Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor and producer. He came to prominence with his role in the film American Gigolo. He is the son of a Mayflower descendant and the grandson of George Lane Gere, who changed the spelling of his surname from “Geer” to “Gere”
About Richard Gere in brief
Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor and producer. He came to prominence with his role in the film American Gigolo, 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, The Cotton Club, Pretty Woman, Sommersby, Primal Fear, Runaway Bride, I’m Not There, Arbitrage and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. Gere was named People magazine’s \”Sexiest Man Alive\” in 1999. He has expressed belief that his most recent film, The China Syndrome, has been produced entirely by a major studio. He is the son of a Mayflower descendant and the grandson of George Lane Gere, who changed the spelling of his surname from “Geer” to “Gere” in the 16th century. His father, Homer George Gere, was an insurance agent for the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and had originally intended to become a minister. His mother, Doris Ann, was a housewife. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship, majoring in philosophy; after two years, he left and did not graduate. 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; Gere’s performance earned him a Theatre World Award.
He appeared in the hit films The Mothman Prophecies, Unfaithful and the Academy Award-winning musical film adaptation Chicago, for which he won his first Golden Globe Award. His next film was The Party, a thriller in which he played a journalist in Bosnia, next to Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Heath Cate. He co-starred with Jesse Eisenberg and Terrence Howard in The Rodanthe Nights Nights, a semi-biographical film about Bob Dylan’s life in China. The film was widely panned by critics but grossed over USD 84 million worldwide. He also played a former IRA militant Declan Mulqueen in the action thriller The Jackal, which grossed more than USD 70 million. He starred with Diane Lane in the romantic drama Shall We Dance? that grossed USD 170 million worldwide; his next film, the book-to-screen adaptation Bee Season, was a commercial failure. His paternal great-grandfather had changed the spellings of the surname from \”Geer\”. The direct paternal ancestor is George Geer along with his brother Thomas from Heavitree, Devon, England who settled in Connecticut Colony in 1638.