Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Biography

Author Profession: US Actor
Born: January 30, 1930
Age: 86 years old
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.

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

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.

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.

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.

Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors.

I do not like assassins, or men of low character.

I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press.

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

It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on screen. I think of myself, and feel like I'm quite young, and then I look at this old man with the baggy chins and the tired eyes and the receding hairline and all that.

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

I don't see myself as a violent guy.

I left home when I was 16 because I was looking for adventure.

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

I'm not a sentimental guy.

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.

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.

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.

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

If I start to become a star, I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

If only media people would stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit, which is cynicism and pessimism, and stopped trying so hard to be hip and cool and have a swagger. Emilio Estevez

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