Hackman, Gene

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Portrait of Gene Hackman (click to view image source)
Gene Hackman
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Hackman, Gene Gender: M
Hackman, Eugene Alden
born on 30 January 1930 at 07:45 (= 07:45 AM )
Place San Bernardino CA, USA, 34n07, 117w19
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 10°03' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 19°25 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 27°18'


American actor, versatile with a force of personality, a bottled-up quality that springs from deep personal reserve. He ascended into stardom while playing character parts, not just conventional heroes in the course of his more than 60 movies. Those who know him say that he is a champion lover, hell-bent on not keeping in touch. "Gene is the kind of guy who thinks a ten-minute conversation is too long," says his publicist.

A former barroom brawler, Hackman has a reputation for being difficult, for having run-ins with directors. His authority problem dates back to his troubled youth with an alcoholic mother and a father who deserted them in 1943, living with his maternal grandmother. A lonely kid caught in an unhappy household in a dead-end Depression town, he lied about his age to join the Marines at 16 but missed action when he broke both his legs in a motorcycle accident.

He bounced around the country on the GI Bill, trying his hand at various jobs. He began his study of radio technique at the University of Illinois, doing odd jobs in TV studios and learning acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. Acting was a positive way to channel his anger and restlessness into art. He began his professional career off-Broadway in 1964, which led to a small movie part in "Lilith." He won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor through "Bonnie and Clyde." Later, he was nominated again for "I Never Sang for my Father." Finally, in 1971, he won the Best Actor Oscar for "The French Connection."

As a successful actor, Hackman took up expensive, risky hobbies, racing cars, flying airplanes. Once he took a two-year hiatus, moving to Monterey and painting in earnest. In 1972 he was impacted by the death of his mom in a fire, set accidentally by her in an alcoholic stupor. When his dad came to the set of "Zandy's Bride," Hackman never came out of his trailer to see him.

In 1987, Hackman returned to the stage after a ten year absence. He won another Oscar as Best Supporting Actor on 3/29/1993 for "Unforgiven," which was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood.

After some 30 years of marriage, he divorced his wife and tried out the role of playboy, living with a Japanese girlfriend in the age range of his three kids, Betsy Arakawa, a former classical pianist. They married in 1993, settling in his modest two-bedroom adobe in Santa Fe, NM he restored himself.

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  • Work : New Career 1964 (Began off-Broadway)
  • Work : Prize 1971 (Best Actor Oscar for "The French Connection")
  • Work : Prize 29 March 1993 (Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Unforgiven")
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  • Death of Mother 1972 (Mom died in a fire)

Source Notes

B.R. in hand from Steinbrecher (Same Contemporary American Horoscopes. Patricia Lyons quotes him for 4:00 AM in the '80s)


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Marines at 16)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Unforgiven," "The French Connection")
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (30 years, divorced)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ private
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Lover some 25-30 years younger)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Broke both legs as a teenager)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of two boys)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Mom alcoholic, dad abusive)
  • Traits : Personality : Private (A loner)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Age 13 when dad left)