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Gene Hackman
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Birth Name: Eugene Allen Hackman
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Birthplace: San Bernardino, CA
Occupation: Actor
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Claim to Fame: Playing the tough New York cop Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle in The French Connection (1971)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Faye Maltese, secretary; married 1956, divorced 1986
Wife: Betsy Arakawa, concert pianist; married December 1991

Family:
Grandmother: Grey, Beatrice; maternal, English, raised Hackman
Father: Hackman, Eugene Ezra; pressman, printer; walked out on family when Hackman was 13
Mother: Hackman, Lyda
Daughter: Hackman, Elizabeth; mother, Faye Maltese
Daughter: Hackman, Leslie; mother, Faye Maltese
Son: Hackman, Christopher; mother, Faye Maltese

Biography
Hailed by THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE (March 19, 1989) as "Hollywood's Uncommon Everyman", Gene Hackman has enjoyed a productive career acting career for over four decades, moving assuredly from success on the New York stage in the late 1950s and early 60s to reliable character work in 60s films and TV to, some would say, unlikely acclaim as a Hollywood leading man in the 70s. Like Spencer Tracy, Hackman's natural manner and unglamorous Midwestern features helped give him a "regular guy" quality that encouraged audience identification with his persona of outraged decency and common sense. He has excelled in playing ordinary men caught up in moments of crisis. Impressively, Hackman has remained on the A-list well into his sixties. In the 80s and 90s, he fared well playing high-profile supporting roles and leads in various genres, displaying equal ease in comedies, dramas, Westerns and thrillers.

Filmography
The Mexican (2001)
Heartbreakers (2001)
Heroes of Iwo Jima (2001)
Heist (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
The Replacements (2000)
Under Suspicion (2000)
Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2000)
Hitchcock, Selznick And The End Of Hollywood (1999)
Twilight (1998)
Antz (1998)
Enemy of the State (1998)
Absolute Power (1997)
The Birdcage (1996)
The Chamber (1996)
Extreme Measures (1996)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Get Shorty (1995)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
The Firm (1993)
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Unforgiven (1992)
Class Action (1991)
Company Business (1991)
Loose Cannons (1990)
Narrow Margin (1990)
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
The Package (1989)
Another Woman (1988)
Bat 21 (1988)
Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Split Decisions (1988)
No Way Out (1987)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Hoosiers (1986)
Power (1986)
Target (1985)
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Misunderstood (1984)
Two of a Kind (1983)
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Under Fire (1983)
All Night Long (1981)
Eureka (1981)
Reds (1981)
Superman II (1980)
Superman: The Movie (1978)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
The Domino Principle (1977)
March or Die (1977)
A Look at Liv (1977)
America at the Movies (1976)
Bite the Bullet (1975)
The French Connection II (1975)
Night Moves (1975)
Lucky Lady (1975)
The Conversation (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Zandy's Bride (1974)
Scarecrow (1973)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Prime Cut (1972)
The French Connection (1971)
Cisco Pike (1971)
The Hunting Party (1971)
Doctors' Wives (1970)
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Downhill Racer (1969)
Marooned (1969)
The Gypsy Moths (1969)
The Invaders, Vol. 10: The Spores (1968)
Riot (1968)
The Split (1968)
Shadow on the Land (1968)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Banning (1967)
First to Fight (1967)
Hawaii (1966)
A Covenant with Death (1966)
Lilith (1964)
Mad Dog Coll (1961)

Awards:
1963: Clarence Derwent Award, Children at Their Games
1971: Oscar: Best Actor, The French Connection
1971: NATO Star of the Year, The French Connection
1971: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Actor, The French Connection
1971: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), The French Connection
1972: British Film Academy Award: Best Actor, The French Connection and The Poseidon Adventure
1974: National Board of Review Award: Best Supporting Actor, The Conversation
1988: National Board of Review Award: Best Actor, Mississippi Burning
1989: Berlin Film Festival: Best Actor, Mississippi Burning
1992: Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Award: Best Supporting Actor, Unforgiven
1992: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Supporting Actor, Unforgiven
1992: National Society of Film Critics Circle Award: Best Supporting Actor, Unforgiven
1992: Boston Film Critics Society Award: Best Supporting Actor, Unforgiven
1992: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor, Unforgiven
1992: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, Unforgiven

Factoids:
An avid auto racer, pilot and painter

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