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Gene Hackman : The Life and Work - by Peter Shelley (Paperback)

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Shelley recounts the life and career of award-winning actor Gene Hackman (1930-). Hackman credits his movie-going mother for his early interest in acting. He prepared his first Academy Award acceptance speech at 12, but was too scared to try Glee Club or the community players. His father’s sudden departure from the family left him with a life-long wound, but also provided emotional material for his acting career. Several years later, an underage Hackman in a fit of pique, joined the Marines with his mother’s permission. He eventually overcame his shyness working for a radio station during his enlistment. A serious motorcycle accident ended his military service, so he enrolled at the University of Illinois, thanks to the G.I. Bill. Six months later found him in Manhattan enrolling in the School of Radio Technique. After graduation he moved into television as a floor manager and assistant director. Ennuie set in again and he finally decided, at 26, to be an actor, with the support of his wife. He was accepted at the Pasadena Playhouse of Theater Arts, where he found the students about five years younger, good looking, and blonde. Although kicked out for having no talent, his friend Dustin Hoffman begged to differ; he believed that his friend’s acting was so natural that he, like Spencer Tracy, did not seem to be acting at all. He took random jobs—soda jerk, a truck driver, shoe salesman. There were play-reading parties with other struggling actors, like James Caan, John Voight, Elliot Gould, and Robert Redford. Finally, he found work off-Broadway plays. His television debut came in 1959 on the United States Steel Hour on CBS live. His film debut was in . Waiting just around the corner was
Number of Pages: V, 193 pages :
Genre: Performing Arts, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Film
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Book theme: History & Criticism
Author: Peter Shelley
Language: English
Street Date: November 26, 2018
TCIN: 53740286
UPC: 9781476670478
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-2157
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