Ethan Hawke

Writer, Before Midnight
Nominated for: Best Screenplay

ETHAN HAWKE has collaborated with filmmaker Richard Linklater on multiple occasions, including Fast Food Nation; Waking Life; The Newton Boys and Tape. Marking their most celebrated collaboration, Hawke starred opposite Julie Delpy in the critically acclaimed film Before Sunrise, its sequel Before Sunset, and most recently in the third film in this series, Before Midnight. The trio co-wrote the screenplays for Before Sunset and Before Midnight. In 2004, their Before Sunset screenplay received an Academy Award® nomination for Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and an IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay. Hawke has played an ongoing part in Linklater’s Untitled 12-Year Project.

Ethan Hawke’s screen career was launched by his 1989 starring role in the Academy Award winning drama Dead Poets Society. Twenty-four years, and several Tony® and Oscar® nominations later, Hawke has emerged a multifaceted artist—film and theater actor, novelist, screenwriter and director. As a film actor, Hawke has starred in over forty films, including; Explorers; Dad; Reality Bites; White FangWaterland; 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 and Brooklyn’s Finest. In 2002, Hawke received Academy Award® and Screen Actors Guild® Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antonie Fuqua’s Training Day, opposite Denzel Washington.

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.

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.

On stage, Hawke most recently appeared playing the title characters in “Clive” (by Jonathan Marc Sherman, The New Group, 2013), which Hawke also directed; and “Ivanov” (by Anton Chekhov, Classic Stage Company, 2012). Hawke first appeared in Chekhov’s “The Seagull” on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in 1992. Over a long career in theater, Hawke has appeared in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV”; Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child” (Steppenwolf); “Hurlyburly” by David Rabe, for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor and Drama League Award Nomination for Distinguished Performance (The New Group); and 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 Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” and Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” garnered Hawke a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic). More recently Hawke has been seen in 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.

For television, Hawke most recently appeared in the television adaption of Moby Dick that aired on Encore. He starred as the stalwart and experienced first officer Starbuck, the only member of the crew who dares to oppose Captain Ahab (William Hurt).

Several recent film projects include Pawel Pawlikowski’s The Woman in the Fifth, in which Hawke stars opposite Kristin Scott Thomas as a college lecturer who flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by ATO. Hawke also starred in Scott Derrickson’s horror-thriller box office hit Sinister, which was released by Summit October. With a budget of $3 million, it has grossed over $48 million worldwide. He is also currently directing an untitled documentary about an 85 year old piano maestro, Seymour Bernstein.

Hawke recently wrapped production on two more upcoming projects: First, The Purge, written and directed by James DeMonaco, will be released by Universal on May 31, 2013. Additionally, he will star in Getaway, directed by Ron Levy which will be released by Warner Bros in 2013.

Ethan Hawke was born in 1970 to teen-age parents in Austin, Texas. At the age of thirteen he performed in his first professional play and from a very young age has committed himself entirely to the arts. 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.

Hawke is happily married with four children.