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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.

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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Unites Original Starry Cast With Richard Gere

Tags: Richard Gere - Judi Dench - Maggie Smith - Bill Nighy - Celia Imrie - Dev Patel - Penelope Wilton

After The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel earned nearly $140 million on its release in 2012, the all-star cast and crew were keen to reassemble for a sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel hits UK cinemas this weekend and arrives in America next week, adding Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg to a cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel and Penelope Wilton.

Richard Gere and Lillette Dubey in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
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

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

Tags: Richard Gere - Dev Patel - Judi Dench - Celia Imrie - Maggie Smith

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.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelRichard 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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At 80 Retirement Is "The Rudest Word In The Dictionary" For Dame Judi Dench

Tags: Judi Dench - Maggie Smith - Bill Nighy - Richard Gere

Dame Judi Dench has described “retirement” as “the rudest word in the dictionary”, as she promotes her latest film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Speaking to The Telegraph, the 80 year also revealed she doesn't allow the word “old” to be used in her house and as for “vintage”, well that’s on the banned list too.

Judi DenchJudi Dench in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“I don't want any of those old words,” the actress told the newspaper. “I like 'enthusiastic' and I like the word 'cut' because that means you've finished the shot.”

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Picture - Rome Film Festival - 'Time... Rome Italy, Sunday 19th October 2014

Rome Film Festival - 'Time Out Of Mind' - Premiere

Picture - Rome Film Festival - 'Time... Rome Italy, Sunday 19th October 2014

Rome Film Festival - 'Time Out Of Mind' - Photocall

Picture - Photographs of the stars of... Rome Italy, Sunday 19th October 2014

Photographs of the stars of 'Time Out Of Mind' as they attended a photocall at the 9th Rome International Film Festival

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