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Gene Hackman or Eugene Allen Hackman is a retired American actor and novelist

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BirthdayJanuary 30, 1930
NationalityAmerican
FamousAuthor, College Dropouts, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesBetsy Arakawa (m. 1991) Fay Maltese
SiblingsRichard
Known asGene, Eugene Allen Hackman
Birth PlaceSan Bernardino, California, U.S
Height188cm
GenderMale
FatherEugene Ezra Hackman
MotherLyda (née Gray)
Net Worth$80 million as of Mar 30,2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inSan Bernardino, California, U.S
Famous asActor and Author

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Who is Gene Hackman?

In his long career of over 50 years, American actor Eugene Allen “Gene” Hackman has been nominated for 5 academy awards. He first came to fame in 1967 as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. He has won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs. He started bagging film roles with his debut in “Lilith”. His supporting role in “I Never Sang for My Father” won him an Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor. He appeared in “A Bridge Too Far” as Polish General Stanislaw Sosabowski, as the criminal mastermind Lex Luthor in “Superman: The Movie”, and its sequels, and as the head of an eccentric family in “The Royal Tenenbaums”. He earned a Best Actor nomination for “Mississippi Burning”. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “The French Connection”. He played the sadistic sheriff “Little” Bill Daggett in the western “Unforgiven” which earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field”.

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Childhood & Early Life

Eugene Allen Hackman, or Gene Hackman as he is known, was born to Lyda Gray Hackman and Eugene Ezra Hackman on January 30, 1930 at San Bernardino, California. He has a brother, Richard.

His family moved frequently and finally settled in Danville, Illinois, where they lived in his English-born maternal grandmother Beatrice’s house. Hackman’s father operated the printing press for a local paper - the Commercial News.

Hackman’s parents divorced in 1943, and his father subsequently left the family. Gene lived briefly in Storm Lake, Iowa, and studied at the Storm Lake High School.

When he was sixteen-years-old, he left home to join the United States Marine Corps. He served for four-and-a-half years as a field radio operator. After his discharge, he moved to New York, and took several minor jobs.

Career and Later Life

Hackman began pursuing an acting career in 1956. He joined the Pasadena Playhouse in California where he forged a friendship with aspiring actor, Dustin Hoffman. They were later voted “The Least Likely To Succeed”.

He moved to New York City, and began performing in Off-Broadway plays. In 1964, he bagged a role in “Any Wednesday” with actress Sandy Dennis. Film roles followed, and he debuted in “Lilith”.

In 1967, Hackman appeared in the television series “The Invaders” in an episode called “The Spores”. He appeared in an episode of “I Spy” as “Hunter”, in the episode “Happy Birthday...Everybody”.

In 1969, he played a ski coach in “Downhill Racer” and an astronaut in “Marooned”. He played the role of a member of a barnstorming skydiving team, The Gypsy Moths.

In 1970, his supporting role in “I Never Sang for My Father” won an Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor. He began receiving leading roles, like in the movie “The Poseidon Adventure”.

He appeared in the war film “A Bridge Too Far” in 1977 as Polish General Stanislaw Sosabowski. He then played the role of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor in “Superman: The Movie”, and its sequels.

He earned a Best Actor nomination for “Mississippi Burning”. He played the role of Secretary of Defense trying to cover up a homicide in 1987’s “No Way Out” opposite Kevin Costner.

In the 1980s, Hackman appeared in movies such as “Reds”, “Under Fire”, “Hoosiers”, and “Uncommon Valor”. “Hoosiers” was voted the fourth-greatest film of all time in the sports genre by an American Film Institute poll.

In 1990, the actor underwent an angioplasty, which kept him out from work for a while.

In 1993, he appeared in “Geronimo: An American Legend” as Brigadier General George Crook. He co-starred with Tom Cruise as a corrupt lawyer in “The Firm”.

In 1995, Hackman played an inept Hollywood producer in “Get Shorty”, the villainous John Herrod in “The Quick and the Dead” and submarine Captain Frank Ramsey in the film “Crimson Tide”.

He appeared in the John Grisham story “The Chamber” in 1996, playing a convict on death row. He then played the comic role of ultra-conservative Senator Kevin Keeley in “The Birdcage”.

He re-teamed with director-star Clint Eastwood in “Absolute Power” to play the President of the United States. He co-starred with Will Smith in “Enemy of the State”.

Hackman starred as an aging professional thief in David Mamet’s crime film “Heist” who is forced into one final job, and in the comedy “Heartbreakers” alongside Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

He played the head of an eccentric family in “The Royal Tenenbaums”. He acted in the Grisham legal drama, “Runaway Jury”, where he got a chance to act with longtime friend Dustin Hoffman.

Hackman’s final film to date was “Welcome to Mooseport” in 2004, a comedy with Ray Romano, in which Hackman portrayed a former President of the United States.

Major Works

Hackman appeared in the supporting role of Buck Barrow in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967. It earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

In 1974, he won the lead role in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation”, which was nominated for several Oscars. He also appeared in the comic role of the blind hermit in “Young Frankenstein”.

In 1975, he appeared in the Western horse-race saga “Bite the Bullet”, and in “French Connection II”. He also appeared in the highly acclaimed film “Night Moves”, receiving a BAFTA nomination for lead actor.

Awards & Achievements

In 1972, Gene Hackman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as New York City Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in “The French Connection”.

In 1992, he played the sadistic sheriff “Little” Bill Daggett in the western “Unforgiven” directed by Clint Eastwood and written by David Webb Peoples. It earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Gene Hackman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field” at the Golden Globes in 2003.

