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Gene Hackman

Highest Rated:   100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Lowest Rated:   0% Loose Cannons (1990)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
72% 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
56% 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
96% Antz
  • Gen. Mandible
1998
59% Twilight
  • Jack Ames
1998
45% Absolute Power
  • President Alan Richmond
1997
12% The Chamber
  • Sam Cayhall
1996
55% Extreme Measures
  • Dr. Lawrence Myrick
1996
79% The Birdcage
  • Sen. Keeley
1996
86% Get Shorty
  • Harry Zimm
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Capt. Frank Ramsey
1995
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Herod
1995
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Nicholas Earp
1994
75% The Firm
  • Avery Tolar
1993
53% 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
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Lowell
1990
64% The Package
  • Sgt. Johnny Gallagher
1989
89% Mississippi Burning
  • Anderson
1988
80% Bat 21
  • Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton
1988
67% Another Woman
  • Larry Lewis
1988
30% Full Moon in Blue Water
  • Floyd
1988
No Score Yet Split Decisions
  • Dan McGuinn
1988
91% No Way Out
  • Defense Secretary David Brice
1987
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  • Lex Luthor
1987
88% Hoosiers
  • Coach Norman Dale
1986
55% Power
  • Wilfred Buckley
1986
71% Target
  • Walter Lloyd
1985
83% Twice in a Lifetime
  • Harry MacKenzie
1985
No Score Yet Eureka
  • Jack McCann
1984
No Score Yet Misunderstood
  • Ned
1984
20% Two of a Kind
  • Actor
1983
56% Uncommon Valor
  • Col. Rhodes
1983
89% Under Fire
  • Alex Grazier
1983
94% Reds
  • Pete Van Wherry
1981
89% Superman II
  • Lex Luthor
1981
29% All Night Long
  • George Dupler
1981
93% Superman
  • Lex Luthor
1978
No Score Yet The Domino Principle
  • Roy Tucker
1977
65% 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
82% 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
No Score Yet The Hunting Party
  • Brandt Ruger
1971
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection
  • Actor
1971
100% I Never Sang for My Father
  • Gene Garrison
1970
100% Marooned
  • Buzz Lloyd
1969
80% 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
89% Bonnie and Clyde
  • Buck Barrow
1967
No Score Yet Banning
  • Tommy Del Gaddo
1967
No Score Yet First to Fight
  • Sgt. Tweed
1967
75% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • 1999

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