ETHAN HAWKE (Writer, Actor -- Jesse) 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 film BEFORE SUNRISE, its sequel BEFORE SUNSET, and most
recently in the third film in this series, BEFORE MIDNIGHT. The trio co-wrote the
screenplays for BEFORE SUNSET and BEFORE MIDNIGHT. In 2004, their BEFORE
SUNSET screenplay received an Academy Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay,
a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and an IFP Spirit Award
nomination for Best Screenplay. Hawke has played an ongoing part in Linklater's
UNTITLED 12-YEAR PROJECT.
Ethan Hawke's screen career was launched by his 1989 starring role in the Academy
Award winning drama DEAD POETS SOCIETY. Twenty-four years, and several Tony
and Oscar nominations later, Hawke has emerged a multifaceted artist -- film and
theater actor, novelist, screenwriter and director. As a film actor, Hawke has starred in
over forty films, including; EXPLORERS; DAD; REALITY BITES; 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
Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antonie Fuqua's TRAINING DAY
opposite Denzel Washington.
Behind the lens, in 2001, Hawke made his directorial debut 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 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. In 2002, his 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 April 2009.
On stage, Hawke most recently appeared playing the title characters in "Clive" (by
Jonathan Marc Sherman, The New Group, 2013), which Hawke also directed; and
"Ivanov" (by Anton Chekhov, Classic Stage Company, 2012). Hawke first appeared in
Chekhov's "The Seagull" on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in 1992. Over a long
career in theater, Hawke has appeared in Shakespeare's "Henry IV"; Sam Shepard's
"Buried Child" (Steppenwolf); "Hurlyburly" by David Rabe, for which he earned a
Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor and Drama League Award
Nomination for Distinguished Performance (The New Group); and 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 Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" and Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale" garnered Hawke a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a
Play (Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic). More recently Hawke has been
seen in Scott Elliott's "Blood from a Stone" (The New Group) which garnered him a
2011 Obie Award. Also for theatre, 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.
For television, Hawke most recently appeared in the television adaption of MOBY DICK
that aired on Encore. He starred as the stalwart and experienced first officer Starbuck, the
only member of the crew who dares to oppose Captain Ahab (William Hurt).
Several recent film projects include Pawel Pawlikowski's THE WOMAN IN THE
FIFTH, in which Hawke stars 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. Hawke also starred in Scott
Derrickson's horror-thriller box office hit SINISTER which was released by Summit
October. With a budget of $3 million, it has grossed over $48 million worldwide. He is
also currently directing an untitled documentary about an 85 year old piano maestro,
Hawke recently wrapped production on two more upcoming projects: first, THE
PURGE, written and directed by James DeMonaco, will be released by Universal on May
31, 2013. Additionally, he will star in GETAWAY, directed by Ron Levy which will be
released by Warner Bros in 2013.
Ethan Hawke was born in 1970 to teen-age parents in Austin, Texas. At the age of
thirteen he performed in his first professional play and from a very young age has
committed himself entirely to the arts. At the age of twenty one, Hawke founded
Malaparte Theater Co., which remained open for more than five years giving young
artists a home to develop their craft.
Hawke is happily married with four children.