Personal Life & Legacy

Hackman married Faye Maltese in 1956. They had three children - Christopher Allen, Elizabeth Jean and Leslie Anne. The couple divorced in 1986 after three decades of marriage.

In 1991, he married Betsy Arakawa. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Betsy is co-owner of an upscale retail home furnishings store in Santa Fe called Pandora’s, Inc.

Trivia

This actor is known to have turned down lead roles in reputed movies such as “Jaws”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

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Gene Hackman awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1993Best Actor in a Supporting RoleUnforgiven (1992)
1972Best Actor in a Leading RoleThe French Connection (1971)

Golden Globe Awards

2002Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
1993Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureUnforgiven (1992)
1972Best Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe French Connection (1971)

BAFTA Awards

1993Best Actor in a Supporting RoleUnforgiven (1992)
1973Best ActorThe French Connection (1971)
1973Best ActorThe Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Gene Hackman biography timelines

  • // 30th Jan 1930
    Eugene Allen Hackman, or Gene Hackman as he is known, was born to Lyda Gray Hackman and Eugene Ezra Hackman on January 30, 1930 at San Bernardino, California. He has a brother, Richard.
  • // 1943
    Hackman’s parents divorced in 1943, and his father subsequently left the family. Gene lived briefly in Storm Lake, Iowa, and studied at the Storm Lake High School.
  • // 1956
    Hackman began pursuing an acting career in 1956. He joined the Pasadena Playhouse in California where he forged a friendship with aspiring actor, Dustin Hoffman. They were later voted “The Least Likely To Succeed”.
  • // 1956 To 1986
    Hackman married Faye Maltese in 1956. They had three children - Christopher Allen, Elizabeth Jean and Leslie Anne. The couple divorced in 1986 after three decades of marriage.
  • // 1964
    He moved to New York City, and began performing in Off-Broadway plays. In 1964, he bagged a role in “Any Wednesday” with actress Sandy Dennis. Film roles followed, and he debuted in “Lilith”.
  • // 1967
    In 1967, Hackman appeared in the television series “The Invaders” in an episode called “The Spores”. He appeared in an episode of “I Spy” as “Hunter”, in the episode “Happy Birthday...Everybody”.
  • // 1967
    Hackman appeared in the supporting role of Buck Barrow in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967. It earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he played a ski coach in “Downhill Racer” and an astronaut in “Marooned”. He played the role of a member of a barnstorming skydiving team, The Gypsy Moths.
  • // 1970
    In 1970, his supporting role in “I Never Sang for My Father” won an Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor. He began receiving leading roles, like in the movie “The Poseidon Adventure”.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, Gene Hackman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as New York City Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in “The French Connection”.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he won the lead role in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation”, which was nominated for several Oscars. He also appeared in the comic role of the blind hermit in “Young Frankenstein”.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, he appeared in the Western horse-race saga “Bite the Bullet”, and in “French Connection II”. He also appeared in the highly acclaimed film “Night Moves”, receiving a BAFTA nomination for lead actor.
  • // 1977
    He appeared in the war film “A Bridge Too Far” in 1977 as Polish General Stanislaw Sosabowski. He then played the role of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor in “Superman: The Movie”, and its sequels.
  • // 1980
    In the 1980s, Hackman appeared in movies such as “Reds”, “Under Fire”, “Hoosiers”, and “Uncommon Valor”. “Hoosiers” was voted the fourth-greatest film of all time in the sports genre by an American Film Institute poll.
  • // 1987
    He earned a Best Actor nomination for “Mississippi Burning”. He played the role of Secretary of Defense trying to cover up a homicide in 1987’s “No Way Out” opposite Kevin Costner.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, the actor underwent an angioplasty, which kept him out from work for a while.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he married Betsy Arakawa. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Betsy is co-owner of an upscale retail home furnishings store in Santa Fe called Pandora’s, Inc.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he played the sadistic sheriff “Little” Bill Daggett in the western “Unforgiven” directed by Clint Eastwood and written by David Webb Peoples. It earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he appeared in “Geronimo: An American Legend” as Brigadier General George Crook. He co-starred with Tom Cruise as a corrupt lawyer in “The Firm”.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, Hackman played an inept Hollywood producer in “Get Shorty”, the villainous John Herrod in “The Quick and the Dead” and submarine Captain Frank Ramsey in the film “Crimson Tide”.
  • // 1996
    He appeared in the John Grisham story “The Chamber” in 1996, playing a convict on death row. He then played the comic role of ultra-conservative Senator Kevin Keeley in “The Birdcage”.
  • // 2003
    Gene Hackman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field” at the Golden Globes in 2003.
  • // 2004
    Hackman’s final film to date was “Welcome to Mooseport” in 2004, a comedy with Ray Romano, in which Hackman portrayed a former President of the United States.

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Gene Hackman's FAQ

  • What is Gene Hackman birthday?

    Gene Hackman was born at 1930-01-30

  • Where is Gene Hackman's birth place?

    Gene Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, U.S

  • What is Gene Hackman nationalities?

    Gene Hackman's nationalities is American

  • Who is Gene Hackman spouses?

    Gene Hackman's spouses is Betsy Arakawa (m. 1991) Fay Maltese

  • Who is Gene Hackman siblings?

    Gene Hackman's siblings is Richard

  • How tall is Gene Hackman?

    Gene Hackman's height is 188

  • Who is Gene Hackman's father?

    Gene Hackman's father is Eugene Ezra Hackman

  • Who is Gene Hackman's mother?

    Gene Hackman's mother is Lyda (née Gray)

  • What is Gene Hackman's sun sign?

    Gene Hackman is Aquarius

  • How famous is Gene Hackman?

    Gene Hackman is famouse as Actor and Author