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Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (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. After several moves, his family settled in Danville, Illinois.... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The French Connection
The French Connection Jimmy Doyle
(1971)
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums Royal Tenenbaum
(2001)
Mississippi Burning
Mississippi Burning Agent Rupert Anderson
(1988)
Unforgiven
Unforgiven Little Bill Daggett
(1992)

Filmography

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 2004 Welcome to Mooseport
Monroe Cole
 2003 Runaway Jury
Rankin Fitch
 2001 Behind Enemy Lines
Reigart
 2001 The Royal Tenenbaums
Royal Tenenbaum
 2001 Heist
Joe Moore
 2001 Heartbreakers
William B. Tensy
 2001 The Mexican
Arnold Margolese
 2000 The Replacements
Jimmy McGinty
 2000 Under Suspicion
Henry Hearst
 1998 Enemy of the State
Edward Lyle
 1998 Antz
General Mandible (voice)
 1998 Twilight
Jack Ames
 1997 Absolute Power
President Richmond
 1996 The Chamber
Sam Cayhall
 1996 Extreme Measures
Dr. Lawrence Myrick
 1996 The Birdcage
Sen. Kevin Keeley
 1995 Get Shorty
Harry Zimm
 1995 Crimson Tide
Ramsey
 1995 The Quick and the Dead
Herod
 1994 Wyatt Earp
Nicholas Earp
 1993 Geronimo: An American Legend
Brig. Gen. George Crook
 1993 The Firm
Avery Tolar
 1992 Unforgiven
Little Bill Daggett
 1991 Company Business
Sam Boyd
 1991 Class Action
Jedediah Tucker Ward
 1990 Narrow Margin
Robert Caulfield
 1990 Postcards from the Edge
Lowell Kolchek
 1990 Loose Cannons
MacArthur Stern
 1989 The Package
Sgt. Johnny Gallagher
 1988 Mississippi Burning
Agent Rupert Anderson
 1988 Split Decisions
Dan McGuinn
 1988 Another Woman
Larry
 1988 Bat*21
Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton
 1987 No Way Out
David Brice
 1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Lex Luthor / Nuclear Man (voice)
 1986 Hoosiers
Coach Norman Dale
 1986 Power
Wilfred Buckley
 1985 Target
Walter Lloyd / Duncan (Duke) Potter
 1985 Twice in a Lifetime
Harry MacKenzie
 1984 Misunderstood
Ned Rawley
 1983 Uncommon Valor
Col. Jason Rhodes
 1983 Two of a Kind
God (voice, uncredited)
 1983 Under Fire
Alex Grazier
 1983 Eureka
Jack McCann
 1981 Reds
Pete Van Wherry
 1981 All Night Long
George Dupler
 1980 Superman II
Lex Luthor
 1978 Superman
Lex Luthor
 1977 March or Die
Maj. William Sherman Foster
 1977 A Bridge Too Far
Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski
 1977 The Domino Principle
Tucker
 1975 Lucky Lady
Kibby Womack
 1975 French Connection II
Doyle
 1975 Bite the Bullet
Sam Clayton
 1975 Night Moves
Harry Moseby
 1974 Young Frankenstein
Blindman
 1974 Zandy's Bride
Zandy Allan
 1974 The Conversation
Harry Caul
 1973 Scarecrow
Max
 1972 The Poseidon Adventure
Reverend Scott
 1972 Prime Cut
Mary Ann
 1972 Cisco Pike
Officer Leo Holland
 1971 The French Connection
Jimmy Doyle
 1971 The Hunting Party
Brandt Ruger
 1971 Doctors' Wives
Dr. Dave Randolph
 1970 I Never Sang for My Father
Gene Garrison
 1970 Insight (TV Series)
Holt
- Confrontation (1970) ... Holt
 1969 Marooned
Buzz Lloyd
 1969 Downhill Racer
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 Bonnie and Clyde
Buck Barrow
 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 Directions (TV Series)
- Marriage (1966)
 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
- Who Will Cheer My Bonnie Bride (1963) ... Motorist
 1961-1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Stanley McGuirk / Jerry Warner
- Judgment Eve (1963) ... Stanley McGuirk
- 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:

(1990s) TV commercials (voice-overs): GTE. 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 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. See more »

Trivia:

Is one of only four actors to win two Oscars for films that also won Best Picture (the others being Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, and Dustin Hoffman). See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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