Is Gene Hackman Still Alive? Where Is He Now? His Recent Appearance

By Muhan Poudel | Updated on July 2, 2023
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    One of the most loved actors Gene Hackman who acted for more than 4 decades has left fans wondering if he is still dead or alive in 2023. Quitting his acting career in 2004 and rarely appearing in public is the reason why fans are so curious about his status.

    Without wasting any time, let us learn more about Gene’s status and if alive, his recent appearance.

    Bio Summarized

    Full NameEugene Allen Hackman
    BirthJanuary 30, 1930
    Status as of 2023Alive
    Age93 years
    Current ProfessionUnknown
    ResidenceSanta Fe, Mexico

    Is Gene Hackman Still Alive?

    Fortunately yes, Gene is still alive in 2023. The classic superstar and Oscar winner is now 93 years old as of 2023 and it is terrific to see him do well and healthy. His immense love for cycling and living a healthy life is probably the real secret of his long life.

    Gene Hackman is alive
    Gene is alive and well in 2023

    Although he retired in 2004 and started appearing less in public, he did make some recent appearances. It absolutely delighted the viewers to see the man in good condition and able to move on his own.

    Hackman’s Recent Appearance; He Looks Fit Even In His 90s

    Gene made an appearance in public in March 2023. It was the first rare sighting in years of the actor. Taking the chance, the paparazzi did not miss the opportunity to capture him.

    On March 7, 2023, Hackman delighted the fans by appearing at the fuel station pumping gas in his car. Before pumping the gas he was spotted ordering a chicken sandwich at the local fast-food chain Wendy’s and ate in the parking lot. The appearance of the former actor was a happy moment for a lot of people who believed he was unhealthy or was gone for good.

    Gene Hackman pumping gas in March 2023
    Hackman was spotted pumping gas, his appearance in public (March 2023)

    Adding to the fan’s delight, Gene also appeared to be doing physically intensive work on the yard of his Santa Fe home.

    It is always good to see the legendary actor do so well today and fit to even do physical labor.

    He Was Mistakenly Presumed Dead

    In January 2015, Hackman was presumed dead after an article’s title misled people. The article was by Grantland and was titled:  “The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge.”  This led so many people to believe that Gene was actually gone and Twitter’s flooding with his obituary was unstoppable.

    However, none of this was true and Hackjman’s reps dismissed this hoax. Later Grantland changed its title to: “The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Retired But Still in Charge”

    Where Is Gene Hackman Now?

    According to multiple reports, Gene is living in Santa Fe, Mexico with his pianist wife Betsy Arakawa. He has been living there since the 1980s. He fell in love with Santa Fe when he worked in the location for a couple of his movies.

    His house in Santa Fe is a beautiful classic mixed with a modern touch. It is a pretty blend of Southwestern styles that make up a unique and rustic flavor in the housing aesthetic. Furthermore, it is a 12-acre house on a pinon-covered hilltop. It also features a 360-degree view as far as the mountains of Colorado.

    Additionally, it is a home he redesigned himself with a lot of changes. He said to Architectural Digest: “I wanted a big room with a great-hall feeling, with other rooms opening off it, not closed off with a lot of walls”. Basically, it is massive and cozy at the same time.

    Why Did Gene Quit Acting?

    Gene quit acting in 2004 because he wanted to focus on his health. He was not sick or anything, he just wanted to focus on his health to prevent any future stress. In 2009 he shared:

    “The straw that broke the camel’s back was actually a stress test that I took in New York. The doctor advised me that my heart wasn’t in the kind of shape that I should be putting it under any stress.” 

    Gene quit acting in 2004
    Gene retired from acting to look after his health

    Post-retirement he has penned a lot of books and frequently goes fishing and cycling. After that, he never hinted at any news on getting back to acting.

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