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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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Richard Gere - Opening night after party for The Glass Menagerie at Bourbon Street Bar and Grille - Arrivals. at Bourbon Street Bar and Grille, - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 14th May 2015

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2015 Film Society Awards Night

Richard Gere - Shots of a variety of stars were photographed at the 2015 Film Society Awards ceremony, This year's award recipients included Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who received the San Francisco International Film Festival's Irving M. Levin Directing Award. Also American actor Richard Gere was honored with the Peter J. Owens Award. The awards ceremony was held at The Armory in San Francisco, California, United States - Monday 27th April 2015

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Peter J. Owens Award: An Evening with Richard Gere: Time Out of Mind

Richard Gere and David D'Arcy - Peter J. Owens Award: An Evening with Richard Gere: Time Out of Mind at Castro Theatre - San Francisco, California, United States - Sunday 26th April 2015

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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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2015 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Franny'

Richard Gere - 2015 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Franny' - Premiere at BMCC Tribeca PAC - Arrivals at Tribeca Film Festival - New York, New York, United States - Friday 17th April 2015

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2015 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Franny' screening - Arrivals

Richard Gere - 2015 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Franny' screening at the BMCC - Arrivals at Tribeca Film Festival - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 17th April 2015

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


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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.

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During the interview the cast revealed some secrets about the movie, including that initially Richard Gere wasn’t keen on the part of Edward at all. "The joke was you could put a suit on a goat and it would work,” Gere said of his character in the initial script. “So I didn’t get it.”

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Dakota Fanning And Richard Gere's 'Franny' Leads The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up


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The line up for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was announced on Tuesday, with a diverse range of titles from features to documentaries taking part in the annual competition. This year, the best narrative feature category sees 12 films battling it out for the prestigious prize, while 12 documentaries from around the word will compete to be named best documentary feature.

Dakota FanningDakota Fanning stars in Franny, opposite Richard Gere

Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning’s hotly tipped Franny will have its world premiere at the festival. Directed by Andrew Renzi the film follows Gere as a wealthy, ageing eccentric who finds a new lease on life by working his way into the life of his late friend’s daughter (Fanning) and her husband, played by Theo James.

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


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.

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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


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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


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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


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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.

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


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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 Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin pitched the idea of a movie about a group of British retirees travelling to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel - maybe a tidy little profit and a healthy top up in DVD sales.

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Though Broadbent and Czernin acquired an extraordinary cast - Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Celie Imrie - and a clever, funny script. The movie took $136 million worldwide, on a budget of just $10 million. It was a hugely impressive comedy that paved the way for an immediate sequel.

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Trailer


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 (Dev Patel) wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), he is struggling to find the time to work at his hotel. With only one room left in the hotel, Sonny is confronted with an interesting situation when two new arrivals turn up - Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). With help from Murial (Maggie Smith) acting as the co-manager, will Sonny will be able to juggle his personal and working lives?

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Tourist Mistakes Richard Gere For Tramp, Offers Him Cold Pizza


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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 Station, as part of a scene in his new movie Time Out Of Mind, in which he plays a homeless New Yorker trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

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Gere was swigging beer from a brown paper bag when a French tourist approached him with the remains of her family pizza. Karine Gombeau and her family had just finished eating at a local restaurant when she saw Gere scavenging for food.

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