Gene Hackman Hit By Car, Airlifted to Hospital: Report [UPDATE]
Scary news to pass along: According to TMZ, acting legend Gene Hackman was hit by a car in Florida on Friday afternoon.
The actor, who is a couple of weeks shy of his 82nd birthday, was riding his bike when he was struck by a car. Per the Florida Highway Patrol, Hackman was airlifted to a trauma hospital after suffering injuries to his head and body. He's reportedly in stable condition.
Hackman won Oscars for his work in "The French Connection" and "Unforgiven," and was also nominated three other times -- for "Mississippi Burning," "I Never Sang for My Father" and "Bonnie and Clyde." His last film was "Welcome to Mooseport" in 2004, after which, Hackman retired. Sorta.
"If I could do [one more movie] in my own house, maybe, without them disturbing anything and just one or two people," he told GQ last summer, when faced with the idea of making another movie.
The California native has a notoriously prickly personality, which often came out on-set -- not that his co-stars minded.
"I loved working with him," said Hackman's "Royal Tenenbaums" co-star Gwenyth Paltrow at the New York Film Festival in September of last year. "I loved being in the same scenes as him. He was kind of a bear of a guy, but I also found something very sweet and sad in there. I liked him a lot. I think he's one of the greatest actors who ever lived. To be in his presence and watch him do his thing. It's like -- you know, you're Gene Hackman, you can be in a bad fucking mood."
UPDATE: According to Hackman's representative, the star has been released from the hospital and is "fine." He "suffered bumps and bruises after a woman bumped him from behind in her vehicle."