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Also Known As: Ethan Green Hawke Died:
Born: November 6, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austin, Texas, USA Profession: actor, novelist, screenwriter, director, editor

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Even though he exhibited star-making potential in films like "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "Reality Bites" (1994), actor Ethan Hawke chose instead to be something of a Gen-X Renaissance Man, starring in offbeat movies, publishing modestly-acclaimed novels, directing artsy independent films and even forming his own Manhattan-based theater company. Though he did make occasional forays into pricey studio films like "Gattaca" (1997), "Great Expectations" (1998) and "Training Day" (2001), Hawke was more at home pursuing his artistic ambitions for art's sake, not for large pay days or widespread recognition. Perhaps nowhere was this more apparent than his several collaborations with director Richard Linklater, with whom the actor most notably starred in "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Waking Life" (2001) and "Before Sunset" (2004). Hawke did suffer the fate of most celebrities by landing in the tabloids for his widely publicized divorce with actress Uma Thurman after rumors of infidelity, but he continued to chart his own course on both stage and screen, making Hawke one of the more intriguing and unpredictable actors of his generation.

Even though he exhibited star-making potential in films like "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "Reality Bites" (1994), actor Ethan Hawke chose instead to be something of a Gen-X Renaissance Man, starring in offbeat movies, publishing modestly-acclaimed novels, directing artsy independent films and even forming his own Manhattan-based theater company. Though he did make occasional forays into pricey studio films like "Gattaca" (1997), "Great Expectations" (1998) and "Training Day" (2001), Hawke was more at home pursuing his artistic ambitions for art's sake, not for large pay days or widespread recognition. Perhaps nowhere was this more apparent than his several collaborations with director Richard Linklater, with whom the actor most notably starred in "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Waking Life" (2001) and "Before Sunset" (2004). Hawke did suffer the fate of most celebrities by landing in the tabloids for his widely publicized divorce with actress Uma Thurman after rumors of infidelity, but he continued to chart his own course on both stage and screen, making Hawke one of the more intriguing and unpredictable actors of his generation.

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  Chelsea Walls (2001) Director
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  Straight to One (1993) Director

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 Regression (2015)
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 Good Kill (2015)
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 Predestination (2014)
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 Boyhood (2014)
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 Cymbeline (2014)
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 Purge, The (2013)
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 Getaway (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

