Richard Gere is an actor, producer and humanitarian who has more than 40 years of memorable starring roles and box office hits. He first gained attention working opposite Diane Keaton in Oscar winner Richard Brooks’ Looking for Mr. Goodbar (77); with the visionary Terrence Malick on Days of Heaven (78); and with Paul Schrader on the very edgy American Gigolo (80), in which Gere risked his likeability at the exact moment he was establishing himself as a leading man. His fearlessness made waves. An Officer and a Gentleman (82), and celebrity, followed.
In Pretty Woman (90), his corporate creep Edward Lewis learns that it’s possible to be honest in his dealings, thanks to a blossoming romance with a lady-of-the-evening. As defense attorney Martin Vail in Primal Fear (96), his skilled manipulation of the law collides with his conscience. And even when his other lawyer, Billy Flynn in Chicago (02), stood on the other side of the moral spectrum, Gere’s delighted self-acceptance was one of the main reasons the film won the Best Picture Academy Award.
In recent years, Gere’s new work in Arbitrage (12) and Owen Moverman’s Time Out of Mind (14) have earned him some of the best reviews of his career, and he continues to make box office sparks in comic hits such as The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (15). His latest film is Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (16).