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Gene Hackman Punched A Homeless Man

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Gene Hackman may be 82-years old, but he’s no lightweight when it comes to defending himself and his lady.

When Hackman and his wife were walking through downtown Santa Fe yesterday afternoon and found themselves approached by a homeless man, they weren’t alarmed; he was, according to authorities, someone they’d been in contact with before and had given food and money to. Apparently this time, however, he became aggressive and ended up calling Hackman’s wife a name, which led to an altercation. When he made a threatening move towards the couple, Hackman punched him.

No charges have been filed, and Hackman isn’t in trouble for the hit, authorities say.

“It was a simple battery case and it appears Mr. Hackman was acting in self-defense because he was concerned for his safety,” said Santa Fe police.

Hackman in “Unforgiven”. Caution: some NSFW language.

Gene Hackman Punched A Homeless Man
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  • Mark Corby

    Way to go Gene! You still got it bro.

  • Jose J De Luna

    Hooray for Mr. Hackman! I respect a man that defends his lady especially after the “decided homless man” did his bad deed. I would have done the same.

  • http://yahoo Gene Lewis

    Gives credence to the idea that I keep expressing.
    “If it weren’t for the Marines, there’d be no United States”.
    My childhood pal, Bud Mein, had joined the Marines.
    Gutty little fart, he was; tougher than a junk yard dog.
    In the meantime, I’m a coward, so I joined the U. S. Navy.
    “Bud” became a casualty on Tarawa.
    He was torn apart by a Jap mortar shell.
    I’ve never forgiven the Japs for that.
    Gene Hackman was too young to have fought on Tarawa.
    But he’s an ex, and that’s good enough for me.
    Semper Fi.
    Sparky.

    • Ray Wray

      Yawn. Same ol, same ol.

  • Gayle

    Way to go Mr. Hackman, homeless or not the guy got what he deserved.
    Sure do miss you on the silver screen.

  • Alex

    Bad Ass II. Except this time they’ll have Danny Trejo going up against a Donald Trump-type bad guy.

  • http://yahoo.com alan

    So he punched out an abusive useless eater. I hope the greys are coming to clean up this planet.

  • Marge Howel

    “Gene Hackman was too young to have fought on Tarawa.
    But he’s an ex, and that’s good enough for me.”

    I thought the only ex-Marines were those that had some form of dishonorable…

  • http://rubylane.com/shop/virtualmemories Mary Ellen Sands

    Gnen Hackman is one of my favorites and we also have something in common….the age 82 and our favorite actor being Earol Flynn

  • Jerry Hendrix

    Hackman becomes Pac-Man, packing a serious punch. The message is “RESPECT YOUR SENIORS”.

  • Hendog

    “Don’t go confusin’ me with some whole other body..” Gene Hackman

  • Naomi Lu

    I love Gene Hackman. If gene had a BODY GUARD he would not have to punch anyone but as it was, he had to do what he had to do, protect himself. Homeless people can be as dangerous as anyone else.

  • http://msn.com john jones

    Good for you Gene ! No one is above a good slap in the mouth if they insult your wife . Being 82 just makes it even cooler . Protect the honor of your love ones , follow ” slugger Gene’s ” example .

  • Matt

    I love this man even more than before. Don’t mess with the original Lex Luther. I couldn’t pick a better mental image of someone punching a homeless guy than Gene Hackman, except for possibly Robert Logia, But Gene Hackman comes in a strong first choice. Where is the friggin papparazzi when you want them there, I would love a pic of this.

  • James F. Harrington

    Gene Hackman never planed on being an actor. He just fell into that job and thank God he chose that career. I still gets the shivers every time that I see his film…Enemy of the State in which he co-starred with Will Smith. Please come back for another thriller Gene.

  • Mot

    Love Gene Hackman–he’s a favorite. I don’t like to see a homeless man punched; however, to defend oneself, it’s understandable; and Mr. Hackman doesn’t seem like someone you would want to offend.

