Gene Hackman Quotes

Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career spanning nearly five decades, Hackman was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best Actor in The French Connection and Best Supporting Actor in Unforgiven. He won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs.

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Gene Hackman


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.

Gene Hackman


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.

Gene Hackman


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.

Gene Hackman


I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine.

Gene Hackman


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.

Gene Hackman


Hollywood loves to typecast, and I guess they saw me as a violent guy.

Gene Hackman


I don't like to talk about myself that much.

Gene Hackman


Like a duck on the pond. On the surface everything looks calm, but beneath the water those little feet are churning a mile a minute.

Gene Hackman


My early days in Broadway were all comedies. I never did a straight play on Broadway.

Gene Hackman


That's the great thing about plankton. It pretty much keeps to itself.

Gene Hackman


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.

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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.

Gene Hackman


I'm disappointed that success hasn't been a Himalayan feeling.

Gene Hackman


“If you look at yourself as a star, you've already lost something in the portrayal of any human being”

Gene Hackman


“Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors.”

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