Richard Gere

Richard Gere


8/31/1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

Birth Name

Richard Tiffany Gere


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Born August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Richard remembers his childhood in upstate New York as a time spent immersed in music; his whole family was musical, and he became proficient on the piano, guitar, and trumpet, as well as composing music for school theater productions. He also…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In April 2007, an arrest warrant was issued in India for Richard's arrest, after he kissed actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS awareness event in New Delhi. By Indian law, the display was classed as an obscene act in a public place. The punishment for such a crime is imprisonment for three months, or a fine or both. Richard apologised for the on stage antics, a day after the arrest warrant was issued.

    • In March/April 2007, Richard auctioned himself off for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a human rights organisation founded in 1968. The organisation aims to continue the legacy of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated. People can bid to have lunch with Richard in New York. As at March 21st, 2007, the current bit was $US13,500.

    • Richard and his wife Carey Lowell currently live in Greenwich Village with their son and her daughter from a previous marriage.

    • After countless rumors of their marriage being a sham and a cover-up for the both of them being homosexuals, both Richard and Cindy Crawford took out a full page ad in the London Times announcing that they were heterosexual, monogamous and in love.

    • On December 12, 1991, he married supermodel Cindy Crawford in Las Vegas.

    • In 2003, he won his first Golden Globe portraying Billy Flynn in the movie musical Chicago.

    • He received a Golden Globe nomination in 1981 for his work in American Gigolo.

    • He got his lead roles in American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentlemen and Chicago after they all were turned down by John Travolta.

    • He fired his press agent after American Gigolo came out because he let People magazine have pictures of him without a shirt on after being told not to sell them.

    • Richard is the co-founder of Tibet House which is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture.

    • In 1973, Richard played Danny Zuko in the London production of Grease.

    • His big Broadway breakthrough came with the rock opera Soon.

    • In 1969, after only two years in college, he won a place with the prestigious Provincetown Players acting troupe and quit school to focus on acting full time.

    • He attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and majored in philosophy.

    • Richard can play the piano, bass, guitar, and trumpet. So perhaps it's only apt that he shares his birthday with teenage rock impresario Debbie Gibson. (Their age difference is 21 years).

    • His first movie role was in the film Report for the Commissioner.

    • He was the first man ever to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine.

    • He trained for five months for the tap dance scene in the 2002 film Chicago.

    • He actually composed and performed the piano solo he performs in the 1991 film, Pretty Woman.

    • In 1999, he was voted People's Sexiest Man Alive.

    • In 1967, Richard graduated from North Syracuse Central High School in Syracuse, NY.

    • Richard is an Irish-American.

    • For many years, Richard has been both a practicing Buddhist and a vegetarian.

    • In 1980, Gere jumped to star status with the release of American Gigolo.

  • Quotes

    • Richard: Happiness is not about being loved, it's about loving someone else.

    • Richard Gere: I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I'd think, no, actually I'm a giraffe.

    • Richard Gere: I honestly do not think about celebrity or image or sexual expectations on me. It only comes up when people have a list of questions. But what I am told is that there is a quality that I have onscreen, where it's a little bit of everything.

    • Richard Gere: The secret of my success is my hairspray.

    • Richard Gere: What I can do is find the keys that will plug into my own 30 years of training in Buddhism, and find things that are parallel or resonant in the work that I have done.

    • Richard Gere: People's reaction to opera the first time they hear it is extreme...They either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to love it, but it will never become part of their soul.

    • Richard Gere: I cry every chance I get.

    • Richard Gere: To read your own mind is to look at your self and read your soul. Hatred becomes love and that is the path I am working on.