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Gene Hackman hospitalized with body and leg injuries after being hit by car


Gene Hackman suffered injuries to his body and leg after being hit by a car Friday afternoon.

The legendary actor was struck while riding his bicycle in Florida Keys at around 3:00 p.m. local time.

Gene Hackman, 81, was airlifted to hospital and was later released after suffering “bumps and bruises”.

The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Gene Hackman, 81, was airlifted to hospital and was later released after suffering “bumps and bruises”

Gene Hackman, 81, was airlifted to hospital and was later released after suffering “bumps and bruises”

Sergeant Tom Pikul said: “Today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time there was an accident involving the actor Gene Hackman.

“He was riding his bicycle in Florida Keys on what is known as the Old Highway.

“He suffered body and leg injuries and he was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Centre at Jackson Memorial Hospital.”

Early reports Gene Hackman had suffered serious head injuries were dismissed by his spokeswoman.

His spokeswoman said: “Gene Hackman was taken to a hospital for routine tests after being bumped from behind while riding his bike today in the Keys.

“He’s suffered minor bumps and bruises and is already on his way home.”

No doubt the stars legion of fans will be relieved he did not suffer a more serious accident.

Gene Hackman is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, and has won two Oscars and received a further three nominations.

He first rose to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde.

However perhaps his most celebrated performances were as the tough detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in the French Connection films in 1971, for which he won a best actor Oscar, and 1975.

Gene Hackman made many more hard hitting dramatic appearances, such as best actor nominated turn in 1988’s Mississippi Burning.

He was also famous for his ability to play lighter roles, such as his performance as camp evil genius Lex Luthor in the blockbuster Superman movies.

Gene Hackman began his acting career n 1956 when he joined the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

There he met another aspiring actor, Dustin Hoffman, and the pair forged a lifelong friendship as they both became major stars of the silver screen.

Gene Hackman has been married twice, first to Faye Maltese in 1956.

They had three children, Christopher, Elizabeth and Leslie Anne, before divorcing in 1986 after 30 years of marriage.

In 1991, Gene Hackman married Betsy Arakawa and they live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In 2004 he gave a rare interview to Larry King and announced he had no future film projects lined up and believed his acting career is over.

In 2008 he confirmed that Gene Hackman had retired from acting while promoting his third novel.