In a career that spanned nearly five decades, Hackman was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best Actor in The French Connection and Best Supporting Actor in Unforgiven. He is retired and 87, and I regret to admit I have seen probably ten of his movies–but they seem a long time ago, and I was too young to appreciate him. I think it will be fun to revisit his classics with older, fresh eyes. As far as his personal life is concerned, I know nothing about him.
Every winter I assign myself a male actor who has made an impact on the movie industry, but I know little about. I will read a biography, watch films I missed and revisit the ones I’ve seen him in before. Starting in December through January, I’ll try to connect the film to the man in an effort to get to know him better. What would you recommend I see?