Eugene "Gene" Allen Hackman (January 30, 1930 - ) is an American actor and novelist.
In a career spanning five decades, he has been nominated for five Academy Awards
, winning two, including best actor in The French Connection
. In addition, Hackman has won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde
. His major subsequent films include The French Connection
, in which he played Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
; The Poseidon Adventure
; The Conversation
, in which he played arch-villain Lex Luthor
; Mississippi Burning
; The Firm
; Crimson Tide
; Get Shorty
; The Birdcage
; Enemy of the State
; and The Royal Tenenbaums
Tropes relating to his work:
- Anti-Hero: Most of his roles at the height of his career.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: His roles tend to be The Brigadier, the Colonel Badass, the Four-Star Badass, or the Majorly Awesome.
- Badass: Plenty of his roles.
- Big Bad: A quarter of his later roles.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Due to playing most of the above.
- Friendly Rivalry: He and former roommate Dustin Hoffman have this kind of relationship.
- Large Ham: He loves Chewing the Scenery at times.
- Production Posse: Have starred in movies directed by Arthur Penn and Clint Eastwood.
- Rule Of Sean Connery: If he's in a show/movie, chances are, it would be awesome.
- Star-Making Role: Though his work in Bonnie and Clyde brought him to prominence (earning him his first Oscar nomination), The French Connection is the true standout, as it was one that he almost didn't get (Friedkin had considered roughly eight other actors before finally settling on Hackman), and it ended up proving his proficiency as a leading man, which he would remain for the rest of his career. Additionally, it won him his first Oscar.
- What Could Have Been: Here's a complete list.