Gene Hackman

The Oscar winner joined the Marines in 1946 at age 16, serving four years as a field radio operator and spending time in China, Japan and Hawaii. He got his first taste of showbiz as a DJ on the Armed Forces Network.<br>
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<i>Photo: <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002153" title="Gene Hackman" href="/topic/entertainment/gene-hackman-PECLB002153.topic">Gene Hackman</a> in "Behind Enemy Lines."</i>
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( Douglas Kirkland / 20th Century Fox )

The Oscar winner joined the Marines in 1946 at age 16, serving four years as a field radio operator and spending time in China, Japan and Hawaii. He got his first taste of showbiz as a DJ on the Armed Forces Network.

Photo: Gene Hackman in "Behind Enemy Lines."

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