Richard Gere

by follers on August 20, 2013

Birth Name: Richard Tiffany Gere

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 31, 1949

Ethnicity: English, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, Dutch, and Scottish, remote French

Richard Gere is an American actor, humanitarian, 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 has a son with his former wife, actress and model Carey Lowell.

Richard, along with his then-wife, model and actress 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). Albert was born in Pennsylvania. George was the son of Albert Rezin/Resin Gere and Sarah E. Tewksbury. Mary Mae was the daughter of William Alworth and Eliza Guernsey/Garnsey.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Hazel Marjorie/Margaret Snover (the daughter of Franklin Pierce Snover and Helen/Ellen R. Clark). Hazel was born in Pennsylvania. 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). William was born in Pennsylvania. 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). Anna was born in Pennsylvania. George was the son of Joel Stevens and Sarah Gordon. Alice was the daughter of William F. Cole and Martha A. Watson.

Sources: Genealogies of Richard Gere –

Genealogies and obituaries of Richard’s parents –

Genealogy of Richard Gere (focusing on his father’s side) –

Richard’s paternal great-grandparents, George Lane Gere/Geer and Mary Mae Alworth, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Richard’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Richard’s matrilineal great-grandmother, Alice G. Cole –

Genealogy of Richard’s ancestor, Temperance Smith –

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andrew November 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm
andrew August 31, 2016 at 7:05 pm
cwm85 August 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Always thought he was jewish…

gel January 1, 2016 at 2:56 am

I always thought he was Italian!

gel January 1, 2016 at 2:57 am

Dean Martin?

andrew August 31, 2016 at 7:02 pm

except his character in “An official and a gentleman”, I don’t remember other Italian or part Italian roles played by Richard Gere.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 5:01 am

He always looked Jewish to me.

andrew August 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

You should specify he descends from some Mayflower passengers

Thistlelicious February 26, 2016 at 10:32 pm

He descends from at least 10 Mayflower passengers. I’d say that’s more then “some”. :)

GLXY May 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm

His mother’s name Tiffany comes from Belgium, he said it in Graham Norton Show in 2013

Look at 3:00

follers May 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm
GLXY May 20, 2015 at 4:37 am

Then why would he said it’s a Belgian name ?

follers May 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

Probably because he doesn’t know much about his “Tiffany” family history. The name has been in the United States for a very long time.

Arun December 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

No he don´t looks like native American No youre Stupid.
For me he looks more British i mean English .
Irish have different look , they are little bit dark.

aaa December 13, 2013 at 7:12 am

He looks have recent Native American ancestry,look at his facial features

andrew December 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm
neiltennant June 23, 2016 at 10:43 am
nnnnn May 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Animal abuser. Poor little gerbil

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