Richard Gere is a popular American actor, philanthropist, s*x symbol and human rights activist. Some of his screen credits are “Pretty Woman”, “American Gigolo”, “Chicago”, and “Runaway Bride”. Born in Philadelphia on 31st August, 1949, Richard has been able to make a fortune over the years and maintains a massive $100M net worth. His father worked as an insurance agent while his mother was a typical housewife.
Richard Gere debuted as an actor back in 1971 when he featured in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”. He also played Dany Zuko in 1973 – the lead role in musical Grease’s London stage version. He also took the role of Max in Bent which was a popular production from 1980. He debuted in the feature films in 1975 with his crime drama movie “Report to the Commissioner”. To follow that up, he appeared in some supporting roles including “Tony Lopanto” which he played in Mr. Goodbar in 1977. The first lead that he played was in a romantic drama titled “Days of Heaven” which was released in 1978. In that movie, he took the role of “Bill”.
After playing the lead “Julian Kaye” in his 1980 Romantic Crime-drama American Gigolo, Gere became popular as s*x symbol in the country. Paul Schrader directed that movie and it was Jerry Bruckheimer who produced it. He also starred against Julia Roberts in his 1990 romantic comedy that goes by the name Pretty Woman. Gere also secured Golden Globe Best Actor Award for playing Billy Flynn in his 2002 movie Chicago. Some of his notable movies include “An Officer And A Gentleman” which also featured Debra Winger, Arbitrage featuring Susan Sarandon and Primal Fear that featured Laura Linney.
Gere is also a Buddhist devout and he’s a co-founder of Tibet House which was founded back in 1987. The other co-founders include Philip Glass and Robert Thurman. Currently, he’s serving as a chairman of board for “International Campaign for Tibet”. He also established the Gere Foundation for reducing suffering as well as advocating for Tibetan people. He has also been in support of quite a few charities related to HIV/AIDS.
Richard is 5ft and 9in high and comes from English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, Dutch, French and Scottish descent. People magazine named him as “S*xiest Man Alive” back in 1999. The $100 million net worth has a lot to talk about Gere’s achievements in his career as an actor. He has had quite a few romantic affiliations that include Penelope Milford, Kim Basinger, Padma Lakshmi and Priscilla Presley. He married Cindy Crawford and the marriage lasted for 4 years from 1991 to 1995. Later, he tied bonds with Carey Lowell. This marriage lasted from 2002 to 2016 and they have a son “Homer James Jigme Gere” as well.
Gere also has 4 siblings named Joanne, David, Laura and Susan. He attended North Syracuse Central High School and then University of Massachusetts. He studied drama and philosophy but didn’t complete any of the degrees in these fields.