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Gene Hackman in Unforgiven

Gene Hackman (1930 -)

Film Deaths[]

  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967) [Buck Barrow]: Fatally wounded in a shoot-out with police; he dies after staggering around blindly in the woods (in reality, Buck died from pneumonia in the hospital after this injury).
  • Riot (1969) [Walter Goodseal]: Gets his throat cut by Ben Carruthers while escaping the prison, with Jim Brown. He dies on top of the wall.
  • The Hunting Party (1971) [Brandt Ruger]: Commits suicide by dehydrating himself in the desert after shooting Oliver Reed his wife (Candice Bergen).
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972) [Reverend Frank Scott]: Falls to his death into a fire, after opening a valve to let the other survivors escape.
  • Prime Cut (1972) [Mary Ann]: Machine-gunned by Lee Marvin in a shoot-out in a barn; he falls from the hayloft into the pigpen, and dies a short time later while talking to Lee.
  • Night Moves (1975) [Harry Moseby]: Accidentally machine-gunned in the leg by Edward Binns while on a boat. It's not known if this was supposed to be fatal, but I'll list it in case.
  • The Domino Principle (1977) [Tucker]: Possibly shot by a sniper. The film ends with a view of the snipers scope about to shoot Gene.
  • March or Die (1977) [Major William Sherman Foster]: Shot to death in combat with the Arab forces.
  • Under Fire (1983) [Alex Grazier]: Shot repeatedly by a military hit squad (as Nick Nolte secretly photographs it in shock) who then makes it look like a terrorist assassination in order to frame the POET Rebels (photos of his death are later shown while broadcast on TV). (Gene's movie death was inspired by the real life assassinations of Bill Stewart and his translator Juan Espinoza.)
  • Eureka (1984) [Jack McCann]: Burned to death with a blowtorch in his bedroom by one of Mickey Rourke's thugs, after being bludgeoned by Joe Spinell.
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) [Lex Luthor/Voice of Nuclear Man]: As the (dubbed) voice of Mark Pillow he is destroyed by being deposited into the core of the nuclear power plant at the end of a fight with Christopher Reeve. 'Lex Luthor' survives the movie.
  • Unforgiven (1992) [Sheriff 'Little' Bill Daggett]: Shot in the face with a rifle by Clint Eastwood in the saloon (in addition to having been shot in the chest by Clint); we only see Clint firing the final shot, and Gene's body is not shown afterwards.
  • The Firm (1993) [Avery Tolar]: Murdered off-screen by Tobin Bell and made to look as if he drowned in his tub. His death is mentioned to Tom Cruise by Sullivan Walker over the phone.
  • The Quick and the Dead (1995) [John Herod]: Shot in the chest and eye by Sharon Stone in a duel.
  • The Chamber (1996) [Sam Cayhall]: Executed in the gas chamber.
  • Extreme Measures (1996) [Dr. Lawrence Myrick]: Accidentally shot in the neck by Hugh Grant while he is struggling over the gun with David Morse, which then repeatedly goes off; he dies shortly afterwards as Hugh struggles to save him.
  • Absolute Power (1997) [President Allen Richmond]: Stabbed to death (off-screen) by E.G. Marshall in Gene's office; we only see Gene greeting E.G., followed by a TV news broadcast reporting Gene's death (believed to be suicide).
  • Antz (1998; animated) [General Mandible]: Providing the voice of an ant, he falls to his death at the end of a struggle with Z (voiced by Woody Allen).
  • Twilight (1998) [Jack Ames]: While still alive at the end of the film, he is in final stages of cancer and will probably die soon.
  • Heartbreakers (2001) [William B. Tensy]: Dies of lung disease; he has a coughing fit and collapses while preparing to make love with Sigourney Weaver, hitting his head on a phallic statue in the process. (Played for comic effect)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) [Royal Tenenbaum]: Dies (off-screen) of a heart attack; we learn of his death from Alec Baldwin's narration as we see Hackman riding in an ambulance with his son (Ben Stiller).

Television Deaths[]

  • The Invaders: The Spores (1967) [Tom Jessup]: Burnt to death, his body disintegrates, when Roy Thinnes throws a Molotov cocktail into the potting shed where the alien spores are being cultivated. (Thanks to Brian)
  • I Spy: Happy Birthday Everybody (1968) [Frank Hunter]