Richard Gere's father helped him achieve his dreams despite not having a lot of money.
Our childhood experiences and the way we are raised has a major impact on our outlook towards life and the values we hold close to us. Hollywood's charming actor, Richard Gere admits the same. He was influenced by his father, Homer George Gere, and the lessons he instilled in his life.
The Pretty Woman actor stressed the humanitarian side of his father that pushed him to be a more giving person. Speaking at the 2019 City Harvest Festival Gala, the actor stated, "My father, in about 10 days, is going to be 97 years old and his mind is better than mine. He’s one of those people that his entire life... whenever someone else was suffering he was there to some degree," according to Page Six.
He added, "If he didn’t have money, it was a smile or an embrace or whatever he had to help out, and that was around me the whole time I was growing up."
The actor grew up in a humble household with his father and mother Doris along with his five siblings. Recalling his father's big heart, Gere spoke of how his father started Meals-on-Wheels in his hometown of Syracuse, in upstate New York. His father dedicated hours to the non-profit organization and found an abandoned house to run it along with his wife.
Gere saw the good his parents were doing and years later, it played an important role in his life. He realized it was imperative to give and help those in need. "We care to fill the need for people as they got older. When you can see someone benefitting by your life in some way, you can't help but feel good about it," said Gere, according to Fabiosa.
Seeing his father's good deeds impact a lot of people, Gere regards his father as his hero. "He's enormous," said Gere. He added, "He's always been my hero. When neighbors needed them, he was there." Later, Gere also began volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels.
Gere also recalled a time when his father bought a hatchback for the distributing meals. When Gere offered to buy a nicer car for him, his father refused his offer saying the hatchback was the right height to put the meals in.
Apart from teaching him to be generous, Gere also believes his parents have a huge role in his success. The actor appreciated his father for putting him and his siblings' needs first and talked about what a family man he was.
His father, an insurance salesman, and his mother, a housewife were keen on allowing their kids to pursue their passions. Though their pockets were not always loaded, they did everything possible to help their kids achieve their dreams.
"My parents are extraordinary people," said the 71-year-old. He continued, "They gave me and my four brothers and sisters enormous opportunities in terms of education, in terms of music, in terms of anything we had an inclination towards somehow they found a way for that to happen. They found the teachers. We weren't brought up with a lot of money, and the scraping that it took to have an education, to have music teachers, was an extraordinary thing," according to the Independent.
Homer was an exemplary figure for Gere. He saw how his father kept his family together and worked for the happiness of all of them. Gere, who has the utmost respect and love for his father, honored him by naming his eldest son after him.
Gere, a follower of Buddhism is deeply driven by his father's way of living. "At the end of our lives, I’m not going to be thinking about movies, believe me. I’m going to be thinking about how much love I was able to give and receive in return. I think we all should," said the movie star, according to Page Six.