Richard Gere’s biographyRichard Tiffany Gere is a famous American actor, a sex symbol of the 80s and 90s, winner of the Golden Globe Award, a humanitarian activist, known to the wide audience due to the films American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Final Analysis, Runaway Bride, Autumn in New York, Chicago, Shall We Dance, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, etc..
Childhood and YouthBorn on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia (USA), Richard Gere grew up on a farm in the suburbs of New York. His father, Homer George Gere (born 1922) was an insurance agent at the National Insurance Company and his mother, Doris Ann Tiffany (1924 - 2016) was a housewife.
Richard graduated from the school in 1967 and as a promising gymnast received a scholarship to study in college. He entered the University of Massachusetts where he began studying philosophy and stage direction but after the second year, he left the university because he planned to become a professional trumpeter. For this purpose, he settled in the music commune in Vermont but soon discovered that he did not like the bohemian lifestyle and went to look for work in theaters.
Cinema CareerRichard Gere’s film debut took place in 1977 with the release of Richard Brooks’s Looking for Mr. Goodbar, where he was given a supporting role and the lead role was played by famous actress Diane Keaton, who received a Golden Globe.
It is curious that in real life Gear's relationship with actress Debra Winger, who played his beloved, was rather hostile. In one of her interviews at the end of the set, she called him a brick wall and admitted that she had constantly felt the tension in communication with him.
In 1991 Gere played a small role in the Rhapsody in August drama - one of the last works by great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, dedicated to the memory of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Some newspapers blamed the film for being anti-American, since Kurosawa openly sympathized with the Japanese, not noting Japanese aggression in World War II. But the maestro didn’t agree: Governments, not people, lead wars between each other. In the picture, Richard speaks Japanese, which he doesn’t really know - he had to memorize all the cues by ear.
Views and social activitiesRichard Gere is a committed and consistent Buddhist. He accepted the religion and joined the practice in 1972 in Los Angeles and in 1978 he first traveled to Nepal and Tibet to learn from monks and lamas.
Richard Gere also works to protect the rights of indigenous tribal peoples of different countries, participates in environmental activities and the fight against AIDS. He supports the US Democratic Party and criticizes the war in Iraq: This war has become a tragedy for all. I really hope that the people of Iraq will be able to rebuild their country.