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RICHARD GERE (Paul) won a Golden Globe Award for his performance opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger in the 2002 Oscar®-winning musical hit "Chicago.” He also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Cast Performance and earned a SAG Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Billy Flynn. Gere has also graced the screen in such memorable hits as "Unfaithful,” "Primal Fear,” "Pretty Woman,” "An Officer and a Gentleman,” "American Gigolo” and "Days of Heaven.”

Gere will next be seen in Lasse Hallström's family drama "Hachiko: A Dog's Story,” a remake of the 1987 Japanese classic based on the true story of a college professor who forms a bond with an abandoned dog. Projects set for a 2009 release include the Mira Nair-directed biopic "Amelia,” about Amelia Earhart, in which he stars with Hilary Swank and Ewan McGregor; and Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest,” on which he is now in production alongside Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke.

In 2007, Gere joined an ensemble cast in Todd Haynes' critically acclaimed film "I'm Not There,” about the life and songs of Bob Dylan, for which he shared in a Robert Altman Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. In addition, he recently starred in Lasse Hallström's "The Hoax” and Richard Shepard's "The Hunting Party.” His feature credits also include the indie film "Bee Season” and "Shall We Dance?” with Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon. In 2002, Gere starred in Adrian Lyne's thriller "Unfaithful,” opposite Diane Lane, and the psychological drama "The Mothman Prophecies.”

Born in Philadelphia, Gere began his acting career on the stage when he landed the lead role of Danny Zuko in the London production of "Grease” in 1973. After seasons with the Provincetown Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, he performed in numerous plays in New York, notably as the lead in Richard Farina's "Long Time Coming and a Long Time Gone,” and Sam Shepard's "Back Bog Beast Bait” and "Killer's Head,” before making his Broadway debut in the rock opera "Soon.” His additional theatre credits include the New York production of "Habeas Corpus,” the Lincoln Center presentation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream” and the London Young Vic Theatre production of "The Taming of the Shrew.” In 1980, he returned to Broadway to star in "Bent,” winning the Theatre World Award for his portrayal of a homosexual concentration camp prisoner.

On the big screen, Gere first gained attention for his roles in the thriller "Looking for Mr. Goodbar” and Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven,” for which he won an Italian David di Donatello Award. His early film credits also include "Bloodbrothers,” John Schlesinger's "Yanks,” "American Gigolo” and the 1982 romantic blockbuster "An Officer and a Gentleman,” which brought Gere his first Golden Globe nomination. He subsequently starred in "Breathless,” "Beyond the Limit,” "The Cotton Club,” "Power,” "No Mercy” and "Miles from Home.”

In 1990, Gere won acclaim for his portrayal of a corrupt cop in "Internal Affairs” and then starred opposite Julia Roberts in Garry Marshall's smash hit romantic comedy "Pretty Woman,” for which he earned his second Golden Globe nomination. His additional film credits include Akira Kurosawa's "Rhapsody in August”; Jon Avnet's "Red Corner”; Michael Caton-Jones' "The Jackal”; Garry Marshall's box-office hit "Runaway Bride,” reuniting him with Julia Roberts; and Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women.” Gere also served as an executive producer on three of his films: "Final Analysis,” "Mr. Jones” and "Sommersby.”

On television, Gere earned an Emmy nomination for his role in "And The Band Played On,” the HBO adaptation of Randy Shilts' book about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in America. Additionally, Gere is an accomplished pianist and composer.

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