Two-time Oscar winner's name became a trending topic on social media after a tweet by renowned film historian.James L. NeibaurWho?Post a pictureThe iconic American actor is shown with the caption, "Gene Hackman retired 17 years ago from acting, but this recent photo was taken to show that he is still alive and well at 91 and living in New Mexico." He rides his bike every day, and is still active with friends and hobbies.
The viral post was shared by many, including fans cheering Hackman on and some admitting that they were afraid for Hackman's fate when Hackman's name became trending.
Neibaur later tweeted a clarification, because he couldn't edit his original post, informing followers that the picture was actually two years old, but the sentiment still stands.
Neibaur wrote that "I was informed this pic is 2 year old, when he is a young, slimping 89-year-old -- Grinning face and smiling eyes."