Ethan Hawke
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Ethan Hawke's breakout role shaped his views on fame
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For nearly 30 years, Ethan Hawke has done the same job -- without ever repeating himself. He began his career as a poetry-loving kid in prep school and went on to be the poster boy for Generation X in "Reality Bites." He's played a cop, a cowboy and a dreamer, all in service of his most important role -- "creator."
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Why These Stars Don't Believe in Monogamy: Scarlett Johansson, Shailene Woodley, Ethan Hawke and More - E! Online
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E! Online Why These Stars Don't Believe in Monogamy: Scarlett Johansson, Shailene Woodley, Ethan Hawke and More E! Online Scarlett Johansson made headlines this week for coming out and saying she doesn't believe monogamy is "natural." "I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it's a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing," the 32-year ... Scarlett Johansson says monogamy isn't 'natural' but 'a lot of work'ABC News Scarlett Johansson Says Monogamy Is 'Not A Natural Thing'PerezHilton.com Scarlett Johansson's Thoughts On Marriage Might Surprise YouHuffington Post Vanity Fair -Fox News -The Hollywood Gossip -The Inquisitr all 75 news articles »
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The Best Films 2016
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As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will thrive. It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year. Check out the best in film in 2016. (Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight, Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, A24, Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions) Best Films Arrival -- (***1/2) Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), creates a compelling sci-fi movie, based on Eric Heisserer's thoughtful, feminist screenplay. Aliens arrive in massive floating pods in 12 locations around the world. A linguist (Amy Adams) tries to communicate with them and save humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker co-star in a film filled with suspense, dread and brain-numbing science. The Birth of a Nation -- (****) An uncompromising retelling of the country's most heralded sl ...
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Gotham Awards: Moonlight Shines
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Diversity was a serious theme at Monday's Gotham Awards, during a night of fun and celebration. Cipriani Wall Street was chockablock with film devotees: some filmmakers and new actors, discoveries, such as Anya Taylor-Joy who was awarded Breakthrough Actor for her work in The Witch. Moonlight, A24's critical and popular hit, was awarded for Best Ensemble and Best Feature. Natalie Portman, whose performance as Jackie will surely garner nominations as the award season progresses, presented the statue. Pregnant with her second child, the Academy Award winning actress quipped, her baby is not due soon enough. Other presenters: Katie Holmes, Kate Beckinsale, J. C. Chandor, Judith Light, with maybe the best speech about being New Jersey bred but a New Yorker in heart and spirit, Gen X co-star Winona Ryder sending a love letter to Ethan Hawke, and Cate Blanchett professing an actor crush for Amy Adams. No one was more stunned than Isabelle Huppert, her edgy sang froid turn in Elle awarded B ...
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La Habra teen dies days after being hit by debris on the 57 Freeway
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A 17-year-old boy died on Thanksgiving at a hospital in Orange, days after being hit by debris while riding in a car with his mother on the 57 Freeway. Ethan Hawks was in the passenger seat of the southbound vehicle Saturday when he was struck about 2:30 p.m. just south of Katella Avenue in Anaheim,...
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Ethan Hawke on starring in westerns: 'I'm finally old enough' to play a cowboy
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It's the year of the western for Ethan Hawke.
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Ethan Hawke is finally old enough to be in a Western
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Ethan Hawke discusses working with John Travolta on 'In a Valley of Violence,' and why he now has enough cracks in his face to play a cowboy.
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10 Of The Most Haunted Hotels In America
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For Architectural Digest, by Stefanie Waldek. Paranormal activity has been reported at these properties across the country According to some paranormal enthusiasts, some of the oldest hotels across the country might have guests that have long overstayed their welcome. We’ve rounded up ten such properties, from a bohemian hot spot in New York to a favorite haunt of Hollywood celebrities (pun intended), that boast incredible histories, lengthy rosters of famous visitors, and, allegedly, some otherworldly residents. To celebrate Halloween this year, why not take a trip to one of these properties for a spectral adventure? Whether you’re looking for a luxury accommodation or a cozy getaway, we’ve found hotels for every type of ghost hunter. Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado When Stephen King and his wife stayed here in 1974, they were the only guests, as the hotel was just about to close for the season. Sound familiar? Their experience in room 217, of course, inspired the no ...
