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Gene Hackman struck by car while riding bike

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 7:19 PM EST, Fri January 13, 2012
Gene Hackman, who turns 82 this month, last appeared in a major motion picture in 2004.
Gene Hackman, who turns 82 this month, last appeared in a major motion picture in 2004.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hackman, 81, was not wearing a helmet, according to the state highway patrol
  • "Gene's fine. ... He is already on his way home," his publicist says
  • He was thrown from his bike when a pickup struck his rear tire

(CNN) -- Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Friday in Islamorada, Florida, the state highway patrol said.

The 81-year-old, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami with "serious" injuries, according to the highway patrol.

Hackman was thrown from his bike when a Toyota Tundra pickup struck his rear tire, according to the highway patrol. Alcohol did not play a factor in the crash.

Susan Madore, Hackman's publicist, downplayed the incident, saying, "Gene's fine. ... Just a few bumps and bruises. He is already on his way home."

Hackman, who turns 82 this month, last appeared in a major motion picture in 2004, co-starring with Ray Romano in the comedy "Welcome to Mooseport."

He won an Oscar for best supporting actor for 1992's "Unforgiven" and won the award for best actor in "The French Connection" in 1972.

CNN's JD Cargill and John Branch contributed to this report.

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