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Acted in a junior high school production of "Meet Me in St. Louis"
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Professional stage debut, "St. Joan" at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ
1985:
Feature acting debut, Joe Dante's "Explorers"
1989:
Returned to features with a well-received supporting role as the baby-faced Todd in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society"
1989:
Played Ted Danson's son and Jack Lemmon's grandson in "Dad," a film based on a William Wharton novel
1991:
Off-Broadway debut, New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Casanova"
1991:
Visited the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago during a cross-country drive with playwright-actor Jonathan Marc Sherman and actor Josh Hamilton; inspired to start a theater group
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Started a reading series in NYC with Sherman and Hamilton
1991:
Co-founded Malaparte, a nonprofit theater group; served as artistic director; "Dead Poets Society" co-star Robin Williams was among the notables providing funding; company included Robert Sean Leonard, Frank Whaley, Steve Zahn and Hamilton; eventually disbanded
1992:
Broadway debut, National Actors Theater production of Chekhov's "The Seagull"
1992:
Played a reluctant platoon leader in "A Midnight Clear"; also featured Steppenwolf's co-founder Gary Sinise and friend Frank Whaley; second film based on a Wharton novel
1993:
Wrote, directed and edited the short film "Straight to One"
1993:
Acted in Jonathan Marc Sherman's "Sophistry" at NYC's Playwrights Horizon
1994:
Co-starred in Ben Stiller's feature directorial debut "Reality Bites"; also helmed Lisa Loeb's music video "Stay," a featured single from the soundtrack; Steve Zahn also acted in film
1994:
Theatrical directorial debut, "Wild Dogs!"; officially opened the first full season of Malaparte
1995:
Acted opposite Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater's romantic cult classic "Before Sunrise"
1995:
Acted in the Steppenwolf Theater Company production of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" in Chicago; project reunited him with Sinise who directed
1996:
Published first novel <i>The Hottest State</i>
1997:
Starred in the sci-fi thriller "Gattaca," written and directed by Andrew Niccol; co-starred with future wife Uma Thurman
1998:
Portrayed the Pip-like Finn in the contemporary remake of Dickens' "Great Expectations"
1998:
Appeared as Jess Newton, the charming drunken brother in Linklater's "The Newton Boys"
1999:
Played Ishmail, the one-armed journalist in love with a Japanese woman in "Snow Falling on Cedars"; adapted from David Guterson's 1994 novel about a doomed interracial romance
1999:
Cast in small role as a concerned guidance counselor in Frank Whaley's feature directorial debut "Joe the King"
1999:
Acted in Williamstown Theatre Festival staging of Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real"
2000:
Starred as Michael Almereyda's slacker "Hamlet"; Zahn played Rosencrantz
2001:
Again collaborated with Linklater on the digitally-shot "Tape," co-starring Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman
2001:
Returned to the NYC stage as one of the stars of the Manhattan premiere of Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss"
2001:
Cast as a rookie cop teamed with an amoral partner (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2001:
Feature directorial debut, "Chelsea Walls," based the film on Dylan Thomas' 1954 radio drama "Under Milkwood"; co-starred wife Uma Thurman and friends Leonard, Whaley, and Zahn
2002:
Re-teamed with Whaley in "The Jimmy Show"; written and directed by Whaley
2003:
Guest starred on the ABC series "Alias" as a captured CIA agent whose allegiances may have shifted
2004:
Reunited with director Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy for "Before Sunset" once again portraying Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) who are reunited nine years after they first met; also co-wrote screenplay; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay; received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
2005:
Portrayed an Interpol agent, chasing an arms dealer (Nicolas Cage) in Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War"
2006:
Cast as part of an ensemble in Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"
2006:
Cast in "The Coast of Utopia," playing Mikhail Bakunin; received a Tony Award nomination
2007:
Wrote and directed "The Hottest State," based on his novel of the same name; also co-starred (debuted at the 2006 Venice Film Festival)
2007:
Co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
2008:
Acted with Mark Ruffalo in the crime drama "What Doesn't Kill You"
2010:
Cast as Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher in the sci-fi film "Daybreakers"
2010:
Re-teamed with Antoine Fuqua for "Brooklyn's Finest"
2012:
Co-starred with Kristin Scott Thomas in Parisian-set thriller "The Woman in the Fifth"
2012:
Starred in found-footage thriller "Sinister"
2013:
Starred in "Before Midnight," his third Linklater/Delpy collaboration
2013:
Featured in the horror hit "The Purge"
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Education

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South: Princeton Junction , New Jersey -
Carnegie-Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -
New York University: New York , New York -
British Theatre Association: -
Packer Collegiate Institute: Brooklyn Heights , New York -
McCarter Theatre: Princeton , New Jersey -
Hun School of Princeton: Princeton Township , New Jersey - 1988

Notes

'Malaparte' refers to a type of unbound book that can be read in any order. Choosing this name for their non-profit theater company reflected the group's desire to avoid formulas.

"He's the only one of my young artist friends who says, 'You know, I want to start a theater company, direct a video and go to Paris and write a novel. I want to do Sam Shepard in Chicago,' and he does every one of those things."---"Great Expectations" co-star Gwyneth Paltrow on Hawke to Time Out New York, October 16-23, 1997.

"I came to the novel [Hawke's 'The Hottest State'] with one raised eyebrow and the feeling he had something to prove. But I thought it was poignant and raw and that it captured something about being in love for the first time in a very honest, very clever way."---Jordan Pavlin, Hawke's editor at Little, Brown, in Time Out New York, October 16-23, 1997.

"I think everybody imagines him as this serious, brooding character. But he's very outgoing. People have this idea that just because he's written a novel, et cetera, they think, Oh he's going to be serious. He's just a regular guy."---Andrew Niccol, writer-director of "Gattaca", in Detour, November 1997.

"The fact that I have money is a huge surprise. I was raised in a house where I was told, very often, that having money is just intrinsically wrong. It's very confusing to me."---Hawke to US, January 1998.

About his first encounter with wife Uma Thurman: "I actually almost met her for the first time years and years ago, when I first moved to New York and I saw her at a bank machine in the East Village. She was with some really scummy-looking guy and I was with a friend, so I talked really loud and tried to sound really smart. 'Dead Poets Society' had come out so I was hoping she might recognize me, but she didn't give a fuck."---Hawke to fellow central New Jerseyite Mim Udovitch in Details, January 1998.

"Success is designed to stunt your growth. You have to constantly try to keep in check why it is you're doing what you're doing and not just let inertia carry you forward."---Hawke, quoted in Premiere, March 1998.