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Washington and Pratt Show True Grit in "The Magnificent Seven"
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Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "The Magnificent Seven" (MGM/Columbia) It has been fifty-six years since Yul Brynner played the man in black in "The Magnificent Seven". That movie co-starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn among others. It was an Americanized version of Akira Kurosawa's classic film "Seven Samurai." Now we have a new version of "The Magnificent Seven" and it stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke among others. It might not be a magnificent movie -neither was the Yul Brynner version - but it is certainly enjoyable entertainment. Once again there is a town in danger of being destroyed by a man with a gang. This time out it is Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and he is a villain and a half. Before the opening credits roll he has had several of the good farmers who inhabit the town killed in cold blood.. These events convince farmer's wife Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) the town needs to hire some gunslingers to fight Bogu ...
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On Peter Sarsgaard's Magnificent Seven Villain - Vulture
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Vulture On Peter Sarsgaard's Magnificent Seven Villain Vulture Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven is, for the most part, a straight-faced action-Western. Denzel Washington plays the pure-hearted leader of men; Chris Pratt is the comic relief; Ethan Hawke's character has to overcome his troubled past. The Magnificent Seven Gallops Boldly Into MediocrityMTV.com 'Magnificent Seven' Draws $1.75M In Thursday Night PreviewsDeadline With 'Mag 7' coming to theaters, here are some quality westernsNew York Daily News NPR -The New Yorker -Entertainment Weekly -Huffington Post all 351 news articles »
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Ethan Hawke: Original 'Magnificent Seven' had 'charm' but was 'not authentic'
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During our interviews at Toronto International Film Festival we asked Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennet about the film.
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Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Pratt Date In Space In First 'Passengers' Trailer
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Julianne Moore Wants This Book To Be Turned Into A Movie, ASAP
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It was the first day of class for New York City public schools, and Julianne Moore came prepared. After making sure to eat a substantive breakfast, she headed to a small studio at the James Hotel in Soho, ready to talk about literacy. It’s a cause she’s pursued in earnest recently, alongside an organization called Project Literacy, which launched a social media campaign last week. The effort highlights the potential effects of illiteracy, which correlate (although perhaps not causatively) with shorter life expectancy, gender inequity, malnutrition and poverty in general. Reading, Moore says, is often thought of as a personal pursuit, but the problem is: illiteracy is a social one. It’s fitting that Moore, who is often typecast as a cerebral, confident character (Maude in “The Big Lebowski,” Julian in “Children of Men”), would be an evangelist for such a cause. She’s starred in a bevy of book adaptations, including “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “A Single Man,” “The Hunger Ga ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ethan Hawke
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In May 2016, Hawke joined the library’s board of trustees.
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  • 2014
    Age 43
    In a December 2014 "Actors on Actors" feature for Variety Media, Hawke said in a filmed discussion with Keira Knightley that actors need "thin skin and a lot of perseverance".
    More Details Hide Details Other upcoming projects for Hawke include the modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline; the coming-of-age drama Ten Thousand Saints; Andrew Niccol's Good Kill; and Alejandro Amenábar's thriller film Regression.
    At the time of a November 2014 interview, Hawke was in the process of filming a new narrative film project about the life of jazz musician Chet Baker.
    More Details Hide Details Titled Born to Be Blue, the film is set in 1969 and focuses on Baker's relationship with girlfriend Diane Vavra.
    In September 2014, Hawke's documentary debut, Seymour: An Introduction, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), winning second runner-up for TIFF's People's Choice Award for Best Documentary.
    More Details Hide Details Conceived after a dinner party at which both Hawke and Bernstein were present, the film is a profile of classical musician Seymour Bernstein, who explained that, even though he is typically a very private person, he was unable to decline Hawke's directorial request because he is "so endearing". Bernstein and Hawke developed a friendship through the filming process, and the classical pianist performed for one of Hawke's theater groups. The film was well-received among critics and enjoyed a limited release in March 2015.
