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
  • A remarkably prolific and versatile talent, Gene Hackman was a successful character actor whose uncommon abilities and smart career choices ultimately made him a most unlikely leading man. In the tradition of Spencer Tracy, he excelled as an Everyman, consistently delivering intelligent, natural performances which established him among the most respected and well-liked stars of his era. Born January 30th, 1930 in San Bernardino, CA, Hackman joined the Marines at the age of 16 and later served in Korea. After studying journalism at the University of Illinois, he pursued a career in television production but later decided to try his hand at acting, attending a Pasadena drama school with fellow student Dustin Hoffman; ironically, they were both voted "least likely to succeed." After briefly appearing in the 1961 film Mad Dog Coll, Hackman made his debut off-Broadway in 1963's Children at Their Games, earning a Clarence Derwent Award for his supporting performance. Poor Richard followed, before he starred in 1964's production of Any Wednesday. Returning to films in 1964, Hackman earned strong notices for his work in Warren Beatty's Lilith and 1966's Hawaii, but the 1967 World War II tale First to Flight proved disastrous for all involved. At Beatty's request, Hackman co-starred in Bonnie and Clyde, winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and establishing himself as a leading character player. After making a pair of films with Jim Brown, (1968's The Split and 1969's Riot), Hackman supported Robert Redford in The Downhill Racer, Burt Lancaster in The Gypsy Moths, and Gregory Peck in Marooned. For 1970's I Never Sang for My Father, he garnered another Academy Award nomination. The following year Hackman became a star; as New York narcotics agent Popeye Doyle, a character rejected by at least seven other actors, he headlined William Friedkin's thriller The French Connection, winning a Best Actor Oscar and spurring the film to Best Picture honors. Upon successfully making the leap from supporting player to lead, he next appeared in the disaster epic The Poseidon Adventure, one of the biggest money-makers of 1972. After co-starring with Al Pacino in 1973's Scarecrow, Hackman delivered his strongest performance to date as a haunted surveillance expert in Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 classic The Conversation and went on to tap his under-utilized comedic skills in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Arthur Penn's grim 1975 thriller Night Moves and the Western Bite the Bullet followed before the actor agreed to The French Connection 2. While remaining the subject of great critical acclaim, Hackman's box-office prowess was beginning to slip: 1975's Lucky Lady, 1977's The Domino, and March or Die were all costly flops, and although 1978's Superman -- in which he appeared as the villainous Lex Luthor -- was a smash, his career continued to suffer greatly. Apart from the inevitable Superman 2, Hackman was absent from the screen for several years, and with the exception of a fleeting appearance in Beatty's 1981 epic Reds, most of his early-'80s work -- specifically, the features All Night Long and Eureka -- passed through theaters virtually unnoticed.Finally, a thankless role as an ill-fated war correspondent in Roger Spottiswoode's acclaimed 1983 drama Under Fire brought Hackman's career back to life. The follow-up, the action film Uncommon Valor, was also a hit, and while 1984's Misunderstood stalled, the next year's Twice in a Lifetime was a critical success. By the middle of the decade, Hackman was again as prolific as ever, headlining a pair of 1986 pictures -- the little-seen Power and the sleeper hit Hoosiers -- before returning to the Man of Steel franchise for 1987's Superman 4: The Quest for Peace. No Way Out, in which he co-starred with Kevin Costner, was also a hit. In 1988, Hackman starred in no less than five major releases: Woody Allen's Another Woman, the war drama Bat 21, the comedy Full Moon in Blue Water, the sports tale S

