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Gene Hackman in Supporting Roles: 6 Times Star Shined Without Being Lead Actor

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Gene Hackman retired from acting in 2004, but the star accumulated nearly 100 credits in his four-decade career.

Here are six times Hackman was cast in a supporting role and shined without being the lead actor:

1. Hackman’s first Academy Award nomination for a supporting role came for his work in the 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde.” He starred alongside Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who played the infamous criminals. Hackman’s role was as the brother, “Buck,” to Beatty’s “Clyde” character. "Bonnie and Clyde" was the second film that Hackman was cast in support of Beatty, who suggested Hackman for the role, according to Biography.com.

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2. Hackman was once again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1970 film “I Never Sang to My Father.” In the film, Hackman plays a professor who tries to forge a relationship with his estranged father after the passing of his mother.

3. Fast-forward a few years to 1978 and Hackman takes his artistry to another genre, starring in “Superman” as villain Lex Luthor. While traditionally known for his dramatic performances, Hackman wanted to try something else. For this role, he was nominated for an award for Best Supporting Actor by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

4. “Unforgiven” yielded Hackman four awards. In 1993, he was honored by BAFTA for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The Golden Globes also recognized him for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. He was also given the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.

5. Blockbuster Entertainment honored Hackman in 1997 for his work in the comedy “The Birdcage.” He was recognized as Favorite Supporting Actor. The Francis Ford Coppola film put Hackman alongside stars Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

6. Blockbuster recognized Hackman again in 1999 for his work in “Enemy of the State.” He received the award for Favorite Supporting Actor for his performance in this political thriller.

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