Richard Gere: Things you didn’t know

Philadelphia, Richard Gere

Philadelphia native Richard Gere became an American sex symbol virtually overnight after the success of the 1980’s film, American Gigolo. Prior to this success, he had a few good roles, but nothing brought him to stardom like his leading role in the classic ‘80s film.

Formally known as Richard Tiffany Gere, the popular actor comes from Irish descent. Both of his parents are related to individuals who were actually on the Mayflower (back before America existed!). In high school, he was a talented trumpet player and also excelled in gymnastics. Because of his dedication and hard work to the sport, he was later awarded a scholarship to attend University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where he decided to study philosophy for two years. Here’s something you might not have known: although extremely intelligent and cultured, he did NOT graduate from the university.

He did not officially start his acting stint until the early 1970’s, starting with theater productions in Cape Cod and soon after starting with film roles. He reached popularity in the early 1980s, but soon experienced a dry period; it wasn’t until 1990, when Pretty Woman was released, that he once again got everyone excited and was back in the media spotlight. (It doesn’t hurt either to be working with stars like Lauren Hutton and Julia Roberts, either.)

His personal life is also equally interesting. He was actually married to Cindy Crawford (supermodel) for four years! He also had an intense affinity for Buddhism, which he started exploring in his 20s, and traveled to places like Nepal and India for spiritual training and enlightenment.

He has won several awards for the roles he played. One of his most notable performances was in Chicago, a famous musical. The whole cast was stunning, landing them all the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

So, all the way from Cape Cod, don’t miss out on some of the most memorable films starring Richard Gere, American heartthrob.


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary VOCABULARY

roles: papeles
actually: en realidad
you might not have known: quizás no sabías
stint: temporada
spotlight: candelero
performances: actuaciones
cast: elenco
stunning: maravilloso
to land (a job): conseguir (un trabajo)
heardthrob: rompecorazones


16/02/2016Level - difficulty 2Great BritainAudioText3 min