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Richard Tiffany Gere (IPA:  born August 31, 1949) is an American actor and producer. He began in films in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and a starring role in Days of Heaven (1978). He came to prominence with his role in the film American Gigolo (1980), which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol. He went on to star in many well-received films, including An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), The Cotton Club (1984), Pretty Woman (1990), Sommersby (1993), Primal Fear (1996), Runaway Bride (1999), I’m Not There (2007), Arbitrage (2012) and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016). For portraying Billy Flynn in the Academy Award-winning musical Chicago (2002), he won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast.

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I am dedicating this Bio to Paula of Light Motifs II who only yesterday voiced her fondness for Richard over that of Julia Roberts – so it seemed more than fair to display this great actors roles as well. I have followed Richard Gere as an actor since his 1979 film ‘Yanks’ and have a lot of time for his performances. Now how about you – fan or not – favourite film would be?

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1 – An Officer and a Gentleman – 1982

Zack, who has been raised by his drunken father, aspires to become a navy pilot. He goes through a rigorous training at the camp and finally finds a father figure in Sergeant Foley.

2 – Unfaithful – 2002

Connie, a married woman, bumps into Paul, a handsome stranger, and finds herself attracted to him. However, when she pursues an extra-marital affair with him, Edward, her husband, gets suspicious.

3 – Hachi: A Dog’s Tale – 2009

A professor finds an abandoned dog and takes him home. Over a period of time, he forms an unbreakable bond with the dog.

4 – American Gigolo – 1980

Julian, a male escort, is satisfied with his job until he gets framed for a murder of his ex-client. With no strong alibi, he gets desperate to clear his name.

5 – Pretty Woman – 1980

Edward, a rich entrepreneur, hires Vivian, a prostitute, to accompany him to a few social events. Trouble ensues when he falls in love with her and they try to bridge the gap between their worlds.

5 – Primal Fear – 1996

Young altar boy Aaron Stampler’s life changes when he is accused of murdering a priest. Things take a turn when a renowned lawyer, Martin Vail, decides to take up his case.

6 – Shall We Dance – 2004

John, a bored and overworked estate lawyer, sees a beautiful woman standing at the window of a dance studio on a daily basis. He signs up for ballroom dancing lessons with hopes of meeting her.

7 – Arbitrage – 2012

Robert Miller, a seemingly successful business tycoon, is faced with one crisis after another in his professional and personal life. He must protect his family and business empire from crumbling.

8 – Nights in Rodenthe – 2008

Two unhappy people’s lives entwine when they fall in love. A hotel inn, fate and a sudden change of luck help them find solace and true love.

9 – Runnaway Bride – 1999

A big-city reporter falls in love with a small-town handywoman who has made a habit out of fleeing from the altar each time she decides to tie the knot.

10 – Chicago – 2002

Nightclub sensation Velma kills her philandering husband. Chicago’s adroit lawyer Billy Flynn is set to become her defence lawyer, who also defends Roxie, who is responsible for murder.

11 – The Mothman Prophecies – 2002

John discovers a sketch pad among his wife’s last possessions. Now he is driven to uncover the mystery behind his wife’s death and its connection to strange things happening in a town 400 miles away.

12 – Internal Affairs – 1990

Dennis, a cop, uses his fellow officers as a pawn for his own nefarious activities. Soon, an investigator in the L.A.P.D.’s Internal Affairs division embarks on a trail to apprehend him.

13 – The Cotton Club – 1984

The lives of various characters intersect at Harlem’s renowned Cotton Club. Handsome horn player Dix Dwyer (Richard Gere) falls for Vera Cicero (Diane Lane), the stunning girlfriend of famous gangster Dutch Schultz (James Remar). Meanwhile Dix’s brother, Vincent (Nicolas Cage), falls in with Schultz‘s crew, while Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins), the jazz venue’s proprietor, has his own mob ties. Although Dix goes on to become a Hollywood actor, his life doesn’t get any less complicated or dangerous.

14 – The Jackal – 1997

During an FBI raid on a Moscow nightclub, the brother of Russian gangster Terek Murad (David Hayman) is killed. Murad wants revenge and hires anonymous hit man the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to kill FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier). With the help of Russian agent Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora), Preston finds the only man who knows what the notorious Jackal looks like, imprisoned IRA terrorist Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), and forces him to help hunt down the hit man.

15 – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 2015

Since The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full with its existing long-term residents, co-owners Muriel and Sonny make plans for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel while he prepares for his wedding.

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  1. Woo! Thank you! Awesome post. Hard to pick a favorite (I haven’t seen them all). He was so great in Chicago I’ll probably have to go with that one ~ I rewatch it periodically. I will always love him as Zach though. I have seen Officer & Gentleman several times. Unfaithful was a wonderful movie ~ Diane Lane is another favorite actor of mine. 😍

  2. I have so much respect for Richard Gere! I’ve seen Officer & Gentleman, Unfaithful, Primal Fear (saw this in high school Psych 101class),Internal Affairs, but Mothman Prophecies, Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Brooklyn’s Finest (he was a disillusioned cop on the verge of retiring who fell in love with his regular prostitute; the whole movie wasn’t centered around him, he played a small role alongside Ethan Hawke-a corrupt cop)

  3. Nice post Rory 😀.

    Ya I think RG is a good actor, I love that movie An officer and a gentleman I seen it a couple of times.
    I’ve seen a couple of those movies.

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