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Real Name: Eugene Allen Hackman
Birth Place: San Bernardino, California, USA
Birth Date: January 30, 1930
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Soundtrack

Gene Hackman Biography

The son of Eugene Ezra Hackman and Lydia (nee Gray), Gene Hackman grew up in a broken home, which he left at the age of 16 for a hitch with the US Marines. Moving to New York after being discharged, he worked in a number of menial jobs before studying journalism and television production on the G.I. Bill at the University of Illinois. Hackman would be over 30 years old when he finally decided to take his chance at acting by enrolling at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. Legend says that Hackman and friend Dustin Hoffman were voted "least likely to succeed."Hackman next moved back to New York, where he worked in summer stock and off-Broadway. In 1964 he was cast as the young suitor in the Broadway play "Any Wednesday." This role would lead to him being cast in the small role of Norman in Lilith (1964), starring Warren Beatty. When Beatty was casting for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), he cast Hackman as Buck Barrow, Clyde Barrow's brother. That role earned Hackman a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, an award for which he would again be nominated in I Never Sang for My Father (1970). In 1972 he won the Oscar for his role as Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection (1971). At 40 years old Hackman was a Hollywood star whose work would rise to new heights with Night Moves (1975) and Bite the Bullet (1975), or fall to new depths with The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Eureka (1983). Hackman is a versatile actor who can play comedy (the blind man in Young Frankenstein (1974)) or villainy (the evil Lex Luthor in Superman (1978)). He is the doctor who puts his work above people in Extreme Measures (1996) and the captain on the edge of nuclear destruction in Crimson Tide (1995). After initially turning down the role of Little Bill Daggett in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992), Hackman finally accepted it, as its different slant on the western interested him. For his performance he won the Oscar and Golden Globe and decided that he wasn't tired of westerns after all. He has since appeared in Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Wyatt Earp (1994), and The Quick and the Dead (1995).

Gene Hackman Movies / TV-Shows

78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
The Oscars (2017)
The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima (2016)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013)
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)
America's Game: The Superbowl Champions (2006)
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (2006)
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)
Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
Runaway Jury (2003)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
The Mexican (2001)
Heartbreakers (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Under Suspicion (2000)
American Masters Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2000)
The Replacements (2000)
Antz (1998)
Twilight (1998)
Enemy of the State (1998)
Absolute Power (1997)
The Birdcage (1996)
The Chamber (1996)
Extreme Measures (1996)
Century of Cinema A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Get Shorty (1995)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
The Firm (1993)
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Earth and the American Dream (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
Maury (1991)
Company Business (1991)
Class Action (1991)
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Narrow Margin (1990)
Loose Cannons (1990)
The Package (1989)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Split Decisions (1988)
Another Woman (1988)
Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)
Biography (1987)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
No Way Out (1987)
Hoosiers (1986)
Power (1986)
American Masters (1985)
Target (1985)
Misunderstood (1984)
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Two of a Kind (1983)
Eureka (1983)
Under Fire (1983)
Reds (1981)
Superman II (1980)
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (1980)
The South Bank Show (1978)
Superman (1978)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
The Domino Principle (1977)
March or Die (1977)
Night Moves (1975)
Lucky Lady (1975)
Bite the Bullet (1975)
French Connection II (1975)
The Conversation (1974)
Zandy's Bride (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Scarecrow (1973)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Prime Cut (1972)
The French Connection (1971)
Cisco Pike (1971)
The Hunting Party (1971)
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Marooned (1969)
Downhill Racer (1969)
The Gypsy Moths (1969)
The Split (1968)
The Invaders (1967)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
First to Fight (1967)
Hawaii (1966)
The F.B.I. (1965)
I Spy (1965)
Lilith (1964)
Route 66 (1960)
Naked City (1958)

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