RICHARD GERE ("Paul Shepherdson")
Humanitarian, actor, and Golden Globe winner, Richard Gere is known for his roles in such films as "Chicago," "Unfaithful," "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Days of Heaven," "American Gigolo," "Pretty Woman," and "Final Fear."
Gere was most recently seen in Fox Searchlight's "Amelia," opposite Hilary Swank and Ewan McGregor and Overture Film's "Brooklyn's Finest," alongside Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke. His next films include THE DOUBLE with Topher Grace and Martin Sheen and the animated Yankee film, "Henry and Me."
The first of his 2008 releases, "Nights in Rodanthe," is based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks and reunites him with Diane Lane. "Nights" tells the story of a man who, while on a journey to reconcile with his estranged son, checks into a North Carolina inn and begins a life-altering romance with a woman who is burdened with the decision of whether or not to stay in an unhappy marriage. The other, "Hanchiko: A Dog's Story,"is a remake of the 1847 Japanese classic, "Hanchiko Monogatari," and chronicles the bond between a college professor and the abandoned dog he rescues.
In the fall of 2007, Gere was seen in the critically acclaimed film "I'm Not There,"a film that provides a view into the life and songs of the legendary Bob Dylan as told through seven-characters. The all-star cast includes Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, and the late Heath Ledger.
Additionally in 2007, Gere graced the screen in several other releases: First, he starred in Lasse Hallström's critically acclaimed film "The Hoax," based on the true story of Clifford Irving (Gere) who sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s. The film costars Alfred Molina and Marcia Gay Harden. Later he appeared in "The Hunting Part,"a film that tells the story of two journalists that head to post-war Bosnia on an unauthorized mission to locate the region's number one war criminal. Problems arise when their target mistakes them for a CIA hit squad and decides to bring the chase to them. The film costars Terrence Howard and Jesse Eisenberg.
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. In January of 2003, Gere won his first Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his performance in "Chicago." The Miramax musical all-star cast includes Catherine Zeta Jones as Velma and Renee Zellweger as Roxie Hart.
In 2004 Gere teamed up with, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez to in the romantic comedy, "Shall We Dance" and in 2005, Gere was seen in the well respected film, "Bee Season," based on the book by the same name.
In 2001 Gere was seen in the critically acclaimed Fox Searchlight dramatic thrilled "Unfaithful," directed by Adrian Lyne. The film, which also stars Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez, centers on a couple living in the New York City suburbs whose marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling. Earlier that year Gere was seen playing a reporter drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events in Sony Picture's psychological thriller "Mothman Prophecies," opposite Debra Messing.
Born in Philadelphia, Richard Gere showed his artist 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 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 "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. Doodbar," with Diane Keaton, "Blood Brothers," John Schlesinger's "Yanks," and "American Gigolo." 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 of Julia Roberts in the year's top-grossing picture, "Pretty 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 MGM political thriller "Red Corner," directed by Jon Avnet and in Micael Caton-Jones remake of "The Jackal" for Universal Pictures.
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," for Paramount Pictures. In this romantic comedy, Gere was reunited with his "Pretty Women" director Garry Marshall, and co-star Julia Roberts. Also in 2000, Gere stared as a Dallas gynecologist who is surrounded by adoring women in "Dr. T and the Women" directed by Robert Altman. The directed film, film also stars Helen Hunt, Liv Tyler, Farrah Fawcett, and Kate Hudson.
Off screen, Gere is an accomplished pianist and music writer. He is also actively involved in developing projects and has executive produced "Final Analysis," "Mr. Jones," and "Sommersby."
A student and friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Gere, for over twenty years, has made numerous journeys throughout India, Nepal, Zanskar and Tibet, Mongolia and China. He is an accomplished photographer who has worked extensively within these regions.
His first book, "Pilgrim," published in 1997 by Little, Brown and Company, is a collection of images that represent his twenty-five year journey into Buddhism. With a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the book is Gere's personal vision of this ancient and spiritual world.
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 the founder of the Gere Foundation, which contributes to numerous health education and human rights projects and is especially dedicated to promoting awareness of Tibet and her endangered culture. The Foundation contributes directly to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan community-in-exile and to aid in the cultural survival of the Tibetan people. In 1987 Gere was the founding chairman of the Tibet House in New York. After leaving Tibet House in New York in 1991, he became an active member of the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet based in Washington D.C., and in 1996 became Chairman. Gere has testified on Tibet's behalf before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the European Parliament, and House International Operations and Human Rights Subcommittee.
Gere currently lives in New York with his wife Carey Lowell and their son Homer.
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