Richard Gere

Movie Actor

Richard Gere was born on August 31st, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States and is the Movie Actor from United States. Discover Richard Gere's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 73 years old.

Other Names / Nick Names
Richard Tiffany Gere, Richard
Date of Birth
August 31, 1949
United States
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
73 years old
Zodiac Sign
$120 Million
Actor, Film Actor, Film Director, Film Producer, Human Rights Activist, Photographer, Stage Actor, Television Actor, Voice Actor
Richard Gere Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 73 years old, Richard Gere has this physical status:

Hair Color
Eye Color
Dark Brown
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Richard Gere Religion, Education, and Hobbies
He was raised in a devout Methodist household. But, while studying in the university, he discovered Buddhism and as the years passed, he moved closer to the Asian religion, until he became one of the most vocal Buddhists in the western world.
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North Syracuse Central High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Richard Gere Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Cindy Crawford ​(m. 1991; div. 1995)​, Carey Lowell ​(m. 2002; div. 2016)​, Alejandra Silva Friedland ​(m. 2018)
Dating / Affair
Loree Rodkin, Diana Ross (1966), Barbara Carrera (1970), Carole Mallory, Penelope Milford (1971-1978), Dawn Steel (1975-1978), Dalila Di Lazzaro (1978-1980), Barbra Streisand (1980), Tina Chow (1980), Sylvia Martins, Priscilla Ann Presley (1983), Kim Basinger (1986), Cindy Crawford (1987-1995), Julia Roberts (1989), Laura Bailey (1995), Uma Thurman (1996), Carey Lowell (1996-2016), Padma Lakshmi (2014), Alejandra Silva Friedland (2015-Present)
Homer George Gere, Doris Ann Gere
Joanne Gere (Sister), Laura Gere (Sister), Susan Gere (Sister), David Gere (Brother), Henry Januszewski (Brother)
Other Family
Albert William Gere (Paternal Grandfather), Hazel Snover (Paternal Grandmother), William Stanton Tiffany (Maternal Grandfather), Anna Rebecca Stevens (Maternal Grandmother)
About Richard Gere

Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor and producer.

He began in films in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and a starring role in Days of Heaven (1978).

He came to prominence with his role in the film American Gigolo (1980), which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol.

He went on to star in many well-received films, including An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), The Cotton Club (1984), Pretty Woman (1990), Sommersby (1993), Primal Fear (1996), Runaway Bride (1999), I'm Not There (2007), Arbitrage (2012) and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016).

For portraying Billy Flynn in the Academy Award-winning musical Chicago (2002), he won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast.

Early life

Richard Tiffany Gere was born in Philadelphia on August 31, 1949, the eldest son and second child of housewife Doris Ann (née Tiffany; 1924–2016) and NMIC insurance agent Homer George Gere (born May 7, 1922). His father had originally intended to become a minister. Gere was raised Methodist in Syracuse, New York. His paternal great-grandfather, George Lane Gere (1848–1932), changed the spelling of his surname from "Geer". One of his ancestors, also named George, was an Englishman who came from Heavitree and settled in the Connecticut Colony in 1638. Both of Gere's parents were Mayflower descendants, and his ancestors include Pilgrims such as John Billington, William Brewster, Francis Eaton, Francis Cooke, Degory Priest, George Soule, and Richard Warren.

In 1967, he graduated from North Syracuse Central High School, where he excelled at gymnastics and music and played the trumpet. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship, studying philosophy; after two years, he left and did not graduate.


Gere first worked professionally at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse on Cape Cod in 1969, where he starred in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His first major acting role was in the original London stage version of Grease, in 1973. He was one of the first notable Hollywood actors to play a homosexual character, starring as a gay Holocaust victim in the 1979 Broadway production of Bent, for which he earned a Theatre World Award.

Gere began appearing in Hollywood films in the mid-1970s. Originally cast in a starring role in The Lords of Flatbush (1974), he was replaced after fighting with his co-star Sylvester Stallone. He played a small but memorable part in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and starred in director Terrence Malick's well-reviewed drama Days of Heaven (1978). The crime drama American Gigolo (1980) significantly boosted his profile and the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) (co-starring Debra Winger) cemented Gere's ascent to stardom, grossing almost $130 million and winning two Academy Awards out of six nominations; Gere himself received his first Golden Globe Award nomination. For the remainder of the 1980s, Gere appeared in films of varying critical and commercial reception. His career rebounded with the releases of Internal Affairs (1990) and Pretty Woman (1990), the latter of which earned him his second Golden Globe Award nomination. The 1990s saw Gere star in successful films including Sommersby (1993) (opposite Jodie Foster), Primal Fear (1996) and Runaway Bride (1999) (which reunited him with his Pretty Woman co-star Julia Roberts). He also took a leading role in the action thriller The Jackal (1997), playing former IRA militant Declan Mulqueen; Gere affected an Irish accent for the role.

