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Overview (4)

Born in Cromwell, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameDavid James Gere
Nickname Shadow
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David James Gere grew up in the small town of Cromwell, CT. His mother and sister were tragically killed in a mysterious drowning accident when he was very young. His father, James, an educator, later married Veronica Gere, who raised him. An outstanding student, Gere graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island (1997), receiving a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Film Studies. Early on, David began modeling and working on both sides of the camera in films and commercials. Despite a European print campaign for GUESS Jeans (1997), David was more inspired by acting and filmmaking. He soon began a run of short films, documentaries, and music videos (MTV2) that were critically well-received. He developed a relationship with the emerging Rhode Island directors, Michael Corrente and Peter Farrelly, and got his first acting break in Outside Providence (1999), a film which Peter and his brother Bobby Farrelly produced and Corrente directed. In 2006, David appeared in Rocky Balboa, which he cites as a significant turning point, having been directed by his childhood hero, Sylvester Stallone. In 2007, David appeared on the CW Network's hit show Gossip Girl as Frank Meltzer. David is also an experienced stuntman, having performed stunts in The Dark Knight (2008) as one of Bane's Mercenaries. After working closely with professional wrestling legend Tommy Dreamer on the horror movie set of Army Of The Damned (2013), David began a career in the squared circle. Under Dreamer's guidance, Gere began performing as the villainous heel manager, DG Haven. The character has a cult level following, and is established in major promotions throughout North America. David is currently continuing his acting career, and is a producing partner for several major production companies including Verdi Productions and Woodhaven Media. Gere launched his new production company, Shadow Vale Productions in 2018. David Gere resides in Connecticut, where he owns several nightlife venues. David is also an accomplished abstract painter, his pieces have appeared in various films, and his work has been commissioned by celebrity peers. David is very devoted to charitable causes for children, ranging from The United Way, to local organizations, including his own youth mentor program. He often credits his focus for helping young people, along with his drive and desire to create, to the difficult loss he experienced as a boy.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Eck

Trivia (9)

David was signed by Next Model Management NYC in 1996. It was during that time he was featured in Guess Jeans promotional photos prior to moving into acting. David returned to print modeling in a recent "Get to know Mitch" Men's product campaign.
David Gere founded a production company known as Shadow Films, now known as Shadow Vale Productions. Additionally, he is a producing partner at Verdi Productions and Woodhaven Media. David has formerly produced for The Switzer Entertainment Group and Synthetic Cinema International.
David Gere is very good friends with actor Pooch Hall, beard known from 'The Game' and 'Ray Donovan.' They met on the set of the film 'Outside Providence' in the late 90's.
David owns a well known art gallery/lounge, The Shadow Room, located in Connecticut. It is a hub for celebrities, artists, musicians, writers, actors, and filmmakers. A film David produced, 'Hard Luck,' starring "Diamond" Dallas Page and Darryl McDaniels was filmed there. In 2012, a club scene from the Chiller Channel's Anthology Series, 'Chilling Visions: The Five Senses of Fear' was also shot there. Musician and rapper Drake has frequented the venue.
David Gere's teacup Yorkie, Arlow Wayne, appears in the film, 'Steve Niles' Remains'.
The character of 'Officer Gere' in the film, '17 & Life: Jailbait' was named after David Gere by the film's writer/director Jared Cohn. David was cast in the role, but due to scheduling conflicts was unable to be on location in Los Angeles where the film was shot. Actor Joss Deacon ended up in the role, and the character name stayed the same.
David has produced four feature films in his hometown of Cromwell, CT. Blueline (2015) The Getter (2016) Pitching Tents (2016) and Blood Circus (2017).
David performs as the heel pro wrestling manager 'DG Haven' in various promotions throughout North America.
David Gere is closely connected to actor and Hollywood insider Chuck Zito. They have combined on multiple projects including Blood Circus (2017), Black Wake (2018), Honor Amongst Men (2018) and Vault (2019). Gere and Zito are also involved in an annual charity auto show in David's hometown of Cromwell, CT.

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