(Rankin Fitch) 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, three Golden Globes, two National
Organization of Theatre Owners Awards, the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor
Award, 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. Most recently, he
received the Cecile B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association at the 2003 Golden Globes ceremony.
One of the most remarkable aspects of
Hackman's emergence as one of the major actors of his generation is that there
is no such thing as a Gene Hackman role. Hackman's most recent roles include
the scheming patriarch of a dysfunctional family in "The Royal Tenenbaums,"
for which he won his third Golden Globe Award, a hardnosed naval commander whose
methods buck the system in "Behind Enemy Lines" and a life-long conman
pulling off his final con in David Mamet's "The Heist." Other recent
film roles cast him as a sexually tormented businessman in "Under
Suspicion," a man dragged in over his head when drafted as a pro football
coach during a strike in "The Replacements" and a reprobate magnate
targeted by two beautiful women in "Heartbreakers."
Hackman's recent feature credits also
include starring roles in "Enemy of the State," opposite Will Smith,
Robert Benton's "Twilight," with Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon,
"Extreme Measures," "The Birdcage," also starring Robin
Williams and Nathan Lane, and Clint Eastwood's "Absolute Power," in
which Eastwood also starred.
Hackman earned his second Oscar for his
role as the vicious sheriff in "Unforgiven," the Academy Award-winning
western directed by and also starring Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. He also
starred in another western "The Quick and the Dead," opposite Sharon
Stone, "The Crimson Tide," opposite Denzel Washington, and "Get
Shorty," with John Travolta and Danny DeVito.
Previously Hackman has starred in two
other films based on John Grisham's novels, "The Firm" and "The
Hackman began his career in the theatre
and made his screen debut in the 1964 film, "Lilith," which starred
Warren Beatty. Since then Hackman has appeared in more than 70 films, ranging
from comedies to action films to westerns to dramas. These include Francis Ford
Coppola's critically acclaimed "The Conversation," the boxoffice hit
"The Poseidon Adventure," Warren Beatty's Academy award-winning
"Reds," "Scarecrow," "Hoosiers," "Another
Woman," "Under Fire," "All Night Long," "Twice in
a Lifetime," "Night Moves," directed by Arthur Penn, and three of
the "Superman" films in which he appeared as Lex Luthor.
Hackman was born in Riverside,
California, and reared in Danville, Illinois, where his father was a newspaper
printer. He jointed the Marines at 16 and became a radio operator. After his
discharge from the service, Hackman moved from radio to television and worked at
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