  • 2013
    Age 42
    Hawke's third film of 2013 was the action film Getaway, which was both critically and commercially unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details The release of Linklater's Boyhood, a film shot over the course of 12 years, occurred in mid-2014. It follows the life of an American boy from age 6 to 18, with Hawke playing the protagonist's father. The film became the best-reviewed film of 2014, and was named "Best Film" of the year by numerous critics associations. Hawke said in an interview that the attention was a surprise to him. When he first became involved with Linklater's project, it did not feel like a "proper movie," and was like a "radical '60s film experiment or something". At the following awards season, the film was nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture, while winning Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and BAFTA Award for Best Film. It also earned Hawke multiple awards nominations, including the Academy, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor.
    During 2013, Hawke starred in three films of different genres.
    More Details Hide Details Before Midnight, the third installment of the Before series, reunited Hawke with Delpy and Linklater. Like its predecessors, the film garnered a considerable degree of critical acclaim; Variety wrote that "one of the great movie romances of the modern era achieves its richest and fullest expression in Before Midnight," and called the scene in the hotel room "one for the actors' handbook." The film earned co-writers Hawke, Linklater, and Delpy another Academy Award nomination, for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hawke then starred in the horror-thriller The Purge, about an American future where crime is legal for one night of the year. Despite mixed reviews, the film topped the weekend box office with a US$34 million debut, the biggest opening of Hawke's career.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In 2012, Hawke entered the horror genre for the first time, by playing a true crime writer in Scott Derrickson's Sinister, which grossed US$87 million at the worldwide box office—the film was the first in a series of highly profitable films for Hawke after the start of the new decade.
    More Details Hide Details In the week prior to the US opening of Sinister, Hawke explained that he was previously turned off by horror because good acting is not always required for success; however, the producer of Sinister, Jason Blum, formerly ran a theater company with Hawke, and made the offer to the actor based on the character and director: And he loved horror movies and he went on to create his own little subgenre with "Paranormal Activity." And he kept trying to talk to me about how I should love this whole genre. And I told him: I've never had a script with a really great character and a real filmmaker attached to it that I'd be interested in. So, he brought me into it.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    Hawke is also an activist for gay rights and in March 2011, he and his wife released a video supporting same-sex marriage in New York.
    More Details Hide Details In an October 2012 interview, Hawke said that he prefers great art over politics, explaining that his preference shows "how little" he cares about the latter: I think about the first people of our generation to do great art. I see Michael Chabon write a great book; when I see Philip Seymour Hoffman do Death of a Salesman last year—I see people of my generation being fully realized in their work, and I find that really kind of exciting. But politics? I don't know. Paul Ryan is certainly not my man.
    In a 2011 television adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Hawke played the role of Starbuck, the first officer to William Hurt's Captain Ahab.
    More Details Hide Details He then starred opposite Kristin Scott Thomas in Paweł Pawlikowski's The Woman in the Fifth, a "lush puzzler" about an American novelist struggling to rebuild his life in Paris.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    In 2010, Hawke starred as a vampire hematologist in the science fiction horror film Daybreakers.
    More Details Hide Details Filmed in Australia with the Spierig brothers, the feature received reasonable reviews, and earned US$51 million worldwide. His next role was in Antoine Fuqua's Brooklyn's Finest as a corrupt narcotics officer. The film opened in March to a mediocre reception, yet his performance was well-received, with the New York Daily News concluding, "Hawke—continuing an evolution toward stronger, more intense acting than anyone might've predicted from him 20 years ago—drives the movie."
  • 2009
    Age 38
    In 2009, Hawke appeared in two features: New York, I Love You, a romance movie comprising 12 short films, and Staten Island, a crime drama co-starring Vincent D'Onofrio and Seymour Cassel.
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  • 2008
    Age 37
    Hawke married for a second time in June 2008, wedding Ryan Shawhughes, who had briefly worked as a nanny to his and Thurman's children before graduating from Columbia University.
