The term child actor or child actress is generally applied to a child acting on stage or in movies or television. It may also refer to an adult who began his/her acting career as a child. To avoid confusion, the latter is also called a former child actor. Based upon his career, Richard Gere (b. August 31,1949) was never a child actor. Gere is an American actor who began acting in films in the 1970s. He had a supporting role in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar", a 1977 American crime drama. He next got a starring role besides Brooke Adams in "Days of Heaven", a 1978 American romantic period drama film. He finally came to prominence with his role in the 1980 neo-noir crime drama "American Gigolo", which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol.

Now working in the 21st century, Gere's many prior films include "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982)," The Cotton Club" (1984), "Pretty Woman" (1990), "Sommersby" (1993), "Primal Fear" (1996), "Runaway Bride" (1999), "I'm Not There" (2007), "Arbitrage" (2012), "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer" (2016), and "Three Christs" (2017).

In terms of career accolades, Gere won a Golden Globe Award for portraying Billy Flynn in the 2002 satirical musical black comedy crime film "Chicago"; he also got a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast. Currently, he is still waiting and hoping to be nominated for an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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