Richard Gere was born August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia. Gere started his career as a musical guru writing productions for his high school and playing a multitude of instruments. He attended the University of Massachusetts for two years and then quit to act. His first role was in the London production of Grease in 1973. He played in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) on screen but returned to Broadway where he played a concentration camp prisoner in Bent (1978). 1978 also saw Gere reaching out to Tibetans, monks and lamas as he traveled to Nepal.
In 1980 Gere stared in American Gigolo (1980) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Gere continued his humanitarian efforts with visits to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador refugee camps. In 1990 Gee and Julia Robert stared in Pretty Woman (1990). This film won the People's Choice award for Best Movie. In 1999 Gere and Roberts teamed to star in Runaway Bride.
Gere married Cindy Crawford, but they divorced a short four years later. In 1999 Gere was picked as the Sexiest Man Alive and has also been voted 50 of the Most Beautiful People in the World. Gere is a founding member of Tibet House, a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve Tibetan Culture. He is also an active supporter of Survival International that supports tribal peoples in preserving the lives, lands and human rights.
Richard Gere was in the hit movie Chicago in 2002 and trained for five months to correctly dance in the tap dance scene. Other movies that are credited to Gere include Sommersby (1993), The Mothman Prophecies (2002) and Unfaithful in 2002.