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Richard Gere Net Worth: $120M
Who is Richard Gere?
Richard Gere is an American actor who has a net worth of $120M.
Richard started his career back in the 1970s and is most well-known for his roles in Pretty Women, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Chicago.
Throughout his career he has nominated for multiple awards, including the Golden Globe and SAG Awards.
He also campaigns for humans rights in Tibet.
The Early Years
Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
His father, Homer George Gere, was an insurance agent for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and his mother, Doris Ann, was a housewife.
In 1967, Richard graduated from North Syracuse Central High School where he excelled at the trumpet, gymnastics and music.
Next, he went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship, majoring in Philosophy.
However, he dropped out after two years and didn’t graduate.
Richard started his acting career by appearing in plays both on and off Broadway.
His first role professionally was at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and at Cape Cod’s Provincetown Playhouse in 1969.
He starred in his first major theatre role in 1973, on the original West End in London stage version of Grease.
In 1979, Richard was one of the first Hollywood actors to play a homosexual character when he was cast as a gay Holocaust victim in the Broadway production, Bent.
This performance earned him his first Theatre World Award.
Richard started to appear in Hollywood films in the mid-to-late 1970s. In 1974 he was cast in The Lords of Flatbush. However, he was replaced after having a fight with his would-be co-star, Sylvester Stallone.
He went on to perform in small films such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978) and was quickly building a great reputation in Hollywood.
Richard’s first film in the 1908s, American Gigolo was a big hit and helped him to establish himself as a leading man and sex symbol.
He solidified his status as a leading man by starring in other films such as An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982. In this film, he starred alongside Debra Winger.
Richard earned a Golden Globe nomination for this film for Best Actor and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for being part of the Best Cast. The film also grossed more than $130M.
The rest of the 1980s was relatively quiet for Gere. However, in 1990 he returned with the film Internal Affairs.
In the same year, he also played the high-powered businessman Edward Lewis in Pretty Women, starring alongside Julia Roberts.
The film was extremely popular and a box office hit. It earned Richard his second Golden Globe nomination.
Richard continued to release films throughout the 90s, starring in films such as Sommersby, Primal Fear in 1996, and 1999’s Runaway Bride.
In 1999, Richard was name People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
He started the 2000s by appearing in the films The Mothman Prophecies and co-starring with Diane Lane in Unfaithful.
In 2002, Richard won his first Golden Globe when he starred in the musical Chicago.
In 2004, Richard tested out his ballroom dancing skills in Shall We Dance. The film went on to gross more than $170M worldwide.
2007 saw his next big hit with the semi-biographical film I’m Not There. In this film, he was one of six actors to play a version of Bob Dylan.
In 2008, Gere once again teamed up with Diane Lane to star in romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe, which grossed $84M worldwide.
This film was Richard’s most recent to have been produced by a major film studio, largely due to Gere’s politics of China.
He has appeared in lots of independent feature films since. In 2012, he got his fourth Golden Globe nomination for indie film Arbitrage.
In 2016, he strayed away from his typical character type when he starred in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.
His portrayal of Norman Oppenheimer received great reviews with RogerEbert.com saying it was “consistently, completely fascinating”
In 2005, Richard bought a house in Sag Harbor, NY for $6.9M. The 6-acre house has 300 feet of bay frontage and very large lawns.
Over the next few years, he undertook extensive renovations, mainly in the 14,000 square-foot main house.
In 2013, he listed the property for sale at $70M. However, he lowered it to $47.5M, and then again to $36.5M when TV host Matt Lauer bought the property.
Richard’s main residence is an amazing 50+ acre compound estate in Pound Ridge, New York.
He also owns an apartment in New York City and near this home he also co-owns the Bedford Post Inn.
Top 5 Richard Gere Quotes
“If you have a built-in level of respect and trust and openness to essentially be yourself, it allows for a deeper uncensored communication [with your partner].” – Richard Gere
“Always walk towards open doors. And if they slam shut in your face, kick that sucker in and keep going.” – Richard Gere
“I don’t regret anything. Everything happens for a reason-it’s part of the healing process. Life is a healing process.” – Richard Gere
“Relationships are like sharks. They’ve got to keep going into deeper, colder water, sometimes scarier, darker territories… to stay alive.” – Richard Gere
“What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love.” – Richard Gere
Richard Gere is an internationally renowned actor and his net worth stands at $120M.
Richard is most famous for his starring roles in Pretty Women, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Chicago.
He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes and won the award for Chicago.
As of 2021, Richard Gere’s net worth stands at $120M.
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