Richard Gere to receive George Eastman Award

FILE-  In this Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, actor Richard Gere attends amfAR's annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Gere is getting a George Eastman Award in upstate New York for his contributions to movies and humanitarian causes. The star of such films as "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Pretty Woman" will be honored Feb. 16 during a ceremony at Rochester's George Eastman House, the restored home of the founder of photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, FILE)
FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, actor Richard Gere attends amfAR's annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Gere is getting a George Eastman Award in upstate New York for his contributions to movies and humanitarian causes. The star of such films as "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Pretty Woman" will be honored Feb. 16 during a ceremony at Rochester's George Eastman House, the restored home of the founder of photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, FILE)

ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Richard Gere is getting a George Eastman Award in upstate New York for his contributions to movies and humanitarian causes.

The star of such films as "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Pretty Woman" will be honored Feb. 16 during a ceremony at Rochester's George Eastman House, the restored home of the founder of photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co., according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper.

Gere has appeared in more than 40 films. In 1991, he founded the Gere Foundation, which gives grants for public health, education and emergency relief in Tibet. He has long been prominent in the fight against HIV-AIDS.

Past recipients of the George Eastman Award include Lauren Bacall, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.