January 14, 2012- Gene Hackman, the Oscar-winning actor was hospitalized for a brief time after being struck by a truck in the Florida Keys. The 81-year old was bumped and bruised after being hit from behind by a pickup.
He was airlifted to a hospital in Miami and then released a number of hours later following some routine tests said Susan Madore, his publicist. Hackman was riding on a street in Islamorada, without a helmet at about 3 p.m. when he was struck by the pickup. According to the police report, no one has been charged in the incident.
Hackman’s career has spanned more than 50 years in show business. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and has won two. For his role as “Popeye” Doyle, he won the 1971 Best Actor Oscar for The French Connection and for Unforgiven, he won the 1992 Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
He also was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 for Bonnie & Clyde, in 1970 for I Never Sang for my Father and again in 1988 for Mississippi Burning. He also has taken home two BAFTA’s and three Golden Globe Awards in his illustrious career. He is also very well known for playing Lex Luthor, one of Superman’s archenemies in three movies.