    More Details Hide Details Dismissing speculation about their relationship, Hawke said, "... my first marriage disintegrated due to many pressures, none of which were remotely connected to Ryan." They have two daughters: Clementine Jane (b. 2008) and Indiana (b. 2011). Hawke is a long-time supporter of the Doe Fund which helps homeless people obtain housing and employment. He has served as a co-chair of the New York Public Library's Young Lions Committee, one of New York's major philanthropic boards. In 2001 Hawke co-founded the Young Lions Fiction Award, an annual prize for achievements in fiction writing by authors under age 35. In November 2010, he was honored as a Library Lion by the New York Public Library.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    In 2007, Hawke starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Albert Finney in the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
    More Details Hide Details The final work of Sidney Lumet, the film received critical acclaim. USA Today called it "highly entertaining", describing Hawke and Hoffman's performances as excellent. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised Hawke's performance, noting that he "digs deep to create a haunting portrayal of loss". The following year, Hawke starred with Mark Ruffalo in the crime drama What Doesn't Kill You. Despite the favorable reception, the film was not given a proper theatrical release due to the bankruptcy of its distributor.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    In 2006, Hawke was cast in a supporting role in Fast Food Nation, directed by Richard Linklater based on Eric Schlosser's best-selling 2001 book.
    More Details Hide Details The same year Hawke directed his second feature, The Hottest State, based on his eponymous 1996 novel. The film was released in August 2007 to a tepid reception.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    Hawke starred in the 2005 action thriller Assault on Precinct 13, a loose remake of John Carpenter's 1976 film of the same title, with an updated plot.
    More Details Hide Details The film received reasonable reviews; some critics praised the dark swift feel of the film, while others compared it unfavorably to John Carpenter's original. Hawke also appeared that year in the political crime thriller Lord of War, playing an Interpol agent chasing an arms dealer played by Nicolas Cage.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    In 2004 Hawke returned to film, starring in two features, Taking Lives and Before Sunset.
    More Details Hide Details Upon release, Taking Lives received broadly negative reviews, but Hawke's performance was favored by critics, with the Star Tribune noting that he "plays a complex character persuasively". Before Sunset, the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) co-written by Hawke, Linklater, and Delpy, was much more successful. The Hartford Courant wrote that the three collaborators "keep Jesse and Celine iridescent and fresh, one of the most delightful and moving of all romantic movie couples." Hawke called it one of his favorite movies, a "romance for realists". Before Sunset was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Hawke's first screenwriting Oscar nomination.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    The couple separated in 2003, amid allegations of Hawke's infidelity, and filed for divorce the following year. The divorce was finalized in August 2005.
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    In 2003 Hawke made a television appearance, guest starring in the second season of the television series Alias, where he portrayed a mysterious CIA agent.
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  • 2001
    Age 30
    In 2001, Hawke appeared in two more Linklater movies: Waking Life and Tape, both critically acclaimed.
    More Details Hide Details In the animated Waking Life, he shared a single scene with former co-star Delpy continuing conversations begun in Before Sunrise. The real-time drama Tape, based on a play by Stephen Belber, took place entirely in a single motel room with three characters played by Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman. Hawke regarded Tape as his "first adult performance", a performance noted by Roger Ebert for its "physical and verbal acting mastery". Hawke's next role, and one for which he received substantial critical acclaim, came in Training Day (2001). Hawke played rookie cop Jake Hoyt, alongside Denzel Washington, as one of a pair of narcotics detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department spending 24 hours in the gang neighborhoods of South Los Angeles. The film was a box office hit, taking $104 million worldwide, and garnered generally favorable reviews. Variety wrote that "Hawke adds feisty and cunning flourishes to his role that allow him to respectably hold his own under formidable circumstances." Paul Clinton of CNN reported that Hawke's performance was "totally believable as a doe-eyed rookie going toe-to-toe with a legend Washington". Hawke himself described Training Day as his "best experience in Hollywood". His performance earned him Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    He supports the United States Democratic Party, and supported Bill Bradley, John Kerry and Barack Obama for President of the United States in 2000, 2004 and 2008, respectively.
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    Hawke's next film role was in Michael Almereyda's 2000 film Hamlet, in which he played the title character.
    More Details Hide Details The film transposed the famous William Shakespeare play to contemporary New York City, a technique Hawke felt made the play more "accessible and vital". Salon reviewer wrote: "Hawke certainly isn't the greatest Hamlet of living memory... but his performance reinforces Hamlet's place as Shakespeare's greatest character. And in that sense, he more than holds his own in the long line of actors who've played the part."
