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Gene Hackman

Gene HackmanAKA Eugene Allen Hackman

Born: 30-Jan-1930
Birthplace: San Bernardino, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Conversation

Military service: US Marine Corps (1946-49)

Gene Hackman made his name playing tough guys, spies, and smooth villains, and won Oscars playing the drug warrior Popeye Doyle in The French Connection and the sadistic, smiling sheriff in Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood.

Hackman's father abandoned the family when he was 12, and his mother was an alcoholic, leaving their son to be raised mostly by his maternal grandmother. He was briefly jailed as a juvenile for shoplifting, then dropped out of school, ran away at 16 and, lying about his age, joined the Marines. After his tour of duty, he used the GI Bill to study journalism and TV production, and worked as a radio announcer, shoe salesman, and truck driver until, reassessing his life as his 30th birthday approached, he decided to try becoming an actor.

He enrolled for acting classes, became fast friends and eventually roomed with classmate Dustin Hoffman, and soon found a few stage and television roles. In his first, brief screen appearance, he played a policeman in 1961's Mad Dog Coll with Jerry Orbach. He made his Broadway debut opposite Peggy Cass in Children From Their Games, which closed two days after it opened, but by the mid-1960s he was working steadily in a succession of Broadway plays. His first substantial film role was in the drama of mental illness Lilith with Jean Seberg and Warren Beatty, and his first critical acclaim came with his Oscar-nominated role as Beatty's brother in Bonnie and Clyde.

Among his other famous roles, he played the bug-master in The Conversation with John Cazale, the ordinary hero of the cheesy Poseidon Adventure with Shelley Winters, a campy Lex Luthor in Superman with Christopher Reeve, the perfect high school basketball coach in Hoosiers with Barbara Hershey, the sly Secretary of Defense in No Way Out with Kevin Costner, an untalented filmmaker in Get Shorty with John Travolta, a rogue spy in Enemy of the State with Will Smith, and the patriarch of a wildly dysfunctional family in The Royal Tenenbaums with Owen Wilson. Now semi-retired, Hackman's last film was the rather embarrassing Welcome to Mooseport with Ray Romano. Working with archeologist Daniel Lenihan, Hackman has co-written a few novels.

In 2001, Hackman was involved in a very minor fender-bender in Los Angeles. Witnesses said that when the two drivers emerged from their cars to exchange information, the driver of the other vehicle was belligerent, and became more and more angry over several minutes, finally shoving the 71-year-old Hackman. According to the police report, Hackman responded by pummeling the other driver with a half-dozen blows before the two men were restrained. No charges were filed.

His mother burned to death in 1962 when, drunk and smoking in bed, she fell asleep and her cigarette ignited the mattress.

Father: Eugene Ezra Hackman (newspaper pressman)
Mother: Lyda Gray
Brother: Richard Hackman (b. 1942)
Wife: Fay Maltese (bank clerk, dated 1953-56, m. 1-Jan-1956, sep. 1982, div. 1986, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Elizabeth Hackman
Son: Christopher Hackman (b. 1960)
Daughter: Leslie Hackman
Wife: Betsy Arakawa (health club worker, cohabited 1984-91, m. Dec-1991)

    University: Journalism, University of Illinois
    Conservatory: Art Students League of New York

    Howard Johnson Times Square
    Oscar for Best Actor 1972 for The French Connection
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actor 1993 for Unforgiven
    Golden Globe 1972 for The French Connection
    Golden Globe 1993 for Unforgiven
    Golden Globe 2002 for The Royal Tenenbaums
    Heart Attack 1990
    Angioplasty 1990

