Gene Hackman


Eugene Allen Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor, novelist, and United States Marine, who’s career spanned more than six decades. He made is film debut in Robert Rossen‘s Lilith (1964), with Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg. Peter Fonda, and Kim Hunter. Other early films include George Roy Hill‘s Hawaii (1966), with Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Jocelyne LaGarde, and Carroll O’Connor; and Banning (1967), with Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Guy Stockwell, and James Farentino. He earned his first of five Academy Award nominations (Best Supporting Actor) with Arthur Penn‘s Bonnie and Clyde (1967), with Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, and Estelle Parsons.

Other films of the late 1960s include The Split (1968), with Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Julie Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman, Warren Oates, and Donald Sutherland; The Gypsy Moths (1969), with Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and Scott Wilson; Michael Ritchie’s Downhill Racer (1969), with Robert Redford and Camilla Sparv; and John Sturges‘ Marooned (1969), with Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, and James Franciscus. He earned his second Academy Award nomination (for Best Supporting Actor), for I Never Sang for my Father (1970), with Melvyn Douglas, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons, and Elizabeth Hubbard.

Other films in the early 1970s include Doctors’ Wives (1971), with Dyan Cannon, O’Connor, Richard Crenna, Janice Rule, John Colicos, and Rachel Roberts; The Hunting Party (1971), with Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen, Simon Oakland and Ronald Howard; he won his first Academy Award (Best Actor) for William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971), with The French Connection (1971), with Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, and Marcel Bozzuffi; Prime Cut (1972), with Lee Marvin and Sissy Spacek; Ronald Neame‘s The Poseidon Adventure (1972), with Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, and Leslie Nielsen; Scarecrow (1973), with Al Pacino and Eileen Brennan; Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Conversation (1974), with John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr, and Robert Duvall; a small role in Mel Brooks‘ Young Frankenstein (1974), with Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle (the only actor he shared a scene with) Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, and Kenneth Mars; and Zandy’s Bride (1974), with Liv Ullman.

Films in the mid to late 1970s include Stanley Donen‘s Lucky Lady (1975), with Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, and Robby Benson; Richard Brooks’ Bite the Bullet (1975), with Candice Bergen, and James Coburn, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent, Ben Johnson, and Dabney Coleman; Stanley Kramer‘s The Domino Principle (1977), with Bergen, Mickey Rooney, and Richard Widmark; Richard Attenborough’s A Bridge Too Far (1977), with Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Anthony Hopkins, Hardy Krüger, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O’Neal, Redford, Maximilian Schell, and Ullmann; March or Die (1977), with Terence Hill, Catherine Deneuve, von Sydow, and Ian Holm; and Richard Donner‘s Superman (1978), with Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Jeff East, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty, and Marlon Brando.

Films in the early 1980s include Richard Lester‘s Superman II (1980), with Reeve, Kidder, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, Sarah Douglas, and Jack O’Halloran; Reds (1981), with Beatty (who also directed), Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosiński, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Ramon Bieri, Nicolas Coster, and M. Emmet Walsh; Under Fire (1983), with Nick Nolte and Joanna Cassidy; Uncommon Valor (1983), with Fred Ward, Reb Brown, Randall “Tex” Cobb, Robert Stack, and Patrick Swayze; Nicholas Roeg’s Eureka (1983), with Rutger Hauer, Theresa Russell, Mickey Rourke, and Joe Pesci; and Misunderstood (1984), with Henry Thomas, Rip Torn, and Susan Anspach.

Films in the mid to late 1980s include Twice in a Lifetime (1985), with Ann-Margret. Ellen Burstyn, Amy Madigan, Ally Sheedy, and Brian Dennehy; Target (1985), with Matt Dillon; Sidney Lumet’s Power (1986), with Richard Gere, Julie Christie, Kate Capshaw, Denzel Washington, E.G. Marshall, and Beatrice Straight; Hoosiers (1986), with Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper; No Way Out (1987), with Kevin Costner, Will Patton, and Sean Young; Superman IV (1987), with Reeve, Cooper, McClure, Jon Cryer, Sam Wanamaker, Mark Pillow, Mariel Hemingway, and Kidder; Split Decisions (1988), with Craig Sheffer and Jeff Fahey; Woody Allen‘s Another Woman (1988), with Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, and Holm; Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning (1988), earning his fourth Academy Award nomination (Best Actor), with Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, and R. Lee Ermey; and The Package (1989), with Joanna Cassidy, Tommy Lee Jones, John Heard, and Dennis Franz.

