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Gene Hackman

FULL NAME Eugene Allen Hackman
BORN 30 January 1930, San Bernardino, California, USA
ASSOCIATION Actor (producer)
NATIONALITY American
REVIEWED ENTRIES 19 (18)
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 3.69

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY SEEN ENTRIES, REVIEWED ENTRIES ARE HYPERLINKED)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1964 Lilith Norman

1967 Bonnie and Clyde Buck Barrow

1968 The Split Det. Lt. Walter Brill

1971 The French Connection Det. Jimmy Doyle

1972 The Poseidon Adventure Reverend Scott

1974 The Conversation Harry Caul

1978 Superman Lex Luthor

1980 Superman II Lex Luthor

1981 Reds Pete Van Wherry  
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lex Luthor

1988 Mississippi Burning Agent Rupert Anderson

1992 Unforgiven Little Bill Daggett

1993 The Firm Avery Tolar

1994 Wyatt Earp Nicholas Porter Earp

1995 The Quick and the Dead Herod

1995 Get Shorty Harry Zimm

1996 The Birdcage Senator Keeley

1996 The Chamber Sam Cayhall  
1997 Absolute Power President Alan Richmond

1998 Enemy of the State Brill

2001 The Royal Tenenbaums Royal Tenenbaum  
2003 Runaway Jury Rankin Fitch

 

PORTRAIT

Together with actors like Robert Duvall and Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman emerged during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a more macho and straightforward leading man, his performances having having a quality of plain realism, and in his best moments, explosive power. He gave several strong performances in big hits during the 1970s, notably in The French Connection (for which he won his first of two Oscars), The Poseidon Adventure and The Conversation. He was also brilliant as Lex Luthor in Richard Donner's Superman, but his perhaps best performance came in the hard-hitting Ku Klux Klan-drama Mississippi Burning. Hackman was known as a reliable performer for over three decades, but towards the end of the 1990s, after winning his second Oscar for a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, his performances became increasingly pale, and it seemed he had lost his spark. He retired from the movie business at age 74 in 2004.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1967

Nominated for Supporting Actor for Bonnie and Clyde

1970

Nominated for Supporting Actor for I Never Sang for My Father

1971

Best Actor for The French Connection

1988

Nominated for Actor for Mississippi Burning

1992

Best Supporting Actor for Unforgiven

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

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