Despite being retired at 94 years old, Gene Hackman remains one of America’s great acting legends with a nice net worth. Actor, author, cyclist, and novelist…words that paint a picture of Hackman’s career. These days, you’ll find Hackman living near Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife.
Movies are a bygone footnote in the life of Gene Hackman. But he put together quite a solid net worth. In a movie career that dates back to the 1960s, Hackman has won two Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTAs. Yet when Gene came on the screen, then you knew that you were looking at a true star.
He got his big break back in 1967 when he appeared in the not-so-peaceful Bonnie and Clyde. Hackman played Buck Barrow in the film, earning him his first Oscar nomination. All of his work led him to accumulate a net worth, along with a couple of real estate deals, of $80 million. That’s according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Gene Hackman Picks Up Oscar For ‘French Connection’
But he locked up his first Oscar for his work in The French Connection in 1971. That movie has some of the best car chase scenes you’ll ever see on a big screen. Even today, you’ll find young actors watching this movie and studying Hackman’s work.
Then, in 1972, Gene Hackman was a star among many stars in The Poseidon Adventure. He followed that up with a couple of film beauties: The Conversation and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.
While Hackman can play a tender SOB on the screen, the actor can turn into a bad guy just as quickly. He showed this ability in 1978 when he played Lex Luthor in Superman: The Movie. It was a box-office smash, and Hackman returned to play Luthor in Superman II in 1978 and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in 1987.
The 1980s also saw Hackman star in Red, Hoosiers, and No Way Out.
Just when you think Hackman can’t push his acting chops any further, he comes up and steals scenes. For his turn as an FBI agent in Mississippi Burning in 1988, Hackman earned an Oscar nomination and a National Board of Review Award. As 1993 rolled around, Hackman joined a bevy of other top-line actors in Unforgiven. He picked up his second Oscar win for this movie, too.
What else can this guy do? Simply take movies and make them better. For instance, Hackman was a shady lawyer in The Firm, a movie based on a John Grisham novel. Toss in work for Wyatt Earp, The Quick and the Dead, and Get Shorty, too. That’s a major-league lineup of movies for Hackman fans. One more to check out would be The Royal Tenenbaums.
Actor Finds Rhythm As Author In Retirement
Besides film work, Hackman has been in the book publishing business. Among his books are Payback at Morning Creek and Pursuit. In addition, he’s worked on three fiction novels with his writing partner, Daniel Lenihan. They are Wake of the Perdido Star, Justice for None, and Escape from Andersonville.
Hackman has been married twice and has three children. At this time, it doesn’t look like Hackman will be back on the silver screen at all. He’s enjoying his retirement from acting, but he stays busy by working on his land in Santa Fe.
Many of Hackman’s movies are available on streaming services like Pluto TV and others. See which one works for you and pick out a Gene Hackman movie to enjoy at home. Or you can check this story out and see why John Wayne despised Hackman so much. Wait until you read this story.
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