Films in the 90s include Bob Clark’s Loose Cannons (1990), with Dan Aykroyd, Dom DeLuise, Ronny Cox, and Nancy Travis; Mike Nichols’ Postcards from the Edge (1990), with Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, and Annette Bening; Michael Apted’s Class Action (1991), with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Laurence Fishburne, Colin Friels, Fred Dalton Thompson, and Donald Moffat; Unforgiven (1992), winning his second Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor), with Clint Eastwood (who also directed), Morgan Freeman, and Harris; Sydney Pollack’s The Firm (1993), with Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn; Walter Hill’s Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), with Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Duvall, and Matt Damon; and Lawrence Kasdan‘s Wyatt Earp (1994), with Costner, Mark Harmon, Michael Madsen, Bill Pullman, Quaid, Isabella Rossellini, Tom Sizemore, JoBeth Williams, Mare Winningham, and Jim Caviezel.

Films in the mid to late 1990s include Sam Raimi‘s The Quick and the Dead (1995), with Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, Roberts Blossom, Kevin Conway, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, Gary Sinise, and Leonardo DiCaprio; Tony Scott‘s Crimson Tide (1995), with Washington, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini, and Matt Craven; Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Get Shorty (1995), with John Travolta, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito; The Birdcage (1995), with Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Christine Baranski; Extreme Measures (1996), with Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, and David Morse; Absolute Power (1997), with Eastwood (who also directed), Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Judy Davis, Scott Glenn, and Dennis Haysbert; Twilight (1998), with Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Reese Witherspoon, Stockard Channing, and James Garner; the animated film Antz (1998), with the voices of Allen, Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Walken, Anne Bancroft, and Danny Glover; and Enemy of the State (1998), with Will Smith, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Gabriel Byrne, Dan Butler, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Jason Lee, Gabriel Byrne, and Regina King.

