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Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

is 88 years old

Real name: Eugene Alden Hackman
Born: Thursday, January 30, 1930
  (San Bernardino, California, USA)
Height: 6' 2"

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Gene Hackman in Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

GENE HACKMAN (President Monroe “Eagle” Cole) has received two Academy Awards: Best Actor for “The French Connection” and Best Supporting Actor for “Unforgiven.” He also received Oscar nominations for “Bonnie and Clyde,” “I Never Sang For My Father,” and “Mississippi Burning.” His list of honors also includes two British Academy Awards, three Golden Globes®, two National Organization of Theatre Owners Awards, the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award, and a comprehensive collection of awards from leading critics’ groups. He has received retrospective tributes from the British Film Institute, the San Francisco Film Festival and the American Film Institute. He received the Cecile B. De Mille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2003 Golden Globes ceremony.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Gene Hackman’s emergence as one of the major actors of his generation is that there is no such thing as “a Gene Hackman role.” Hackman’s recent roles include the scheming patriarch of a dysfunctional family in “The Royal Tenenbaums,” for which he won his third Golden Globe Award, a hard-nosed naval commander whose methods buck the system in “Behind Enemy Lines,” a lifelong con-man pulling off his final con in David Mamet’s “The Heist,” and a ruthless jury consultant in “Runaway Jury.”

Other recent film roles cast him as a sexually tormented businessman in “Under Suspicion,” a man dragged in over his head when drafted as a pro football coach during a strike in “The Replacements,” and a reprobate magnate targeted by two beautiful con-women in “Heartbreakers.”

Hackman’s feature credits also include starring roles in “Enemy of the State” opposite Will Smith; Robert Benton’s “Twilight,” with Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon; “Extreme Measures”; “The Birdcage,” also starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane; and Clint Eastwood’s “Absolute Power,” in which Eastwood also starred. He has starred in three films based on John Grisham novels: Sydney Pollack’s “The Firm,” with Tom Cruise; “The Chamber,” with Chris O’Donnell; and the recent “Runaway Jury,” with co-stars John Cusack and Dustin Hoffman.

Hackman starred in “The Quick and the Dead,” opposite Sharon Stone; “Crimson Tide,” opposite Denzel Washington; “Get Shorty,” with John Travolta and Danny DeVito; and “Under Suspicion,” with Morgan Freeman.

Hackman began his career in the theatre and made his screen debut in the 1964 film “Lilith,” which starred Warren Beatty. Since then, Hackman has appeared in more than 70 films, ranging from comedies to action films to westerns to dramas. These include Francis Ford Coppola’s critically acclaimed “The Conversation,” the box office hit “The Poseidon Adventure,” Warren Beatty’s Academy Award-winning “Reds,” “Scarecrow,” “Hoosiers,” “Another Woman,” “Under Fire,” “All Night Long,” “Twice in a Lifetime,” “Night Moves,” directed by Arthur Penn, and three of the “Superman” films. in which he appeared as Lex Luthor.

Hackman was born in Riverside, California, and grew up in Danville, Illinois, where his father was a newspaper printer. He jointed the Marines at 16 and became a radio operator. After his discharge from the service, Hackman moved from radio to television and worked at various small-town television stations. He eventually returned to the West Coast and enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse where his classmates included Dustin Hoffman. There, Hackman made his stage debut with Zazu Pitts in “The Curious Miss Caraway.”

After a period of summer stock, Hackman moved to New York where he studied with George Morrison and began getting small parts on television and in stage productions. He won the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in Irwin Shaw’s “Children at Their Games,” and he had his first starring role on Broadway opposite Sandy Dennis in the hit comedy, “Any Wednesday.”

In addition to his work as an actor, Hackman is an author of the novel, Wake of the Perdido Star, which he wrote with Daniel Lenihan. Hackman also paints, flies an airplane and races automobiles. In addition, he is an avid film collector.