  • https://www.facebook.com/digitalhowie Robert

    I had a crazed homeless man charge me once. He tried to knock off my glasses but I readjusted them and said, “Hey, man,” in an angry voice and the punk did the right thing by walking away otherwise I woulda slammed his ass to the ground and kicked his face in. Homeless people are mostly harmless but some of them hyped up on whatever drug it is they’ve abused can definitely pose a threat. Way to go, Gene. Have always loved your acting, sir.

    • Ray Wray

      Wow! Wow! The poor basterd had no idea how close he was to the grim reaper.

  • http://yahoo,com jimipogo

    Wish that had been filmed with a cellphone or something. RIGHTEOUS!!!
    Where was “The Papparrozzi” ? Best of wishes to The Hackmans !!
    Come Back For Us Gene We Miss U !!!!!!!!!

  • http://msn.com john jones

    Good for you Gene . Protect the honor of you’re wife . No one is above a good smack in the chop’s when it come to standing up for your wife . Tell me slugger , was it a upper cut , or a left , or right hook ? The fact that he’s 82 just makes it that much cooler .

  • http://yahoo.com cecelia

    I was homeless for awhile and I found it offensive to be approched by homeless people begging for money or food!!! From experience they would get money and head straight for liquor store or dope house!!Good for Mr.Hackman you never know what their mentallity is at that moment!!!

  • R Epps

    You don’t go assaultin’ Lex Luthor!

  • Lee Duhachek

    Way to go Little Bill!

  • Michael

    Don’t the writers pay any attention to the police investigation? He was defending his wife and himself. The title might be appropriate if he just out-of-the-blue reached out and hit someone, but that isn’t what happened. The title is either irresponsible or incredibly uninspired.

  • Eamonn

    Amanda Crum’s basic compositional skills are appalling. This is the worst English I have seen in a long time. A Hack.

    • Ray Wray

      You are wrong. This story is well-written, journalistic English-easy to read, factual, and verifiable. What is apparently appalling are your comprehension “skills.” You also might check the definition of “appalling.”

  • http://windowsinternetexplorer guy huggins

    Good for Gene. Just because the homeless are being coddled and fed by the taxpayers,there is no excuse for the way they act.In the civilised nations of the world.they are put out to pasture and learn to eat grass and other forage till they wake up. Tough —t.

  • http://yahoo grady

    Gene! Good going! First the man was a rude man in front of a LADY! He is lucky Gene didn’t kick him in the but_! An gene’s wife didn’t use him like a rag doll an woop him up side the head. So it goes to show you some guy get thing for free, an may have a Mental thing going, but that is know reason to be RUDE TO A LADY! This is a Land where we watch out for or LADYS! Because if we don’t, well we woun’t sleep well! First rule is DO NOT PISS OFF THE WIFE!I”M right behind you GENE.

  • Jeff Stryker

    I only hope that when I am eighty-two I can still beat people up. Either with my bare hands or my cane, makes no difference.

  • kenneth

    PLease make a movie…………..

  • loren

    way to go gene if you had been in Farmington you would get a year in county. I know aguy that hit an ex (drity cop)1 punchfor grabing his lady he got ayear.

  • Chris Lirely

    Gene…when you’re in San Francisco, would love to introduce you to the homeless man with a sign that said he was hungry…I had purchased a sandwich for lunch at my office desk and in a weak moment offered it to him. His response was “F*** Y**. I don’t want your garbage”. Needless to say, my last donation to the homeless, thanks to this guy

  • ak

    BUM FIGHTS…WHEN THEY BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM

  • Brent Rankin

    Way to go, Mr. Hackman! It’s the idiots like the guy you punched out that gives homelessness a bad rap. I’m homeless, but I’d never panhandle, fly a sign, or be rude to anyone. I hope you kicked the crap out of him when he went down.

    • Victoria

      It’s not the locals – it’s a group of homeless – rude teens who hang in the plaza – the locals stay away from them – the people in santa are awesome and will give you the shirt off their back to help you

  • TDC

    Obviously the homeless man is mentally ill. It’s disturbing to see the lack of compassion for sick, homeless people.

    • victoria

      i knowwww he should have just OFFERED his wife to her! serious!?!?!?!??!

