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Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Birthday: 30 January 1930, San Bernardino, California, USA
Birth Name: Eugene Allen Hackman
Height: 185 cm

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German ...Show more

Gene Hackman
If I start to become a "star", I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best. If I start to become a "star", I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best.
[on making The French Connection (1971)] I found out very quickly that I am not a violent person. An Show more [on making The French Connection (1971)] I found out very quickly that I am not a violent person. And these cops are surrounded by violence all the time. There were a couple of days when I wanted to get out of the picture. Hide
[Dustin Hoffman on him and Hackman as young stage actors and roommates in New York] Psychologically, Show more [Dustin Hoffman on him and Hackman as young stage actors and roommates in New York] Psychologically, Gene/myself, we did not think about making it in the terms that people think about. We fully expected to be failures for our entire life. Meaning that we would always be scrambling to get a part. We were actors. We had no pretensions. There was more dignity in being unsuccessful. Hide
I suppose I wanted to be an actor from the time I was about 10, maybe even younger than that. Recoll Show more I suppose I wanted to be an actor from the time I was about 10, maybe even younger than that. Recollections of early movies that I had seen and actors that I admired like James Cagney, Errol Flynn, those kind of romantic action guys. When I saw those actors, I felt I could do that. But I was in New York for about eight years before I had a job. I sold ladies shoes, polished leather furniture, drove a truck. I think that if you have it in you and you want it bad enough, you can do it. Hide
I'm disappointed that success hasn't been a Himalayan feeling. I'm disappointed that success hasn't been a Himalayan feeling.
Our dreams are usually limited by some kind of reality check and because a guy thinks because he can Show more Our dreams are usually limited by some kind of reality check and because a guy thinks because he can pluck a guitar a couple of strokes he thinks he's going to be Elvis Presley or whoever. Hide
[In a 2011 GQ interview, when asked if he would ever come out of retirement and make another film] I Show more [In a 2011 GQ interview, when asked if he would ever come out of retirement and make another film] I don't know. If I could do it in my own house, maybe, without them disturbing anything and just one or two people. Hide
[beginning his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, when he won Best Supporting Actor for Unforgi Show more [beginning his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, when he won Best Supporting Actor for Unforgiven (1992) thinking he wouldn't win] Heck, I've just lost a hundred bucks. Hide
[on aging] It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on-screen. I think of myself, and fe Show more [on aging] It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on-screen. I think of myself, and feel like I'm quite young, and then I look at this old man with the baggy chins and the tired eyes and the receding hairline and all that. Hide
I came to New York when I was 25, and I worked at Howard Johnson's in Times Square, where I did the Show more I came to New York when I was 25, and I worked at Howard Johnson's in Times Square, where I did the door in this completely silly uniform. Before that, I had been a student at the Pasadena Playhouse, where I had been awarded the least-likely-to-succeed prize, along with my pal Dustin Hoffman, which was a big reason we set off for New York together. Out of nowhere, this teacher I totally despised at the Pasadena Playhouse suddenly walked by HoJo's and came right up into my face and shouted, "See, Hackman, I told you that you would never amount to anything!" I felt one inch tall. Hide
I wanted to act, but I'd always been convinced that actors had to be handsome. That came from the da Show more I wanted to act, but I'd always been convinced that actors had to be handsome. That came from the days when Errol Flynn was my idol. I'd come out of a theater and be startled when I looked in a mirror because I didn't look like Flynn. I felt like him. Hide
(2011, on Hoosiers (1986)) I took the film at a time that I was desperate for money. I took it for a Show more (2011, on Hoosiers (1986)) I took the film at a time that I was desperate for money. I took it for all the wrong reasons, and it turned out to be one of those films that stick around. I was from that area of the country and knew of that event, strangely enough. We filmed fifty miles from where I was brought up. So it was a bizarre feeling. I never expected the film to have the kind of legs it's had. Hide
