Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is a retired American actor and novelist. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he had numerous roles. He was best known for his portrayal of supervillain Lex Luthor in the Superman film series. Other film roles include The French Connection, The Quick and the Dead, The Royal Tenenbaums, Heartbreakers, Get Shorty and Enemy of the State. He retired from acting in 2004 and he stopped becoming a novelist in 2017.