Hi Sally: I have a little bit on Richard Gere. He was born in Susquehanna County, PA, on 8/31/1949 to Homer Gere and Doris Tiffany, the second of 5 children. I believe his parents and his grandfather, Bob Gere, were also born in PA. Another researcher (Scott Hirst)posted information on GenForum that Richard Gere descends from George Geer (b. about 1621) through his son Jeremiah Geer (b. 9/1683).
I suggest that you contact Ginger August, historian of the Geer Family Association, for additional information on Richard and other celebrities. You can find her e-mail address at the GFA website at www.geerfamily.org.