Gene Hackman - Bike Crash Kept Gene Hackman From Korean War Front Lines
Movie legend Gene Hackman missed out on serving his country in Korea during a stint in the U.S. Marines after breaking bones in a motorbike accident.
The French Connection star was training in North Carolina when a late-night collision with a tractor put him in hospital while his battalion was shipping out.
He tells Men's Journal magazine, "I slammed into a farm tractor that had no lights. Never saw him. Broke my right leg, my left knee, my right shoulder.
"I wanted desperately to go with my battalion to Korea, but I was recuperating in the hospital for four months."
And the accident may have saved his life.
He explains, "Even though they (battalion) were in reconnaissance, they were put on the line and suffered heavy casualties."