Retired actor Gene Hackman is an Academy Award-winner known for his range and versatility in several films, as well as his memorable characters in classic movies like 'Unforgiven' and 'The French Connection.' Hackman kept extremely busy during his active years, averaging 2 to 3 films a year for most of his career and acting in 6 different movies in 2001. Hackman is notorious for being hard-core not only in his approach to acting, but in his personal life as well - he ran away from home at the age of 16, lied about his age, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Eugene Allen 'Gene' Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. Nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, Hackman has also won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs in a career that spanned five decades. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. His major subsequent films include The French Connection (1971), in which he played Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle; The Poseidon Adventure (1972); The Conversation (1974); Superman (1978), in which he played arch-villain Lex Luthor; Hoosiers (1986); Mississippi Burning (1987); Unforgiven (1992); The Firm (1993); Crimson Tide (1995); Get Shorty (1995); The Birdcage (1996); Enemy of the State (1998); and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Lyda (ne Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman. He has a brother, Richard.
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