Was offered the role of 'Marshal Sam Gerard' in the 1993 thriller "The Fugitive".
After he played Little Bill Daggett in "Unforgiven" (1992),Hackman vowed not to appear in any more violent films.After he had been in violent films dating back to "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) and "The French Connection" (1971).In a role refused by Peter Boyle for the same reasons,he said he was fed up with them.
As a young man,Hackman attended a showing of the movie "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) and was impressed by the performance of Marlon Brando due to his naturalism and the fact that he didn't look like what a movie star typically looked like in the 1950s.After exiting the theater,he told his father that he wanted to be an actor.
Was offered the role of President Franklin Roosevelt in "Pearl Harbor" (2001),but he turned it down.The role went to Jon Voight.
Quote Gene Hackman:"I came to New York when I was 25,and I worked at Howard Johnson's in Times Square,where I did the door in this completely silly uniform. Before that,I had been a student at the Pasadena Playhouse,where I had been awarded the least likely to succeed prize,along with my pal Dustin Hoffman, which was a big reason we set off for New York together.Out of nowhere,this teacher I totally despised at the Pasadena Playhouse suddenly walked by HoJo's and came right up into my face and shouted,'See,Hackman,I told you that you would never amount to anything!'I felt 1 inch tall".
He turned down the lead role of Roy Neary in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) because of his stressful marriage,the part would ultimately go to Richard Dreyfuss.
He is also known as Eugene Alder.
Quote Gene Hackman:"I wanted to act,but I'd always been convinced that actors had to be handsome.That came from the days when Errol Fyln was my idol.I'd come out of a theater and be startled when I looked in a mirror because I didn't look like Flynn.I felt like him".
For his role as Lex Luthor in the Superman movies,he didn't want go bald.So he was allowed to wear wigs instead,and was convinced to wear a bald cap in only a few scenes.
Is one of the rare actors who've won an Oscar for a supporting role after winning an Oscar for a leading role.
Quote Gene Hackman:I suppose I wanted to be an actor from the time I was about ten,maybe even younger than that. Recollections of early movies that I had seen and actors that I admired like Jimmy Cagney,Errol Flynn,those kind of romantic action guys.When I saw those actors,I felt I could do that.But I was in New York for about eight years before I had a job.I sold ladies shoes,polished leather furniture,drove a truck.I think that if you have it in you and you want it bad enough you can do it.
Quote Gene Hackman:"It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on-screen.I think of myself,and feel like I'm quite young,and then I look at this old man with the baggy chins and the tired eyes and the receding hairline and all that".
Appeared on "Larry King Live" on July 7th,2004.Larry King was surprised to find out that Hackman had no movies lined up, and Hackman replied by saying that he thinks it is the end of his career.
In a 2004 Vanity Fair story on him, Dustin Hoffman,and Robert Duvall,Hackman said one of the worst memories of being a struggling actor,was working as a doorman in New York City.He recalled having seen former Marine officers pass him by when opening the door for them,which one had said "Hackman,you're a sorry son of a bitch".
Suffered a severe heart attack in 1990, and underwent successful angioplasty surgery.
Was the subject of the song "Gene Hackman" by the Hoodoo Gurus.
While a struggling actor in New York City,he worked as a soda jerk in a pharmacy and as a furniture mover.
Lives in New Mexico.
Enjoys painting and writing fiction.
Reportedly turned down one of the lead roles in Network (1976).
Reportedly turned down the role of Randall Patrick McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"(1975).
Quote Gene Hackman:"If I start to become a star,I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best".
Says watching his own films make him terribly nervous.
Turned down the lead roles in Jaws (1975),Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977),and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Gene is the voice of the Oppenheimer Funds commercials (2006).
Gene Hackman joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 98 entitled "Krazy Kripples."
He is the voice of Lowe's Home Improvement commercials. (2006)