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ETHAN HAWKE (Jake Hoyt) made his film debut at the age of 14 in The Explorers, before landing his role in the 1989 Academy Award-winning film Dead Poet's Society.

Hawke recently starred as a contemporary Hamlet in Michael Almereyda's innovative adaptation. alongside Kyle Maclachlan, Bill Murray, Sam Shepard, Julia Stiles, Diane Venora and Liev Schrieber. His other films include Dad, with Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson; White Fang; Rich in Love, with Albert Finney; Waterland, with Jeremy Irons; A Midnight Clear; Alive; Reality Bites, with Winona Ryder and Ben Stiller; Before Sunrise, with Julie Delpy; Great Expectations, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert De Niro; Gattaca, with wife Uma Thurman; The Newton Boys, with Matthew McConaughey and Vincent D'Onofrio, and Snow Falling on Cedars, with Max von Sydow. His most recent work includes two innovative Richard Linldater films, the digital feature Tape, and the dreamlike animated live-action feature Waking Life, both seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival and scheduled for release later this year.

Hawke's own feature film directorial debut, Chelsea Walls, was chosen for inclusion at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival in its Directors' Fortnight section. and will be released in spring 2002. The ensemble cast includes Uma Thurman, Natasha Richardson and Kris Kristofferson. Hawke also wrote and directed a short film, Straight to One, which toured the film festival circuit.

Onstage, Hawke has performed in "The Seagull" at the National Actors Theater; in John Marc Sherman's "Sophistry" and in Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," directed by Gary Sinise. He is currently onstage in New York in Sam Shepard's latest play, "The Late Henry Moss." Hawke was the Artistic Director and a founding member of Malaparte, a New York-based theater group.

His novel, The Hottest State, was published by Little Brown in 1996.

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