Attended the University of Massachusetts. Dropped out to pursue acting.
Is the second of five children born to Homer and Doris Gere
People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. (1999)
Graduated from North Syracuse Central High School. (1967)
Was a member of the student council, gymnastics team, lacrosse team, and ski team.
Won a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he majored in philosophy; he dropped out in 1969 to pursue acting.
A Buddhist for over a decade, Gere was banned from the Oscars once after making anti-China comments on the air at the 1993 ceremony.
An accomplished pianist and music writer; in fact, he composed and performed the piano solo featured in Pretty Woman (1990) .
Was a Boy Scout.
Cindy Crawford and Richard were married 12 December 1991 by Rev. Wes McPherson at the Little Church of the West, Las Vegas.
When the Chinese Government asked Gere to one of their film festivals, Gere would go attend two conditions: 1. That he was allowed to bring his own interpreter and 2. That he would stay in Taipei, Taiwan during his visit. The government agreed and Gere went to the festival.
In a London Evening Standard interview to promote Chicago (2002), he claimed to have brought a 750cc Triumph T140V Bonneville from Triumph's Meriden factory with his first paycheck while touring with the stage production of "Grease". He also rode the same updated model, a 1978 T140E, in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and an even earlier model, a 1960s 650cc T120R Bonneville. in Mr. Jones (1993).
Named his son: Homer James Jigme. "Jigme" means "fearless" in Tibetan.
In 1993, People Magazine didn't name a "Sexiest Man Alive", but named Richard and his then-wife Cindy Crawford as Sexiest Couple'.
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