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Gene Hackman

Mostly Credited As: Gene Hackman
Sometimes Credited As: Eugene Alder

Birth Name: Eugene Allen Hackman
Date Of Birth: January 30, 1930 (Age 84)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: San Bernardino, California
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)

Gene Hackman


Eugene Allen Hackman was born in Riverside, California in 1930, and later brought up in Danville, Illinois. At a young age Gene was abandoned by his father, and soon looked to by his mother to set a good example for his younger brother. So, at the age of 16 Gene lied about his birthdate to get an early enlistment into the Marine Corps, where he eventually became a radio operator. After his discharge, Gene studied painting - something that he continues to enjoy to this very day, he also traveled and worked at various television stations across the country. He eventually returned to the West Coast and enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse where he made his stage debut with ZaSu Pitts in The Curious Miss Caraway. Finding true passion for his new possible career, Gene began to work in a variety of summer stock productions while he supported his family with part time jobs.
After awhile Gene decided to try his luck in New York, where he slowly started making a name for himself by taking small parts on stage and in television. He eventually won the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in Irwin Shaw's Children at Their Games and soon emerged as a star on Broadway opposite Sandy Dennis in the comedy hit Any Wednesday. After a few more years, Gene found his way on to the big screen, where he would become a legend and one of the most popular and respected actors of our time. He has now appeared in over 80 films since his 1964 debut in Lilith co-starring Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg. His resume boasts an impressive list of credits including two Academy Award winning performances, one for Best Actor in The French Connection (1971), the other for Best Supporting Actor in Clint Eastwood's hit western: The Unforgiven (1992), as well as three additional Academy Award nominations for Mississippi Burning (1988), I Never Sang for My Father (1970), and 1967's Bonnie and Clyde pairing him once more with Warren Beatty.

Gene has also established himself as an artist and author. In 1999, Gene released his first work of fiction Wake of the Perdido Star, and again with the release of Justice for None in 2004. He continues to write, paint and enjoy semi-retirement from the "Business" with his wife Betsy Arakawa at their home in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Movie Credits

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006) (V) - Lex Luthor
Welcome to Mooseport (2004) - Monroe Cole
Runaway Jury (2003) - Rankin Fitch
Behind Enemy Lines (2001) - Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - Royal Tenenbaum
Heist (2001/I) - Joe Moore
Heartbreakers (2001) - William B. Tensy
The Mexican (2001) - Arnold Margolese
The Replacements (2000) - Jimmy McGinty
Under Suspicion (2000) - Henry Hearst
Enemy of the State (1998) - Edward 'Brill' Lyle
Antz (1998) (voice) - General Mandible
Twilight (1998) - Jack Ames
Absolute Power (1997) - President Allen Richmond
The Chamber (1996) - Sam Cayhall
Extreme Measures (1996) - Dr. Lawrence Myrick
The Birdcage (1996) - Sen. Kevin Keeley
Get Shorty (1995) - Harry Zimm
Crimson Tide (1995) - Capt. Frank Ramsey
The Quick and the Dead (1995) - John Herod
Wyatt Earp (1994) - Nicholas Earp
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) - Brig. Gen. George Crook
The Firm (1993) - Avery Tolar
Unforgiven (1992) - Little Bill Daggett
Company Business (1991) - Sam Boyd
Class Action (1991) - Jedediah Tucker Ward
Narrow Margin (1990) - Robert Caulfield
Postcards from the Edge (1990) - Lowell
Loose Cannons (1990) - MacArthur Stern
The Package (1989) - Sgt. Johnny Gallagher
Mississippi Burning (1988) - Agent Rupert Anderson

... and many more.

