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Name
Ethan Green Hawke
Birthplace
Austin, Texas, United States
Birth date
November 6, 1970 (1970-11-06) (age 49)
Occupation
Actor, writer, director
Active Years
1985–present

Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an American actor, writer and director. Nominated four times for Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, Hawke has also been nominated for a Tony Award, and has directed two feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary. He also wrote the novels The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002).


Early lifeEdit

Born in Austin, Texas, to high school sweethearts James and Leslie Hawke, his mother was a charity worker, and his father an insurance actuary. His parents married young, when Hawke's mother was 17, and Ethan was born a year later. Hawke's parents were students at the University of Texas at Austin at the time of his birth, and separated and later divorced in 1974.

After his parents' divorce in 1974, Hawke was then raised by his mother. After relocating several times before settling in New York City, Hawke attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. His mother remarried when he was 10, at which time the family moved to West Windsor Township, New Jersey where Hawke attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School (now West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South). Later, Hawke transferred to the Hun School of Princeton, a secondary boarding school, from which he graduated in 1988.

Hawke aspired to be a writer during his formative years, but in high school he developed an interest in acting. At age 13 he made his stage debut in a school production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, and also appeared in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School productions of "Meet Me in St. Louis", and "You Can't Take It with You". While at the Hun School he took acting classes at the McCarter Theatre on the Princeton campus, and after graduation he studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He eventually dropping out after he was cast in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. He enrolled in New York University's English program on two separate occasions, but dropped out in both cases in order to pursue acting roles.


FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Explorers Ben Crandall Nominated— Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
1988 Lion's Den Chris
1989 Dead Poets Society Todd Anderson
1989 Dad Billy Tremont
1991 White Fang Jack Conroy
1991 Mystery Date Tom McHugh
1992 Waterland Mathew Price
1992 A Midnight Clear Will Knott
1993 Rich in Love Wayne Frobiness
1993 Alive Nando Parrado
1994 Reality Bites Troy Dyer Nominated— MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Winona Ryder)
1994 Floundering Jimmy
1994 White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Jack Conroy
1995 Before Sunrise Jesse Wallace Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with [[Julie Delpy)
1995 Search and Destroy Roger
1997 Gattaca Vincent Anton Freeman / Jerome Morrow
1998 Great Expectations Finnegan 'Finn' Bell
1998 The Newton Boys Jess Newton
1999 The Velocity of Gary Nat
1999 Joe the King Len Coles
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Ishmael Chambers
2000 Hamlet Hamlet
2001 Waking Life Jesse Wallace
2001 Tape Vince
2001 Training Day Jake Hoyt
2002 The Jimmy Show Ray
2004 Taking Lives James Costa / Martin Asher
2004 Before Sunset Jesse Wallace
  • Nominated— Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Nominated— Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
  • Nominated— National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
  • Nominated— Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Nominated— Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Shared with Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Kim Krizan)
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Sergeant Jake Roenick
2005 Lord of War Agent Jack Valentine
2006 The Hottest State Vince
2006 Fast Food Nation Pete
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Hank Hanson
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
  • Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
  • Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
  • Nominated— Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2008 What Doesn't Kill You Paulie McDougan
2008 Chelsea on the Rocks Himself Documentary
2009 New York, I Love You Writer
2009 Staten Island Sully Halverson
2009 Corso: The Last Beat Narrator / Himself Documentary
2009 Daybreakers Edward Dalton
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Detective Salvatore "Sal" Procida
2011 The Woman in the Fifth Tom Ricks
2012 Total Recall Carl Hauser Director's cut only
2012 Sinister Ellison Oswalt
2012 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Pat (voice) Documentary
2013 Before Midnight Jesse Wallace
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association—Louis XIII Genius Award
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
  • Hollywood Film Award for Screenwriter of the Year
  • Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay
  • Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
  • Nominated— Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Nominated— Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Nominated— Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • (Shared with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy)
2013 The Purge James Sandin Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit Performance
2013 Getaway Brent Magna
2014 Boyhood Mason Sr.
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
  • Nominated— Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • Nominated— BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Nominated— Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • Nominated— Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
  • Nominated— Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
  • Nominated— Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
  • Nominated— Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
  • Nominated— Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • Nominated— Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
  • Nominated— Satellite Award for Best Original Song ("Split the Difference")
  • Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2014 Predestination The Barkeep / Temporal Agent
2014 Cymbeline Iachimo
2014 Good Kill Major Thomas Egan
2015 Seymour: An Introduction Himself Documentary
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Les
2015 Maggie's Plan John
2015 Born to Be Blue Chet Baker
2015 Regression Bruce Kenner
2016 In a Valley of Violence Paul
2016 The Magnificent Seven Goodnight Robicheaux
2017 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Jolly the Pimp
2017 First Reformed Reverend Ernst Toller
2017 24 Hours to Live Travis Conrad
2018 Juliet, Naked Tucker Crowe
2018 Blaze Radio DJ Also writer and director
2018 Stockholm Kaj Hansson / Lars Nystrom
2019 The Kid Pat Garrett
2019 Adopt a Highway Russell Millings
2019 Cut Throat City Jackson Symms Post-production
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