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Gene Hackman
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Biography

Height
6' 2"
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A child of a broken home, Hackman left home at 16 for a 3 year hitch with the Marines. Moving to New York after being discharged, Hackman 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 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 stage play "Any Wednesday". This role would lead to him being cast in the small role of Norman in the film Lilith (1964) starring Warren Beatty. When Warren was casting for his film Bonnie and Clyde (1967), he would cast Hackman as Buck Barrow. Hackman would be nominated 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 would win the Oscar for his role as Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle in 'The French Connection'. At 40 years old, Hackman was a Hollywood Star whose work would rise to the heights with Night Moves (1975) and Bite the Bullet (1975) or fall to the depths with Poseidon Adventure, The (1972) and 0083906. Hackman is a versatile star who can play the Blind man in the comedy Young Frankenstein (1974) to 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 turning down the role of Little Bill Daggett in Clint Eastwood's film Unforgiven (1992), Hackman finally accepted the role as it was a different slant on the Western that interested him. For his performance, he would win the Oscar and Golden Globe and decide that he was not tired of Westerns after all. He has since appeared in Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Wyatt Earp (1994) and Quick and the Dead, The (1995).
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Spouse
'Betsy Arakawa' (December 1991 - present)
'Fay Maltese' (1956 - 1986) (divorced); 1 son, 2 daughters
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Trivia


Was the first choice to play Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch.

Hackman was the sixth choice to play Popeye Doyle in French Connection, The (1971).

Hackman lied about his age to join the Marines at 16 but left as soon as his initial 3 year tour was complete.

While at the Pasadena Playhouse, Hackman and a classmate were voted "Least likely to succeed". The classmate was Dustin Hoffman.

Was the first choice to play Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs(1991).

Gene Hackman stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Scene On Rating
The French Connection 1971 Suzy on DVD 2006-01-27 ***
The Poseidon Adventure 1972 0000-00-00 *** 1/2
Young Frankenstien 1974 Mini-Cine 1-2 0000-00-00 **** 1/2
Superman 1978 With Peter L. 0000-00-00 ***
Superman II 1981 With Peter L. 0000-00-00 ***
No Way Out 1987 With Jessica 0000-00-00 *** 1/2
Mississippi Burning 1988 With Jessica 0000-00-00 ***
Class Action 1991 With Trish at Showcase Orange 0000-00-00 ***
Unforgiven 1992 Don't Remember 0000-00-00 **** 1/2
The Firm 1993 Don't Remember 0000-00-00 ** 1/2
Wyatt Earp 1994 At Showcase Orange 0000-00-00 **
Get Shorty 1995 0000-00-00 ***
Crimson Tide 1995 Suzy 2020-04-14 ***
The Birdcage 1996 0000-00-00 *** 1/2
Absolute Power 1997 Suzy 2015-07-01 ***
Enemy of the State 1998 Branford Hoyts 0000-00-00 *** 1/2
Antz 1998 family on DVD 2008-01-11 **
The Replacements 2000 Branford Hoyts 2000-08-13 ***
The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 w/ suzy on DVD 2002-08-18 ** 1/2
Heist 2001 w/ Suzy at Branford Hoyts 2001-11-09 *** 1/2
Heartbreakers 2001 Showcase North Haven 2001-05-12 ** 1/2
The Mexican 2001 at Branford Hoyts 2001-03-03 ** 1/2
Runaway Jury 2003 2004-03-28 ** 1/2
Welcome to Mooseport 2004 w/ Family on DVD 2004-05-28 ***