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18 March 2019, 14:37 | Updated: 18 March 2019, 14:41
Richard Gere is one of the most talented and popular actors of his generation, and he'll soon be appearing on the small screen in TV drama MotherFatherSon.
From his movies to his marriage, here are all the important facts about the Pretty Woman actor:
Richard Gere is an American actor, who first came to prominence in the 1980 film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol.
He went on to star in many top films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Unforgiven and Runaway Bride.
He also won a Golden Globe for playing Billy Flynn in the 2002 musical Chicago.
MotherFatherSon is Richard Gere's first ever major TV role, and airs on BBC Two in March 2019.
The plot revolves around Caden Finch (Billy Howle), who runs a British newspaper owned by his American father, Max (Gere), a businessman with media outlets in London and around the world.
Caden is supposed to follow in his father's footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world, but when his self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, it leads to devastating consequences for the future of his family, and their empire.
Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949. He will celebrate his 70th birthday in 2019.
His name is actually Richard Tiffany Gere.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Doris Ann Tiffany (1924–2016) was a housewife. His father, Homer George Gere, was an insurance agent. Richard is their eldest son and second child.
His paternal great-grandfather had changed the spelling of the surname from 'Geer'.
Richard Gere was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995.
In November 2002, he married model and actress Carey Lowell. They have a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born in 2000 and is named for his grandfathers, as well as the Tibetan name 'Jigme'.
In September 2013, the couple separated after 11 years of marriage. The couple spent three years in highly contested divorce proceedings, before the case was settled in October 2016.
In April 2018, he married Spanish activist Alejandra Silva, who is in her mid-30s. Later that year, they announced that they were expecting their first child, a baby boy who was born in February 2019.