  • http://yahoo Marvin

    We miss you gene.

  • http://yahoo Suzanne Nelson

    I too agree with the crappy headline. Thats the media for you. They immediately make Gene out to be the bad guy for punching some defenseless innocent poor homeless man. I too give to the homeless but they can be very, very nasty and agressive. The better headline would have been ” Gene Hackman gets in an altercative defending his wife” Leave the “poor homeless” indication out of it!

    • http://yahoo Suzanne Nelson

      Sorry, I was typing so fast because I can’t stand the media that I just saw my mistake. It is “altercation”

  • louie

    Well done, sir. It’s good to see that, in today’s liberized politically correct culture, that there are still some real men out there who are willing to stand up for their ladies, and for what’s right.

  • Charlie

    Good for you Gene, the street people think they have a right to insult and assault citizens. This sends a message.

    • Glenn

      “Street people” are citizens too.

  • Lee

    That’s nothing. At 82, Moses had the ground open up under his enemies’ feet to swallow them whole.

  • victoria

    Love the W’hackman! ok one time I gave homeless man change and he looked at it spit and threw on ground! I turned around picked up chg held out a $20 and said oh sorry is this better…He reached out and I pulled back and said FU!!!

  • Eddie

    Surprise! Genes wife Betsy Arakawa is.. 32 years his junior! Can you say “Gold Digger”! She love her some Gene money!

    • Richard

      Can you say luck guy?! Way to go Gene!

  • Michael Andrews

    Great reflexes!! It must be in the Genes. HAHA

  • philip o’carolan

    for crying outloud gene there must be a classy script out there some where. call clint.

  • Emma Landers

    Shame on you Gene, violence is never the answer. Couln’t you
    have acted as if you had a WMD instead?

    • Keith Hill

      Of course Mr. Hackman did the right thing, everyone has a right to protect themselves and family. It’s attitudes like yours that make it hard for law abiding citizens.

  • Beckee Handrich

    I had no idea that Mr. Hackman had retired from acting. I remember seeing him in “No Way Out”. He’s always been a professional in movies. I hope he makes a few more movies, however, he’s probably busier in retirement. Way to go Mr. Hackman.

  • TONY

    Great job Gene, defending your lady!

  • Jose Cuervo

    I’ve had this happen to me a couple of times. Chicago and Atlanta. The panhandlers approach you…angry and in a threatening manor and try to coerce you to give them money…very bad technique if you’re really hungry. Had a guy ask for change walking into a McDonalds down town Cleveland…I said come on in with me..I’ll buy you lunch….he told me to F’off…again..bad technique if you are really hungry.

  • http://yahoo robertdrobert 1944

    i would expect nothing less from gene hackman good marine good american,great actor mr hackman thank you for all the years of wonderfull intertainment—–as for liberal headline again i would expect nothing less than sleezy cant beleave a word they say and what they do say is slanted or outright lies reminds of the obama regime they are all in the same sinking boat horray for romney- ryan

    • Adonis

      Bashing Obama under this headline. Figures. People who support Romney like yourself are true idiots. Do not like Obama? MOVE!!!!!

  • Lee Cline

    Victoria – wanna date?

    • victoria

      oh sorry…. one time i dated a “Lee” and he “accidently” left wallet at home on our date…so all “Lees” crossed off list…darn… sorry lol

  • Tony

    I was in Santa Fe recently and a lot of the locals were just very rude. My wife and I also had the opportunity to meet a couple of women from there that were very gracious in giving directions and offering to take photos in front of the historic cathedral. It takes all kinds and glad Big Gene decked the jerk.

  • Victoria

    I live in albuquerque and visit santa fe with my classroom of students- there are homeless teens and people who sit on park benches and call locals vulgar names – usually in the plaza – they stare you down too. There is a name for them that the community has given them – I forget – but I can ask —-they have no respect and taunt people. Usually if you know you avoid them – it’s sad – Hugh did what was right – they look for lawsuits and fights.

    • victoria

      hey there’s two victoris… good post

  • http://yahoo ken

    You have to remember he is from the town of big whisky, old Clint would say that’s Gene alright.

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