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Gene Hackman

 appeared in following movies:
Welcome to Mooseport (2004) dvd51% (37 votes) Monroe Cole
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) 80% (1 votes) Narrator
Runaway Jury (2003) dvd68% (125 votes) Rankin Fitch
Mexican, The (2001) dvd57% (165 votes) Arnold Margolese
Heist (2001) dvd61% (88 votes) Joe Moore
Heartbreakers (2001) dvd58% (94 votes) William B. Tensy
Behind Enemy Lines (2001) dvd60% (151 votes) Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart
Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001) dvd80% (366 votes) Royal Tenenbaum
    • Won Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2002
Under Suspicion (2000) dvd58% (51 votes) Henry Hearst
Replacements, The (2000) dvd54% (89 votes) Jimmy McGinty
Twilight (1998) dvd66% (24 votes) Jack Ames
Best of Hollywood, The (1998) Interview
Antz (1998) dvd71% (181 votes) General Mandible (voice)
Enemy of the State (1998) dvd67% (257 votes) Edward 'Brill' Lyle
Absolute Power (1997) dvd58% (128 votes) President Allen Richmond
Birdcage, The (1996) dvd62% (192 votes) Sen. Kevin Keeley
Chamber, The (1996) dvd48% (28 votes) Sam Cayhall
Extreme Measures (1996) dvd54% (81 votes) Dr. Lawrence Myrick
Crimson Tide (1995) dvd67% (157 votes) Capt. Frank Ramsey
Get Shorty (1995) dvd79% (158 votes) Harry Zimm
Quick and the Dead, The (1995) dvd61% (96 votes) John Herod$1,300,000
Wyatt Earp (1994) dvd69% (86 votes) Nicholas Earp
Firm, The (1993) dvd66% (159 votes) Avery Tolar
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) dvd62% (13 votes) Brig. Gen. George Crook
Unforgiven (1992) dvd93% (332 votes) Little Bill Daggett
    • Won Academy Award - Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1993
    • Won BAFTA Award - Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1993
    • Won Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1993
Company Business (1991) dvd51% (3 votes) Sam Boyd/John Jones
Class Action (1991) dvd62% (13 votes) Jedediah Tucker Ward
Loose Cannons (1990) dvd36% (8 votes) MacArthur Stern
Narrow Margin (1990) dvd64% (15 votes) Robert Caulfield
Postcards from the Edge (1990) dvd66% (27 votes) Lowell
Package, The (1989) dvd62% (13 votes) Johnny Gallagher
Split Decisions (1988) 52% (1 votes) Dan McGuinn
Another Woman (1988) dvd64% (15 votes) Larry Lewis
Bat*21 (1988) dvd66% (15 votes) Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton
Full Moon in Blue Water (1988) dvd48% (2 votes) Floyd
Mississippi Burning (1988) dvd72% (88 votes) Agent Anderson
    • Nominated for Academy Award - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1989
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1989
No Way Out (1987) dvd80% (65 votes) Defense Secretary David Brice
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) dvd37% (56 votes) Lex Luthor/voice of Nuclear Man
Hoosiers (1986) dvd80% (70 votes) Coach Norman Dale
Power (1986) dvd57% (5 votes) Wilfred Buckley
Target (1985) dvd56% (5 votes) Walter Lloyd
Twice in a Lifetime (1985) dvd66% (3 votes) Harry MacKenzie
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1986
Misunderstood (1984) 47% (1 votes) Ned
Eureka (1984) dvd60% (3 votes) Jack McCann
Under Fire (1983) dvd80% (14 votes) Alex Grazier
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1984
American Masters (1983) Narrator (voice)
Uncommon Valor (1983) dvd58% (11 votes) Col. Cal Rhodes
All Night Long (1981) dvd60% (4 votes) George Dupler
Superman II (1980) dvd74% (95 votes) Lex Luthor
Superman (1978) dvd80% (161 votes) Lex Luthor$2,000,000
    • Nominated for BAFTA Award - Best Supporting Actor 1979
March or Die (1977) 48% (2 votes) Maj. William Sherman Foster
Bridge Too Far, A (1977) dvd66% (47 votes) Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski
Domino Principle, The (1977) 50% (2 votes) Roy Tucker
Bite the Bullet (1975) dvd74% (5 votes) Sam Clayton
French Connection II (1975) 80% (56 votes) Doyle
    • Nominated for BAFTA Award - Best Actor 1976
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama 1976
Lucky Lady (1975) 42% (2 votes) Kibby$1,250,000
Night Moves (1975) dvd74% (7 votes) Harry Moseby
    • Nominated for BAFTA Award - Best Actor 1976
Conversation, The (1974) dvd94% (99 votes) Harry Caul
    • Nominated for BAFTA Award - Best Actor 1975
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama 1975
Zandy's Bride (1974) Zandy Allan
Young Frankenstein (1974) dvd93% (249 votes) The Blindman (Harold)
Scarecrow (1973) dvd74% (8 votes) Max
Poseidon Adventure, The (1972) dvd73% (57 votes) Rev. Frank Scott
Prime Cut (1972) dvd58% (7 votes) Mary Ann
French Connection, The (1971) dvd87% (119 votes) Det. Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle$100,000
    • Won Academy Award - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1972
    • Won Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama 1972
Hunting Party, The (1971) 50% (1 votes) Brandt Ruger
Cisco Pike (1971) 48% (1 votes) Sergeant Leo Holland
I Never Sang for My Father (1970) 74% (2 votes) Gene Garrison
    • Nominated for Academy Award - Best b50 Actor in a Supporting Role 1971
Gypsy Moths, The (1969) dvd58% (2 votes) Joe Browdy
Marooned (1969) dvd48% (5 votes) Buzz Lloyd
Downhill Racer (1969) 60% (4 votes) Eugene Claire
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) dvd88% (114 votes) Buck Barrow
    • Nominated for Academy Award - Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1968
Hawaii (1966) dvd56% (3 votes) Rev. John Whipple
Lilith (1964) dvd58% (1 votes) Norman

 Production - 

Gene Hackman

 worked as producer on following movies:
Under Suspicion (2000) dvd58% (51 votes) executive producer

 Appeared as Himself
Revolution! The Making of 'Bonnie and Clyde' (2008) Himself
AFI's 10 Top 10 (2008) Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty (2008) Himself
Hoosier History: The Truth Behind the Legend (2005) Himself
Making of 'Runaway Jury', The (2004) Himself
60th Annual Golden Globe Awards, The (2003) 60% (2 votes) Himself - DeMille Award
100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) Himself
American Masters: Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (1983) dvd Himself

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