere Images

More Richard Gere Pictures

Back to top

Richard Gere Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Richard Gere

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Young Fathers Win The Mercury Music Prize

Scottish trio Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Their debut album DEAD received the...

Young Fathers Win The Mercury Music Prize

Long Lost Orson Welles Film Could Be Released Next Year

One of the great long-lost movies of all time could at last be set for release in...

Long Lost Orson Welles Film Could Be Released Next Year

Taylor Swift Set For Transatlantic Number 1 Album

Taylor Swift’s chart dominance looks set to be total this week as midweek sales figures put her new album...

Taylor Swift Set For Transatlantic Number 1 Album

Marvel Studios Announce Nine Movies

In reaction to Warner Bros. Studios’ unveiling of their movie release schedule for the rest of the decade which...

Marvel Studios Announce Nine Movies

Michael Bay Changes Tack, Will Direct Political Drama '13 Hours'

Forget Transformers 5, or Pain & Gain 2, because Michael Bay is ready to...

Michael Bay Changes Tack, Will Direct Political Drama '13 Hours'

Pet Shop Boys Named Best Cover Version Ever

Veteran British pop duo Pet Shop Boys have topped a new list of the greatest cover versions of all time. Neil...

Pet Shop Boys Named Best Cover Version Ever
Advertisement

Neil Patrick Harris To Guest Star In 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

It’s been a hugely eventful year for Neil Patrick Harris as he makes the...

Neil Patrick Harris To Guest Star In 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Ed Sheeran's Fan Club Extends To The Premier League

Even famous footballers have people that they admire and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney...

Ed Sheeran's Fan Club Extends To The Premier League

Paolo Nutini Cancels Gigs Due To Tonsillitis

Sultry Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini, has devastated a legion of fans by cancelling a number of gigs this week as a...

Paolo Nutini Cancels Gigs Due To Tonsillitis


More recommendations

Comments