Hamptons Film Fest to Honor Richard Gere

The actor, activist and musician will receive the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting.

The announced Thursday that it will honor Richar Gere at the 20th anniversary film festival.

Gere, who has a home on the South Fork, will receive the Golden Starfish Award For Lifetime Achievement In Acting at on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. 

The film festival runs on the South Fork from Oct. 4 to 8, over Columbus Day weekend.

The award will be presented during the festival’s “Conversation With Richard Gere”, a discussion with Gere about his life and career. Alec Baldwin, the festival's honorary chairman will moderate. 

A montage of his career performances will be shown. His roles include Days Of Heaven, a film which launched a career and will be shownin a special screening at the festival, Pretty Woman, American Gigolo, An Officer and a GentlemanChicago and most recently Arbitrage

Gere is also an accomplished musician, photographer and humanitarian, according to the film festival. He advocates for human rights with organizations like The International Campaign for Tibet, Survival International and Healing the Divide. The Gere Foundation supports the cultural preservation of Tibet and the Tibetan people.

“Richard Gere’s outstanding body of work speaks for itself," said Karen Arikian, Executive Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival. "Richard’s phenomenal talent and social activism has showcased his passion and heart."

Past honorees of the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting are Gena Rowlands, Vanessa Redgrave, Joan Allen and Alec Baldwin.


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