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Gene Hackman is an Academy Award-winning actor known for his range and versatility in several flims.
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The film also won the award for Best Picture and Eastwood won for Best Director. Taking on a different kind of morally questionable character, Hackman played Tom Cruise’s mentor in The Firm (1993), a film adaptation of a John Grisham novel.
Three years later, Hackman starred in another John Grisham adaptation, The Chamber (1996),
in which he played a convicted murderer and racist facing execution. The film struck out with critics and movie-goers alike. He had better luck that year as a conservative senator with the comedy The Birdcage (1996) with Robin Williams.
In 2001, Hackman played the patriarch in Wes Anderson's offbeat family comedy The Royal Tenenbaums. Anjelica Huston co-starred as his estranged wife and Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Luke Wilson played his estranged adult children. Two years later, Hackman got a chance to work with old friend Dustin Hoffman in Runaway Jury, which also starred John Cusack. He played a jury consultant working for a gun manufacturer in a suit that Hoffman's client has brought against the company. Cusack plays a juror who offers to fix the verdict for the highest bidder.
Hackman's last film project to date was the light-hearted comedy Welcome to Mooseport (2004), in which he starred as a former president who battles a local (Ray Romano) in its mayoral elections. While promoting the film, Hackman appeared on The Larry King Show and said that he did not have another film project lined up and that his film career was "probably all over."
While he may have stepped away from acting, Hackman has a thriving second career as a novelist. He has co-written three books with Daniel Lenihan: Wake of the Perdido Star (1999), Justice for None (2004), and most recently, Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War (2008).
Hackman has three children, Christopher, Elizabeth and Leslie, from his first marriage. He is currently married to Betsy Arakawa.
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