People in the street still call me Popeye, and The French Connection (1971) was 15 years ago. I wish Show more People in the street still call me Popeye, and The French Connection (1971) was 15 years ago. I wish I could have a new hit and another nickname. Hide
[on writing novels] With me it takes quite a long time, at least a year maybe a little more by the t Show more [on writing novels] With me it takes quite a long time, at least a year maybe a little more by the time I go through two or three edits, professional edits, but it's still fun because it's always a challenge. Hide
[on whether he will ever come out of retirement and act again] Only in reruns. Yeah, that's it. I'm Show more [on whether he will ever come out of retirement and act again] Only in reruns. Yeah, that's it. I'm at a place where I feel very good about not having to work all night. Hide
[on accepting his Best Actor Oscar] I wish all five of us could be up here, I really do. [on accepting his Best Actor Oscar] I wish all five of us could be up here, I really do.
The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways. The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.
[on seeing Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and becoming determined to be an actor] Show more [on seeing Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and becoming determined to be an actor] He made it seem something natural. Hide
I haven't held a press conference to announce retirement, but yes, I'm not going to act any longer. Show more I haven't held a press conference to announce retirement, but yes, I'm not going to act any longer. I've been told not to say that over the last few years, in case some real wonderful part comes up, but I really don't want to do it any longer ... I miss the actual acting part of it, as it's what I did for almost fifty years, and I really loved that. But the business for me is very stressful. The compromises that you have to make in films are just part of the beast, and it had gotten to a point where I just didn't feel like I wanted to do it anymore. Hide
(2011, on where he keeps his Oscars) You know, I'm not sure; I don't have any memorabilia around the Show more (2011, on where he keeps his Oscars) You know, I'm not sure; I don't have any memorabilia around the house. There isn't any movie stuff except a poster downstairs next to the pool table of Errol Flynn from The Dawn Patrol (1938). I'm not a sentimental guy. Hide
(2011, on how he'd like to be remembered) As a decent actor. As someone who tried to portray what wa Show more (2011, on how he'd like to be remembered) As a decent actor. As someone who tried to portray what was given to them in an honest fashion. I don't know, beyond that. I don't think about that often, to be honest. I'm at an age where I should think about it. Hide
When you're on top, you get a sense of immortality. You feel you can do no wrong, that it will alway Show more When you're on top, you get a sense of immortality. You feel you can do no wrong, that it will always be good no matter what the role. Well, in truth, that feeling is death. You must be honest with yourself. Hide
I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and age Show more I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press. Hide
Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors. Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors.
Gene Hackman's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (41)
Gene Hackman Gene Hackman'S roles
Coach Norman Dale
Coach Norman Dale

Sen. Kevin Keeley
Sen. Kevin Keeley

Arnold Margolese
Arnold Margolese

Herod
Herod

Robert Caulfield
Robert Caulfield

Blind Man
Blind Man

Det. Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
Det. Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle

Joe Moore
Joe Moore

General Mandible
General Mandible

Rankin Fitch
Rankin Fitch

Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor

Capt. Frank Ramsey
Capt. Frank Ramsey

Buck Barrow
Buck Barrow

William B. Tensy
William B. Tensy

Jimmy McGinty
Jimmy McGinty

Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton
Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton

Royal Tenenbaum
Royal Tenenbaum

Major General Sosabowski
Major General Sosabowski

Edward Lyle
Edward Lyle

Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart
Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart

Nicholas Earp
Nicholas Earp

Dr. Lawrence Myrick
Dr. Lawrence Myrick

Sgt. Johnny Gallagher
Sgt. Johnny Gallagher

Little Bill Daggett
Little Bill Daggett

Agent Rupert Anderson
Agent Rupert Anderson

Gen. George Crook
Gen. George Crook

Jedediah Tucker Ward
Jedediah Tucker Ward

Defense Secretary David Brice
Defense Secretary David Brice

Avery Tolar
Avery Tolar

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