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"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" is a phrase young ETHAN HAWKE (James Sandin) took to heart while filming Dead Poets Society, the Academy Award-winning drama that launched his career. More than 20 years later, Hawke has emerged a multifaceted artist; challenging himself as a novelist, screenwriter and director, while earning world acclaim for his brave and nuanced roles, has garnered him Tony Award and Oscar nominations. Hawke consistently escapes stereotype and convention, pushing the boundaries of his art by educating himself and forging his own path, free of any labels.

Tapping into the pop-culture zeitgeist with Ben Stiller's 1994 comedy Reality Bites, Hawke has starred in more than 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, What Doesn't Kill You and Brooklyn's Finest. In 2002, Hawke received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his work as supporting actor in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day, opposite Denzel Washington. The Purge marks Hawke's third collaboration with writer/director James DeMonaco, following his starring role in DeMonaco's directorial debut Staten Island, New York, and Assault on Precinct 13, which DeMonaco wrote.

Notably, Hawke has also collaborated with filmmaker Richard Linklater on films such as Fast Food Nation, Waking Life, The Newton Boys and Tape. Marking his and Linklater's most celebrated collaboration, Hawke starred opposite Julie Delpy in the critically acclaimed film Before Sunrise and its 2004 sequel, Before Sunset. The trio co-wrote the screenplay for Before Sunset and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay. The third film in the series, Before Midnight, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. It was released by Sony Pictures Classics on May 24.

In 2001, Hawke moved behind the lens and made his feature-length directorial debut with the drama Chelsea Walls. The film featured five stories set in a single day at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City and starred Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson and Steve Zahn, among others. In 1994, Hawke directed Josh Hamilton in the short film Straight to One, a story of a couple living in the Chelsea Hotel.

In 1996, Hawke wrote his first novel, "The Hottest State," which was published by Little, Brown and Company and is now in its 19th printing. In his sophomore feature-length directorial endeavor, Hawke adapted for the screen and directed The Hottest State. He also directed a music video for the film. His second novel, "Ash Wednesday," was published by Knopf and was chosen for Bloomsbury's Contemporary Classics series in 2002. 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. In recent years, Hawke has returned to the theater, where he has found the most personally rewarding work of his life. Hawke has appeared in Henry IV, alongside Richard Easton; Buried Child, at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Hurlyburly, for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor and a nomination for Distinguished Performance at The Drama League Awards; 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 Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance; the inaugural season of The Bridge Project's double billings of The Cherry Orchard and The Winter's Tale, which garnered Hawke a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play; and Scott Elliott's Blood From a Stone, which garnered him a 2011 Off-Broadway Theater (OBIE) Award for Distinguished Performance. In 2007, Hawke made his Off-Broadway directorial debut with the world premiere of Jonathan Marc Sherman's dark comedy, Things We Want. In 2010, Hawke directed Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, for which he received a nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards as well as recognition on The New York Times' and The New Yorker's 2010 top-10 lists of the leading theater productions. In 2012, he starred in Anton Chekov's Ivanov for the Classic Stage Company. In 2013, he directed and starred in Clive, the stage adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Baal that Sherman wrote for The New Group.

In 2011, Hawke appeared in the television adaptation of Moby Dick on Encore. He starred as the stalwart and experienced first officer, Starbuck, the only member of the crew who dares to oppose Captain Ahab, played by William Hurt.

Other recent projects include Pawel Pawlikowski's The Woman in the Fifth, in which Hawke starred opposite Kristin Scott Thomas as a college lecturer who flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by ATO Pictures. Hawke starred in Scott Derrickson's 2012 horror/thriller box-office hit Sinister, which was released by Summit Entertainment. With a budget of $3 million, it has grossed more than $48 million worldwide.

Hawke's upcoming film projects include Yaron Levy's Getaway, which will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 30. He is currently directing an untitled documentary about 85-year-old piano maestro Seymour Bernstein.

Born in 1970 to teenage parents in Austin, Texas, Hawke performed in his first professional play at age 13. Since then, he has devoted himself entirely to the arts. At the age of 21, Hawke founded the Malaparte Theater Company, where The Purge producer Jason Blum began his career. The company remained open for more than five years and gave young artists a home to develop their craft.

Hawke is happily married with four children.


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