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Monday, August 31, 2015

66 Groovy Things about Richard Gere on his birthday

Today I'm celebrating Richard Gere's 66th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about his life and career:

1. Richard Tiffany Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Tiffany is his mother's maiden name).

2. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship, majoring in philosophy, but he left after two years.

3. He first worked professionally at age 19 at the Provincetown Playhouse in the summer of 1969, where he appeared in Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown, Tennessee Williams' Camino Real, Edward Albee's Everything in the Garden, and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

4. In January 1971, he made his Broadway debut in Soon, a Rock Opera, which also starred Peter Allen, Barry Bostwick and Nell Carter (as Gere's girlfriend). It ran for three performances.

5. In 1973, he played Danny Zuko in both the Broadway production and the original London stage production of Grease.

6. On June 17, 1973, he made his television debut in the ABC drama pilot, Chelsea D.H.O., which starred Frank Converse and Ruby Dee.

7. He played Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream at NYC's Lincoln Center in January 1975.

8. He made his film debut in the 1975 crime drama, Report to the Commissioner, starring Michael Moriarty, Yaphet Kotto and Susan Blakely.

9. In April 1975, he starred in Sam Shepard's one-act play, Killer's Head, at NYC's American Place Theatre.

10. He played a New York State trooper in the NBC crime drama pilot, Strike Force, on April 12, 1975.

11. In November 1975, he appeared in the Broadway comedy, Habeas Corpus, with June Havoc, Celeste Holm, Jean Marsh and Rachel Roberts.

12. He appeared in the 1976 film, Baby Blue Marine, starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Glynnis O'Connor.

13. He appeared in an episode of CBS's Kojak on September 26, 1976.

14. He played a street hustler named Tony in the 1977 drama, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, starring Diane Keaton.

15. He starred in the 1978 film, Bloodbrothers, with Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco and Marilu Henner.

16. He starred in the 1978 drama, Days of Heaven, with Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz.

17. He starred in the 1979 period drama, Yanks, with Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane and Lisa Eichhorn.

18. He became one of the first big-name Hollywood actors to play gay when he starred as a homosexual Holocaust victim in the 1979 Broadway production of the drama, Bent. He won a 1980 Theatre World Award for his performance.

19. As male escort Julian Kaye in the 1980 crime drama, American Gigolo, he became the first major Hollywood actor to appear frontally nude in a film.

20. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance in the 1982 romantic drama, An Officer and a Gentleman.

21. He starred in the 1983 drama, Breathless, with Valérie Kaprisky.

22. He starred in Francis Ford Coppola's 1984 crime drama, The Cotton Club, with Gregory Hines and Diane Lane.

23. He played the title role in the 1985 drama, King David.

24. He starred opposite Kim Basinger in the 1986 film, No Mercy.

25. He played a ruthless media consultant in the 1986 drama, Power, which also starred Julie Christie, Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.

26. He turned down the roles of Gordon Gekko in 1987's Wall Street (which won Michael Douglas an Academy Award) and John McClane in 1988's Die Hard (which turned Bruce Willis into an action star).

27. He starred in the 1988 film, Miles from Home, with Kevin Anderson, Helen Hunt and Brian Dennehy.

28. He starred in the 1990 crime thriller, Internal Affairs, with Andy Garcia.

29. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in the 1990 romantic comedy, Pretty Woman, which also starred Julia Roberts.

30. He appeared in Akira Kurosawa's 1991 film, Rhapsody in August.

31. On November 5, 1991, he was interviewed - along with Anjelica Huston and Bette Midler - on The Barbara Walters Special.

32. He starred in the 1992 drama, Final Analysis, with Kim Basinger and Uma Thurman.

33. He starred in the 1993 romantic drama, Mr. Jones, with Lena Olin and Anne Bancroft.

34. He starred opposite Jodie Foster in the 1993 romantic drama, Sommersby.

35. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in the HBO film, And the Band Played On, which was broadcast on September 11, 1993.

36. In October 1993, he and his first wife, Cindy Crawford, were named "The Sexiest Couple Alive!" by People magazine.

37. He starred in the 1994 film, Intersection, with Sharon Stone and Lolita Davidovich.

38. He played Lancelot in the 1995 medieval film, First Knight, which also starred Julia Ormond and Sean Connery.

39. He starred in the 1996 film, Primal Fear, with Laura Linney and Edward Norton.

40. He starred in the 1997 action movie, The Jackal, with Bruce Willis and Sidney Poitier.

41. He starred in the 1997 mystery thriller, Red Corner, with Bai Ling and Bradley Whitford.

42. He was reunited with his Pretty Woman co-star, Julia Roberts, in the 1999 romantic comedy, Runaway Bride.

43. At age 50, he was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in November 1999.

44. He starred in the 2000 romantic comedy, Dr. T & the Women, with Helen Hunt and Farrah Fawcett.

45. He starred opposite Winona Ryder in the 2000 romantic drama, Autumn in New York.

46. He provided the voice of himself in an episode of The Simpsons on December 16, 2001.

47. He appeared on Inside the Actors Studio on May 5, 2002.

48. He starred in the 2002 supernatural thriller, The Mothman Prophecies, with Laura Linney and Debra Messing.

49. He starred opposite Diane Lane in the 2002 drama, Unfaithful.

50. He received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance as lawyer Billy Flynn in the 2002 movie musical, Chicago.

51. He starred in the 2004 drama, Shall We Dance?, with Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon.

52. He starred opposite Juliette Binoche in the 2005 drama, Bee Season.

53. He starred in the 2006 drama, The Hoax.

54. He appeared in I'm Not There, Todd Haynes' 2007 film about Bob Dylan.

55. He starred opposite Diane Lane in the 2008 romantic drama, Nights in Rodanthe.

56. He appeared in the 2009 biographical film, Amelia, which starred Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart.

57. He starred in Lasse Hallström's 2009 drama, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, with Joan Allen.

58. He starred in the 2011 spy film, The Double, with Topher Grace.

59. On June 12, 2012, he was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly correspondent Dave Karger after a special 30th anniversary screening of An Officer and a Gentleman.

60. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in the 2012 drama, Arbitrage.

61. He made his first appearance on ABC's The View on September 14, 2012.

62. He was a guest on Anderson Cooper's syndicated talk show, Anderson Live, on September 14, 2012.

63. On February 22, 2013, he was a guest on The Graham Norton Show with John Malkovich, Saoirse Ronan and Taylor Swift.

64. He starred in the 2014 drama, Time Out of Mind, with Jena Malone, Ben Vereen, Kyra Sedgwick and Steve Buscemi.

65. He appeared in the 2015 British film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

66. On March 24, 2015, he appeared on NBC's Today for a 25th anniversary Pretty Woman cast reunion with Julia Roberts, Laura San Giacomo, Hector Elizondo and director Garry Marshall.

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