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Gene Hackman

Hackman in June 2008
Personal information
Birth nameEugene Allen Hackman
Birth dateJanuary 30, 1930(age 86)
Place of birthSan Bernardino, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActor
Years active1961 2003, 2006
SpouseFaye Maltese
(m. 1956 1986, divorced)
Betsy Arakawa
(m. 1991 present)

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Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, Hackman has also won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs in a career that spanned four decades. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. His major subsequent films include I Never Sang for My Father (1970); his role as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection (1971) and its sequel French Connection II (1975); The Poseidon Adventure (1972); The Conversation (1974); Young Frankenstein (1974); A Bridge Too Far (1977); his role as arch-villain Lex Luthor in Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987); Under Fire (1983); Twice in a Lifetime (1985); Hoosiers (1986); No Way Out (1987); Mississippi Burning (1987); Unforgiven (1992); The Firm (1993); Wyatt Earp (1994); The Quick and the Dead, Crimson Tide and Get Shorty (all 1995); The Birdcage (1996); Antz (1998); Enemy of the State (1998); The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); Behind Enemy Lines (2001); and his final film role before retirement, in Welcome to Mooseport (2004).


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