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Superman: La Película Actor 2018
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Actor 2009
88% Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Narrator 2004
13% Welcome to Mooseport Monroe Cole $14.3M 2004
73% Runaway Jury Rankin Fitch $49.3M 2003
80% The Royal Tenenbaums Royal Tenenbaum $52.4M 2002
37% Behind Enemy Lines Adm. Reigart $58.8M 2001
66% Heist Joe Moore $23.3M 2001
No Score Yet Heroes of Iwo Jima Actor 2001
53% Heartbreakers William B. Tensy 2001
55% The Mexican Arnold Margolese $66.6M 2001
No Score Yet Heroes of Iwo Jima Host 2001
49% Under Suspicion Henry Hearst Executive Producer 2000
41% The Replacements Jimmy McGinty $44.1M 2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Actor 2000
71% Enemy of the State Brill 1998
93% Antz Gen. Mandible 1998
60% Twilight Jack Ames 1998
48% Absolute Power President Alan Richmond 1997
12% The Chamber Sam Cayhall 1996
56% Extreme Measures Dr. Lawrence Myrick 1996
79% The Birdcage Sen. Keeley 1996
87% Get Shorty Harry Zimm 1995
88% Crimson Tide Capt. Frank Ramsey 1995
57% The Quick and the Dead Herod 1995
44% Wyatt Earp Nicholas Earp 1994
75% The Firm Avery Tolar 1993
50% Geronimo - An American Legend Gen. George Crook 1993
96% Unforgiven Little Bill Daggett 1992
No Score Yet Company Business Sam Boyd 1991
75% Class Action Jedediah Tucker Ward 1991
58% Narrow Margin Robert Caulfield 1990
0% Loose Cannons MacArthur Stern 1990
84% Postcards from the Edge Lowell 1990
64% The Package Sgt. Johnny Gallagher 1989
87% Mississippi Burning Anderson 1988
81% Bat 21 Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton 1988
63% Another Woman Larry Lewis 1988
27% Full Moon in Blue Water Floyd 1988
No Score Yet Split Decisions Dan McGuinn 1988
91% No Way Out Defense Secretary David Brice 1987
11% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lex Luthor 1987
89% Hoosiers Coach Norman Dale 1986
50% Power Wilfred Buckley 1986
71% Target Walter Lloyd 1985
83% Twice in a Lifetime Harry MacKenzie 1985
40% Eureka Jack McCann 1984
No Score Yet Misunderstood Ned 1984
20% Two of a Kind Actor 1983
56% Uncommon Valor Col. Rhodes 1983
90% Under Fire Alex Grazier 1983
90% Reds Pete Van Wherry 1981
86% Superman II Lex Luthor 1981
29% All Night Long George Dupler 1981
94% Superman Lex Luthor 1978
No Score Yet The Domino Principle Roy Tucker 1977
59% A Bridge Too Far Maj. Gen. Sosabowski 1977
No Score Yet March Or Die Maj. William Sherman Foster 1977
No Score Yet A Look At Liv Actor 1977
No Score Yet America at the Movies Actor 1976
No Score Yet Lucky Lady Kibby 1975
77% The French Connection II Doyle 1975
71% Bite the Bullet Sam Clayton 1975
82% Night Moves Harry Moseby 1975
93% Young Frankenstein Blind Hermit 1974
No Score Yet Zandy's Bride (For Better, for Worse) Zandy Allan 1974
98% The Conversation Harry Caul 1974
78% Scarecrow Max Millan 1973
79% The Poseidon Adventure Frank Scott 1972
70% Prime Cut "Mary Ann" 1972
No Score Yet Cisco Pike Officer Leo Holland 1972
98% The French Connection Jimmy `Popeye' Doyle 1971
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Dave Randolph 1971
0% The Hunting Party Brandt Ruger 1971
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection Actor 1971
100% I Never Sang for My Father Gene Garrison 1970
86% Marooned Buzz Lloyd 1969
84% Downhill Racer Eugene Claire 1969
No Score Yet The Gypsy Moths Joe Browdy 1969
No Score Yet Riot Red Fraker 1969
No Score Yet The Split Det. Lt. Walter Brill 1968
88% Bonnie and Clyde Buck Barrow 1967
No Score Yet Banning Tommy Del Gaddo 1967
No Score Yet First to Fight Sgt. Tweed 1967
67% Hawaii John Whipple 1966
No Score Yet A Covenant with Death Harmsworth 1966
100% Lilith Norman 1964
No Score Yet Mad Dog Coll Cop 1961

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No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Narrator
  • 1999

QUOTES FROM Gene Hackman CHARACTERS

Robert Caulfield
You know why I like you? I like you because you're tall.
