Gene Hackman at a book signing in June 2008
|Born||Eugene Allen Hackman
January 30, 1930
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
|Residence||Sante Fe, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Pasadena Playhouse|
|Occupation||Actor and novelist|
|Years active||1956â€“2004 (actor)
|Home town||Danville, Illinois, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Faye Maltese (m. 1956; div. 1986)
Betsy Arakawa (m. 1991)
|Awards||2 Academy Awards, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 2 BAFTA Awards|
If I start to become a star, I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best.
My wife and I take what we call our Friday comedy day off. We watch standup comics on TV. The raunchier the better. We love Eddie Izzard.
Things parents say to children are oftentimes not heard, but in some cases you pick up on things that your parent would like to see you have done.
I write in the morning from about eight till noon, and sometimes again a bit in the afternoon. In the morning I start off by going over what I had done the previous day, which my wife has happily typed up for me.
If you look at yourself as a star, you've already lost something in the portrayal of any human being.
I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press.
Once, I optioned a novel and tried to do a screenplay on it, which was great fun, but I was too respectful. I was only 100 pages into the novel and I had about 90 pages of movie script going. I realized I had a lot to learn.
I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine.
My grandfather had been a newspaper reporter, as was my uncle. They were pretty good writers and so I thought maybe somewhere down the line I would do some writing.
You go through stages in your career that you feel very good about yourself. Then you feel awful, like, 'Why didn't I choose something else?' But overall I'm pretty satisfied that I made the right choice when I decided to be an actor.
I lost touch with my son in terms of advice early on. Maybe it had to do with being gone so much, doing location films when he was at an age where he needed support and guidance.
My early days in Broadway were all comedies. I never did a straight play on Broadway.
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.
I went in the Marines when I was 16. I spent four and a half years in the Marines and then came right to New York to be an actor. And then seven years later, I got my first job.
The worst job I ever had was working nights in the Chrysler Building. I was part of a team of about five guys, and we polished the leather furniture.