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GENE HACKMAN (Reigart) has received two Academy Awards®: Best Actor for "The French Connection" and Best Supporting Actor for "Unforgiven." He also received Oscar nominations for "Bonnie and Clyde," "I Never Sang For My Father" and "Mississippi Burning." His list of honors also includes two British Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, two National Organization of Theatre Owners Awards, the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Trophy, and a comprehensive collection of awards from leading critics' groups. He has received retrospective tributes from the British Film Institute, the San Francisco Film Festival, and the American Film Institute.

Hackman began his career in the theater and made his screen debut in the 1964 film "Lilith," with Warren Beatty. He went on to appear in more than 70 films, ranging from comedies to action films to westerns to dramas, including "The Conversation," "The Poseidon Adventure," "Reds," "Scarecrow," "Hoosiers," "Another Woman," "Under Fire," "All Night Long," "Twice In A Lifetime," "Night Moves," "Twilight," "The Birdcage," "The Firm," "Get Shorty," "Absolute Power," "Crimson Tide," "Under Suspicion," and "Enemy of the State." He also appeared in the first and second "Superman" films as Lex Luthor. He was most recently seen in David Mamet's "Heist" and will soon reunite with BEHIND ENEMY LINES co-star Owen Wilson in "The Royal Tenenbaums."

Hackman was born in Riverside, California, and brought up in Danville, Illinois, where his father was a newspaper printer. He joined the Marines at sixteen and became a radio operator. After his discharge from the service, Hackman moved from radio to television and worked at various small-town television stations. He eventually returned to the West Coast and enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse. There, Hackman made his stage debut with Zazu Pitts in "The Curious Miss Caraway."

After a period of summer stock, he moved to New York. He studied with George Morrison and began getting small parts on television and in stage productions. He won the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in Irwin Shaw's "Children at Their Games," and won his first starring role on Broadway opposite Sandy Dennis in the hit comedy, "Any Wednesday."

In addition to his wide-ranging acting talents, Hackman is the author of the novel Wake of the Perdido Star with Daniel Lenihan. When he's not working, Hackman paints, flies his plane, and races automobiles. He is also an avid film collector.


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