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Born: August 31, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Gere wrote the introductions for "Ocean of Wisdom," a compilation of the Dalai Lama's teachings, and "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet," the catalog for a major traveling exhibition organized by Tibet House.

"I had very long hair, which I refused to cut... When I first came to the city, to New York, it came down to my tits. I looked like Rita Hayworth."---Gere on his arrival in NYC in the late 1960s, quoted in "Gere-ing Up" by Matthew Rolston, FAME, December 1989/January 1990.

"'It was difficult for Richard early on,' says designer Diane Von Firstenberg, who had a 'fairly little fling' with Gere after 'Gigolo'. 'In those days he was the person who was NOT John Travolta,' she says, referring to the syndrome that Gere was trapped in at the beginning of his career. In his three big early films, Gere inherited Travolta-discarded roles in 'Days of Heaven', 'American Gigolo', and 'An Officer and a Gentleman.'"---Kevin Sessums writing in VANITY FAIR, May 1990.

"... He's discovering the pleasures of being bad. Dennis Peck, Gere's role in 'Internal Affairs', is a breathtakingly nasty character. But the actor, his hair now Paul Newman grey [he claims the emotional stress of 'Bent', a play about the suffering of gays under the Nazis, turned it that way]. brings to the part the vestiges of his usual niceness, subtly delaying the onset of our distrust and our disgust. Peck, it emerges, is the kind of womanizer who despises women. Women are his targets, his prey and the currency in which he trades. His particular expertise is in sodomy, and he never takes his clothes off, not even his shirt. The contempt is palpable."---"Changing Gere" by John Morrish (in an unidentifiable British publication from 1990).

"Peck's real relationships are with men. The sex acts with women are, quite explicitly, demonstrations of power for the benefit of other men. Such tenderness as there is stays in the locker room. A more conventionally macho leading man (Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell were considered) might never have found this homoerotic note in the character. But lately Gere has been increasingly sanguine about the gay undercurrents often apparent in his movies. He can afford to be. At 41, with his career back on track, he's grown up enough to take parts, and to make films, that reflect the complexity of the whole man."---"Changing Gere" by John Morrish (in an unidentifiable British publication from 1990).

"I'm a special friend to the Tibetans, and it's a huge responsiblity. I've been talking about Tibet for 15 years. There wasn't anybody else who could help them get some attention, in the media sense. Certainly there was the Dalai Lama, but in the more everyday, mundane sense there was nobody. Thank God, there have been a lot more people coming forward recently. I'm like an elder statesman."---Gere in DAILY NEWS, October 27, 1997.

"When I am there [Tibet], I am very happy. The Tibetans radiate. They literally send out light. His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] generates love and compassion to every human being. He has committed himself to that. I haven't made that leap yet. I haven't given up self-aspiration. I still love making movies."---Richard Gere to LOS ANGELES TIMES, November 10, 1997.

"I didn't think 'Chicago' was that great when I went to see it on Broadway," he says. "I just didn't know how you could make a movie out of it... But my agent believed in it enormously and he sent me the script, and it was absolutely brilliant. It ended up being probably the best experience of my life."---Gere as quoted in Biography, Summer 2004.

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