In 1967, Gere graduated from North Syracuse Central High School, where he excelled at gymnastics and music, playing the trumpet.  He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship, majoring in philosophy , but did not graduate, leaving after two years.  
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 31, 1949, Richard Gere studied at the University of Massachusetts, became a pop musician, and went on to gain extensive experience as a stage actor. Gere received acclaim for an off-Broadway appearance in Killer's Head , then made his big-screen debut with a small role in Report to the Commissioner . His other films include Yanks , American Gigolo , An Officer and A Gentleman , Pretty Woman , Chicago and Shall We Dance? .
I don't mean to sound cranky, but it's more than a bit wearisome that the first thing that pops out of some people's mouths when they learn I write about urban legends is, "What about that thing with Richard Gere and the gerbil? Is that true?"
As always I don’t know where the time has gone but months have gone by since my last effort but what is apparent it will be difficult to write chronologically as there is so much to remember and perhaps its best to grab the snippets of information as they pop up in […]
The man responsible for starting the notorious Richard Gere gerbil rumor in the early ’90s finally apologized to the actor Monday night for creating the urban legend that still haunts Gere to this day. Wayne Matthews, a 35-year-old mechanic from New Mexico, attended the Hollywood Film Awards where Gere was being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and begged for forgiveness for spreading the rumor that Gere was once rushed to an emergency room to have a gerbil removed from his body after a kinky sex act went horribly awry.