    Birth of the Living Dead (18-Oct-2013) · Himself
    I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (16-Jan-2009) · Himself
    Welcome to Mooseport (20-Feb-2004) · Monroe
    Runaway Jury (9-Oct-2003) · Rankin Fitch
    Behind Enemy Lines (17-Nov-2001)
    The Royal Tenenbaums (5-Oct-2001)
    Heist (10-Sep-2001) · Joe Moore
    Heartbreakers (23-Mar-2001)
    The Replacements (7-Aug-2000)
    Under Suspicion (11-May-2000) · Henry Hearst
    Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood (Jan-1999) · Himself [VOICE]
    Enemy of the State (16-Nov-1998) · Edward "Brill" Lyle
    Antz (19-Sep-1998) · Mandible [VOICE]
    Twilight (6-Mar-1998) · Jack Ames
    Absolute Power (14-Feb-1997) · President Richmond
    Extreme Measures (27-Sep-1996) · Dr. Lawrence Myrick
    The Birdcage (8-Mar-1996) · Sen. Keeley
    The Chamber (14-Feb-1996) · Sam Cayhall
    Get Shorty (20-Oct-1995) · Harry Zimm
    Crimson Tide (12-May-1995)
    The Quick and the Dead (10-Feb-1995) · Herod
    Wyatt Earp (24-Jun-1994)
    Geronimo: An American Legend (10-Dec-1993)
    The Firm (30-Jun-1993)
    Unforgiven (3-Aug-1992)
    Company Business (6-Sep-1991) · Sam Boyd
    Class Action (15-Mar-1991)
    Narrow Margin (21-Sep-1990)
    Postcards from the Edge (12-Sep-1990) · Lowell
    Loose Cannons (9-Feb-1990)
    The Package (25-Aug-1989) · Johnny Gallagher
    Mississippi Burning (9-Dec-1988) · Anderson
    Full Moon in Blue Water (23-Nov-1988)
    Another Woman (18-Nov-1988) · Larry
    Split Decisions (11-Nov-1988) · Dan McGuinn
    Bat * 21 (21-Oct-1988)
    No Way Out (14-Aug-1987) · David Brice
    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (24-Jul-1987) · Lex Luthor [VOICE]
    Hoosiers (14-Nov-1986) · Coach Norman Dale
    Power (9-May-1986)
    Target (8-Nov-1985)
    Twice in a Lifetime (9-Sep-1985)
    Eureka (Oct-1984) · Jack McCann
    Misunderstood (30-Mar-1984)
    Uncommon Valor (16-Dec-1983) · Col. Rhodes
    Under Fire (21-Oct-1983) · Alex Grazier
    Reds (3-Dec-1981) · Pete Van Wherry
    Superman II (19-Jun-1981) · Lex Luthor
    All Night Long (6-Mar-1981)
    Superman (15-Dec-1978) · Lex Luthor
    March or Die (5-Aug-1977) · Maj. William Sherman Foster
    The Domino Principle (25-Jul-1977)
    A Bridge Too Far (15-Jun-1977)
    Lucky Lady (25-Dec-1975)
    Bite the Bullet (20-Jun-1975) · Sam Clayton
    Night Moves (11-Jun-1975) · Harry Moseby
    French Connection II (21-May-1975)
    Young Frankenstein (15-Dec-1974) · Blindman
    Zandy's Bride (19-May-1974) · Zandy Allan
    The Conversation (7-Apr-1974) · Harry Caul
    Scarecrow (31-Aug-1973) · Max Millan
    The Poseidon Adventure (12-Dec-1972) · Rev. Scott
    Prime Cut (28-Jun-1972)
    Cisco Pike (14-Jan-1972)
    The French Connection (7-Oct-1971) · Jimmy Doyle
    The Hunting Party (16-Jul-1971)
    Doctors' Wives (3-Feb-1971)
    I Never Sang for My Father (18-Oct-1970) · Gene Garrison
    Marooned (10-Nov-1969) · Buzz Lloyd
    Downhill Racer (6-Nov-1969)
    The Gypsy Moths (28-Aug-1969) · Joe Browdy
    Riot (15-Jan-1969)
    The Split (4-Nov-1968) · Lt. Walter Brill
    Banning (13-Dec-1967)
    Bonnie and Clyde (13-Aug-1967) · Buck Barrow
    A Covenant with Death (15-Feb-1967)
    First to Fight (25-Jan-1967) · Sgt. Tweed
    Hawaii (10-Oct-1966)
    Lilith (20-Sep-1964) · Norman

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