Gere was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1999. Not long thereafter, all in the same year, he appeared in the hit films The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Unfaithful (2002) and the Academy Award-winning musical film adaptation Chicago (2002), for which he won his first Golden Globe Award. Gere's ballroom dancing drama Shall We Dance? (2004) was also a solid performer that grossed $170 million worldwide. His next film, the book-to-screen adaptation Bee Season (2005), was a commercial failure. Gere went on to co-star with Jesse Eisenberg and Terrence Howard in The Hunting Party (2007), a thriller in which he played a journalist in Bosnia. He next appeared with Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' semi-biographical film about Bob Dylan, I'm Not There (2007); Gere was one of six actors to portray a variation of Dylan. He co-starred with Diane Lane in the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe (2008). The film was widely panned by critics (making #74 on The Times Worst Films of 2008 list), but grossed over $84 million worldwide. The film is his most recent to have been produced entirely by a major film studio.

Gere has expressed a belief that his politics regarding China, an important financial resource for major Hollywood studios, have made him unwelcome within Hollywood. He embraced his apparent exile from Hollywood and instead appeared in independent films that garnered some of the best reviews of his career. He was notably singled out for portraying businessman Robert Miller in Arbitrage (2012), earning his fourth Golden Globe Award nomination. Among many positive reviews, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone cited Gere's performance as "too good to ignore" and "an implosive tour de force". Lou Lumenick of the New York Post further wrote that he "gives the best performance of his career". Also in 2012, he received the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood Film Awards. He had earlier received an award from the 34th Cairo International Film Festival in December 2010.

Gere made a notable departure from his traditional screen persona with Joseph Cedar's political drama Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016). The film saw him portray Norman Oppenheimer, a small-time Jewish fixer. Gere himself described the character as an embodiment of the "sides of us we know are annoying and needy". His portrayal of Oppenheimer was called "consistently, completely fascinating" by and was singled out as a worthy Academy Award contender by Variety.

Gere is an accomplished musician, composing and performing the Pretty Woman piano theme and a guitar solo in Runaway Bride. He learned tap dance for his role as lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago, and karate for An Officer and a Gentleman.

Multiple film critics and media outlets have cited Gere as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

Personal life

Gere had on-again/off-again relationships with actress Penelope Milford from 1971 to 1978, and painter Sylvia Martins from 1978 to 1986. During those years, he was also sporadically linked with Tuesday Weld, Carole Mallory, Dawn Steel, Loree Rodkin, Diane von Fürstenberg, Barbara Carrera, and Barbra Streisand. He was accused of having affairs with Priscilla Presley and Kim Basinger in tell-all books written by Presley's ex-boyfriend Michael Edwards and Basinger's ex-husband Ron Snyder. He has also reportedly dated model Laura Bailey, Tina Chow, Dalila Di Lazzaro, and Padma Lakshmi. He was married to model Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995.

In November 2002, Gere married model and actress Carey Lowell. They have a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born in February 2000 and is named for his grandfathers as well as the Tibetan name "Jigme". In September 2013, the two separated after 11 years of marriage. They spent three years in highly contested divorce proceedings in New York County Supreme Court. The case was settled in October 2016. In early April 2018, Gere married Spanish activist Alejandra Silva. In August 2018, they announced that they were expecting their first child. Their son, Alexander, was born in February 2019. In April 2020, the birth of their second son was reported.

Gere's interest in Buddhism began when he was in his 20s. He first studied Zen Buddhism under Kyozan Joshu Sasaki. After having studied Zen for five or six years, he and Brazilian painter Sylvia Martins traveled in 1978 to Nepal, where he met many Tibetan monks and lamas. He then met the 14th Dalai Lama in India and became a practicing Tibetan Buddhist (specifically of the Gelugpa school) and an active supporter of the Dalai Lama.

Despite not being vegetarian, Gere has often been erroneously included on lists of famous vegetarians.


Richard Gere's wife Alejandra Silva, 39, posts rare picture of her and actor's, 73, son, three, November 19, 2022
Richard Gere's stunning third wife Alejandra Silva posted a rare picture of the couple's three-year-old son Alexander on Instagram Thursday.  The 73-year-old leading man and the gorgeous Spanish publicist, 39, appeared to be jumping for joy in the background as their shadows can be seen on the asphalt next to their adorable son. 'Daddy, mommy and Alexander,' Alejandra captioned the sweet image, christening her post with a single heart emoji.

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