Richard Gomez's career is one that traverses many paths. He was a fast food crew member who worked his way up into modeling, acting, and eventually, politics. Owing to his good looks and natural talent in acting, Richard Gomez was the male lead of many iconic romantic dramas in the early 2000s. What is the story of this terrific actor?
Richard Gomez is a Filipino actor, model, athlete, director, and politician. Goma is one of the most popular actors to spearhead the popularity of romantic drama films in the early 2000s. The actor starred in many movies including "Sayo Lamang" (1997), "Kahit Kailan" (1996), "Ang Babae sa Bintana" (1998), "Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit" (1991), Linlang (1999), "Minsan Minahal Kita" (2000), among others.
His more recent movies include "The Trial" (2014), "The Love Affair" (2014), "Felix Manalo" (2015), and "Three Words to Forever (2018)".
- Name: Richard Frank Icasiano Gomez
- Nickname: Goma
- Richard Gomez birthday: April 7, 1966
- Richard Gomez age: 53 years old
- Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
- Parents: Ed Kelly Gomez and Stella Suarez
- Nationality: Filipino
- Richard Gomez height: 6' (1.83 m)
- Marital status: Married (Lucy Torres Gomez, married since 1998)
- Net worth: $1 million - $5 million (estimated)
Richard Gomez bio
The actor was raised by his grandmother after the split-up of his parents, Ed and Stella. In an interview in GMA Network morning talk show "Tunay na Buhay" (2011), Goma quoted his grandmother's words to his younger self:
“Sabi niya sa akin, ‘I’ll take you in, aalagaan kita pero I will not treat you like an apo. Itatrato kita na parang anak para hindi spoiled ang paglaki mo."
The gorgeous star was working at a McDonald's when he was discovered by his late talent manager Douglas Quijano. He then became one of the faces of Bench, a Philippine clothing brand. The model debuted in acting in the 1984 movie "Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan", where he co-starred with veteran actresses Charo Santos and Gina Alajar.
The actor's mother, Stella Suarez, is no stranger to the local show business industry because she was an actress in the 1960s.
In 1985, he landed his first major role in film. He was cast alongside Maricel Soriano in "Inday Bote", the movie that vaulted the actor into success. Since then, the actor became one of the most sought-after male leads in the late 1990s, starring in movies as the male opposite of high profile actresses such as Dawn Zulueta, Pops Fernandez, Sharon Cuneta, among others.
Mayor Richard Gomez
In politics, the aspiring mayor started as a nominee of partylist "Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD)" during the congressional election of 2001. Their party was later disqualified for being unable to present proof of sectoral representation.
The actor ran for congressman in Ormoc in 2010 but was disqualified by COMELEC due to a lack of documents to sufficiently establish residency in Ormoc. His current wife Lucy Torres Gomez took his place and won the elections, and Richard worked as her chief of staff.
Another attempt to run for Ormoc's mayor was made by the actor in 2013 but he was defeated by Weng Codilla. He ran again in the May 2016 local elections and finally won the position.
In recent news, the mayor took his oath for his second term in office with a promise to improve infrastructure projects in Ormoc, strengthen the city's resiliency during calamities, and ban single-use plastics that is a primary root of pollution.
Richard Gomez birthplace
The actor was born in Manila, Philippines. Following the split-up of his parents, he was raised by his grandmother. He is the son of 1960s actress Stella Suarez and Ed Kell, both of whom left the country in 1977. Goma has two sisters, Karen Guinto and Jennifer Love Guinto.
Richard Gomez wife
The actor's love story with his celebrity wife Lucy Torres is quite a story to admire. In an Instagram post shared by the actor on their 21st anniversary, he wrote
"This is the tv ad where I fell in love with this 19 year old lady. It didn't take too long and I asked her to marry me. Its been 21 years since and it feels like we just got married yesterday. Happy Anniversary to you my love!!!"
The actor posted this caption along with a video of a popular shampoo commercial they both appeared in.
Richard and Lucy exchanged vows at the altar back in April 28, 1998.
Richard Gomez daughter
Juliana Gomez is the beautiful daughter of celebrity parents Richard and Lucy Torres-Gomez. She was born on September 8, 2000, and is currently 19 years of age.
She finished high school in the Everest Academy Manila in Taguig and is currently pursuing her college education in UP Diliman in Diliman, Quezon City. She has an official Instagram account, @gomezjuliana.
Richard Gomez net worth
Owing to his success as a television and film actor, Goma has an estimated net worth of $1 million - $5 million. He built his wealth on the hefty salaries earned for starring in films as well as his pay for his modeling stints, most significantly, for Bench.
Richard Gomez is currently leading a normal life as the mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte, all while fulfilling his role as a husband and a father.