Gene Hackman Biography

Birthday: 1930-01-30
Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California USA
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki 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).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The United States Steel Hour 1953 Comedy
The Conversation Harry Caul 1974 Mystery
Superman Lex Luthor 1988 Action
The Firm Avery Tolar 1993 Thriller
Under Suspicion 2000 Crime
The Replacements Jimmy McGinty 2000 Comedy
Absolute Power President Allen Richmond 2003 - 2008 Crime
Heist Joe Moore 2006 - 2007 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Quick and the Dead Herod 1963 Romance, 0
Lilith 1964 Biography
Bonnie and Clyde Buck Barrow 1967 Comedy, 0
The Split Det. Lt. Walter Brille 1968 0, Comedy
Downhill Racer 1969
The Gypsy Moths 1969 Action, Drama, Romance
Marooned 1969 Adventure, Drama, Sci Fi
The French Connection Jimmy Doyle 1971 0, Comedy, Game Show
I Never Sang for My Father Gene Garrison 1971 Drama
Prime Cut 1972 Action, Crime, Drama
The Poseidon Adventure Rev. Frank Scott 1972
Scarecrow Max 1973
The Conversation Harry Caul 1974
Bite the Bullet Sam Clayton 1975 0
French Connection II Doyle 1975 Action, Crime, Drama
A Bridge Too Far Major General Sosabowski 1977 0, 0, Romance
The Domino Principle 1977 0
March or Die 1977 Drama, Adventure
Superman Lex Luthor 1978 0, 0, Sport
Cisco Pike 1979 Drama
All Night Long George Dupler 1981 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Superman II Lex Luthor 1981 Action, Sci Fi
Under Fire Alex Grazier 1983
Uncommon Valor Col. Cal Rhodes 1983 Action, Drama, Thriller
Twice in a Lifetime Harry MacKenzie 1985 Drama, Romance
Power Wilfred Buckley 1986
Hoosiers Coach Norman Dale 1986 0
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lex Luthor 1987 0
Mississippi Burning Agent Rupert Anderson 1988 Game Show, Comedy
Another Woman 1988
Bat*21 Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton 1988 Drama
Split Decisions Dan McGuinn 1988 Action, Drama
Full Moon in Blue Water Floyd 1988 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Package Sgt. Johnny Gallagher 1989 0, Comedy, 0
Loose Cannons Mac Stern 1990
Postcards from the Edge Lowell Kolchek 1990 0
Narrow Margin 1990 0, Game Show
Class Action Jedediah Tucker Ward 1991
Company Business Sam Boyd 1991 Action, Drama, Thriller
The Firm Avery Tolar 1993 0
Geronimo: An American Legend Brig. Gen. George Crook 1993 Drama, History
Wyatt Earp Nicholas Earp 1994 Action, Adventure
Get Shorty Harry Zimm 1995 0, Game Show
Crimson Tide Capt. Frank Ramsey 1995 Action, Drama, Thriller
The Birdcage Sen. Kevin Keeley 1996 Comedy
Extreme Measures Dr. Lawrence Myrick 1996 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Absolute Power President Allen Richmond 1997 Comedy, 0, Game Show
Antz General Mandible 1998 0, 0, Drama
Twilight Jack Ames 1998 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Enemy of the State Edward Lyle 1998 Action, Drama, Thriller
The Replacements Jimmy McGinty 2000 0
Under Suspicion 2000 Game Show, Comedy
The Royal Tenenbaums Royal Tenenbaum 2001 0
Behind Enemy Lines Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart 2001 0, 0, Game Show
Heist Joe Moore 2001 0, Comedy, 0
Heartbreakers William B. Tensy 2001 Comedy, Crime, Romance
The Heart Breaker William B. Tensy 2001 Comedy, Crime, Romance
The Heist Joe Moore 2001
Runaway Jury Rankin Fitch 2003 0
Target Walter Lloyd 2004 Game Show
Welcome to Mooseport Monroe Cole 2004 Comedy, Romance
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Lex Luthor 2006
Unforgiven Little Bill Daggett 2013 0, 0
Night Moves Harry Moseby 2014 Game Show
No Way Out Defense Secretary David Brice 2015 0
Split Det. Lt. Walter Brille 2017 Game Show