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Humanitarian, actor and Golden Globe winner RICHARD GERE is one of the most well-known and respected actors of his generation, having garnered acclaim for roles in films such as AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, DAYS OF HEAVEN, AMERICAN GIGOLO, PRETTY WOMAN, FIRST KNIGHT and PRIMAL FEAR. In Christmas of 2002 Gere sang and danced his way onto the big screen in the Academy Award winning film adaptation of CHICAGO, playing the infamous lawyer Billy Flynn, for which he won his first Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

Gere's recent films also include BEE SEASON with Juliette Binoche and the romantic comedy SHALL WE DANCE with Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez. He will next be seen in THE FLOCK, about a hyper-vigilant federal agent who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating. In 2001 Gere was seen in the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller UNFAITHFUL directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez.. Earlier that year Gere was seen playing a reporter drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events in the psychological thriller MOTHMAN PROPHECIES opposite Debra Messing.

Born in Philadelphia, Richard Gere showed his artistic ability at a young age, by playing a number of instruments and writing music for high school productions. Gere won gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he was philosophy major. While at school, Gere caught the acting bug and left college after 2 years to pursue acting, landing a lead role of ‘Danny Zuko' in the London production of the rock musical "Grease" in 1973. After spending full sessions with the Provincetown Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, he performed in a number of New York play's, 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 "Killers Head.”

His career was established with performances in the Broadway rock opera "Soon” and the New York production of the British farce "Habeas Corpus.” Gere's other theatre credits include the Lincoln Center presentation of "A Midsummer Nights Dream” and London Young Vic Theatre Production of "The Taming of the Shrew.” Gere returned to the Broadway stage in 1980 with "Bent,” winning the Theatre World Award for his portrayal as a homosexual concentration-camp prisoner.

Gere's motion picture debut came in 1978 with Oscar®-honored DAYS OF HEAVEN, for which he received the Italian equivalent of the Academy Award®. His subsequent films include LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR with Diane Keaton, BLOOD BROTHERS, John Schlesinger's YANKS, and AMERICAN GIGILO. 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 the year's top-grossing picture, PRETY WOMAN. This movie captured the nation's heart, and won the People's Choice Award for Best Movie. The following year, he made a guest appearance in Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's RHAPSODY IN AUGUST. Additional film credits include the political thriller RED CORNER, directed by Jon Avnet and Michael Caton-Jones' remake of THE JACKAL. Gere was also 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. Gere played the role of a fictional choreographer.

In 2000 Gere starred in the box-office hit RUNAWAY BRIDE and played a Dallas gynecologist surrounded by adoring women in Robert Altman's DR. T AND THE WOMEN.

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