Richard Tiffany Gere was born on August 19th, 1949. He and his 4 siblings were raised in Upstate New York by their parents, Homer and Doris Gere. In 1967, he graduated from North Syracuse Central High School and began attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship. He majored in philosophy, but left after only 2 years to pursue his acting career.

In 1973, he landed the lead in the London production of the rock musical "Grease." This role won him other performances in plays, and in 1977 he gained onscreen recognition with a part in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" as Diane Keaton's one night stand. He spent 1978 traveling through Nepal, meeting Tibetan monks and lamas. He returned to the States, and got his big break in 1979 when he replaced John Travolta as Julian Kaye in 'American Giggolo.' His performance quickly made him a major sex symbol, and a major star. On Broadway, he won the 1980 World Theatre Award for his performance in the play "Bent," portraying a concentration camp prisoner.

In 1982, he played Zach Mayo in "An Officer and a Gentleman," reaffirming his status as a major star. The rest of the 80s were not as kind to his career, he played mostly small roles. He spent most of the early 80s traveling to Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua to refugee camps with a doctor.

In 1990, however, his career was jump started when he landed the role of Edward Lewis alongside Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman." The movie was a smash hit, winning the People's Choice Award for Best Movie. He and Julia Roberts were suddenly huge Hollywood names. His new stardom landed him roles in a series of hit films, including another pairing with Julia Roberts in "Runaway Bride." From 1991 to 1995, he and Cindy Crawford were married, but it ended in divorce, and he began seeing Carey Lowell. In 1999, he was named People's "Sexiest Man Alive." The following year brought more good things, and in February, he and Lowell had a son, Homer.

Gere is a devout Buddhist and a humanitarian. He's a founding member of "Tibet House," a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture. He's also an active supporter of "Survival International," an organization supporting the rights of tribal peoples. It affirms their right to decide their own futures and protects their lands and human rights.

  1. Chicago: The Musical (2002) .... Billy Flynn
  2. Unfaithful (2002) .... Edward Sumner
  3. The Mothman Prophecies (2002) .... John Klein
  4. Concert for New York City (2001) (TV) .... Himself
  5. Dr. T & the Women (2000) .... Sullivan 'Sully/'Dr. T' Travis, OBGYN
  6. Autumn in New York (2000) .... Will
  7. Runaway Bride (1999) .... Ike Graham
  8. Junket Whore (1998) .... Himself
  9. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (1998) (TV) .... Host
  10. The Jackal (1997) .... Declan Mulqueen
  11. Red Corner (1997) .... Jack Moore
  12. Primal Fear (1996) .... Martin 'Marty' Vail
  13. Shadow Over Tibet: Stories in Exile (1995) (TV) .... Narrator
  14. First Knight (1995) .... Lancelot
  15. Intersection (1994) .... Vincent Eastman
  16. Mr. Jones (1993) .... Mr. Jones
  17. And the Band Played On (1993) (TV) .... Choreographer
  18. Sommersby (1993) .... John Robert 'Jack' Sommersby
  19. Final Analysis (1992) .... Isaac Barr
  20. Hachigatsu no Kyoshikyoku (1991) (as Richado Gia) .... Clark
  21. Pretty Woman (1990) .... Edward Lewis
  22. Internal Affairs (1990) .... Dennis Peck
  23. Miles from Home (1988) .... Frank Roberts
  24. Power (1986) .... Pete St. John
  25. No Mercy (1986) .... Eddie Jillette
  26. King David (1985) .... David
  27. The Cotton Club (1984) .... Dixie Dwyer
  28. The Honorary Consul (1983) .... Dr. Eduardo Plarr
  29. Breathless (1983) .... Jesse Lujack
  30. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) .... Zack Mayo
  31. Reporters (1981/I) .... himself
  32. American Gigolo (1980) .... Julian Kaye
  33. Yanks (1979) .... Matt
  34. Days of Heaven (1978) .... Bill
  35. Bloodbrothers (1978) .... Thomas Stony De Coco
  36. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) .... Tony
  37. Baby Blue Marine (1976) .... Raider
  38. Report to the Commissioner (1975) .... Billy
  39. Strike Force (1975) .... Trooper Walter Spenser


Oh, and for any of you guillible folks looking around in the softlinks (which were there before this writeup): That gerbiling thing is just an Urban Legend.

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