January 30, 1930
91 years old
Salt and Pepper
6 ft 2 in | 188 cm
80 kg | 176 lbs
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.
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
The United States Steel Hour (1959-1962) anthology series in various characters
The Defenders (1961-1963) CBS courtroom drama series in role as Stanley McGuirk / Jerry Warner
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.