Richard Gere is a famous American actor. In the 1970s, he started making movies. In 1977, he had a small role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and the main role in Days of Heaven (1978). He became well-known when he played the lead in the 1980 movie American Gigolo. This made him a leading man and a sex symbol.
Films in which he has starred include 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 Modest Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016).
He won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago (2002).
Early Years and Education
Richard Tiffany Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Doris Ann, a housewife, and NMIC insurance agent Homer George Gere. Richard Tiffany Gere was the eldest son and second child of the couple. At first, his father wanted to become a minister.
Gere was raised in Syracuse, New York, as a Methodist. George Lane Gere, who lived from 1848 to 1932, changed the spelling of his last name from “Geer” to “Gere.” One of his ancestors was also named George. He was from England and came from Heavitree. In 1638, he moved to the Connecticut Colony.
Both of Gere’s parents were descendants of Mayflower passengers; among his ancestors were John Billington, William Brewster, Francis Eaton, Francis Cooke, Degory Priest, George Soule, and Richard Warren.
He got his diploma from North Syracuse Central High School in 1967. There, he was good at gymnastics, music, and playing the trumpet. He got a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied philosophy for two years but did not finish.
Is Richard Gere Gay?
No, Richard Gere is Not Gay and His Sexual Orientation is Straight. Gere dated actress Penelope Milford on and off from 1971 to 1978, and he dated painter Sylvia Martins on and off from 1978 to 1986.
In tell-all books written by Priscilla Presley’s ex-boyfriend Michael Edwards and Kim Basinger’s ex-husband Ron Snyder, he was said to have had affairs with both women. He also dated the model Laura Bailey, Tina Chow, Dalila Di Lazzaro, and Padma Lakshmi, according to reports. From 1991 to 1995, he was married to the model Cindy Crawford.
Gere tied the knot with Carey Lowell, a model, and actress, in November 2002. Homer James Jigme Gere, their son, was born in February 2000. His name is a combination of the names of his grandfathers and the Tibetan name “Jigme.” After 11 years of marriage, they split up in September 2013.
They went through a very contentious divorce in New York County Supreme Court for three years. In October 2016, the case was over. Gere got married to the Spanish activist Alejandra Silva at the beginning of April 2018.
In August 2018, they told people they were going to have their first child. Alexander, their first child, was born in February 2019. In April 2020, the news came out that they had had their second son.