Brill
Do they know me?
Robert Clayton Dean
Who's them?
Robert Clayton Dean
I don't know what you're talking about.
Brill
You're either very smart... or incredibly stupid.
Jimmy `Popeye' Doyle
Come on Erv what the hell is that!
Sam Clayton
People some people marry.
Sam Clayton
Racing for money ain't sport. It's war.
Sam Cayhall
Save me. You don't look like you can save a turkey from Thanksgivin'.
Royal Tenenbaum
Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin' the cemetery?
Sam Cayhall
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
Save me. You don't look like you can save a turkey from Thanksgivin'
Royal Tenenbaum
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
Dad, you were never dying.
Royal Tenenbaum
But I'm going to live.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
All right, Popeye's here! Get your hands on your heads, get off the bar and get on the wall!
Lex Luthor
Do you know what the sun is? It is nothing more than a huge nuclear bomb.
Capt. Frank Ramsey
Mr. Hunter, I've made the decision. I'm captain of this ship. NOW SHUT THE F**K UP!
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
Are you shitting me? That car is dirty!
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
Are you shitting me? That car is dirty!
Buck Barrow
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
[upset, walking over to Martin seated] What are you doing here?
Martin Stett
Take it easy I'm just a messenger. I brought you a drink
Harry Caul
I don't want your drink. Why are you following me?
Martin Stett
I'm not following you I'm looking for you. There's a big difference.
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
I'll see you in hell Bill Munny
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
I'll see you in hell Bill Munny.
Harry Caul
I'm not afraid of death...I am afraid of murder.
Harry Caul
I'm not afraid of death... I am afraid of murder.
Royal Tenenbaum
to Pagoda: That's the last time you put a knife in me!
Royal Tenenbaum
[to Pagoda] That's the last time you put a knife in me!
Stanley
It's curiosity. Did you ever hear of that? It's just god-damned human nature.
Harry Caul
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
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
[As the monster runs out the door.] Wait. Where you going? I was going to make espresso.
Blind Hermit
[as the monster runs out the door.] Wait. Where you going? I was going to make espresso.
Clark Kent/Superman
Is that how a warped brain like yours gets its kicks? By planning the death of innocent people?
Lex Luthor
No, by causing the death of innocent people.
Lex Luthor
[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
You don't even care where that other missile is headed, do you?
Lex Luthor
Of course I do. I know exactly where it's headed. Hackensack, New Jersey.
Lex Luthor
It's a wonder that brain can keep its his legs moving
Lex Luthor
It's a wonder that brain can keep its his legs moving.
Lex Luthor
You know why the number is important? I'll tell you. It's your weight and my IQ
Lex Luthor
You know why the number is important? I'll tell you. It's your weight and my IQ.
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
This guy here is the Duck of Death...
W.W. Beauchamp
Duke
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
Duck I say
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
I don't deserve this... to die like this. I was building a house.
Bill Munny
Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.
Lex Luthor
My mother lives on the east coast.
Lex Luthor
This is Lex Luthor. Only one thing alive with less than four legs can hear this frequency, Superman, and that's you.
Rankin Fitch
Trials are too important to be left up to juries.
Senator Keeley
I don't understand.
Barbara Keeley
He's a man, the're both men.
Senator Keeley
Can't be, you can't be jewish.
Barbara Keeley
No Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. This is a man.
Senator Keeley
What?
Louise Keeley
Don't you understand the're gay. They own the drag club downstairs, the're two men.
Senator Keeley
I don't understand.
Royal Tenenbaum
This is my adopted daughter, Margot Tenenbaum
Royal Tenenbaum
This is my adopted daughter, Margot Tenenbaum.
