Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Highest Rated: 100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

Lowest Rated: 0% Loose Cannons (1990)

Birthday: Jan 30, 1930

Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, USA

One of the most versatile and well-respected actors in American cinema history, Gene Hackman enjoyed a productive career that spanned over six decades, encompassing exquisite performances on stage and in feature films. Once voted by his acting school classmates as the least likely to succeed, Hackman essayed some of filmdom's most memorable characters, a few of which earned the gruff, but sensitive actor several Academy Award nominations. Beginning as a reliable character player on stage, Hackman emerged as an unlikely hero of the counterculture with a bombastic turn in Arthur Penn's seminal "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967). Just a few years later, he secured himself an Oscar for Best Actor with his tough-guy performance as the unforgettable Popeye Doyle in "The French Connection" (1971). Hackman again delivered the goods in Francis Ford Coppola's paranoid thriller, "The Conversation" (1974) and followed through as the comically maniacal Lex Luther in "Superman: The Movie" (1978). Though he entered a premature retirement brought on by his exhaustive work schedule, Hackman returned to the fore in Warren Beatty's "Reds" (1981) and entered into what proved to be the busiest part of his career, which culminated in an Academy Award nomination for "Mississippi Burning" (1988) and a Best Supporting Actor win for "Unforgiven" (1992). After portraying a sleazy B-movie producer in "Get Shorty" (1995) and the rascally patriarch of a dysfunctional family in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), Hackman drifted off into an unofficial retirement that allowed him time to nurture his writing career while leaving behind a remarkable legacy.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet We, the Marines Narrator - 2017
80% 85% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 78% Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Lex Luthor (Character) - 2006
88% 83% Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Unknown (Character) - 2004
13% 19% Welcome to Mooseport Monroe Cole (Character) $14.5M 2004
73% 75% Runaway Jury Rankin Fitch (Character) $49.4M 2003
66% 60% Heist Joe Moore (Character) $23.5M 2001
80% 89% The Royal Tenenbaums Royal Tenenbaum (Character) $52.4M 2001
53% 51% Heartbreakers William B. Tensy (Character) $40.3M 2001
54% 44% The Mexican Arnold Margolese (Character) $66.8M 2001
37% 62% Behind Enemy Lines Reigart (Character) $58.9M 2001
49% 49% Under Suspicion Henry Hearst (Character),
Executive Producer
$334.2K 2000
41% 66% The Replacements McGinty (Character) $44.7M 2000
No Score Yet 79% Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood Narrator - 1999
72% 78% Enemy of the State Edward 'Brill' Lyle (Character) $111.5M 1998
60% 30% Twilight Jack Ames (Character) $15M 1998
92% 52% Antz General Mandible (Voice) $90.7M 1998
57% 52% Absolute Power President Allen Richmond (Character) $50M 1997
12% 39% The Chamber Sam Cayhall (Character) $14.4M 1996
56% 40% Extreme Measures Dr. Lawrence Myrick (Character) $17.4M 1996
80% 81% The Birdcage Sen. Kevin Keeley (Character) $124M 1996
88% 83% Crimson Tide Capt. Frank Ramsey (Character) $91.4M 1995
59% 53% The Quick and the Dead John Herod (Character) $17.3M 1995
88% 70% Get Shorty Harry Zimm (Character) $68.8M 1995
46% 61% Wyatt Earp Nicholas Earp (Character) $24.6M 1994
48% 50% Geronimo: An American Legend Brig. Gen. George Crook (Character) $18.4M 1993
75% 64% The Firm Avery Tolar (Character) $157M 1993
96% 93% Unforgiven Little Bill Daggett (Character) $100M 1992
