Eugene Allen Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Hackman won two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and two BAFTAs.
Nominated for five Academy Awards, Hackman won Best Actor for his role as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in the critically acclaimed thriller The French Connection (1971), and Best Supporting Actor as “Little” Bill Daggett in the Clint Eastwood Western Unforgiven (1992). His other nominations for Best Supporting Actor came with the films Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and I Never Sang for My Father (1970), with a second Best Actor nomination for Mississippi Burning (1988).
Hackman’s other major film roles included The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Conversation (1974), French Connection II (1975), Superman: The Movie (1978) — as arch-villain Lex Luthor — Hoosiers (1986), The Firm (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) , and Welcome to Mooseport (2004).