Richard Gere has been in the spotlight since the 70s when he started to feature in films. He is an American actor who has worked for decades and gained recognition when he featured in Looking for Mr. Goober (1977), Days of Heaven (1978), and American Gigolo in 1980 among others. Gere would go on to leave more indelible marks in Hollywood swopping several awards in the process. He won a Golden Globe Award for his character in The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016) among many others. Here are facts about his
A Brief Biography of Richard Gere
On August 31, 1949, Gere was born Richard Tiffany Gere in Pennsylvania but grew in Syracuse New York as the son of an insurance agent, Homer George Gere and Doris Anne. As a child, Richard Gere excelled in music and sports. He participated actively in gymnastics and played trumpet while at the North Syracuse Central High School before proceeding to the University of Massachusetts where he spent two years without graduating.
After he left school, Gere took a job at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse in 1969. He began his acting career as a stage performer before getting roles to appear in several other movies which thrust him to fame.
Thanks to a career of five decades and counting, Richard Gere has amassed huge wealth from Hollywood. His net worth has been pegged by credible sources at a whopping sum of $120 million.
Who Is The Pretty Woman Actor Currently Married To?
Away from his life as an entertainer, Richard Gere is known to have been involved with several women at different times in his life. He had a long term affair with Penelope Milford, an actress; Pricilla Presley, and Kim Basinger. However, fate had its way and the relationships did not blossom to marriage.
In 1991 however, he found Cindy Crawford, a supermodel worthy to become his wife. The marriage lasted four years before it ended. Following that, he married another model and actress Carey Lowell and like the first, the marriage ended. However, the two had a child named Homer James Gere who was born in 2000.
Currently, the Hollywood superstar is married to a Spanish activist, a humanitarian, publicist, and an entrepreneur Alejandra Silva. In April 2018, the couple decided it was time to settle together and wedded according to the Buddhist traditions.
Alejandra Silva was born in La Coruna, Spain on February 16, 1983, to the vice-president of Real Madrid Football Club, Ignacio Silva, and Paola Garcia-Baquero. As a young girl, Silva attended several schools of Saint Louis and Mater Salvatore’s School as a child. She then advanced to a University in Madrid where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing.
Generally, Silva is known for her enormous contributions to the participation of African disadvantaged children in sports through Real Madrid FC Foundation via developing African Football Leagues as well as helping children who are victims of war. She is also the patron of RAIS Foundation in Spain.
Before her marriage to Gere, Silva had dated a Brazilian Football player Roberto Carlos after which she married Govind Friedland in 2012. He is the son of a billionaire and together, they had a boutique hotel. The marriage however failed in 2015/2016 and she settled with Richard Gere in 2018. The marriage produced a son. Gere and Silva have already welcomed children together.
Silva is a Buddhist just as Gere. Reports have it that she was initially not a Buddhist but became one following her meeting with Gere and is grateful to him for bringing the religion to her.
Other Facts About Richard Gere And His Current Wife
The Couple’s First Meeting
Gere met Alejandra when she was 17 and was a good friend of her father. However, there was no romantic relationship between the two until much later after both of them were married to different people.
Passionate About Charity Works
The couple believes in the works of charity and has contributed to the needy severally. The major works of charity are centered on children.
Richard Gere has a height of 5 feet and 10 inches which is supported by a weight of 79 kilograms while Silva is 5 feet and 7 inches tall.