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Gene Hackman to Visit Asheville



6/16/2008 - Gene Hackman to Visit Asheville

Two-time Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman is coming to Asheville for a reading and book signing event at Malaprops Bookstore.

Hackman and his writing partner Daniel Lenihan will appear at 7 p.m. June 26 to promote their book Escape From Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War. Tickets are $10, which admit two people to the reading, and also include a $5 discount toward the purchase of the book.

Hackman has had a long and very successful film acting career. He won Academy Awards for Best Actor for the 1972 classic The French Connection, and Best Supporting Actor for the 1993 Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven. He was also Oscar-nominated for Mississippi Burning, I Never Sang For My Father and Bonnie and Clyde.

Hackman, who began appearing in TV roles in the late 1950s and early 1960s, also appeared in such films as the original The Poseidon Adventure, A Bridge Too Far, Reds, Hoosiers, The Royal Tenenbaums and many others. He also co-starred with Dan Aykroyd and Dom DeLuise in the 1990 comedy Loose Cannons, which was partly filmed in Western North Carolina. Hackman has said that hes now retired from acting.

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