76% 51% Class Action Jedediah Tucker Ward (Character) $23.9M 1991
No Score Yet 31% Company Business Sam Boyd (Character) $1.4M 1991
84% 66% Postcards From the Edge Lowell Kolchek (Character) $36.9M 1990
0% 26% Loose Cannons MacArthur Stern (Character) $4.5M 1990
57% 51% Narrow Margin Robert Caulfield (Character) $10.1M 1990
60% 44% The Package Sgt. Johnny Gallagher (Character) $9.3M 1989
27% 25% Full Moon in Blue Water Floyd (Character) $254.5K 1988
81% 58% Bat 21 Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton (Character) $3.2M 1988
No Score Yet 26% Split Decisions Dan McGuinn (Character) $423.3K 1988
64% 75% Another Woman Larry Lewis (Character) $499.5K 1988
84% 90% Mississippi Burning Agent Rupert Anderson (Character) $33.7M 1988
91% 72% No Way Out Defense Secretary David Brice (Character) $31.7M 1987
11% 16% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lex Luthor/Voice of Nuclear Man (Character) $14.9M 1987
89% 88% Hoosiers Coach Norman Dale (Character) $25.8M 1986
50% 45% Power Wilfred Buckley (Character) $3.1M 1986
71% 35% Target Walter Lloyd / Duncan (Duke) Potter (Character) $9M 1985
83% 59% Twice in a Lifetime Harry MacKenzie (Character) $8.4M 1985
No Score Yet 92% Misunderstood Ned Rawley (Character) - 1984
90% 69% Under Fire Alex Grazier (Character) - 1983
56% 62% Uncommon Valor Col. Rhodes (Character) - 1983
33% 50% Eureka Jack McCann (Character) - 1983
33% 22% All Night Long George Dupler (Character) - 1981
87% 76% Superman II Lex Luthor (Character) - 1980
94% 86% Superman: The Movie Lex Luthor (Character) - 1978
20% 18% The Domino Principle Roy Tucker (Character) - 1977
64% 86% A Bridge Too Far Major General Sosabowski (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 48% March or Die Maj. William Sherman Foster (Character) - 1977
83% 71% Night Moves Harry Moseby (Character) - 1975
73% 54% Bite the Bullet Sam Clayton (Character) - 1975
76% 62% French Connection II Doyle (Character) - 1975
0% 40% Lucky Lady Kibby Womack (Character) - 1975
94% 92% Young Frankenstein The Blindman (Harold) (Character) - 1974
96% 90% The Conversation Harry Caul (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 58% Zandy's Bride Zandy Allan (Character) - 1974
75% 79% Scarecrow Max Millan (Character) - 1973
80% 76% The Poseidon Adventure Rev. Frank Scott (Character) - 1972
69% 72% Prime Cut Mary Ann (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 62% Cisco Pike Officer Leo Holland (Character) - 1971
98% 87% The French Connection Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Character) - 1971
20% 53% The Hunting Party Brandt Ruger (Character) - 1971
20% No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Dr. Dave Randolph (Character) - 1971
100% 81% I Never Sang for My Father Gene Garrison (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 44% The Gypsy Moths Joe Browdy (Character) - 1969
85% 58% Downhill Racer Eugene Claire (Character) - 1969
86% 45% Marooned Buzz Lloyd (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow on the Land Rev. Thomas Davis (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 32% The Split Detective Lt. Walter Brill (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 23% Riot Red Fraker (Character) - 1968
88% 88% Bonnie and Clyde Buck Barrow (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Covenant With Death Harmsworth (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 0% First to Fight Sgt. Tweed (Character) - 1967
67% 53% Hawaii Dr. John Whipple (Character) - 1966
86% 66% Lilith Norman (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio Spotlight Unknown (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1974 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Invaders Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Motorist (Guest Star) 1963

