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Gene Hackman


Gene Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Lydia (née Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. Gene grew up in a broken home, which he left at the age of 16 for a hitch with ... See full bio »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2001 Heist
Joe Moore
 1998 Antz
General Mandible (voice)
 1991 Company Business
Sam Boyd
 1990 Loose Cannons
MacArthur Stern
 1988 Split Decisions
Dan McGuinn
 1985 Target
Walter Lloyd / Duncan (Duke) Potter
 1983 Two of a Kind
God (voice, uncredited)
 1983 Under Fire
Alex Grazier
 1983 Eureka
Jack McCann
 1977 March or Die
Maj. William Sherman Foster
 1974 Zandy's Bride
Zandy Allan
 1973 Scarecrow
Max
 1972 Prime Cut
Mary Ann
 1972 Cisco Pike
Officer Leo Holland
 1971 The Hunting Party
Brandt Ruger
 1971 Doctors' Wives
Dr. Dave Randolph
 1970 Insight (TV Series)
Holt
- Confrontation (1970) ... Holt
 1969 Marooned
Buzz Lloyd
 1969 Downhill Racer
Eugene Claire
 1969 The Gypsy Moths
Joe Browdy
 1969 Riot
Red Fraker
 1968 Shadow on the Land (TV Movie)
Rev. Thomas Davis
 1968 The Split
Detective Lt. Walter Brill
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
Frank Hunter
- Happy Birthday Everybody (1968) ... Frank Hunter
 1968 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Ned
- My Father and My Mother (1968) ... Ned
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Harry Wadsworth
- Leopards Try, But Leopards Can't (1967) ... Harry Wadsworth
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Tom Jessup
- The Spores (1967) ... Tom Jessup
 1967 Banning
Tommy Del Gaddo
 1967 Community Shelter Planning (Short)
Donald Ross - Regional Civil Defense Officer
 1967 A Covenant with Death
Harmsworth
 1967 First to Fight
Sgt. Tweed
 1967 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Herb Kenyon
- The Courier (1967) ... Herb Kenyon
 1966 Hawaii
Dr. John Whipple
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Houston Worth
- Do Not Mutilate or Spindle (1966) ... Houston Worth
 1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Roger Nathan
- The Only Game in Town (1966) ... Roger Nathan
 1964 Lilith
Norman
 1959-1964 Brenner (TV Series)
Officer Richard Clayburn / Police Officer in Squad Room
- Unwritten Law (1964) ... Officer Richard Clayburn (uncredited)
- Laney's Boy (1964) ... Police Officer in Squad Room (uncredited)
- The Bluff (1959)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Policeman
- Creeps Live Here (1963) ... Policeman
 1963 Ride with Terror (TV Movie)
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Douglas McCann
- Ride with Terror (1963) ... Douglas McCann
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Motorist
 1961-1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Stanley McGuirk / Jerry Warner
- Quality of Mercy (1961) ... Jerry Warner
 1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Mr. Jasper
- Prime of Life (1963) ... Mr. Jasper
 1963 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
Frank Collins
- The End of the Story (1963) ... Frank Collins
 1959-1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Ed / Reverend MacCreighton / Steve / ...
- Far from the Shade Tree (1962) ... Ed
- Bride of the Fox (1960)
- Big Doc's Girl (1959) ... Reverend MacCreighton
- The Pink Burro (1959) ... Steve
- Little Tin God (1959) ... Joey Carlton
 1961 Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series)
Joe Lawson
- The Fugitive (1961) ... Joe Lawson
 1961 Mad Dog Coll
Cop (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Natural Look. Comedy. Written by Leonora Thuna. Scenic Design by Ed Wittstein. Directed by Martin Fried. Longacre Theatre: 11 Mar 1967 (1 performance + 18 previews that began on 23 Feb 1967). Cast: Patrik Baldauff [credited as Patrick Baldauff] (as "Norman Carmichael"), Ethel Griffies (as "Countess"), Gene Hackman (as "Dr. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Eugene Alder

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

I suppose I wanted to be an actor from the time I was about 10, maybe even younger than that. Recollections of early movies that I had seen and actors that I admired like James Cagney, Errol Flynn, those kind of romantic action guys. When I saw those actors, I felt I could do that. But I was in New York for about eight years before I had a job. I sold ladies shoes, polished leather furniture, ... See more »

Trivia:

Both Hackman and his former roommate, Dustin Hoffman, had their big breaks in 1967, Hackman in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Hoffman in The Graduate (1967). See more »

Trademark:

Prefers to come to a role with minimal rehearsal See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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