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  • Gene Hackman

    Born on January 30, 1930 in San Bernardino, California

awards & nominations

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Gene Hackman as "Royal Tenenbaum"

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. "The Royal Tenenbaums" is the story of the family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

Golden Globe (2001) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Unforgiven (1992)

Gene Hackman as "Little Bill Daggett"

When prostitute Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Thomson) is disfigured by a pair of cowboys in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, her fellow brothel workers post a reward for their murder, much to the displeasure of sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), who doesn't allow vigilantism in his town. Two groups of gunfighters, one led by aging former bandit William Munny (Clint Eastwood), the other by the florid English Bob (Richard Harris), come to collect the reward, clashing with each other and the sheriff.

Academy Award (1992) Won Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992) Won Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1992) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Gene Hackman as "Agent Rupert Anderson"

When a group of civil rights workers goes missing in a small Mississippi town, FBI agents Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) are sent in to investigate. Local authorities refuse to cooperate with them, and the African American community is afraid to, precipitating a clash between the two agents over strategy. As the situation becomes more volatile, the direct approach is abandoned in favor of more aggressive, hard-line tactics.

Academy Award (1988) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1988) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Twice in a Lifetime (1985)

Gene Hackman as "Harry MacKenzie"

An unhappily married steelworker (Gene Hackman) turns 50 and sees a chance for a whole new life with a barmaid (Ann-Margret).

Golden Globe (1985) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Under Fire (1983)

Gene Hackman as "Alex Grazier"

A pair of news correspondents chronicling the final days of the corrupt Samoza Regime in Nicaragua find themselves under fire from both sides. After an American news reporter is killed in Nicaragua, two of his fellow journalists choose to participate actively in the revolution. As the Samoza power base falls, they face dilemmas concerning their relationship with each other and their loss of professional objectivity.

Golden Globe (1983) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Superman (1978)

Gene Hackman as "Lex Luthor"

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando) sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan (Glenn Ford) and Martha Kent (Phyllis Thaxter), young Clark (Christopher Reeve) discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Margot Kidder).

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978) Nominated Supporting Actor

Night Moves (1975)

Gene Hackman as "Harry Moseby"

Hard-nosed private investigator Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman), to distract himself from a rapidly deteriorating marriage, takes a case from an aging B-movie queen (Janet Ward) to locate her runaway daughter, Delly (Melanie Griffith). His search takes him to the Florida Keys, where the girl has been hiding out with her stepfather, Tom (John Crawford), and Tom's lover, Paula (Jennifer Warren). Harry initiates an affair with Paula and soon learns the case is more complex than he first assessed it.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975) Nominated Actor

French Connection II (1975)

Gene Hackman as "Doyle"

This sequel to William Friedkin's 1971 crime drama finds Detective "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) still hot on the trail of slippery drug trafficker Charnier (Fernando Rey), but this time in Marseilles, France. Uprooted from his familiar New York City beat, Doyle struggles to assert himself in a strange city and break the drug ring wide open. When Charnier's goons force him into a heroin addiction, the tough cop must summon every ounce of his courage to kick the habit cold turkey.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975) Nominated Actor
Golden Globe (1975) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Conversation (1974)

Gene Hackman as "Harry Caul"

Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide (Harrison Ford) to tail a young couple, Mark (Frederic Forrest) and Ann (Cindy Williams). Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan (John Cazale) manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974) Nominated Actor
Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The French Connection (1971)

Gene Hackman as "Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle"

New York Detective "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner (Roy Scheider) chase a French heroin smuggler.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972) Won Actor
Academy Award (1971) Won Best Actor
Golden Globe (1971) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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