Richard Gere, a Buddhist in Hollywood.

Richard Gere, a Buddhist in Hollywood.

He is probably not the best actor in Hollywood or the most handsome, the most charming? maybe … or not even that, of course he is no longer young, he turns 68 today, but Who does not remember having surrendered to that charm so much his in films like Officer and Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Chicago or Autumn in New York? (to highlight only some of the works that make up his extensive filmography).

Richard Gere was born into a family of European origin (Irish and English) on August 31, 1949, he stood out as a gymnast and musician – he plays the trumpet -, he obtained a scholarship to go to university but did not get to graduate; in 1969 he tried his luck as a stage actor and, after the interest that acting aroused in him then, he moved to New York. In the 70s he participated in some films and continued with the theater – he got to participate in the representation of Grease in London – and in 1980 his film career was on the way to success.

And it is that although his career began in the 70s, it did not attract the attention of the public and critics until 1980 with the film American Gigoló; two years later he would reach his definitive leap to fame with Pretty Woman and with Julia Roberts hell-bent on proving that the American dream exists; from then on we have seen him in a multitude of films: accompanied again by Julia Roberts on Runaway Bride, by Winona Ryder on Autumn in New York, before by Debra Winger on Officer and Knight, by Wesley Snipes e Ethan Hawkes on Brooklyn Lords, by Jodie Foster on Sommersby, by Juliette Binoche on Magic words, by Bruce Willis y Sidney Poitier on Jackal, by Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon on Shall we Dance, by Renée Zellweger y Catherine Z Jones on Chicago, by Sean Connery y Julia Ormond on The First Knight or by a magnificent female cast that included Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, Farrah Fawcett y Kate Hudson on Dr. T and the Women. Did you miss any of these movies? so you are not a fan of Richard Gere…

They tell in the Hollywood lies that he has not only made friends in his passage through the seventh art and that one of his most staunch detractors is Bruce Willis, with whom he coincided in the movie Jackal; already in the strictly personal sphere, Richard Gere has been married twice, his first marriage lasted 4 years and was with the beautiful and famous model Cindy Crawford, the second lasted longer and left him a son but also ended in divorce. In the course of the vicissitudes of his life, he embraced the Buddhist faith to the point of becoming personally involved not only in the defense of the freedom of Tibet but he has also acted as a promoter of the Dalia Lama’s visits to the United States and has traveled himself several times to India.

We said that he was not the most handsome or the best, probably not the most charming and certainly not the youngest of the Hollywood sex symbols; Well, he is not the most awarded either; Despite his extensive filmography, he has never been nominated for an Oscar Award -although he was awarded an honorary one for his entire career-, only four times was he nominated for the Golden Globes and only once did he pick it up -for the film Chicago- ; he also has an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award in his personal showcases.

Happy birthday, Richard.

Your Famous Quotes and Phrases

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    “Everyone responds to kindness.”

    Everyone responds to kindness.

  • Meditation is a more substantial reality than what we normally understand by reality.

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    “Meditation is a more substantial reality than what we normally understand by reality.”

    Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality.

  • In a way, you get stability when you are able to order your rational mind.

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    “In a way, one achieves stability when one is able to order the rational mind.”

    In a way, one gets stability from being able to order the rational mind.

  • The Dalai Lama says that he believes that mother's love is the best symbol of love and compassion because it is totally selfless.

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    “The Dalai Lama says that he believes that mother’s love is the best symbol of love and compassion because it is totally selfless. “

    The Dalai Lama said that he thinks mother’s love is the best symbol for love and compassion, because it is totally disinterested.

  • I've committed many errors.  The key in life is learning from them.

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    “I’ve committed many errors. The key in life is learning from them. “

    I have made plenty of mistakes. The key to life is to learn from them.

  • There have certainly been better actors than me who have not had a career.  Why?  I do not know.

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    “Certainly there have been better actors than me who have not had a career. Why? I do not know.”

    Certainly there have been better actors than me who have had no careers. Why? I don’t know.

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