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Gene Hackman young

Gene Hackman young

Birth Date

January 30, 1930


United States

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Natural hair color

Salt and Pepper

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6 ft 2 in | 188 cm

Gene Hackman young photos


80 kg | 176 lb

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Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Gene Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, United States, on January 30, 1930, is an American actor.

Young Gene Hackman first started acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in California (1956).

He made his big screen debut in drama crime film Mad Dog Coll (1961) in role as Policeman.

He got his television debut in drama series Tallahassee 7000 (1961) in episode "The Fugitive", in role as Joe Lawson.

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Children From Their Games" (1963), at Morosco Theatre.

Gene's breakthrough performance came as Buck Barrow in neo-noir biographical crime movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Best Movies

He won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in crime thriller film The French Connection (1971).

He won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Little" Bill Daggett in revisionist Western film Unforgiven (1992).

He was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Agent Rupert Anderson in crime thriller movie Mississippi Burning (1988).

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Gene Garrison - Son in drama film I Never Sang for My Father (1970).

He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Royal Tenenbaum in comedy drama movie The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

He portrayed Lex Luthor in superhero movies: Superman (1978) and sequel Superman II (1980) opposite Christopher Reeve.

The Conversation (1974) mystery thriller directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Hoosiers (1986) docudrama sport with Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey

A Bridge Too Far (1977) epic war opposite Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Robert Redford

Night Moves (1975) neo noir crime with Melanie Griffith and James Woods

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) drama mystery opposite Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters

Enemy of the State (1998) action thriller with Will Smith, Lisa Bonet and Jon Voight

Crimson Tide (1995) thriller drama opposite Denzel Washington and Viggo Mortensen

Scarecrow (1973) drama road with Al Pacino

No Way Out (1987) political thriller opposite Kevin Costner and Sean Young

The Birdcage (1996) comedy with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams

The Quick and the Dead (1995) western opposite Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe

French Connection II (1975) crime drama in role as Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle

Get Shorty (1995) crime comedy with John Travolta, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo

The Firm (1993) thriller opposite Tom Cruise and Holly Hunter

Wyatt Earp (1994) biographical Western with Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid


Studied journalism and TV production at the University of Illinois.

Has one brother, Richard.

Has Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English and Scottish ancestry.

He served four and a half years as a field radio operator in the United States Marine Corps.

Friends with Kris Kristofferson.

He was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2003.

He competed in Sports Car Club of America races driving an open wheeled Formula Ford in 1970s.

He won Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity Race.

He has written three historical fiction novels:

Wake of the Perdido Star (1999)

Justice for None (2004)

Escape from Andersonville (2008)

Fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


He was married to Faye Maltese (1956-1986), they have three children.

He married Betsy Arakawa in 1991.


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.

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.

I went in the Marines when I was 16. I spent four and a half years in the Marines and then came right to New York to be an actor. And then seven years later, I got my first job.

I'm not a sentimental guy.

I'm disappointed that success hasn't been a Himalayan feeling.

I wanted to act, but I'd always been convinced that actors had to be handsome. That came from the days when Errol Flynn was my idol. I'd come out of a theater and be startled when I looked in a mirror because I didn't look like Flynn. I felt like him.

If you look at yourself as a star, you've already lost something in the portrayal of any human being.