"I learned to not take this business too seriously because 'Explorers' was suppose to be a huge hit but it wasn't. They spent a ton of money on it and Joe Dante directed it and he'd just done 'Gremlins'. I was a 13-year-old with stars in my eyes. I was really devastated."---Hawke quoted in Empire, April 1998.

"Celebrity has come in increments, which I feel has been very healthy. I've always believed the faster you go up, the faster you'll come down."---Hawke quoted in Biography Magazine, October 1999.

"I always do this thing where I take a year off and then I watch all these punk kids who took the parts I turned down go on and become big stars. It's so annoying. For instance, I was offered 'Arcadia' at Lincoln Center and I almost did it because it was such a great play, but I went, 'I don't want to do that.' So who ended up doing it? Some nobody. It was Billy Crudup. Now I think I should never have let him in the door."---Hawke jokingly to Cindy Pearlman in Chicago Sun-Times, January 3, 2000.

"Directors love this idea that everyone is dying to work with them. The truth is, I read the script [for 'Snow Falling on Cedars'] and, funny enough, I thought I'd been offered the movie and called my agent and said, 'I like it, I'll do it.' He said, 'You haven't been offered this,' and I was like 'What?! I'm perfect for this.'"---Hawke to Stephen Schaefer in Boston Herald, January 3, 2000.

"Movies today promote a large feeling of inadequacy. Everybody looks so amazing, the situations don't represent real life situations at all. The feelings are not reminiscent of real emotions. The answers are simplistic and do not represent any kind of truth. It's enjoyable to watch beautiful people make out. But it's like crack: you enjoy it while you do it and then you feel like crap afterward. This is after many uses of crack."---Hawke to The Daily Telegraph, February 11, 2000.

"I've led a spoiled life as an adult; I've been pretty self-centered. Before my book was published or a play or a movie opened, I'd get so nervous. But now my family is, by leaps and bounds, the most important thing to me, so that it makes the work that I do more fun. My whole ego isn't invested, and I no longer feel, Oh my God, if this play goes over badly, I'll die."---Ethan Hawke on how fatherhood has changed him to Us Weekly, October 29, 2002.

"When I first worked with Ethan, he was 24. I was looking forward to the older actor he was going to become. He's a man now and a great father. It's cool to see."---director Richard Linklater quoted in People, October 22, 2002.

"Ethan always risks perception; he doesn't care about other people's judgment."---friend and co-star Robert Sean Leonard quoted in "It's All on Tape" by Leslie (Hoban) Blake on www.theatermania.com, November 2, 2001.

"Am I a macho, egomaniac, self-indulgent bullshit actor? Am I a serious, introspective workaholic? Am I pretentious and only concerned with the work in my life? All these things are true."---Hawk quoted in 1992 Premiere October 2, 2002.

"It's been the saddest, most agonizing period of my life. In all likelihood, we'll probably get a divorce. I just turned 33, and I'm a wreck," he laments. "I feel like, so, if my forties are where people say it's really good, then I'm probably going to be suicidal."---Hawke on the demise of his five-year union to Uma Thurman, with whom he has two children, son Roan and daughter Maya MSN.com Feb. 18, 2004

"If our problems were that simple, we'd still be together," Hawke tells Details defensively. "I have this burning desire to walk up to everybody on the street and say, 'Hey, by the way, that's not true.' But I've been feeling like Hester Prynne from 'The Scarlet Letter.'"---Hawke on tabloid reports blaming his breakup with Thurman on his alleged affair with Canadian "model" Jennifer Perzow MSN.com Feb. 18, 2004

"He doesn't run from the moment," explains Leonard. "He bravely walks into it and expresses himself. And risks sounding pretentious or being rejected or whatever... he doesn't shy away from it."---Robert Sean Leonard to Premiere July/August 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Uma Thurman. Actor. Co-starred with Hawke in "Gattaca" (1997); married on May 1, 1998; rumored to be seperated as of Fall 2003.
companion:
Jenny Perzow. Reportedly involved as of Summer 2003, was rumored to be the reason for his breakup with his wife Uma Thurman.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Leslie Hawke. Divorced from Hawke's father; resides in New Jersey; 17 years old at the time of Hawke's birth.
brother:
Matthew Hawke. Actor.
step-brother:
Patrick Powers. Served as a Green Beret in the US Army; travelled through Europe with Hawke the summer after his stepbrother's junior year in high school.
daughter:
Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke. Born on July 8, 1998.
son:
Roan Thurman-Hawke. Born in January 2002.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Eleven Waverly Place" Random House
"The Hottest State" Little, Brown
"Ash Wednesday: A Novel" Alfred A. Knopf

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