"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," is a phrase a young ETHAN HAWKE
took to heart while filming "Dead Poets Society," the Academy Award winning
drama which launched his career. Twenty five years, and several Tony(r) and
Oscar (r) nominations later, he has emerged a multifaceted artist, challenging
himself as a novelist, screenwriter and director, while earning world acclaim
for his brave and nuanced roles.
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," will premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film
Festival and will screen in competition at the 2014 Berlin International Film
Festival. Marking their most celebrated project, 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 screenplay for
"Before Sunset," and in 2004, they went on to receive an Academy Award
nomination for Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild Award nomination for Adapted
Screenplay and an IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay.
Following a critically acclaimed debut at Sundance in 2013, "Before Midnight"
was released by Sony Pictures Classics. In addition to starring in the film,
Hawke once again collaborated with Linklater and Delpy on the screenplay. Peter
Travers of "Rolling Stone" says of the film "Whatever a modern love story is,
'Before Midnight' takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect." The film
was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a BFCA Critics
Choice Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild Award for Adapted
Screenplay, and an IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay. Hawke,
Linklater and Delpy were honored with the Louie Treize Genius Award for
achievement in cinematic works for the "Before" films at the BFCA Critics Choice
Hawke also recently starred in James DeMonaco's "The Purge" alongside Lena
Headley. Made on a budget of only $3 million dollars, "The Purge" became Ethan's
largest box office opening weekend ever grossing over $34.5 million dollars.
Tapping into the pop culture zeitgeist with Ben Stiller's 1994 comedy "Reality
Bites," Hawke has starred in over forty 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," "Brooklyn's Finest," "Woman
in the Fifth," and "Sinister." In 2002, Hawke received Academy Award(r) and
Screen Actors Guild(r) Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antonie
Fuqua's "Training Day" opposite Denzel Washington.
Hawke recently reteamed with writer-diretor Michael Almereyda on William
Shakespeare's "Cymbeline." Hawke stars in the contemporary-set romance set
against the backdrop of a war between dirty cops and drug-dealing bikers, in
what's being described as "Sons of Anarchy" meets Romeo and Juliet.
Additionally, he recently wrapped "Predestination" for Sony which was directed
by Michael and Peter Spierig. Other upcoming projects in production include
Andrew Niccol's "Drones" and Shari Spring Berman & Robert Pulcini's "Ten
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. Hawke also recently directed a documentary about famed piano
composer Seymour Bernstein that will be released in 2014.
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.
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. The next year in 1992, Hawke made his Broadway debut in The Seagull.
Additionally, he has appeared in Henry IV alongside Richard Easton; 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 Stoppards 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; for which garnered Hawke a Drama Desk Award Nomination for
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old
Vic); and 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. 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.
Hawke recently finished a successful run in Lincoln Center Theatre's production
of Macbeth in the title role.
For television, Hawke most recently appeared in the television adaption of "Moby
Dick" that aired on Encore. He starred alongside William Hurt as the stalwart
and experienced first officer Starbuck, the only member of the crew who dares to
oppose Captain Ahab (William Hurt).
Hawke resides in New York and is married with four children.