ETHAN HAWKE (Brent Magna) received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild
Award nominations for Supporting Actor in 2002 for his work in Antoine Fuqua's "Training Day,"
opposite Denzel Washington. In 2005, he received an Academy Award nomination as well as
Writers Guild Award and IFP Spirit Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for Richard
Linklater's "Before Sunset," shared with Linklater and Julie Delpy, with whom he also starred.
Hawke and Delpy reprised their roles from "Before Sunrise" and again, more recently, in "Before
Midnight," both also directed by Linklater, and written by the trio. Following a critically acclaimed
debut at Sundance, "Before Midnight" was released in theatres in May.
In June, the sci-fi box office success "The Purge" opened, starring Hawke and Lena
Heady and directed by James DeMonaco.
Among his other recent films are Scott Derrickson's 2012 horror-thriller hit "Sinister";
Pawel Pawlikowski's "The Woman in the Fifth," opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, which premiered
at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by ATO; and the Spierig
brothers' horror thriller "Daybreakers." He is currently re-teaming with the Spierigs on the sci-fi
He also re-teamed with Fuqua on the 2009 crime thriller "Brooklyn's Finest." His other
collaborations with Linklater include "Fast Food Nation," "Waking Life," "The Newton Boys,"
"Tape," and Linklater's latest drama, currently shooting in Texas.
Among Hawke's other previous films are "What Doesn't Kill You"; Sidney Lumet's
"Before The Devil Knows You're Dead"; "Assault on Precinct 13"; "Taking Lives"; "Hamlet";
Alfonso CuarĂ³n's "Great Expectations"; "Gattaca"; Ben Stiller's comedy "Reality Bites"; "Alive";
"Rich in Love"; "Waterland"; "White Fang"; "Dad"; Joe Dante's "Explorers"; and Peter Weir's
"Dead Poets Society," the Academy Award-winning film which launched Hawke's career.
His television credits include starring alongside William Hurt in Encore's "Moby Dick" as
the stalwart and experienced first officer Starbuck.
Behind the lens, Hawke made his feature directorial debut in 2001 with the drama
"Chelsea Walls," starring Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Rosario Dawson, Natasha
Richardson, and Steve Zahn. For his sophomore directorial endeavor, Hawke adapted his first
novel, The Hottest State, published by Little Brown and now in its 19th
printing. He also directed
a music video for the film. He is currently directing an untitled documentary about 85 year-old
piano maestro Seymour Bernstein.
In 2007, Hawke made his off-Broadway directing 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 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding
Director, as well as recognition in the New York Times and The New Yorker top ten lists of the
leading theatre productions of 2010. In 2012, he starred in Chekov's "Ivanov" for the Classic
Stage Company. In 2013, he directed and starred in "Clive," the stage adaptation of Bertolt
Brecht's Baal, by Marc Sherman for The New Group.
The Texas native performed in his first professional play at the age of 13 and 21 founded
Malaparte Theater Co., which remained open for more than five years giving young artists a
home to develop their craft.
Hawke first appeared on Broadway in "The Seagull," at the Lyceum Theater in 1992. His
other stage performances include roles in 'Henry IV," alongside Richard Easton; "Buried Child"
at Steppenwolf; "Hurlyburly," for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for
Outstanding Lead Actor and Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance at
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 Drama League Award nomination for
Distinguished Performance at Lincoln Center; the inaugural season of The Bridge Project's
double billings of "The Cherry Orchard" and "A Winter's Tale," which garnered Hawke a Drama
Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play at the Brooklyn Academy of
Music and The Old Vic; and, most recently, Scott Elliott's "Blood From A Stone" at The New
Group, for which he received a 2011 Obie Award.
Hawke will next be seen on the Broadway stage this fall in Lincoln Center Theatre's
production of "Macbeth."
In 2002, Hawke's second novel, Ash Wednesday, was published by Knopf and was
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
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