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Creator / Gene Hackman

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"Gene musta made a thousand films
He's kissed a thousand girls
And made a thousand kills
And let's not forget he took on Superman!"
Hoodoo Gurus, "Gene Hackman"

Eugene Allen Hackman (born January 30, 1930 in San Bernardino, California) is a retired American actor and novelist.

In a career spanning five decades, he was nominated for five Academy Awards (winning Best Actor for The French Connection and Best Supporting Actor for Unforgiven), as well as eight Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.

Hackman retired from acting in 2004, by which time he'd already written multiple books, and decided to become a full-time novelist.


Tropes relating to his work:

  • Anti-Hero: Most of his roles at the height of his career.
  • Artist Disillusionment: With his acting career in general, hence his retirement in 2004.
  • Appeal to Tradition: Apparently as an immutable traditionalist when it comes to filmmaking and being picky of what projects he prefers doing, he is against the modernization, unconventional method acting, and the newer generation of the film industry in an ever-changing time and by 2004 was so sick of modern Hollywood that he retired.
  • Big Bad: A quarter of his later roles.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: Due to playing most of the above.
  • Cool Old Guy: Many of his non-villainous roles.
  • The Danza: He played Eugene Claire in Downhill Racer and Gene Garrison in I Never Sang for My Father, but the latter was just serendipity as that was the name of the character in the original play it was adapted from (Hal Holbrook played the role on Broadway).
  • Large Ham: He loves Chewing the Scenery at times.
  • The Other Marty: He was initially cast as Mr. Robinson in The Graduate before it was decided he was too young for the part and replaced with Murray Hamilton shortly into production.
  • Production Posse: He starred in several movies directed by Arthur Penn.
  • Rank Scales with Asskicking: His roles tend to be The Brigadier, the Colonel Badass, the Four-Star Badass, or the Majorly Awesome.
  • Semper Fi: He served in the Marine Corps before he started acting.
  • 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 (director William 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.