Renowned American actor Richard Gere is definitely not a new name for those who love watching Hollywood films. The veteran actor has not just 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 scheme to study Philosophy but did not end up graduating as he abandoned school for acting.
Age and Rise to Fame
Born on 31st August 1949, Richard Gere began his acting career in 1969 when he featured in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the theatre house of Seattle Repertory and Provincetown Playhouse located at Cape Cod. He ventured into films in the 1970’s and made his first film appearance in The Lords of Flatbush but he was later changed from the film because he got into a fight with his fellow actor, Sylvester Stallone.
In subsequent years, Richard Gere featured in so many movies which include, Report to the Commissioner as Billy, Strike Force where he acted 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 top-notch movies in Hollywood.
Awards and Nominations
The veteran actor has numerous award and nomination in the course of his career. He won the 1979 David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor in the movie Days of Heaven and bagged the 1997 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award for the movie 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 2008 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award.
Richard Gere’s Net Worth
The talented actor has accumulated a lot of wealth from his acting career. According to various sources, he has an estimated net worth of $124 million.
Richard Gere is known for his political activism and philanthropical activities. Being a political and human right activist, he founded the Gere Foundation with the sole purpose of advocating for the rights of the Tibetan people and supporting the Tibetan Independent Movement. As a result of his rigorous support for this movement, he was banned by the Chinese government from coming to their country.
Furthermore, he is a major supporter of Survival International, an international organization that protects the human rights of tribal people, including their land across the globe.
The veteran actor was also a big supporter of Hillary Clinton‘s presidential race. He reportedly contributed $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 has given an excellent performance in playing the role of a gay man as he did in the play Bent which earned him the Theatre World Award.
However, the veteran American actor is not gay in real life. If anything, the romantic relationships and marriages he’s had are a proof to that.
The actor first got married in 1991 to an American model, actress, and public figure, Cynthia Ann Crawford (Cindy Crawford); but the marriage didn’t last for quite long as it ended after four years. He later got married to his second wife Carey Lowell, an American actress and former model. The duo had one child together, a son named Homer James Jigme Gere. The marriage ended as the couple parted ways after eleven years of being husband and wife. Their divorce procedures were finalized three years later.
Well, it was definitely not the end of the road for Richard Gere. After his divorce from Carey, he found love again and got married at the beginning of 2018 to Alejandra Silva, a Spanish business tycoon, activist, and publicist. The couple seems happily married as they look forward to having their first child in no distant time.