  • 1999
    Age 28
    In 1999, Hawke starred in Snow Falling on Cedars, based on David Guterson's novel of the same title.
    More Details Hide Details The film received ambivalent reviews and Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Hawke scrunches himself into such a dark knot that we have no idea who Ishmael is or why he acts as he does."
  • 1998
    Age 27
    On May 1, 1998, Hawke married actress Uma Thurman, whom he had met on the set of Gattaca in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children: daughter Maya (b. 1998) and son Levon (b. 2002).
    Hawke appeared in the 1998 film Great Expectations, a contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details During the same year, Hawke's second collaboration with Linklater, The Newton Boys, based on the true story of the Newton Gang, was released.
  • 1996
    Age 25
    He published his first novel in 1996, The Hottest State, about a love affair between a young actor and a singer.
    More Details Hide Details Hawke said of the novel, "Writing the book had to do with dropping out of college, and with being an actor. I didn't want my whole life to go by and not do anything but recite lines. I wanted to try making something else. It was definitely the scariest thing I ever did. And it was just one of the best things I ever did." The book met with a mixed reception. Entertainment Weekly said that Hawke "opens himself to rough literary scrutiny in The Hottest State. If Hawke is serious... he'd do well to work awhile in less exposed venues." The New York Times thought Hawke did "a fine job of showing what it's like to be young and full of confusion", concluding that The Hottest State was ultimately "a sweet love story". In Andrew Niccol's science fiction film Gattaca (1997), "one of the more interesting scripts" Hawke said he had read in "a number of years", he played the role of a man who infiltrates a society of genetically perfect humans by assuming another man's identity. Although Gattaca was not a success at the box office it drew generally favorable reviews from critics; The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reviewer wrote that "Hawke, building on the sympathetic-but-edgy presence that has served him well since his kid-actor days, is most impressive".
  • 1995
    Age 24
    In 1995 he starred in the romantic drama Before Sunrise, and later in its sequels Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013).
    More Details Hide Details Hawke has been twice nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; his writing contributions to Before Sunset and Before Midnight were recognized, as were his performances in Training Day (2001) and Boyhood (2014). Hawke was further honored with SAG Award nominations for both films, along with BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for the latter. His other films include the science fiction drama Gattaca (1997), the contemporary adaptation of Hamlet (2000), the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), and the horror film Sinister (2012). Hawke was born in Austin, Texas, to Leslie (née Green), a charity worker, and James Hawke, an insurance actuary. Hawke's parents were high school sweethearts in Fort Worth, Texas, and married young, when Hawke's mother was 17. Hawke was born a year later.
  • 1994
    Age 23
    Away from acting, Hawke directed the music video for the 1994 song "Stay (I Missed You)," by singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, who was a member of Hawke's theater company at the time the song was included in Reality Bites.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2012 interview, Hawke said that the song is the only number-one popular song by an unsigned artist in the history of music.
    Hawke also appeared in the 1994 film Quiz Show.
    More Details Hide Details Although he was originally considered for the lead role of Charles Van Doren, he took on a supporting role and had his screen time cut considerably during production. The following year Hawke again received critical acclaim, this time for his performance in Richard Linklater's 1995 drama Before Sunrise. The film follows a young American (Hawke) and a young French woman (Julie Delpy), who meet on a train and disembark in Vienna, spending the night exploring the city and getting to know one another. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Hawke and Delpy's performances: "they interact so gently and simply that you feel certain that they helped write the dialogue. Each of them seems to have something personal at stake in their performances."
