Gene Hackman, whose real name is Eugene Alden Hackman, was born the son of a printer on January 30, 1931 in San Bernardino, California.
Gene Hackman grew up in Danville, Illinois. Since he was hiding his age, he came with 16 years to the US Army, where he worked for a radio station. Hackman studied journalism and art after serving in New York. In New York, Hackman shared a one-bedroom apartment with fellow students Dustin Hoffman and Robert Duvall. However, he traveled a lot and worked for radio stations across the country. When he returned to California, he got a job at the Pasadena Playhouse and made his stage debut there.
After training at Actors Studio in New York and small roles in theater and television, Hackman came to Broadway. There he thrilled the audience in the comedy "Any Wednesday". With the title "The Rabid" Hackman made his debut in 1961 film. From then on he worked in numerous films and played himself into the ranks of superstars. In 1963 he played alongside Warren Beatty in "Lilith" and in 1967 alongside Faye Dunaway and Beatty in "Bonnie and Clyde". His acting qualities were documented in the "Oscar" award for his role in "French Connection - Brennpunkt Brooklyn" (1971).
Hackman was nominated three more times for an "Oscar" for "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), "No Song for My Father" (1970) and "Mississippi Burning" (1988). For his role in the western "Merciless" (1992) Hackman was awarded the "Oscar" for best supporting role. Hackman often played heavy characters with great success, so he could also show his funny side. Among other things, when he in 1978, 1979 and 1987 as a villain "Lex Luthor" convinced in the comic book films of "Superman". In general, Hackman's acting achievements include his versatility and credibility.
He has starred in more than 60 feature films and has starred among others in the film "Schußfahrt" (1969), "The Dialogue" (1974), "No Way Out" (1987), "The Law of Power" (1991) ), "The Company" (1993) or "Heartbreakers: Attention: Sharp Curves" (2001) Hackman was also a producer and, as such, the films "Faster Than Death" (1995), "Crimson Tide" (1995). "Grab Shorty" (1995) and "The Birdcage" (1996), Hackman suffered a heart attack in 1990. After an operation, he returned to the film and remained faithful to the stage, including acting on Broadway in the play "Death And The Maiden" with.
Hackman's subsequent film projects included the political thriller "Im Fadenkreuz - Allein gegen alle" (2001) and the comedy "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2002). In 2004 he was in front of the camera for "Welcome to Mooseport".
Privately Gene Hackman has been married to Betsy Arakawa since 1991 and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From his first marriage he is the father of three children.