QUOTES FROM Gene Hackman CHARACTERS

Robert Caulfield says: You know why I like you? I like you because you're tall.

Brill says: Do they know me?

Robert Clayton Dean says: Who's them?

Robert Clayton Dean says: I don't know what you're talking about.

Brill says: You're either very smart... or incredibly stupid.

Jimmy `Popeye' Doyle says: Come on Erv what the hell is that!

Sam Clayton says: People some people marry.

Sam Clayton says: Racing for money ain't sport. It's war.

Sam Cayhall says: Save me. You don't look like you can save a turkey from Thanksgivin'.

Royal Tenenbaum says: Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin' the cemetery?

Sam Cayhall says: If you spend half as much time tryin' to be a lawyer instead of tryin' to be Dick Tracy, I might not be dead in five days.

Sam Cayhall says: Save me. You don't look like you can save a turkey from Thanksgivin'

Royal Tenenbaum says: You know, Richie, this illness, this closeness to death... it's had a profound affect on me. I feel like a different person, I really do.

Richie Tenenbaum says: Dad, you were never dying.

Royal Tenenbaum says: But I'm going to live.

Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle says: All right, Popeye's here! Get your hands on your heads, get off the bar and get on the wall!

Lex Luthor says: Do you know what the sun is? It is nothing more than a huge nuclear bomb.

Capt. Frank Ramsey says: Mr. Hunter, I've made the decision. I'm captain of this ship. NOW SHUT THE F**K UP!

Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle says: Are you shitting me? That car is dirty!

Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle says: Are you shitting me? That car is dirty!

Buck Barrow says: Hey, you wanna hear a story 'bout this boy? He owned a dairy farm, see. And his ol' Ma, she was kinda sick, you know. And the doctor, he had called him come over, and said, uh, "Uhh listen, your Ma, she's lyin' there, she's just so sick and she's weakly, and uh, uh I want ya to try to persuade her to take a little brandy," you see. Just to pick her spirits up, ya know. And "Ma's a teetotaler," he says. "She wouldn't touch a drop." "Well, I'll tell ya whatcha do, uh," - the doc - "I'll tell ya whatcha do, you bring in a fresh quart of milk every day and you put some brandy in it, see. And see. You try that." So he did. And he doctored it all up with the brandy, fresh milk, and he gave it to his Mom. And she drank a little bit of it, you know. So next day, he brought it in again and she drank a little more, you know. And so they went on that way for the third day and just a little more, and the fourth day, she was, you know, took a little bit more - and then finally, one week later, he gave her the milk and she just drank it down. Boy, she swallowed the whole, whole, whole thing, you know. And she called him over and she said, "Son, whatever you do, don't sell that cow!"

Harry Caul says: [upset, walking over to Martin seated] What are you doing here?

Martin Stett says: Take it easy I'm just a messenger. I brought you a drink

Harry Caul says: I don't want your drink. Why are you following me?

Martin Stett says: I'm not following you I'm looking for you. There's a big difference.

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: I'll see you in hell Bill Munny

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: I'll see you in hell Bill Munny.

Harry Caul says: I'm not afraid of death...I am afraid of murder.

Harry Caul says: I'm not afraid of death... I am afraid of murder.

Royal Tenenbaum says: to Pagoda: That's the last time you put a knife in me!

Royal Tenenbaum says: [to Pagoda] That's the last time you put a knife in me!

Stanley says: It's curiosity. Did you ever hear of that? It's just god-damned human nature.

Harry Caul says: Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business is that I don't know anything about human nature. I don't know anything about curiosity. That's not part of what I do. This is my business.

Harry Caul says: It had nothin' to do with me, I mean, I just turned in the tapes...What they do with the tapes is their own business.

Blind Hermit says: [As the monster runs out the door.] Wait. Where you going? I was going to make espresso.

Blind Hermit says: [as the monster runs out the door.] Wait. Where you going? I was going to make espresso.

Clark Kent/Superman says: Is that how a warped brain like yours gets its kicks? By planning the death of innocent people?

Lex Luthor says: No, by causing the death of innocent people.

Lex Luthor says: [to Otis] Do you know why the number two hundred is so vitally descriptive to both you and me? It's your weight and my I.Q.

Clark Kent/Superman says: You don't even care where that other missile is headed, do you?

Lex Luthor says: Of course I do. I know exactly where it's headed. Hackensack, New Jersey.

Lex Luthor says: It's a wonder that brain can keep its his legs moving

Lex Luthor says: It's a wonder that brain can keep its his legs moving.

