Like Harrison Ford, Richard Gere remains one of the few Hollywood veterans who aren’t showing any signs of leaving their lifelong passion. Though Gere has starred in several films back in the late seventies, fans and viewers best remember his appearances in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and Days of Heaven (1978). More so, his appearance in American Gigolo (1980), labeled him as a sex symbol. Gere’s work has earned him several awards and recognitions including a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and several more we’ll reel out soon. In this article, we poured out every detail about Richard Gere’s 40-year-old journey as an actor, and in addition, we will tell you about Richard Gere’s net worth. Just how much has he been able to amass and give away so far?
Who is Richard Gere?
Richard Gere was born—Richard Tiffany Gere— on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; to parents Homer George Gere and Doris Ann. His father worked as an insurance agent for the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. While his mother largely stayed back to look after her home. Gere can be traced to an ancestry of prominent men among which include; John Billington, Pilgrims Francis Eaton, George Soule, Richard Warren, Degory Priest, William Brewster, and Francis Cooke.
Although there are no details telling us if he had siblings growing up. However, we know he spent the better part of his early life in Syracuse, New York, where he attended North Syracuse Central High School. While in high school, Gere played the trumpet for the school band and also excelled in gymnastics. Upon graduation in 1967, Gere got a gymnastics scholarship to study philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. However, Gere abruptly left College only two years into his study.
Gere began working at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse on Cape Cod in 1969. There, he featured in the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. But his debut acting role only came four years later in the original London stage version of Grease (1973). Gere also starred as a Gay character in the 1979 Broadway production of Bent. The incredible performance won him a Theatre World Award.
Though successful in Broadway, Gere only began appearing on the big screens of Hollywood in the mid-1970s. First, he appeared in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and starred in the drama film Days of Heaven (1978). His major role came in 1980 when he starred in the crime drama American Gigolo, and the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). The film grossed about $130 million and went on to win two Academy Awards. The film also earned Richard Gere his first Golden Globe Award nomination.
In the ensuing years, Richard Gere appeared in several films including; Internal Affairs (1990), Pretty Woman (1990), Sommersby (1993), Primal Fear (1996), The Jackal (1997) and Runaway Bride (1999). In 1999, Gere was dubbed the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. He also starred in films such as; The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Unfaithful (2002) Chicago (2002). His incredible role on Chicago won him his first Golden Globe Award.
He also starred in Shall We Dance? (2004), Bee Season (2005), The Hunting Party (2007), I’m Not There (2007), Nights in Rodanthe (2008), Arbitrage (2012) and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016). In 2012, He received the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood Film Awards. Beyond acting, Richard Gere is also a seasoned musician who composed the piano theme for the 1990 film, Pretty Woman. And the guitar solo in the 1999 film Runaway Bride.
How Much is Richard Gere’s Net Worth Right Now?
As of 2019, sources put Richard Gere’s net worth at $100 million. Although it’s still not clear how much he earns annually, we know that his 40 years’ movie career and notable works have earned him a sizeable pay and will continue to keep on the invitation list for speaking engagements, endorsement deals and other investment streams he’s made over the years. So far, we’re not sure of any properties or assets Gere has enlisted under his name. But we’re positive he’s living quite comfortably with his home of four. That’s just about what we know about Richard Gere’s net worth for now.