Gene Hackman was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Florida today .. after the actor was hit by a car while riding his bike in the Florida Keys ... TMZ has learned.
The Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ ... the 81-year-old Academy Award winner suffered injuries to his head and body.
We're told the accident took place around 3:00 PM local time.
The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
We're told Hackman is currently in stable condition.
2:40 PM PST -- Hackman's rep tells TMZ the actor has been released from the hospital and insists he is "fine."
The rep says Gene "suffered bumps and bruises after a woman bumped him from behind in her vehicle."