Gene Hackman Overview:

Actor, Gene Hackman, was born Eugene Allen Hackman on Jan 30, 1930 in San Bernardino, CA. As of December 2019, Gene Hackman was 89 years old.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Gene Hackman was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two for Best Actor for The French Connection in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor for Unforgiven (as Little Bill Daggett) in 1992.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1967Best Supporting ActorBonnie and Clyde (1967)Buck BarrowNominated
1970Best Supporting ActorI Never Sang for My Father (1970)Gene GarrisonNominated
1971Best ActorThe French Connection (1971)N/AWon
1988Best ActorMississippi Burning (1988)AndersonNominated
1992Best Supporting ActorUnforgiven (1992)Little Bill DaggettWon
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Looks for Meaning in "Night Moves" (Me, too)

By Rick29 on Nov 3, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

There are certain movies I feel compelled to watch periodically--even though I've seen them and know they will disappoint me again. One such film is Michael Crichton's Looker, which I've reviewed for this blog, and another is Arthur Penn's Night Moves. Both films have impressive pedigrees, with Cric... Read full article


Looks for Meaning in "Night Moves" (Me, too)

By Rick29 on Nov 3, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

There are certain movies I feel compelled to watch periodically--even though I've seen them and know they will disappoint me again. One such film is Michael Crichton's Looker, which I've reviewed for this blog, and another is Arthur Penn's Night Moves. Both films have impressive pedigrees, with Cric... Read full article


The Best Films of

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 25, 2014 From 4 Star Films

1. The French Connection 2. The Conversation 3. Hoosiers 4. Superman 5. Bonnie and Clyde 6. Unforgiven 7. The Royal Tenenbaums 8. I Never Sang for my Father 9. Superman II 10. Get Shorty 11. Crimson Tide 12. Night Moves 13. No Way Out 14. Mississippi Burning 15. Young Frankenstein... Read full article


The Best Films of

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 25, 2014 From 4 Star Films

1. The French Connection 2. The Conversation 3. Hoosiers 4. Superman 5. Bonnie and Clyde 6. Unforgiven 7. The Royal Tenenbaums 8. I Never Sang for my Father 9. Superman II 10. Get Shorty 11. Crimson Tide 12. Night Moves 13. No Way Out 14. Mississippi Burning 15. Young Frankenstein... Read full article


Happy 81st Birthday

By monty on Jan 30, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Happy 81st Birthday to veteran actor . Starred in such classic films like Bonnie & Clyde (1967), I Never Sang For My Father (1970), The French Connection (1971, for which he won Best actor Oscar), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Conversation (1974), Night Moves (1975), A Bridge To... Read full article


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Gene Hackman Quotes:

Rev. Thomas Davis: I render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's.


Joe Browdy: Look, kid, this is a business. They don't pay to watch us walk across the street. Now, when are yuh gonna get that through your head? If you're so concerned with Rettig doing the jump, I mean, you can learn it yourself. Then you wouldn't have to worry about him.
Malcolm Webson: I have a better idea. Why don't you do it?
Joe Browdy: Because I recognize my limitations. It's the secret to my success in life.


Buck Barrow: Hey, you wanna hear a story 'bout this boy? He owned a dairy farm, see. And his ol' Ma, she was kinda sick, you know. And the doctor, he had called him come over, and said, uh, "Uhh listen, your Ma, she's lyin' there, she's just so sick and she's weakly, and uh, uh I want ya to try to persuade her to take a little brandy," you see. Just to pick her spirits up, ya know. And "Ma's a teetotaler," he says. "She wouldn't touch a drop." "Well, I'll tell ya whatcha do, uh," - the doc - "I'll tell ya whatcha do, you bring in a fresh quart of milk every day and you put some brandy in it, see. And see. You try that." So he did. And he doctored it all up with the brandy, fresh milk, and he gave it to his Mom. And she drank a little bit of it, you know. So next day, he brought it in again and she drank a little more, you know. And so they went on that way for the third day and just a little more, and the fourth day, she was, you know, took a little bit more - and then finally, one week later, he gave her the milk and she just drank it down. Boy, she swallowed the whole, whole, whole thing, you know. And she called him over and she said, "Son, whatever you do, don't sell that cow!"


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Gene Hackman Facts
Even though he is no longer a cigarette smoker, Hackman played the role of a chain-smoker in Heartbreakers (2001). He was using a special kind of cigarette that only produces heavy smoke without requiring any inhaling. Ironically and tragically, in 1962, Hackman's mother Lydia died of injuries incurred from a fire caused by her own smoking.

After flunking out of the Pasadena Playhouse and moving to New York City with fellow drop-out Dustin Hoffman, Hackman worked at the Howard Johnson's restaurant in Times Square as a doorman. One day, a Pasadena Playhouse acting teacher whom Hackman hated walked by him, stopped, and told him that he had been right, that Hackman would never amount to anything.

His performance as Harry Caul in The Conversation (1974) is ranked #37 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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