Gene Hackman hasn’t made a movie in more than a decade, but the former actor—who turns 85 today (and definitely isn't dead, despite what you might have read on the internet)—is still keeping busy, writing novels from his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here are some bon mots he’s said over the years, on everything from how he chose his projects to the joys of writing.
Actor Gene Hackman has had a career that has extended over six decades in the business.
Currently 91 and retired, Hackman was known for his roles in popular dramas and thrillers. During his career he won two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and one Screen Actors Guild Award.
Besides his massive career as an actor, Hackman was also a United States Marine and a novelist. He has written three historical fiction novels. One of which was “Escape from Andersonville.”
As for films, his two most popular roles are likely as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in “The French Connection” and as “Little” in Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven.”
Some of his other notable films were “Bonnie and Clyde,” “I Never Sang for My Father,” “Mississippi Burning,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and “The Conversation.”
He retired after filming “Welcome to Mooseport” in 2004. From a conflicted protagonist to a disturbing antagonist to a supporting character, Hackman can play just about any role.
To celebrate Gene Hackman turning 91, lets look at some of his best moments. As he once said, “Seventy-five percent of being successful as an actor is pure luck. The rest is just endurance.”