Films in the 2000s include Under Suspicion (2000), with Freeman, Monica Bellucci, and Thomas Jane; The Replacements (2000), with Keanu Reeves, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones, Rhys Ifans, Jon Favreau, and Jack Warden; The Mexican (2001), with Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Gandolfini, J.K. Simmons, and Bob Balaban; Heartbreakers (2001), with Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, and Lee; David Mamet‘s Heist (2001), with DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell; Wes Anderson‘s The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), with Anjelica Huston, Glover, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson; Runaway Jury (2003), with John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz; and Welcome to Mooseport (2004), with Ray Romano, Marcia Gay Harden, Maura Tierney, Baranski, and Torn.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Mad Dog Coll (1961) – directed by Burt Balaban – uncredited
  • Ride with Terror (1963) – directed by Ron Winston – TV movie
  • Lilith (1964) – directed by Robert Rossen
  • Hawaii (1966) – directed by George Roy Hill
  • First to Fight (1967) – directed by Christian Nyby
  • A Covenant with Death (1967) – directed by Lamont Johnson
  • Community Shelter Planning (1967) – directed by Mark Isaacs – short
  • Banning (1967) – directed by Ron Winston
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)** – directed by Arthur Penn
  • My Father and My Mother (1968) – directed by George Schaefer – TV movie – part of the anthology series CBS Playhouse
  • The Split (1968) – directed by Gordon Flemyng
  • Shadow on the Land (1968) – directed by Richard C. Sarafian – TV movie
  • Riot (1969) – directed by Buzz Kulik
  • The Gypsy Moth (1969) – directed by John Frankenheimer
  • Downhill Racer (1969) – directed by Michael Ritchie
  • Marooned (1969) – directed by John Sturges
  • I Never Sang for My Father (1970) – directed by Gilbert Cates
  • Doctors’ Wives (1971) – directed by George Schaefer
  • The Hunting Party (1971) – directed by Don Medford
  • The French Connection (1971) – directed by William Friedkin
  • Cisco Pike (1972) – directed by Bill L. Norton
  • Prime Cut (1972) – directed by Michael Ritchie
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972) – directed by Ronald Neame
  • Scarecrow (1973) – directed by Jerry Schatzberg
  • The Conversation (1974) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Zandy’s Bride (1974) – directed by Jan Troell
  • Young Frankenstein (1974)** – directed by Mel Brooks
  • Night Moves (1975) – directed by Arthur Penn
  • Bite the Bullet (1975) – directed by Richard Brooks
  • French Connection II (1975) – directed by John Frankenheimer
  • Lucky Lady (1975) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • The Domino Principle (1977) – directed by Stanley Kramer
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977) – directed by Richard Attenborough
  • March or Die (1977) – directed by Dick Richards
  • Superman (1978) – directed by Richard Donner
  • Superman II (1980) – directed by Richard Lester (replaced Richard Donner)
  • All Night Long (1981) – directed by Jean-Claude Tramont
  • Reds (1981) – directed by Warren Beatty
  • Eureka (1983) – directed by Nicolas Roeg
  • Under Fire (1983) – directed by Roger Spottiswoode
  • Two of a Kind (1983) – directed by John Herzfeld – uncredited voice
  • Uncommon Valor (1983) – directed by Ted Kotcheff
  • Misunderstood (1984) – directed by Jerry Schatzberg
  • Twice in a Lifetime (1985) – directed by Bud Yorkin
  • Target (1985) – directed by Arthur Penn
  • Power (1986) – directed by Sidney Lumet
  • Hoosiers (1986) – directed by David Anspaugh
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) – directed by Sidney J. Furie
  • No Way Out (1987) – directed by Roger Donaldson
  • Bat*21 (1988) – directed by Peter Markle
  • Another Woman (1988) – directed by Woody Allen
  • Split Decisions (1988) – directed by David Drury
  • Full Moon in Blue Water (1988) – directed by Peter Masterson
  • Mississippi Burning (1988) – directed by Alan Parker
  • The Package (1989) – directed by Andrew Davis
  • Loose Cannons (1990) – directed by Bob Clark
  • Postcards from the Edge (1990) – directed by Mike Nichols
  • Narrow Margin (1990) – directed by Peter Hyams
  • Class Action (1991) – directed by Michael Apted
  • Company Business (1991) – directed by Nicholas Meyer
  • Unforgiven (1992)** – directed by Clint Eastwood
  • The Firm (1993) – directed by Sydney Pollack
  • Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) – directed by Walter Hill
  • Wyatt Earp (1994) – directed by Lawrence Kasdan
  • The Quick and the Dead (1995) – directed by Sam Raimi
  • Crimson Tide (1995) – directed by Tony Scott
  • Get Shorty (1995) – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
  • The Birdcage (1996) – directed by Mike Nichols
  • Extreme Measures (1996) – directed by Michael Apted
  • The Chamber (1996) – directed by James Foley
  • Absolute Power (1997) – directed by Clint Eastwood
  • Twilight (1998) – directed by Robert Benton
  • Antz (1998)* – directed by Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson
  • Enemy of the State (1998) – directed by Tony Scott
  • Under Suspicion (2000) – directed by Stephen Hopkins – also executive producer
  • The Replacements (2000)* – directed by Howard Deutch
  • The Mexican (2001) – directed by Gore Verbinski
  • Heartbreakers (2001) – directed by David Mirkin
  • Heist (2001) – directed by David Mamet
  • Behind Enemy Lines (2001) – directed by John Moore
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – directed by Wes Anderson
  • Runaway Jury (2003) – directed by Gary Fleder
  • Welcome to Mooseport (2004) – directed by Donald Petrie