Lex Luthor says: You know why the number is important? I'll tell you. It's your weight and my IQ

Lex Luthor says: You know why the number is important? I'll tell you. It's your weight and my IQ.

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: This guy here is the Duck of Death...

W.W. Beauchamp says: Duke

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: Duck I say

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: I don't deserve this... to die like this. I was building a house.

Bill Munny says: Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.

Lex Luthor says: My mother lives on the east coast.

Lex Luthor says: This is Lex Luthor. Only one thing alive with less than four legs can hear this frequency, Superman, and that's you.

Rankin Fitch says: Trials are too important to be left up to juries.

Senator Keeley says: I don't understand.

Barbara Keeley says: He's a man, the're both men.

Senator Keeley says: Can't be, you can't be jewish.

Barbara Keeley says: No Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. This is a man.

Senator Keeley says: What?

Louise Keeley says: Don't you understand the're gay. They own the drag club downstairs, the're two men.

Senator Keeley says: I don't understand.

Royal Tenenbaum says: This is my adopted daughter, Margot Tenenbaum

Royal Tenenbaum says: This is my adopted daughter, Margot Tenenbaum.

Harry Caul says: "I'm not afraid of death, I am afraid of murder."

Harry Caul says: I'm not afraid of death, I am afraid of murder.

Mayor Tilman says: Do you like baseball, do you, Anderson?

Rupert Anderson says: Yeah, I do. You know, it's the only time when a black man can wave a stick at a white man and not start a riot.

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: Well sir, you are a cowardly son of a bitch. You just shot an unarmed man.

Bill Munny says: He should have armed himself....... if he's going to decorate his saloon with my friend.

Col. Rhodes says: We'll need transportation... preferably four-wheel drive.

Wilkes says: Buy it or "borrow" it?

Wilkes says: Buy it or 'borrow' it?

Col. Rhodes says: Steal the fucker!

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: I'll see you in hell.

Bill Munny says: ......Yeah

Bill Munny says: Yeah.

Rankin Fitch says: Everybody loses, just not me.

Senator Keeley says: I don't really drink.

Agador says: Yeah, well now's the time to pretend.

David Brice Secretary of Defense says: strange ending,big time. Gene Hackman doesn't get charged or caught for his actions, weird to say the least.

David Brice Secretary of Defense says: Strange ending, big time. Gene Hackman doesn't get charged or caught for his actions, weird to say the least.

Rupert Anderson says: Did you smile Pell ?

Rupert Anderson says: Did you smile Pell?

Royal Tenenbaum says: You can't raise boys to be scared of life. You got to brew some recklessness into them.

Etheline Tenenbaum says: I think that's terrible advice.

Royal Tenenbaum says: Pagoda's in possession of a parcel containing my will and some instructions for the funeral including my epitaph, for when the time comes. Proofread it for me before they carve it on the headstone, okay?

Herod says: If that swede had been any slower he'd a had birds nesting in his hat

Herod says: If the swede had been any slower, he'd had birds nest in his hat.

Herod says: As soon as the rain ends I'm going to make an example out of you

Herod says: As soon as the rain ends I'm going to make an example out of you.

Herod says: It takes a lot to scare me and I love the sensation

Herod says: It takes a lot to scare me. I love the sensation.

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: duck of death, I sez

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: Duck of death, I says.

Reigart says: Burnett! Zero six, you are a combat naval aviator. Start acting like one. You've been shot down. Life is tough. I am very sorry. Now you pull yourself together. You do whatever it takes. Create some angles between you and your pursuers. Use your training. Use your head. Evade and survive, and we will bring you home. Do you understand? We will bring you home!

Robert Clayton Dean says: What the hell just happened?

Robert Clayton Dean says: What the hell is happening?

Brill says: I blew up the Building.

Robert Clayton Dean says: Why?

Brill says: Because you mad a phone call!

Brill says: Because you made a phone call!

Capt. Frank Ramsey says: What'd you think, son? That I was just some crazy old coot, putting everyone in harm's way as I yelled "YEE-HA!"?

