It has been some time, ten years to be exact, since we’ve seen the two time Academy Award winning film star on screen. Has Gene Hackman hung up his thespian shoes to don a writer’s cap?
The actor and his wife, Betsy, have been living a quiet life in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he has embarked on a career as an author. In fact, he has several books under his belt in which he has co-authored. Hackman’s latest novel is a thriller titled ‘Pursuit’ and is about a Missouri cop who is on a feverish manhunt for a serial killer who has abducted her daughter.
Hackman says his normal routine is to write in the mornings and stopping before two o’clock in the afternoon. The writing is done in longhand form, handed to a professor for typing, followed by revisions, etc., then critiquing from his wife.
Gene Hackman’s first claim to fame came by way of his lauded performance in 1967’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ opposite Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. He went on to star in such blockbusters as: ‘The French Connection,’ ‘The Poseidon Adventure,’ ‘Superman,’ ‘Mississippi Burning’ and ‘Unforgiven.’ He has enjoyed a storied career that spanned five decades.
Known for his tough guy roles, Hackman is also a “take-no-prisoners” type of man as well when it comes to his rights to privacy or respect.
Gene Hackman is obviously a man of many talents, but it sure would be nice to see him on film again.