Gene Hackman biography 2022

Actor Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman biography


Gene Hackman (Eugene Allen Hackman) was an American actor born on January 30, 1930, in San Bernardino, California, USA.

Gene Hackman is among Hollywood's most versatile character actors, alternately in leading and supporting roles, producing complex characters, everyday people, and professional action heroes in genre films.

After a career in various jobs, he began as an actor Off-Broadway and got his film breakthrough relatively late in Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and became a star in the Oscar-winning role of policeman in the genre-reviving crime film The French Connection ( 1971).

He has also won an Oscar for his role as an evil sheriff in Clint Eastwood's take on the western genre, The Unforgiven (1992).

Among Gene Hackman's other significant roles can be mentioned Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974), Night Moves (1975), Mississippi Burning (1988), and the John Grisham film adaptation The Firm (1993). He has also shown comedy talent in Superman (1977) and Get Shorty (1995).

Gene Hackman has had few roles in recent years but has, e.g., starred in Wes Anderson's absurd comedy The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), as a glorious officer in the war film Behind Enemy Lines (2001), and in the courtroom drama Runaway Jury (2004) after John Grisham.



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