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HIGHER GROUND

JOHN HAWKES has been working non-stop since his critically acclaimed performance as Teardrop in Winter's Bone. The role which earned him an Independent Spirit Award win and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, along with nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and several film critic groups, also garnered him the Virtuoso Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Next up for release is HIGHER GROUND with Vera Farmiga; Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and the Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene. Hawkes also completed production on the indie features The Playroom and Surrogate. Later this year, he'll go into production on Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated feature project Lincoln.

Hawkes previously starred in Me and You and Everyone We Know which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It shared Camera d'Or honors and won the Critics Week sidebar at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and received two 2006 Independent Spirit Awards nominations. He also starred in and co-produced the independent film, Buttleman for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival. Additional credits include American Gangster, Miami Vice, Identity, The Perfect Storm, Small Town Saturday Night, Hardball, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Amateurs, From Dusk Till Dawn, and A Slipping-Down Life.

On television, Hawkes has starred in two acclaimed series for HBO. He portrayed ‘Sol Star' in the critically lauded drama "Deadwood” and now plays Danny McBride's brother ‘Dustin' in the comedy "Eastbound and Down.”

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas where he began his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions theater company and appeared in the group's original play, In the West at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He also starred in the national touring company production of the play Greater Tuna including extended engagements in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Hawkes wrote and performed the solo play Nimrod Soul at the Theatre at the Improv and appeared on Broadway in the 24 Hour Plays alongside Sam Rockwell.

Hawkes has penned several songs featured in films and television shows. His song ‘Bred and Buttered' appears on the Winter's Bone soundtrack. With his band King Straggler he performed at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Music Festival and numerous clubs across the U.S. He is currently writing and recording a new full length CD due for release in 2012.

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