  • 1992
    Age 21
    Hawke has described theater as his "first love", a place where he is "free to be more creative". Hawke made his Broadway debut in 1992, portraying the playwright Konstantin Treplev in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the Lyceum Theater in Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details The following year Hawke was a co-founder and the artistic director of Malaparte, a Manhattan theater company, which survived until 2000. Outside the New York stage, Hawke made an appearance in a 1995 production of Sam Shepard's Buried Child, directed by Gary Sinise at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. In 1999, he starred as Kilroy in the Tennessee Williams play Camino Real at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. Hawke returned to Broadway in Jack O'Brien's 2003 production of Henry IV, playing Henry Percy (Hotspur). New York magazine wrote: "Ethan Hawke's Hotspur... is a compelling, ardent creation." Ben Brantley of the New York Times reported that Hawke's interpretation of Hotspur might be "too contemporary for some tastes," but allowed "great fun to watch as he fumes and fulminates." In 2005 Hawke starred in the Off-Broadway revival of David Rabe's dark comedy Hurlyburly. New York Times critic Brantley praised Hawke's performance as the central character Eddie, reporting that "he captures with merciless precision the sense of a sharp mind turning flaccid". The performance earned Hawke a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor.
  • 1991
    Age 20
    Hawke's next film, 1991's White Fang, brought his first leading role.
    More Details Hide Details The film, an adaptation of Jack London's novel of the same name, featured Hawke as Jack Conroy, a Yukon gold hunter who befriends a wolfdog (played by Jed). According to The Oregonian, "Hawke does a good job as young Jack... He makes Jack's passion for White Fang real and keeps it from being ridiculous or overly sentimental." Hawke then appeared in A Midnight Clear (1992), a well-received war film by Keith Gordon, and survival drama Alive (1993), a film adaptation of Piers Paul Read's 1974 book. Hawke portrayed Nando Parrado, one of the survivors of the crash. Hawke's next role was in the Generation X drama Reality Bites (1994), in which he played Troy, a slacker who mocks the ambitions of his love interest (played by Winona Ryder). Film critic Roger Ebert called Hawke's performance convincing and noteworthy: "Hawke captures all the right notes as the boorish Troy." The New York Times noted, "Mr. Hawke's subtle and strong performance makes it clear that Troy feels things too deeply to risk failure and admit he's feeling anything at all." Nonetheless, the film was a box office disappointment.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 18
    In 1989, Hawke made his breakthrough appearance, playing a shy student opposite Robin Williams's inspirational English teacher in Dead Poets Society.
    More Details Hide Details The film was critically well-received; the Variety reviewer noted "Hawke... gives a haunting performance." With revenue of US$235 million worldwide, the film remains Hawke's most commercially successful picture to date. Hawke later described the opportunities he was offered as a result of the film's success as critical to his decision to continue acting: "I didn't want to be an actor and I went back to college. But then the film's success was so monumental that I was getting offers to be in such interesting movies and be in such interesting places, and it seemed silly to pursue anything else."
    His next film appearance was not until 1989's comedy drama Dad, where he played Ted Danson's son and Jack Lemmon's grandson.
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  • 1985
    Age 14
    He secured his first film role in 1985's Explorers, in which he played an alien-obsessed schoolboy alongside River Phoenix.
    More Details Hide Details The film received favorable reviews but had poor box office revenues, a failure which Hawke has admitted caused him to quit acting for a brief period after the film's release. Hawke later described the disappointment as difficult to bear at such a young age, adding "I would never recommend that a kid act."
    He made his film debut in 1985 with the science fiction feature Explorers, before making a breakthrough appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society.
    More Details Hide Details He then appeared in numerous films before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites, for which he received critical praise.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Age 3
    Hawke's parents were students at the University of Texas at Austin at the time of his birth, and separated and later divorced in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details After the separation, Hawke was then raised by his mother. The two relocated several times, before settling in New York City, where Hawke attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. Hawke's mother remarried when he was 10 and the family moved to West Windsor Township, New Jersey, where Hawke attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School (renamed to West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in 1997). He later transferred to the Hun School of Princeton, a secondary boarding school, from which he graduated in 1988. In high school, Hawke aspired to be a writer, but developed an interest in acting. He made his stage debut at age 13, in a school production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, and appearances in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School productions of Meet Me in St. Louis and You Can't Take It with You followed. At the Hun School he took acting classes at the McCarter Theatre on the Princeton campus, and after high school graduation he studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, eventually dropping out after he was cast in Dead Poets Society (1989). He twice enrolled in New York University's English program, but dropped out both times to pursue acting roles.
  • 1970
    Born
    Born on November 6, 1970.
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