Harry Caul
"I'm not afraid of death, I am afraid of murder."
Harry Caul
I'm not afraid of death, I am afraid of murder.
Mayor Tilman
Do you like baseball, do you, Anderson?
Rupert Anderson
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
Well sir, you are a cowardly son of a bitch. You just shot an unarmed man.
Bill Munny
He should have armed himself....... if he's going to decorate his saloon with my friend.
Col. Rhodes
We'll need transportation... preferably four-wheel drive.
Wilkes
Buy it or "borrow" it?
Wilkes
Buy it or 'borrow' it?
Col. Rhodes
Steal the fucker!
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
I'll see you in hell.
Bill Munny
......Yeah
Bill Munny
Yeah.
Rankin Fitch
Everybody loses, just not me.
Senator Keeley
I don't really drink.
Agador
Yeah, well now's the time to pretend.
David Brice Secretary of Defense
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
Strange ending, big time. Gene Hackman doesn't get charged or caught for his actions, weird to say the least.
Rupert Anderson
Did you smile Pell ?
Rupert Anderson
Did you smile Pell?
Royal Tenenbaum
You can't raise boys to be scared of life. You got to brew some recklessness into them.
Etheline Tenenbaum
I think that's terrible advice.
Royal Tenenbaum
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
If that swede had been any slower he'd a had birds nesting in his hat
Herod
If the swede had been any slower, he'd had birds nest in his hat.
Herod
As soon as the rain ends I'm going to make an example out of you
Herod
As soon as the rain ends I'm going to make an example out of you.
Herod
It takes a lot to scare me and I love the sensation
Herod
It takes a lot to scare me. I love the sensation.
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
duck of death, I sez
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
Duck of death, I says.
Reigart
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
What the hell just happened?
Robert Clayton Dean
What the hell is happening?
Brill
I blew up the Building.
Robert Clayton Dean
Why?
Brill
Because you mad a phone call!
Brill
Because you made a phone call!
Capt. Frank Ramsey
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
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
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
Everybody has a secret they don't want you to find.
Bill Munny
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
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.
Royal Tenenbaum
Henry Sherman, do you know him?
Richie Tenenbaum
Yeah.
Royal Tenenbaum
Is he worth a damn?
Richie Tenenbaum
[emphatically] I believe so.
Margot Tenenbaum
You probably don't even know my middle name.
Royal Tenenbaum
That's a trick question. You don't have one.
Margot Tenenbaum
Helen.
Royal Tenenbaum
That was my mother's name.
Margot Tenenbaum
I know it was.
Royal Tenenbaum
I didn't think so much of him at first. But now I get it, he's everything that I'm not.
Royal Tenenbaum
[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
[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
Are you okay?
Royal Tenenbaum
Fuck do you care?
Royal Tenenbaum
Hell of a damn grave. Wish it were mine.
Chas Tenenbaum
I've had a rough year, dad.
Royal Tenenbaum
I know you have, Chassie.
Royal Tenenbaum
I got a pretty bad case of cancer.
Chas Tenenbaum
[yawns] How long you gonna last?
Royal Tenenbaum
Not long.
Chas Tenenbaum
A month? A year?
Royal Tenenbaum
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
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
No?
Royal Tenenbaum
Do you speak for everyone?
Royal Tenenbaum
Let's shag ass.
Royal Tenenbaum
Everyone's against me.
Pagoda
It's your fault, man.
Royal Tenenbaum
I know but dammit, I want this family to love me. How much money you got?
Pagoda
I don't have.
Royal Tenenbaum
What? You're broke? You gotta be kidding me! How are we gonna pay for this room?
Royal Tenenbaum
All right, I'll think of something... Ow.
Royal Tenenbaum
All right, I'll think of something. Ow.
Eli Cash
I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum.
Royal Tenenbaum
Me too, me too.
Royal Tenenbaum
Let's shag ass.
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
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
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
I'll see you in hell, William Munny.
Bill Munny
Yeah. [Shoots Little Bill]