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RICHARD GERE (Will Keane) is one of our foremost American actors, known for
his roles in films such as An Officer and a Gentleman, Days of Heaven, American
Gigolo, Yanks, Pretty Woman, First Knight, and the courtroom drama Primal
Last summer Gere starred in the box-office hit Runaway Bride. In this
romantic comedy, Gere was reunited with his Pretty Woman director Garry
Marshall, and co-star Julia Roberts.
Next up for Gere is the Robert Altman comedy Dr. T & the Women. In the
film, Gere portrays Dr. Sully Travis, a Dallas gynecologist who is surrounded by
adoring women. This film will be released in October and also stars Helen Hunt,
Liv Tyler, Farrah Fawcett and Kate Hudson.
Gere began acting at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a
philosophy major. After spending full sessions with the Provincetown Playhouse
and Seattle Repertory Theatre, he performed in a number of New York plays,
notably the title role in "Richard Farina: Long Time Coming and Long Time
Gone," in addition to two plays by Sam Shepard, "Back Bog Beast
Bait" and "Killer's Head."
Gere's career was established with performances in the Broadway rock opera
"Soon" and the New York production of the British farce "Habeas
Corpus," and he won widespread recognition playing Danny Zuko in the
Broadway and London productions of the hit musical "Grease."
An accomplished classical actor, Gere's many credits include the Lincoln
Center presentation of "A Midsummer's Night's Dream" and London's
Young Vic Theatre production of "The Taming of the Shrew."
Gere's motion picture debut came in 1978 with the OscarÂ®-honored Days Of
Heaven, for which he received the Italian equivalent of the Academy AwardÂ®.
Other film credits include Looking for Mr. Goodbar with Diane Keaton, Bloodbrothers, John Schlesinger's
Yanks and American Gigolo.
Gere returned to the Broadway stage in "Bent," winning the Theatre
World Award and rave reviews for his role as a homosexual prisoner at the Dachau
concentration camp who loses his life rather than deny his identity.
His next film was the 1982 blockbuster An Officer and a Gentleman followed by
Breathless, Beyond the Limit, The Cotton Club, Power, No Mercy and Miles from
In 1990, Gere received box-office acclaim for his portrayal of a corrupt cop
in Internal Affairs and starred opposite Julia Roberts in Pretty
following year, he made a guest appearance in Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's
Rhapsody in August. Additional film credits include the MGM political thriller
Red Corner directed by Jon Avnet, and Michael Caton-Jones' remake of The
Gere is now actively involved in developing projects and has executive
produced some of his more recent films, including Final Analysis, Mr. Jones and
He was the first actor to agree to appear in And The Band Played On, the HBO
adaptation of Randy Shilts' book about the first five years of AIDS in America.
An outspoken human rights advocate, Gere has done much to draw attention to
the tragedy that has been unfolding in Tibet under Chinese occupation. He is
founding chairman of Tibet House in New York and has testified on Tibet's behalf
before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee on Tibet. Pilgrim, Gere's book of his photographs of the Tibetan
people was published in 1997 by Little, Brown & Company, with all of the
author's proceeds going to Tibetan charities through the Gere Foundation. Gere
recently volunteered in the Albanian refugee camps helping the survivors of
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