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It's hard to believe how quickly time flies. The eternal “American gigolo” and famous and beloved actor Richard Gere turned 70 on Saturday 31st August. It's even enviable how the "Sexiest Man Alive" voted by "People" magazine 20 years ago still looks today. And uses its energy for humanitarian purposes. With his mischievous smile and sparkling eyes, he lets women float on cloud nine again. Most of them dream again of the gentleman from "Pretty Woman" (1990). That remains his absolute cinema hit, which today undoubtedly belongs to Hollywood classics. And that we all know well. However, Richard Gere has changed a bit over the years. From the "man for certain hours" the film star has become a practicing Buddhist and humanist. Dalai Lama is one of his close friends.
The successful actor turned 70 on August 31.
Richard Gere's 70th birthday is a good occasion to take a look at his best and most popular films. Today's screen lover was born on August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia into the family of an insurance salesman. As a young man he studied philosophy, but dropped out in 1969 at the University of Massachusetts.
Because the film industry lured him. It was only 10 years later that he had his big breakthrough. In 1980, Richard Gere played the role of luxury call boy Julian Kaye, directed by Paul Schrader. The film "American Gigolo" or as it is known in German-speaking countries as "A man for certain hours" made him a movie star. There, Richard Gere embodies everything that makes a man impenetrable and therefore desirable.
Eternal American gigolo Richard Gere is smug and irresistible as ever.
Then followed one another "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), "Cotton Club" (1984), "Merciless" (1986) and "Miles from Home" (1988). His participation in it was confirmed acting talent and his strong erotic charisma. The absolute culmination of masculinity, the pure form of man par excellence, came in 1990 in the romantic comedy "Pretty Woman". The sparkling on-screen synergy of both film stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts remains unsurpassed. Years later, the actor was nominated a number of times for the Golden Globe Film Awards. In 2003, Richard Gere won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in the Comedy and Musical category for the film Chicago. In 2012 he received the Golden Icon Award from the Zurich Film Festival for his life's work. However, he has yet to win an Oscar. Maybe because he puts composure and political attitude before commercial interests when choosing roles.
The film careers of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts have been on the upswing since the box office hit "Pretty Woman".
Richard Gere privately, as a Buddhist and humanist
Richard Gere always remains reserved in his private life. The big movie star knows how to protect his privacy from flashbulbs. However, he made headlines in February 2022. At the age of 69 he gave birth to his second son. So, no man of retirement age! The popular actor married the Spaniard Alejandra (36) in 2022. This is his third marriage, in which he once again takes on the happy role of father. Gere has a 19-year-old son from his first marriage to Bond girl Carey Lowell. He was also married to supermodel Cindy Crawford in the 90s. In 1993, People magazine first and uniquely invented the title "Sexiest Couple Alive" for both stars.
Richard Gere was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford between 1991 and 1995.
His third marriage to Alejandra Silva brought him late family happiness.
Away from the media frenzy surrounding the birth of his second son in February and now around his 70th anniversary, Richard Gere often draws attention to himself as a philanthropist. In 1991 he founded his foundation "Survival International", which supports humanitarian projects all over the world. He once said the following in an interview. “I have never considered myself a star or even better than others. For me there were and are much more important things in life. For example, being a useful member of society. to do good”. And that is his image today, which towers above all others. The actor is chairman of the “International Campaign for Tibet”. The 14th Dalai Lama is one of his close friends.
Richard Gere is today a practicing Buddhist and humanist.
Richard Gere became a Buddhist in the early 1990s. He finds peace and his way to himself in Far Eastern religion. Richard Gere showed his human side back in 1993, for example as a presenter at the Oscars. At the time, he publicly spoke out against the Chinese annexation and the mistreatment of Tibetans. But the consequences were negative for him - he was neither well understood in Hollywood nor welcomed in China. Just like his colleague Brat Pitt after the film "Seven Years in Tibet".
Richard Gere is not wanted in Beijing because of his political statements.