Eugene Allen Gene Hackman is an American retired actor and novelist.
Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Eugene Ezra Hackman, and his wife, Anna Lyda Elizabeth . He has one brother, Richard Hackman. He has Pennsylvania Dutch , English, and Scottish ancestry his mother was born in Lambton, Canada. According to a plaque in a city park, he worked for a time as a dog catcher for the local animal shelter. His family moved frequently, finally settling in Danville, Illinois, where they lived in the house of his Englishborn maternal grandmother, Beatrice. Hackmans father operated the printing press for the CommercialNews, a local paper. As a teenager, Hackman knew Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke was friends with his older brother Richard. Hackmans parents divorced in 1943 and his father subsequently left the family.