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ETHAN HAWKE (Sal) took the phrase "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” to heart while filming Dead Poets Society, the Academy Award-winning drama that launched his career. Twenty years and several Tony and Oscar nominations later, Hawke has emerged as a multifaceted artist, challenging himself as a novelist, screenwriter and director while earning world acclaim for his brave and nuanced roles. Hawke constantly escapes stereotype and convention, pushing the boundaries of his art, constantly educating himself and forging his own way free of any set label.

Tapping into the pop culture zeitgeist with Ben Stiller's 1994 comedy Reality Bites, Hawke has starred in over 40 films, including Explorers, Dad, White Fang, Waterland, Alive, Rich in Love, Gattaca, Great Expectations, Hamlet, Assault on Precinct 13, Taking Lives, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and What Doesn't Kill You. In 2002, Hawke received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Best Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day, opposite Denzel Washington. 

Notably, Hawke has collaborated with filmmaker Richard Linklater on multiple occasions, including Fast Food Nation, Waking Life, The Newton Boys and Tape. Marking their most celebrated collaboration, Hawke starred opposite Julie Delpy in the critically acclaimed Before Sunrise and its sequel Before Sunset. The trio co-wrote the screenplay for Before Sunset and in 2004 they would receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and an IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

Behind the lens, Hawke made his directorial debut in 2001 with his drama Chelsea Walls. The film tells five stories set in a single day at the Chelsea Hotel and stars Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson and Steve Zahn. Additionally, he directed Josh Hamilton in the short film Straight to One, a story of a couple, young and in love, living in the Chelsea Hotel. 

In 1996, Hawke wrote his first novel, The Hottest State, published by Little Brown and now in its 19th printing. In his sophomore directorial endeavor, Hawke adapted for the screen and directed the screen version of The Hottest State and also directed a music video for the film. In 2002, his second novel, Ash Wednesday, was published by Knopf and chosen for Bloomsbury's contemporary classics series.

In addition to his work as a novelist, Hawke wrote an in-depth and celebrated profile of icon Kris Kristofferson for Rolling Stone in April 2009. 

On stage, Hawke first appeared in "The Seagull” on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in 1992. Hawke has returned to the theatre in recent years, where he has found "the most personally rewarding work” of his life. "I have a passion for theatre and think it's a beautiful way of living. It creates a better, more humble lifestyle,” said Hawke. 

The actor has appeared in "Henry IV,” alongside Richard Easton; "Buried Child” (Steppenwolf); "Hurlyburly,” for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor and Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance (The New Group); Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia,” for which he was honored with a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play and a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance (Lincoln Center); and the recently completed inaugural season of The Bridge Project's double billings of "The Cherry Orchard” and "A Winter's Tale,” for which Hawke garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic). In 2007, Hawke made his Off Broadway directorial debut with the world premiere of Jonathan Marc Sherman's dark comedy, "Things We Want.”

Hawke makes a foray into genre films with the sci-fi thriller Daybreakers. "I really believe in the Spierig brothers. I thought they were really gifted. Like a great genre film, Daybreakers has a terrific metaphor relevant to our present day world,” said Hawke. 

In addition to his versatile film slate, Hawke is directing Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind” for The New Group, an artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful theatre.

Ethan Hawke was born in 1970 to teenage parents in Austin, Texas. At the age of 13, he performed in his first professional play and from a very young age committed himself entirely to the arts. At the age of 21, Hawke founded Malaparte Theater Co., which remained open for more than five years and gave young artists a home in which to develop their craft. 

Hawke is happily married with three children.

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