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With a net worth of $80 million, Gene Hackman is a retired American actor and novelist with a career spanning almost 50 years as per celebritynetworth.
He has garnered over 30 accolades, including two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and two BAFTAs.
Hackman’s breakthrough role as Buck Barrow in “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) catapulted him to stardom, and he is most renowned for his award-winning performances in films like “The French Connection” (1971), “Unforgiven” (1992), and “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001).
Despite retiring from acting in 2004, he has continued to write and has published novels like “Payback at Morning Peak” (2011) and “Pursuit” (2013).
Additionally, Hackman has co-written three historical fiction books with undersea archaeologist Daniel Lenihan, including “Wake of the Perdido Star” (1999), “Justice for None” (2004), and “Escape from Andersonville” (2008).
Hackman began his acting career in 1958 and had his big break in 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde.” He earned two Academy Awards for Best Actor, one for “The French Connection” (1971) and the other for “Unforgiven” (1993).
Hackman also played Lex Luther in the “Superman” movies and starred in notable films such as “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001), and “Runaway Jury” (2003).
He retired from acting in 2004 after making nine films in the 2000s and has since narrated two television documentaries.
Awards & Honors
Hackman’s career was highly decorated with numerous awards. He earned the Best Actor Academy Award for “The French Connection” in 1972 and the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Unforgiven” in 1993, both of which earned him BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes, and New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
He received additional awards for films such as “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Mississippi Burning,” “The Birdcage,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “The Conversation.” In 2015, he was honored with the Career-Honorary Award at the CinEuphoria Awards.
Gene has called Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home for many years, where he and Betsy renovated and redesigned their 12-acre property.
In the 1980s, he sold his 25-acre property in Montecito, California, for $5.5 million; in 2015, it was sold again for $25 million.
Additionally, he once owned a house in Pebble Beach, California, which he sold in 1993. In 2012, the home was listed for $79 million.
Reclusive Gene Hackman, 93, Makes Rare Appearance Looking Healthy
On Sunday, Hollywood icon Gene Hackman demonstrated his physical prowess while performing yard work at his Santa Fe ranch in New Mexico.
Despite celebrating his 93rd birthday in January, the “Unforgiven” star looked healthy and fit as he wielded a shovel at his private estate.
Earlier in the day, the two-time Academy Award winner was fueling up at a local Wendy’s fast food restaurant before indulging in a chicken sandwich in the parking lot and filling up his vehicle at a nearby gas station.
This was a rare sighting of the reclusive and retired Actor last seen on screen in the 2004 comedy “Welcome to Mooseport.”
In 2021, Hackman spoke to The Post about his award-winning performance in the classic crime thriller “The French Connection” and his “checkered career of hits and misses.”
Despite being a powerhouse performer in Tinseltown with iconic roles in films like “The Conversation,” “Superman,” “Hoosiers,” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” Hackman has long avoided the limelight and has only granted interviews to The Post.
The Actor, who has resided in New Mexico with his wife Betsy Arakawa, a pianist, for many years, added that he is not a fan of re-watching his films and has not seen “The French Connection” since its initial screening in 1971.