Academy Award winning actor Gene Hackman, 81, was hit by a car today in Florida while riding his bicycle. Gene has been airlifted to a trauma hospital. Although his injuries are considered serious he is currently in stable condition.
TMZ has the scoop: The Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ … the 81-year-old Academy Award winner suffered serious injuries to his head and body. We’re told the accident took place around 3:00 PM local time. The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Story is developing and we will update you when more new is available. Our prayers are with Gene for a speedy recovery.
Gene has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, Hackman has also won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs in a career that spanned five decades. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. His major subsequent films include his role as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection (1971); The Poseidon Adventure (1972); The Conversation (1974); Young Frankenstein (1974); his role as arch-villain Lex Luthor in Superman (1978); Hoosiers (1986); Mississippi Burning (1987); Unforgiven (1992); Get Shorty (1995); The Birdcage (1996); Enemy Of The State (1998); and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).