The famous American actor Richard Gere is definitely not a new name for those who enjoy watching Hollywood movies. The veteran actor has not only starred in numerous films over the years but has also won several prestigious awards for his hard work.
Gere went to the University of Massachusetts on a scholarship to study philosophy but did not finish his studies because he gave up acting school.
Age and Rise to Fame
Richard Gere, born August 31, 1949, began his acting career in 1969 when he appeared in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Seattle Repertory and Provincetown Playhouse in Cape Cod. He made the leap to film in the 1970s and had his first film appearance in The Lords of Flatbush, but was later pulled from the film business for fighting with his actor colleague Sylvester Stallone.
In the following years, Richard Gere appeared in so many movies, including Report to the Commissioner as Billy, Strike Force, where he played the role of Officer Walter C. Spenser, Baby Blue Marine as Raider, Kojak as Geno Papas, Days of Heaven as Bill, American Gigolo as Julian Kaye, An Officer, and a Gentleman as Zack Mayo, The Honorary Consul as Dr. Eduardo Plarr, Red Corner as Jack Moore, Runaway Bride as Ike Graham, and many other high-profile films in Hollywood.
Awards and Nominations
The veteran actor has received numerous awards and nominations throughout his career. He won the 1979 David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor in the film Days of Heaven and received the 1997 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award for the film Red Corne.
In 2003 he won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; this was for the film Chicago. Richard Gere is also the winner of the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award 2008.
Richard Gere’s Net Worth
The talented actor has accumulated a lot of wealth in his acting career. According to various sources, he has an estimated net worth of 124 million dollars.
Richard Gere is known for his political activism and philanthropic activities. As a political activist and human rights activist, he founded the Gere Foundation with the sole purpose of fighting for the rights of the Tibetan people and supporting the Tibetan independence movement. As a result of his rigorous support for this movement, he was banned from entering their country by the Chinese government.
He is also a key supporter of Survival International, an international organization that protects the human rights of tribal peoples, including their land, around the world.
The veteran actor was also a big supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential race. He reportedly donated $2,700 to her campaign.
Is Richard Gere Gay Or Married, Who Are The Wife And Children?
It is on record that Richard Gere is one of the remarkable Hollywood actors who played the role of the gay man like in the play Bent that won him the Theatre World Award.
However, the veteran American actor is not gay in real life. If anything, the romantic relationships and marriages he has had are proof of this.
The actor first married an American model, actress, and public figure, Cynthia Ann Crawford (Cindy Crawford) in 1991; but the marriage did not last long, as it ended after four years. Later he married his second wife Carey Lowell, an American actress and former model. The duo had a child together, a son named Homer James Jigme Gere. The marriage ended when the couple separated after eleven years as husband and wife. Their divorce proceedings were completed three years later.
Well, for Richard Gere it was definitely not the end of the road. After his divorce from Carey, he found love again and married Alejandra Silva, a Spanish business magnate, activist, and publicist, in early 2018. The couple seems to be happily married, as they look forward to having their first child in the near future.