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Ethan Hawke

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Ethan Hawke Biography

Hawke was born on November 6, 1970, in Austin, Texas. After his teenage parents' separation, he moved around the country with his mother until she remarried and settled in Central New Jersey, where Hawke acted in school plays. Hawke's film debut, alongside River Phoenix, came at age 14 in the little-seen science fiction movie Explorers (1985). After high school, Hawke enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University to study acting, only to drop out after landing the part of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society (1989). For his endearing portrayal of a shy, sensitive young boy who falls under the sway of iconoclast teacher Robin Williams, Hawke became a teen heartthrob and went on to star in films that, unfortunately, did little to further his career: Dad (1989), White Fang (1991), Waterland (1992), and A Midnight Clear (1992). The actor became the poster boy for Generation X when, sporting a goatee and oozing twenty-something ennui, he appeared in Ben Stiller's Reality Bites (1994) and Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995), playing in the latter a young American traveler who cavorts around nighttime Vienna with Julie Delpy, the two engaging in an all-night existential gab and flirt fest. Hawke then left behind the slacker genre, taking two years off before his next project, the eugenics science fiction movie Gattaca (1997), in which he co-starred with Uma Thurman, whom he would marry in 1998. His ensuing roles included a turn as the prince of Denmark in Hamlet (2000), director Michael Almereyda's thoroughly avant-garde take on Shakespeare's play, and he played Finn in Great Expectations (1998), which set the Charles Dickens novel in present-day New York. In 2001 Hawke received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Training Day (2001); he played a L.A.P.D. rookie opposite Denzel Washington's jaded, rogue-cop character. Hawke has also spent time behind the camera. He directed Josh Hamilton in the beautiful short film Straight to One, the story of a couple, young and in love, living in the Chelsea Hotel. The short has been on the festival circuit. Also, Hawke directed the music video Stay for long time friend and former neighbor Lisa Loeb. In 2001, Ethan made his feature film directorial debut with his drama Chelsea Walls. The movie tells five stories set in a single day at the Chelsea Hotel and has a star studded cast which includes Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson and Steve Zahn, to name a few. Hawke stars opposite Angelina Jolie in the recent thriller, Taking Lives. In the fall of 1996, Little Brown published Hawke's first novel, The Hottest State. His second novel Ash Wednesday was published by Knopf in 2002.

Ethan Hawke Awards

2013 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Sinister (2012/I). 2nd place
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). Nominated
2007 Gotham Awards Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). Won
2005 Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Before Sunset (2004). Nominated
2005 National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay Before Sunset (2004). 3rd place

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Ethan Hawke Trivia

  • His shock split from wife Uma Thurman inspired the bittersweet musings of his character Jesse in eagerly-anticipated sequel BEFORE SUNSET. (July 9, 2004)
  • Has rekindled his romance with Jen Perzow, whom he infamously dated as his marriage to Uma Thurman was crumbling. (June 9, 2004)
  • Found he had more friends whilst he worked with Angelina Jolie in TAKING LIVES because his pals all wanted to visit him so they could meet Jolie. (March 18, 2004)
  • Has confirmed his marriage to Uma Thurman is over for good and they will divorce. (February 24, 2004)
  • Has moved out of the home he shares with estranged wife Uma Thurman and their two young children again and checked into New York's Chelsea Hotel with a mystery woman.
  • Is planning to win back estranged wife Uma Thurman by spending Christmas with her and their two young children, Roan and Maya. (December 3, 2003)
  • Hawke�s lover, Gorgeous Jennifer Perzow, insists she didn't wreck his marriage to Uma Thurman because the couple had already separated. (October 20, 2003)
  • Hawke cheated on his wife Uma Thurman because he reportedly felt sure she was having an affair with KILL BILL director Quentin Tarantino. (October 13, 2003)
  • Uma Thurman's brothers have spoken of their fury over Ethan Hawke, who is refusing to accept the blame for the demise of their union. (September 12, 2003)
  • Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke have split after five years of marriage and two children, reportedly because of Hawke's romance with 22-year-old Canadian model Jen Perzow. (August 29, 2003)
  • Hawke is set to direct a big-screen adaptation of his best-selling novel The Hottest State for IFC Films, which will finance and distribute the project -- Set in New York, STATE follows two young adults, aspiring performers William and Sarah, as they discover intense love and grapple to define both themselves and a passion that provokes questions and emotions neither is prepared to handle. (July 25, 2003)
  • Hawke is struggling to finance his new movie BILLY DEAD, about a troubled working-class Michigan family -- Movie fans are being offered the chance to buy up 900,000 shares of stock for just $8.75 each, so Hawke can raise the $8 million he needs to make the project. (July 7, 2003)
  • Has the most-desired complexion among male celebrities, according to an annual survey conducted by the Beverly Hills Institute For Aesthetic And Reconstructive Surgery in Los Angeles. (February 6, 2003)
  • Will take a break from the literary life to pop up in a single episode of ABC's ALIAS in January � he will play a CIA agent who -- in typical ALIAS style -- may or may not be a traitor. (November 27, 2002)
  • Bearing the kind of sensitive-man good looks that have led many to think he would be perfect for a career as a tortured, latte-chugging intellectual, Hawke instead emerged in the 1990s as both a talented actor and a thinking girl's poster boy.
  • Doesn't like working with his wife Uma Thurman because she can boss him around too easily.
  • In WAKING LIFE (2001) Julie Delpy and Hawke reprise their roles as Celine and Jesse from BEFORE SUNRISE (1995) written by Richard Linklater.

Ethan Hawke Photos

  • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

    "Before Midnight” Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    2013 Tribeca Film Festival -"Before Midnight" - Arrivals

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    Ethan Hawke Sighted on Chambers Street in New York City on April 22, 2013

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    63rd Annual Berlinale International Film Festival - "Before Midnight" Photocall and Press Conference

  • Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

    63rd Annual Berlinale International Film Festival - "Before Midnight" Premiere - Arrivals

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    Samsung Hope for Children 2012 - Arrivals

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