Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman (born January is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career that spanned five decades, Hackman has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, including best actor in The French Connection.
You know what a sure sign of a great actor is? You never remember his/her name, because they disappear so completely in their characters. This guy here is that kind of actor. I can never remember his name. Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins by Norman Jean Roy.