Richard Gere, actor: biography and curiosities

Richard Gere, actor: biography and curiosities

Richard Gere is an American actor known for American Gigolo, Officer and Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Chicago. Let's retrace his career

Richard Gere, American actor and sex symbol, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1949. Raised in a Methodist family, the first of the five children of Homer and Doris Ann Gere, he soon learns to play the trumpet. After graduating from North Syracuse Central High School, Richard studied philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, thanks to a scholarship in gymnastics. However, he leaves lessons after only two years in order to explore his passion for theater. In the early 70s, in London, he got the role of Danny Zuko in the musical "Grease".

Richard Gere's career took a turn in 1977 with the dramatic thriller "In Search of Mr. Goodbar", alongside Diane Keaton. The following year, the actor got a starring role in the drama "Days of Heaven" by Terrence Malick. With the beginning of the 1980s, great success came for Gere. In 1980 he played Julian Kay in "American Gigolo" and in 1982 he embodied Zack Mayo in "Officer and Gentleman". Alongside Debra Winger, she plays a military recruit and makes millions of women dream; box office success is remarkable and unexpected.

In 1990 Richard Gere starred in another highly successful film: the romantic comedy "Pretty Woman", in which his character falls in love with the prostitute played by a very young Julia Roberts. Also in the same year he plays the part of a corrupt policeman in "Dirty Affairs". They have always lived in the spotlight for years thanks also to the marriage with the model Cindy Crawford. In 1996, he faced another difficult character, the "Schegge di fear" lawyer. In 1999, known for his charisma, charm and beauty, Gere earned the title of Sexiest Man in the World according to People magazine.

In 2002 he starred in "Unfaithful" and in "Chicago", the film adaptation of the success of Broadway; his portrayal of lawyer Billy Flynn makes him win a Golden Globe. In 2006 he appeared in "L'Imbroglio", a film about Howard Hughes' false biography, while in 2008 he returned to the romantic drama with "Come un Uragano". In 2012 "La Frode" proved to be a great success and earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Richard Gere devotes a large part of his time to some social and political causes: above all, I note his commitment to support human rights in Tibet and the Dalai Lama.

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