Richard Gere is a household name since his breakout role in the 1980 film, “American Gigolo.” However, his early days in New York weren’t so glamorous. He recalled to Page Six that his go-to meal was eggs as he was struggling to make it as an actor. He said, “Going out to eat at restaurants was not even a real thing for me. Those were some hard desperate times.” He added, “I was starving during the ’70s as an actor just at the start of my career, just trying to making it. I was lucky enough to work, but there weren’t many actors making any money back then. I was doing Broadway for the first time. I actually did off-Broadway, then off-off- Broadway.”
Gere spoke about his experience when he served as a co-chair for City Harvest’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. He said that hunger was a “normalcy” for young actors starting out and that food is a life necessity that many do not have access to in America. He added, “Everything is so damn expensive now. So I am happy to lend my hand when it comes to people getting a nutritional meal. It is a basic human right.” The gala raised $5 million for New Yorkers in need and was hosted by Tyson Beckford.