Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle in director William Friedkin's "The French Connection".

Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle in director William Friedkin's "The French Connection".

James Doyle (Gene Hackman) in The French Connection. The 10 Best Suits on Film

James Doyle (Gene Hackman) in The French Connection. The 10 Best Suits on Film

Unforgiven (1992) - Gene HackmanBecause of his passing today I start this Board with Gene Hackman.  He didn't disappear into a role, he made the role great.

Unforgiven (1992) - Gene HackmanBecause of his passing today I start this Board with Gene Hackman. He didn't disappear into a role, he made the role great.

Hoosiers (1986) High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach, abrasive and unlikable Norman Dale, whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy. Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper...2b

Hoosiers (1986) High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach, abrasive and unlikable Norman Dale, whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy. Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper...2b

Gene Hackman — I love this man. Total baked potato. When he was 13, out on the street playing ball with a friend, his dad drove by, gave a casual wave, and thus left the family for good. He saw his father again but still gets choked up, recalling that wave. "It's only been 65 years," he joked. "Makes you a better actor."

Gene Hackman — I love this man. Total baked potato. When he was 13, out on the street playing ball with a friend, his dad drove by, gave a casual wave, and thus left the family for good. He saw his father again but still gets choked up, recalling that wave. "It's only been 65 years," he joked. "Makes you a better actor."

Mississippi Burning.  British director, Alan Parker, brings this powerful story of racism and murder in the American South to a worldwide audience.  Superb.

Mississippi Burning. British director, Alan Parker, brings this powerful story of racism and murder in the American South to a worldwide audience. Superb.

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