The brilliant versatile American actor Gene Hackman (full name Eugene Allen Hackman) was born on January 30, 1930 in San Bernardino, located not far from Los Angeles (California). At the beginning of their independent life served in the Navy, then changed several universities, studying first at the journalist, then – radioelektronschika on and, finally, to the advertising agent. No profession is not liking the young man, and at age 30 he enrolled in acting classes. It became his friend Dustin Hoffman. and both found in the group of the least suitable for acting.
In the early 1960s, friends moved to New York and spent several years trying to conquer Broadway. Luck smiled on him in 1964 (performance “on any Sunday”), Hackman soon managed to take a picture in an art “Lilith & raquo ;. He saw Warren Beatty and directed by Arthur Penn persuaded Jean to take a secondary role in the famous film” Bonnie and Clyde & raquo ;. Picture actor opened the way to Hollywood.
First, Hackman starred in supporting roles, but in 1972 played a major and it is very difficult role in the film “French Connection & raquo ;, for which he received the prize”Oscar & raquo ;. For 45 years Jean has become one of the most popular Hollywood actors. It is worth mentioning its main role in the tapes”Adventure”Poseidon””(1972 disaster movie),” Young Frankenstein”(1974, the mystical comedy),”conversation” (1974, Detective). In the epic Superman (1978 – 1987) he embodied the image of Lex Luthor.
In the 1980s, an aging actor has experienced a creative crisis, but by the end of the decade he was able to successfully get out of the losing streak. Jobs in the drama “Mississippi Burning”(1988) was nominated for”Oscar & raquo ;, and the role of sheriff in the Western”Unforgiven”He was awarded the golden statuette. Hackman easily found its place in the great comedies –”Get Shorty”(1995),”birdcages”(1996),”Heartbreakers”(2001),”Royal Tenenbaums” (2001).
stormy personal life of the actor can not be called – 30 years he has lived in a marriage with Faye Meltis, who bore him three children. In 1986, the couple separated, and in 1991 became his wife Gina pianist Betsy Arakawa.
In 2004, Gene Hackman officially announced the end of his cinematic career. He is the author of several novels, the first of which was published in 1999.