THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" is a phrase a young ETHAN HAWKE
(Goodnight Robicheaux) took to heart while filming Dead Poets Society, the
Academy Award-winning drama that launched his career as an actor. Thirty years
and several Tony and Oscar nominations later, he has emerged a multifaceted
artist, challenging himself as a novelist, screenwriter, and director.
Hawke most recently appeared in Robert Budreau's Born to Be Blue, for which he
received rave reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival for his depiction of
legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. IFC released the film on March 25, 2016.
Hawke's film Maggie's Plan, a comedy in which he stars opposite Greta Gerwig and
Julianne Moore, also premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival, and was
released by Sony Pictures Classics on May 20, 2016. He was also seen in Noah
Buschel's The Phenom, which was released in June 2016.
Additionally, Hawke's graphic novel, Indeh, with illustrator Greg Ruth, was
published by Grand Central Publishing on June 7, 2016. Indeh captures the
narrative of two nations at war who strive to find peace and forgiveness in a
time of great upheaval. It debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List
for Hardcover Graphic Novels.
Hawke will next be seen in Blumhouse and Ti West's In a Valley of Violence,
which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, and will be opening nationwide
on October 21, 2016.
Hawke recently made his documentary directorial debut with Seymour: An
Introduction, which premiered at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival and later
played internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival. The project
follows the life of the legendary pianist and piano teacher Seymour Bernstein.
IFC released the film on March 13, 2015.
Hawke has collaborated with filmmaker Richard Linklater on multiple occasions,
including Fast Food Nation, Waking Life, The Newton Boys, and Tape. Their most
recent collaboration, Boyhood, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and
was released by IFC on July 11, 2014. Hawke starred alongside Patricia Arquette
and Ellar Coltrane in the critically acclaimed film that was shot intermittently
over 12 years, chronicling the life of a child from age 6-18. For his
performance, Hawke received Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award,
Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Film Independent Spirit Award, Critics' Choice
Film Award, and Gotham Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting
Marking another one of their celebrated projects, Hawke starred opposite Julie
Delpy in the critically acclaimed film Before Sunrise and its two sequels Before
Sunset and Before Midnight. The trio co-wrote the screenplays for Before Sunset
and Before Midnight and received Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award
nominations for both scripts. Hawke, Linklater and Delpy were honored with the
Louis XIII Genius Award for achievement in cinematic works for the Before films
at the BFCA Critics Choice Awards.
Tapping into the pop culture zeitgeist with Ben Stiller's 1994 comedy Reality
Bites, Hawke has starred in over fifty films, including; Good Kill;
Predestination; The Purge; Explorers; White Fang; Gattaca; Great Expectations;
Hamlet; What Doesn't Kill You; Brooklyn's Finest; Sinister; and Before The Devil
Knows You're Dead. Hawke received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild
Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day,
opposite Denzel Washington.
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 late 2015, Hawke released his first children's book, Rules for a Knight,
through Knopf, which features illustrations by his wife, Ryan Hawke. Rules for a
Knight, a New York Times best-seller, is framed as a long-lost document,
recently found and republished by Hawke, a distant relative of the knight, Sir
Thomas Lemuel Hawke. In addition to his work as a novelist, in April 2009, Hawke
wrote an in-depth and celebrated profile of icon Kris Kristofferson for Rolling
Stone. In 2002, his second novel, Ash Wednesday, was published by Knopf and was
chosen for Bloomsbury's contemporary classics series. In 1996, Hawke wrote his
first novel, The Hottest State, published by Little Brown and now in its
nineteenth printing. In his sophomore directorial endeavor, Hawke adapted for
the screen and directed the on-screen version of The Hottest State and also
directed a music video for the film, featuring Lisa Loeb.
At the age of 21, Hawke founded the Malaparte Theater Co., which remained open
for more than five years, giving young artists a home to develop their craft.
The next year, in 1992, Hawke made his Broadway debut in "The Seagull."
Additionally, he has appeared in "Henry IV" alongside Richard Easton on
Broadway; "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 Drama League Award nomination for
Distinguished Performance (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 (Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic); and "Blood From A Stone" (The
New Group) which earned him a 2011 Obie Award for Performance. 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 of a Play as well as recognition in the New York Times and
The New Yorker top ten lists of the leading theatre productions in 2010. In
2012, he starred in Chekov's "Ivanov" for the Classic Stage Company. In 2013, he
directed and starred in "Clive," a stage adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Baal, by
Jonathan Marc Sherman (The New Group), and completed a successful run of Lincoln
Center Theatre's production of "Macbeth" in the title role.
Hawke resides in New York and is married with four children.
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