The Roles of a Lifetime: Gene Hackman

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The Roles of a Lifetime: Gene Hackman

In each installment of The Greats, Paste Chief Film Critic Tim Grierson provides a salutatory retrospective on a living legend in film. His latest column focuses on the work of Gene Hackman, an actor who Grierson lauds as having brought an “average-folk authenticity” to his roles from the start, and trait that would be “his trademark for the rest of his career.” To go along with Grierson’s tribute, we’ve pulled together images of almost every character Hackman has played in his storied film career.