Birth Name: Richard Tiffany Gere
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth: August 31, 1949
Ethnicity: English, some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), distant French, Welsh, and Dutch
Richard Gere is an American actor and activist. He is the son of Doris Anna (Tiffany) and Homer George Gere. His family surname was spelled “Geer” several generations back. Many of his ancestral lines have been in the United States since the 1600s. Richard is descended from numerous Mayflower passengers. He was previously married to models/actresses Cindy Crawford and Carey Lowell.
Richard, along with his then-wife, Cindy Crawford, were selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Couple Alive” in 1993 (instead of the annual “Sexiest Man Alive”). Richard was later individually selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1999.
Richard’s paternal grandfather was Albert William Gere (the son of George Lane Gere/Geer and Mary Mae Alworth). George was the son of Albert Rezin/Resin Gere and Sarah E. Tewksbury. Mary was the daughter of William Alworth and Eliza Guernsey/Garnsey.
Richard’s paternal grandmother was Hazel Marjorie Snover (the daughter of Franklin Pierce Snover and Helen/Ellen R. Clark). Franklin was the son of Daniel Harker Snover and Mary Catherine/Kate Ann Buchanan.
Richard’s maternal grandfather was William Stanton Tiffany (the son of Nelson Leroy Tiffany and Evaline/Eva Harriet Williams). Nelson was the son of Elisha Thomas Tiffany and Julia Anne Hempstead. Evaline was the daughter of Elisha Gates Williams and Emily Williams.
Richard’s maternal grandmother was Anna Rebecca Stevens (the daughter of George Gordon Stevens and Alice G. Cole). George was the son of Joel Stevens and Sarah Gordon. Alice was the daughter of William F. Cole and Martha A. Watson.
Genealogies and obituaries of Richard’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com
Richard’s paternal great-grandparents, George Lane Gere/Geer and Mary Mae Alworth, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Richard’s matrilineal great-grandmother, Alice G. Cole – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Richard’s ancestor, Temperance Smith – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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