Gene Hackman
TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Larry King Live (1985) 
  Episode dated July 7, 2004 20x43: (Jul/14/2004) As Himself 

Hollywood Greats (1977) 
  Dustin Hoffman 05x01: (Mar/08/2004) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 50x01: (Jan/24/1993) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for 'Unforgiven') 
  The 29th Annual Golden Globe Awards 29x01: (Feb/06/1972) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (for 'The French Connection') 
  The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 59x01: (Jan/20/2002) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for 'The Royal Tenenbaums') 

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Gene Hackman 08x02: (Oct/14/2001) As Himself 

American Masters (1986) 
  Hitchcock, Selznick, and the End of Hollywood 13x01: (Nov/01/1999) Voiced  Narrator 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 66th Annual Academy Awards 42x01: (Mar/21/1994) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 65th Annual Academy Awards 41x01: (Mar/29/1993) As Winner: Best Supporting Actor (for 'Unforgiven') 
  The 56th Annual Academy Awards 32x01: (Apr/09/1984) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 45th Annual Academy Awards 21x01: (Mar/27/1973) As Presenter, [Featuring]

The South Bank Show (1978) 
  Gene Hackman 06x20: (May/01/1983) As Himself 

V.I.P. Schaukel (1971) 
  Episode #8.4 08x04: (Dec/22/1978) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  751215 14x10: (Dec/15/1975) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #115 05x23: (Mar/13/1972) As Himself 
  Episode #113 05x21: (Feb/28/1972) As Himself 

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  Happy Birthday... Everybody 03x20: (Feb/26/1968) As Frank Hunter 

CBS Playhouse (1966) 
  My Father and My Mother 01x05: (Feb/13/1968) As Ned 

The Iron Horse (1966) 
  Leopards Try, but Leopards Can't 02x07: (Oct/28/1967) As Harry Wadsworth 

The Invaders (1967) 
  The Spores 02x07: (Oct/17/1967) As Tom Jessup/Invader 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Courier 02x17: (Jan/15/1967) As Herb Kenyon 

Hawk (1966) 
  Do Not Mutilate or Spindle 01x01: (Sep/08/1966) As Houston Worth 

Trials of O'Brien (1965) 
  The Only Game in Town 01x22: (Mar/18/1966) As Roger Nathan 

East Side/West Side (1963) 
  Creeps Live Here 01x13: (Dec/23/1963) As Police Officer 

The DuPont Show of the Week (1961) 
  Ride With Terror 03x09: (Dec/01/1963) As Douglas McCann 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Who Will Cheer My Bonnie Bride 03x29: (May/10/1963) As Motorist 

The Defenders (1961) (1961) 
  Judgment Eve 02x30: (Apr/20/1963) As Guard 
  Quality of Mercy 01x01: (Sep/16/1961) As Jerry Warner 

Naked City (1958) 
  Prime of Life 04x21: (Feb/13/1963) As Jasper 

The United States Steel Hour (1953) 
  Far from the Shade Tree 09x10: (Jan/10/1962) As Ed 
  Bride of the Fox 07x27: (Aug/24/1960) As Unknown 
  Big Doc's Girl 07x06: (Nov/04/1959) As Reverend MacCreighton 
  No Leave for the Captain 06x22: (Jun/17/1959) As Steve 

The Directors (1999) 
  Clint Eastwood 02x06: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

Tallahassee 7000 (1961) 
  The Fugitive 01x20: (Unknown) As Joe Lawson 
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Trivia

Gene: "I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press."

Gene: "It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on-screen. I think of myself, and feel like I'm quite young, and then I look at this old man with the baggy chins and the tired eyes and the receding hairline and all that."

Gene: "If I start to become a star, I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best."

Gene: "The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways."

Gene: "Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors."

Gene co-authored two novels with undersea archeologist Daniel Lenihan, Wake of the Perdido Star (1999) and Justice for None (2004).

Gene was married to Fay Maltese for 30 years before divorcing in 1986. They had three children together.

He was the first choice to play vicious serial killer Hannibal Lector in the hit film Silence of the Lambs (1991), and was also offered the chance to direct the film.

At the age of 16, Gene was jailed for stealing candy & soda pop from a convenience store.

Brother of Richard Hackman.

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