Gene Hackman is a Hollywood classic due to his versatility as an actor. He has been in everything from comedies to tragedies and has become a household figure as a result of his abilities.
He is now approaching another crucial milestone. Today is his 93rd birthday! The charming actor is in his ninth decade and has created a lovely, though very peaceful, life for himself and his family.
You may recognize Hackman from his appearances in “Hoosier,” “The French Connection,” and “Unforgiven.” He has been in a number of well-known films and has just recently retired from performing.
Despite their 31-year age gap, Hackman and his wife, Betsy Arakawa, are passionately in love and enjoy a lovely life together. Hackman’s second wife, Arakawa, is a classical pianist whom he met in the 1980s.
Arakawa and Hackman met in Los Angeles while working out. Arakawa worked part-time at the fitness facility. The couple had a flirty connection for a long time but finally started dating seriously in 1984.
Shortly after the pair started dating, Arakawa moved into Hackman’s Santa Fe apartment. Hackman’s divorce from his first wife, Faye Maltese, had not yet been formalized, but the pair didn’t seem to mind.
Hackman has 3 kids from his first marriage: Leslie Anne, Elizabeth Jean, and Christopher Allen. Hackman and Arakawa do not have any kids, but she gets along well with her stepchildren.
“He wishes he’d been there more for his kids, but today he’s close with them and their kids,” a source close to the couple previously said of Hackman’s feelings on having three kids from a previous marriage.
Hackman confessed that his job required him to spend a lot of time away from his children. He said that he and his kid were apart at a vital period in his son’s life because he was filming movies on location.
Even though Hackman is usually a quiet and shy actor, he has no trouble protecting his family when he has to. In 2012, he showed his courage by protecting his wife from a homeless guy.
A homeless guy approached Hackman and his wife as they were leaving a Santa Fe restaurant one day. According to reports, the dispute swiftly intensified when the guy threatened the couple.
Bruce Becker, the guy, cursed at Hackman’s wife, and Hackman hit him for it. Becker then called the cops, but after speaking with Hackman and Arakawa, it was determined that Hackman acted in self-defense.
Many outlets tried to reach Hackman and Arakawa for response following the event, but they were unable to do so. The event was in the news for a time, but nothing occurred after that.
In 2008, Hackman announced his retirement from acting for good. When asked how he retired and how he feels about retirement, he stated that he hasn’t scheduled a press conference to disclose his retirement, but he will no longer be acting. He misses the acting element of it because that’s what he did for about 60 years and enjoyed it. However, the business is really taxing for him.
He and his wife now live a much more peaceful life away from Hollywood’s buzz and bustle. According to a person close to Hackman, he was in excellent condition and still liked hobbies such as needlework, cycling, and gardening.
Hackman is also a published author who started publishing novels after marrying his wife. He stated he couldn’t have written and published his novels without the help of his wife, and he dedicated one of them to her. The dedication read as follows: “To my wife, Betsy. Without her work and patience, this book would be but a passing thought.”
Fans have long worried about Hackman’s well-being because he hasn’t been seen in public much since his retirement; however, he put their fears to rest in May last year when he emerged in a picture.
Last year, Seth Rudestky came to Twitter to publish a picture of himself, Ana Gatseyer, and Hackman. Rudetsky stated that Hackman was his favorite and expressed delight at seeing him. In the photo, he seemed healthy and joyful.
Look who came to our show in Santa Fe! GENE HACKMAN!!!!!— Seth Rudetsky he/him (@SethRudetsky) May 11, 2022
Ah!!!! The Posiedon Adventure!!!
My fave! pic.twitter.com/Xi6X9qwMih