Birth Name: Richard Gere
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Gere was born on Aug. 31, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in upstate New York where his father, Homer, sold insurance and his mother, Doris, worked as a homemaker. Finding his way to the University of Massachusetts on a gymnastics scholarship, Gere studied philosophy and drama, only to drop out after two years to pursue acting. Gere spent a season each with the Provincetown Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Company before settling in NYC, where he eventually starred on Broadway as Danny Zuko in "Grease" (1973). He continued to work in theater while securing his first film parts, making his debut in "Report to the Commissioner" (1975), before finally gaining notice as Diane Keaton's hustl...
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