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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 Fear.

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 Oscar®-honored Days Of Heaven, for which he received the Italian equivalent of the Academy Award®. 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 Home.

In 1990, Gere received box-office acclaim for his portrayal of a corrupt cop in Internal Affairs and starred opposite Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. The 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 Jackal.

Gere is now actively involved in developing projects and has executive produced some of his more recent films, including Final Analysis, Mr. Jones and Sommersby.

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 Kosovo.


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