Reclusive Gene Hackman, 93, looks fit as he pumps gas, performs yard work
Talk about good genes.
Hollywood legend Gene Hackman proved he’s still in tip-top shape as he did yard work on his ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Sunday.
The “Unforgiven” actor – who celebrated his 93rd birthday in January – looked fit and healthy as he hit a shovel on his private property.
Earlier in the day, the two-time Oscar winner was spotted fueling up for a workout at a local Wendy’s, where she ordered a meal at the drive-thru.
The hungry hackman munched on his chicken sandwich in the fast food franchise’s parking lot before pumping gas at the nearest station.
It was a rare sighting of the single and retired star, who was last seen on screen in the 2004 comedy “Welcome to Mooseport.”
Despite being one of Tinseltown’s biggest stars — appearing in such classics as “The French Connection,” “The Conversation,” “Superman,” “Hoosiers” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” — Hackman has never seen Hollywood’s bright lights. has removed
The father of three, who has lived in New Mexico with his pianist wife Betsy Arakawa for decades, also avoids giving interviews — except to The Post.
In late 2021, Hackman gave his first interview in a decade, telling the Post about his “hits and misses career”.
Speaking on the 50th anniversary of “The French Connection” – the hit film for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor – the star said: “The film definitely helped me in my career, and I’m grateful for that.”
The underrated actor added that he was not a fan of re-watching his films and hadn’t seen the classic crime caper since 1971.
“[I] Haven’t seen the film since the first screening in a dark, tiny viewing room at a post-production company facility 50 years ago,” he told The Post at the time.
Hackman — who previously lived in ritzy Montecito, California — has lived in Santa Fe since the 1980s.
The actor is a budding architect and designer who has helped build more than 10 homes — including a mansion in New Mexico. Featured in Architectural Digest.
Since his retirement from Hollywood, the star has kept himself busy writing novels, including the 2013 police thriller “Pursuit.”
Hackman is also an avid cyclist, a hobby he has maintained well into his 90s, keeping him trim and looking great.
In 2012, the actor was hit by a pick-up truck while riding his bicycle in Florida. He was airlifted to hospital and made a full recovery.