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Ethan Hawke

"The Good Lord Bird"
Actor (James Brown)
“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 that launched his career as an actor. Thirty years and several Tony® and Oscar®nominations later, he has emerged a multifaceted artist, challenging himself as a novelist, screenwriter and director.

Hawke starred in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, for which he won the Gotham Award, Independent Spirit Award and over 20 film critics’ awards including the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. The film garnered Hawke some of the best reviews of his career as an actor, calling his performance “masterful” and “superb.”

Hawke will next be seen in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth alongside Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve and as Nikola Tesla in Tesla from writer-director Michael Almereyda.

He co-wrote, produced and directed Blaze, produced by Hawke and his wife Ryan for their Under The Influence banner. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Hawke has collaborated with filmmaker Richard Linklater on multiple occasions, including Fast Food Nation; Waking Life; The Newton Boys and Tape. For his performance in Boyhood, Hawke received Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA, Film Independent Spirit Award, Critics’ Choice Film Award and Gotham Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Hawke starred opposite Julie Delpy in the Linklater’s critically-acclaimed Before Sunrise and its two sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight. The trio co-wrote the screenplays for Before Sunset and Before Midnight and received Academy Award and Film Independent Spirit Award nominations for both scripts. They were honored with the Louis XIII Genius Award for achievement in cinematic works for the Before films at the BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards.

Hawke has starred in over sixty films, including Ben Stiller's Reality Bites; Maudie; Born to Be Blue; Juliet, Naked; Maggie’s Plan; The Magnificent Seven; The Phenom; Good Kill; Predestination; The Purge; Explorers; White Fang; Gattaca; Great Expectations; Hamlet; What Doesn’t Kill You; Brooklyn’s Finest; Sinister and Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. Hawke received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day, opposite Denzel Washington.
Hawke made his directorial debut with 2001’s Chelsea Walls, directed Josh Hamilton in the short film Straight to One and directed the documentary Seymour: An Introduction.

Hawke's graphic novel, Indeh, with illustrator Greg Ruth, debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Graphic Novels. In 2015, Hawke released his first children’s book Rules for a Knight, a New York Times’ bestseller featuring illustrations by his wife, Ryan Hawke. In 2009, he wrote a celebrated profile of icon Kris Kristofferson for Rolling Stone. In 2002, his second novel, Ash Wednesday, was chosen for Bloomsbury's contemporary classics series. In 1996, Hawke wrote his first novel, The Hottest State, which he also adapted for the screen and directed. He also directed a music video for the film, featuring Lisa Loeb.

At the age of twenty-one, Hawke founded the Malaparte Theatre Co. In 1992, Hawke made his Broadway debut in The Seagull. He has appeared in Henry IValongside Richard Easton on Broadway; Buried Child (Steppenwolf Theater); Hurlyburly, for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor and a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance (The New Group); 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 The Cherry Orchard and The Winter's Tale, which garnered Hawke a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic); and Blood From a Stone(The New Group) which earned him a 2011 Obie Award for Performance. In 2007, Hawke made his Off-Broadway directing debut with the world premiere of Jonathan Marc Sherman's 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’s 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, a stage adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal, by Jonathan Marc Sherman (The New Group) and completed a successful run of Lincoln Center Theater's production of Macbeth in the title role. Most recently, Hawke starred on Broadway in the highly-acclaimed 2019 revival of Sam Shephard’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominated play True West for the Roundabout Theatre Company opposite Paul Dano, for which Hawke received a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance.
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