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Profile of the Day: Richard Gere

Happy birthday to Richard Gere! Today the actor turns 73.

Image: Richard Gere / Francesco, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The popular actor was born Richard Tiffany Gere in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1949. His middle name comes from his mother, whose maiden name was Tiffany. Gere’s family had deep early American roots. He descends from Mayflower passengers through both his mother and father. As a teen, Gere excelled at gymnastics and even earned a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

He rose to fame in the 1980’s with leading roles in American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman. One of his most successful films to date, Pretty Woman, also served as the breakout vehicle for future Oscar winner Julia Roberts.

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