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Gene Hackman Then & Now: Photos From His Young ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Days To Retirement

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Gene Hackman’s acting chops are no joke. The retired film legend (born Eugene Allen Hackman on January 30, 1930) enjoyed a career that spanned over 6 decades until his retirement in 2004.

After cutting his teeth in TV parts and off-Broadway shows, Gene earned an Oscar nomination for 1967’s ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, basically his first major screen role. He would receive widespread acclaim for 1971’s ‘The French Connection’. He won his first Oscar for the part, which premiered a sequel in 1975. He won again 20 years later for the Clint Eastwood movie ‘Unforgiven’ (1992). His other accolades include four Golden Globes, one Screen Actors Guild Award, two BAFTAs, and one Silver Bear.

Other major roles included ‘A Bridge Too Far’ (1977), ‘Superman’ (1978) and its sequels, ‘Hoosiers’ (1986), ‘Mississippi Burning’ (1988), ‘The Firm’ (1993), ‘Get Shorty ‘ (1995), ‘Enemy of the State’ (1998), ‘Antz’ (1998), ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ (2001), ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ (2001), ‘Runaway Jury’ (2003), and ‘ Welcome to Mooseport’ (2004), his final film role before retirement.

Here, Gene appears back in 1968 in a scene from ‘Bonnie And Clyde’. The fugitive crime caper starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Ready for more genes? Look through the gallery for his best photos.

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