Richard Gere Named His Son After His ‘Extraordinary’ 100-Year-Old Dad Who He Praised For How He Raised Him



A special bond between Richard Gere and his father has always existed thanks to the ideals his father, the older Gere, instilled in him as a child.

Richard is renowned for his endearing personality; after all, he was a top heartthrob in Hollywood in the 1980s and 1990s. Richard was raised in Syracuse, New York, while being born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 31, 1949. Richard’s father, Homer George Gere, was an insurance agent, and his mother, Doris Ann, was a stay-at-home mom, according to an interview he gave with “Inside the Actor’s Studio” in 2002.
Richard is a decedent of William and Mary Brewster and John and Elinor Billington, two pilgrims who traveled to New England aboard the Mayflower, according to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Even his parents, Homer and Doris, were referred to be “exceptional” people by Richard. He stated to the Independent in 2007 that “my parents are great people.”
The actor claimed that despite their little financial resources, his parents always managed to provide for them with the greatest things in life.


“They offered my four brothers and sisters and I tremendous chances in terms of school, music, and everything else we had an interest in, somehow making it happen, he added.
They located the teachers, he continued. The struggle it took for us to have an education and music teachers was tremendous because we weren’t raised with a lot of money.”
Richard has always been proud of his father’s work with Meals on Wheels as a volunteer. The recipient of the Golden Globe for Best Actor has even participated in a number of Meals on Wheels programs over the years to inspire others to volunteer as well. Even in 2018, he went with his father to give lunch.

“He was there for his neighbors when they needed him. Richard noted in a 2018 Meals on Wheels film, “Now at 84, he’s still there. The same year, Meals on Wheels was founded, and Richard and his father Homer sat down to discuss how it began and the difference it has made in their lives as well as the lives of others.
“I recall my dad. You and your mother bought this hatchback vehicle. I offered to pay for you to get a really nice automobile, and you said, “Well, no, this works for me.” Why, I (said)? In another video produced by the charity, Richard remembers why: “Because it’s the correct height to put the meals in.

Richard questioned his father about the genesis of the Meals on Wheels initiative. There was somewhat of an abandoned home, Homer said. That’s how Meals on Wheels got its start. We take care to meet people’s needs as they age.”
The award-winning actor continued by saying that his father’s love for assisting in feeding others was sparked by human contact. On the other side, his father said:

“I think it’s impossible not to feel good about your life when you see someone else benefiting from it in some manner.”

Richard’s father instilled in him the value of giving back from an early age. In an interview with Page Six in 2019, Richard stated, “He’s one of those persons who his entire life… anytime someone else was hurting he was there to some degree.” Richard claims that his father always went out of his way to assist others, regardless of whether he had any money on hand.

Richard remarked, “That was all around me the whole time I was growing up. If he didn’t have money, it was a grin or an embrace or anything he had to help out.”
Richard and Homer discussed Meals On Wheels’ aim to assist individuals in need during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2021.

“Many older citizens are now helpless and alone due to COVID-19. For more than 25 years, my dad was directly involved with meals on wheels,” Richard remarked. It produced this sensation of kinship.
In 2022, Homer celebrated his 100th birthday, and Richard made sure to mark the occasion with lunch at Pastabilities in his father’s North Syracuse neighborhood.

Richard Gere visited Pasta’s tonight to commemorate his father Homer Gere’s 100th birthday, according to a post on Instagram by Pastabilities.
Homer had previously worked as a fire volunteer in his community in addition to volunteering for Meals on Wheels. After the passing of Richard’s mother Doris in 2016, the actor frequently travels to North Syracuse to check on his father.


Richard immortalized his love for his father by naming his only child with his ex-partner Carey Lowell, Homer James Jigme Gere, as if his love for him wasn’t already obvious from his affirmations in various interviews. Jigme is a Tibetan word that meaning “fearless,” and Richard and Lowell named their kid after both of their fathers, Homer and James. Both are interested in the teachings of the Dalai Lama, the head of the Tibetan Buddhists.
Richard is still a devoted father to all three of his kids, two of whom he shares with Alejandra Silva, his current spouse. Yes, he learned it from his father!

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