‘American Gigolo’ on Diaper Duty

How about this for a test of inner peace? A wailing newborn screaming in the middle of the night — every night.

That’s right. Looks like the road to nirvana for the Buddhist-minded Richard Gere will, for a little while at least, be one characterized primarily by dirty diapers, the above-mentioned nightly cacophony and a decided lack of quiescence.

Gere and actress Carey Lowell, the actor’s on-again, off-again partner since 1995, welcomed the birth of their first child — a baby boy — Sunday night in New York.

The kid, given name Homer James Jigme Gere, weighed in at a healthy 8 pounds, 12 ounces. No word from either of the proud parents on the exact etymological inspiration for the kid’s three-part name.

Gere is, of course, best known for the type of rough-trade hunkiness he embodies in such flicks as “American Gigolo,” “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Pretty Woman,” and last year’s romantic blockbuster “”Runaway Bride.” This coming fall, he’ll be seen playing an older man who falls hopelessly in love with twentysomething Winona Ryder in the May-December romance “Autumn in New York.”

Lowell is lesser known as either the coveted “Bond girl” in “License to Kill” (1989) or as assistant district attorney Jamie Ross on NBC’s “Law & Order” from 1996-98. But movie buffs that we are here at Hollywood.com, we can also positively I.D. her as Tom Hanks‘ dead wife in “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Gere (at an apparently virile 50) and Lowell (12 years his junior) are among the latest Hollywood types enjoying late-life baby booms. Fellow fiftysomething thespian Michael Douglas is expecting a child of his own this fall with bride-to-be Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Gere‘s ex-wife Cindy Crawford gave birth to her first child, with second husband Rande Gerber, last July.