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American actor Gene Hackman (foreground), as Detective Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle, stands in the street by an overpass in front of a group of policemen and holds a gun in his hands in a still from the film 'The French Connection,' directed by William Friedkin, 1971. In the background is actor Roy Scheider (first from left) as Detective Buddy 'Cloudy' Russo and policeman and actor Eddie Egan (1930 - 1995) (fifth from left) as Walt Simonson. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Hulton Archive/Courtesy of Getty Images) 20th Century Fox