Gene Hackman

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Hackman with wife Betsy Arakawa in 1990, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Eugene Allen Hackman

Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 30, 1930

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of German and Scottish, distant Dutch

Gene Hackman is an American actor and writer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The French Connection (1971), and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Unforgiven (1992).

Gene is the son of Ann Lydia Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman. His father was American and his mother was Canadian, born in Lambton County, Ontario, Canada. His paternal great-grandfather was from a Pennsylvania Dutch (German) background. Much of the rest of his ancestry is English, with some Scottish, and distant Dutch.

Gene is married to Betsy Arakawa. He has three children with his former wife, Faye Maltese.

Gene’s paternal grandfather was William Henry Hackman (the son of Ezra T. Hackman and Amelia Ann Childs). William was born in Illinois. Ezra was the son of Jacob Hackman and Rebecca Margaret Staman/Stamm/Staman, who had had German ancestry. Amelia was the daughter of James Mitchell Childs and Arena/Arrena Huff.

Gene’s paternal grandmother was Julia Ann Morrison (the daughter of Alexander S. “Alex”/Aleck Morrison and Cynthia/Cyntha/Cintha Ann Mackey). Julia was born in Arkansas. Alexander was the son of Houghlan Morrison and Margaret Rebecca. Cynthia was the daughter of John Mackey and Laurena/Luanny Coy.

Gene’s maternal grandfather was Joseph William Gray (the son of Joseph Bellairs/Bellars Gray and Ellen/Helen Penrose Harding). Gene’s grandfather Joseph was born in London, Ontario, Canada. Gene’s great-grandfather Joseph was English, born in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Ellen’s parents were William Bentinck Harding and Hannah Nicholls/Nichol/Nichols, who were English.

Gene’s maternal grandmother was named Beatrice Anna Powell (the daughter of John Powell and Beatrice H./Hannah). Gene’s grandmother Beatrice was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Sources: Genealogies of Gene Hackman –

Genealogy of Gene’s father –

Gene’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Gene’s paternal grandmother, Julia Ann Morrison, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Gene’s paternal great-grandmother, Cynthia/Cyntha/Cintha Ann Mackey, on the 1850 U.S. Census –

Death record of Gene’s paternal great-grandmother, Cynthia/Cyntha/Cintha Ann (Mackey) Morrison –

Marriage record of Gene’s maternal grandparents, Joseph William Gray and Beatrice Anna Powell –

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    His father has also Colonial Dutch ancestry:

    John Powell was born in England according to this:

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