Gene Hackman Eulogy

Gene Hackman isn’t dead.  Nor will he ever be, because he will live on in our hearts and minds forever.  But someday his physical form will leave us.  And since I don’t know him, I’m pretty sure I won’t be invited to his funeral.  But just in case I do get invited, and also get asked to give the eulogy, I wrote a small piece in preparation.  I have presented it below-

Gene was a star.  He was so bright, you could almost call him the sun.  Except that you could watch him without special goggles and he didn’t hurt your skin.

He lived his life as an example of how others should live.  Never acting rude or out of turn.  Unless that was his character, and then you loved him for it.  He capitalized every single film genre imaginable.  But more importantly, he created a genre in my heart.  (I would start to cry here).

He didn’t just affect us on the silver screen.  He was part of the family.  If it weren’t for him and Tom Clancy, I don’t know how dads would even entertain themselves.  (I would pause again to regain my composure, and then smile).

But let’s not forget his playful side.  He once told me a story about him and Danny (but Danny Glover would look up at me from the audience and give me the “shut up” look).  Never mind, that was a boring story.  Let me wrap this up.  I know everyone wants to pay their respects, so let me step out of the way.

I would like to close out the ceremony with a powerpoint slide show I put together.  The soundtrack has been provided by Hall & Oates.  (Since I don’t know how to incorporate powerpoint onto wordpress, I just posted the pics I would have used below with a youtube link of the song. Just hit play, and you can listen to the song while viewing the pictures.  Enjoy).

Rest in peace Gene.  May you dominate the after life like you dominated the cinemas.

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24 thoughts on “Gene Hackman Eulogy

  1. Oddly enough I was just thinking about Gene in the past day or two and then I saw your post and you scared the shit out of me. Don’t scare me like that Andrew! Other than that, this is a good one and don’t piss off Danny.

  2. I just referred to John Oates the other day in a losing contest entry. The site of his 70’s porn star mustache took away from the glory of Hackman, but you’re forgiven. I’m sure the guests at the memorial service will be both impressed and touched by the Powerpoint and studio head-shots.

    • I think it’s an evolutionary thing. As a 27 year old, I’ve been at dad age for some time now. And believe or not I did feel a longing for some Tom Clancy. I read my first one pretty recently.

  3. My blog reader is just catching up with posts. I was horrified to think I’d missed the news of Gene Hackman’s passing, although I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been invited to the funeral, either. I’m glad you’re celebrating his life while you have the chance.

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