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Today’s Memory – Richard Gere – Amintirea de azi

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Richard Gere

born August 31, 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Richard Tiffany Gere is an American actor and humanitarian, perhaps best known for his portrayal of genteel characters in romantic films.

In 1967 Gere enrolled at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship but left college after two years to work as a musician. He performed in numerous bands as the Provincetown Players on Cape Cod and with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, he was cast as an understudy in the rock musical Grease in 1972. The following year Gere performed the leading role in a London production of the play. He had a small role in his first film, Report to the Commissioner (1975), but he gained recognition for his performance alongside Diane Keaton in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), a dark character study of a troubled young woman.

Looking For Mr Goodbar 1977

Gere became known as a sex symbol for his roles in such films as Days of Heaven (1978), about a young couple and their relationship with a farmer in Texas, and American Gigolo (1980), in which he played an escort for older women.

In 1982 Gere starred as the young navy officer candidate Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman. The film was a box office success, and it established Gere as a major star.

An Officer And A Gentleman Final Scene

He scored another hit with Pretty Woman (1990), portraying a wealthy businessman who employs and later falls in love with a prostitute (played by Julia Roberts). He earned critical praise for Primal Fear (1996), a courtroom drama in which he starred as an attorney who defends an altar boy (played by Edward Norton) accused of murdering a prominent priest, and in 1999 he reteamed with Roberts in the lighthearted comedy Runaway Bride.

Runaway Bride (1999) Ike watching the wedding tape

In 2002 Gere starred as defense attorney Billy Flynn in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago and won a Golden Globe for his performance. Gere’s later films include Amelia (2009), the crime drama Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), the thriller Arbitrage (2012), the unsettling drama The Benefactor (2015). Gere earned critical praise for his portrayal of the title character in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016).

Shall We Dance? (2004)

As a humanitarian, Gere is noted for his commitment to Buddhism. He adopted the religion in the mid-1970s and traveled to Tibet in 1978, where he visited refugee camps. He later became a student of the exiled Dalai Lama. Gere devoted significant effort and resources to the cause of Tibetan independence, in addition to a variety of other charitable works, including cultural preservation, as well as care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

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