Capt. Frank Ramsey says: What'd you think, son? That I was just some crazy old coot, putting everyone in harm's way as I yelled 'YEE-HA!'?

Rankin Fitch says: What do you hope to achieve if you win? You gonna bring Jacob Wood back to life? No. You just ensure that his wife goes to the cemetery in a better car, and that the heel that she snaps on the way to the graveside belongs to a $1,200 shoe. You get your name in the paper. But Jacob Wood and all the other gun violence victims remain rotting in their crypts.

Rankin Fitch says: Everybody has a secret they don't want you to find.

Bill Munny says: Little Bill: ...you just shot an unarmed man! Bill Munny: Well, he should have armed himself if he's going to decorate his saloon with my friend!

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: You just shot an unarmed man!

Bill Munny says: Well, he should have armed himself if he's going to decorate his saloon with my friend.

Royal Tenenbaum says: Henry Sherman, do you know him?

Richie Tenenbaum says: Yeah.

Royal Tenenbaum says: Is he worth a damn?

Richie Tenenbaum says: [emphatically] I believe so.

Margot Tenenbaum says: You probably don't even know my middle name.

Royal Tenenbaum says: That's a trick question. You don't have one.

Margot Tenenbaum says: Helen.

Royal Tenenbaum says: That was my mother's name.

Margot Tenenbaum says: I know it was.

Royal Tenenbaum says: I didn't think so much of him at first. But now I get it, he's everything that I'm not.

Royal Tenenbaum says: [after he faked a terminal illness, took residence in the house under false pretenses, tried to instigate a fight with his estranged wife's fiancé, generally lied to his family and was then found out] I know I'm going to be the bad guy here.

Royal Tenenbaum says: [after he faked a terminal illness, took residence in the house under false pretenses, tried to instigate a fight with his estranged wife's fiancee, generally lied to his family and was then found out] I know I'm going to be the bad guy here.

Chas Tenenbaum says: Are you okay?

Royal Tenenbaum says: Fuck do you care?

Royal Tenenbaum says: Hell of a damn grave. Wish it were mine.

Chas Tenenbaum says: I've had a rough year, dad.

Royal Tenenbaum says: I know you have, Chassie.

Royal Tenenbaum says: I got a pretty bad case of cancer.

Chas Tenenbaum says: [yawns] How long you gonna last?

Royal Tenenbaum says: Not long.

Chas Tenenbaum says: A month? A year?

Royal Tenenbaum says: About six weeks. Let me get to the point, the three of you and your mother are all I've got and I love you more than anything. [Chas scoffs and mock laughs]

Royal Tenenbaum says: Chas, let me finish here. I've got six weeks to set things right with you and I aim to do it. Will you give me a chance?

Chas Tenenbaum says: No?

Royal Tenenbaum says: Do you speak for everyone?

Royal Tenenbaum says: Let's shag ass.

Royal Tenenbaum says: Everyone's against me.

Pagoda says: It's your fault, man.

Royal Tenenbaum says: I know but dammit, I want this family to love me. How much money you got?

Pagoda says: I don't have.

Royal Tenenbaum says: What? You're broke? You gotta be kidding me! How are we gonna pay for this room?

Royal Tenenbaum says: All right, I'll think of something... Ow.

Royal Tenenbaum says: All right, I'll think of something. Ow.

Eli Cash says: I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum.

Royal Tenenbaum says: Me too, me too.

Royal Tenenbaum says: Let's shag ass.

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: Look son, being a good shot, being quick with a pistol, that don't do no harm, but it don't mean much next to being cool-headed. A man who will keep his head and not get rattled under fire, like as not, he'll kill ya. It ain't so easy to shoot a man anyhow, especially if the son-of-a-bitch is shootin' back at you.

Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle says: When's the last time you picked your feet, Willy? Who's your connection, Willy? What's his name? I've got a man in Poughkeepsie who wants to talk to you. You ever been to Poughkeepsie?

Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett says: I'll see you in hell, William Munny.

Bill Munny says: Yeah. [Shoots Little Bill]