He is the one actor I have loved at every age, starting with An Officer and a Gentleman. There was something about him; a depth of emotion, a troubled soul masked in anger. He claims to have discovered Buddhism in his unhappy twenties. So did I.
He can trace his ancestry to the Mayflower, was raised in Philadelphia, went to college in New England on a gymnastics scholarship, leaving after 2 years for the theater.
He studied in Nepal and Tibet, taking up humanitarian causes and funding efforts in AIDS awareness, ecological concerns, animal rights and protection of indigenous folk around the world, authoring the book “We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples”and donating its royalties to Survival International.
Stalling a bit in the 1980’s, his commercial success rebounded with Pretty Woman. Some of my favorites were Primal Fear, Sommersby, Red Corner, Autumn in New York, Nights in Rodanthe. He gave a convincing performance as a bipolar in Mr. Jones, and as the unrealistic victim of a cheating wife in Unfaithful. Who cheats on Richard Gere ?
He dazzled as a song and dance man in Chicago and Shall We Dance, and had a charmed reunion with Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride.
Briefly married to Cindy Crawford, he was featured as People’s Sexiest Man Alive at the age of 50, in all his glorious grey hair.
He is a working actor, one of several we know and love who has never been nominated for an Oscar.
He is still a favorite; no doubt, always will be.