Richard Gere

Richard Gere, the son of a farmer with a degree in philosophy, embarked on his acting journey by performing in plays at Princeton University and the Repertory Theater in Seattle. He later graced Broadway stages with roles in "Grease," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "The Taming of the Shrew."
In 1975, Richard Gere made his cinematic debut in "Report to the Commissioner." His career took off with memorable performances in films like "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1977) directed by Richard Brooks, "Days of Heaven" (1978) by Terrence Malick, and "Yanks" (1979) by John Schlesinger, establishing him as a new Hollywood heartthrob.
Gere solidified his star status with iconic roles as a professional escort in "American Gigolo" (1980) directed by Paul Schrader, a naval officer in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) by Taylor Hackford, and a rebellious drifter in "Breathless" (1983) directed by Jim McBride. Subsequent films, including Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Cotton Club" (1984), Sidney Lumet’s "Power" (1986), Richard Pearce’s "No Mercy" (1986), and Mike Figgis' "Internal Affairs" (1990), saw varied success.
The 1990 romantic comedy "Pretty Woman" revitalized Gere's career. He followed with American remakes of French films "Sommersby" (1993) directed by Jon Amiel and "Intersection" (1994) directed by Mark Rydell. Gere then explored thriller genres in "Primal Fear" (1996) directed by Gregory Hoblit and romance in "Runaway Bride" (1999) directed by Garry Marshall.
In 2002, Gere starred in "Unfaithful," portraying a betrayed husband, and ventured into new genres with the supernatural thriller "The Mothman Prophecies" and the musical "Chicago" (2002). His versatility continued with "Shall We Dance?" (2004) alongside Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon, "Bee Season" (2005), and Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" (2007).
Continuing his career into the late 2000s, Gere reunited with Diane Lane for "Nights in Rodanthe" (2008) and took on diverse roles in films like "Amelia" (2009) and "Brooklyn's Finest" (2009). Alongside acting, Gere remains active in political activism, advocating for human rights and Tibet's cultural recognition.
In 2010, he starred in "The Double" and "Hachi: A Dog's Tale." Despite the commercial and critical challenges of "Amelia," Gere continues to pursue roles that challenge and inspire audiences, showcasing his enduring passion for cinema and social causes.