Date of Birth: November 6, 1970
Though best known as a screen actor, Ethan Hawke is also a successful novelist (The Hottest State) and an accomplished stage actor and director.
Hawke first appeared on stage at age 13 in a Princeton University production of St. Joan. This led to an audition for Joe Dante's offbeat sci-fi comedy, Explorers. Both Ethan and River Phoenix made their film debuts in this moviePhoenix's career took off, but Hawke's went nowhere. He went back to high
school and performed in school plays before landing the role as a sensitive prep school student in Dead Poets Society.
From there, Hawke's star rose. He appeared opposite Jack Lemmon in Dad, took the lead in Disney's White Fang, and gave a searing performance in Alive.
Between films Ethan appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Casanova, co-founded a not-for-profit theater group in New York City, directed a short film entitled Straight To Oneand got caught in the media spotlight when the tabloids
lensed him dancing with Julia Roberts, then Mrs. Lyle Lovett. (It was just an innocent rhumba.)
Hawke had his biggest success with Reality Bites and Before Sunrise, then took a hiatus from Hollywood, returning with new vigor shooting three features in a row: Gattaca with Uma Thurman, Great Expectations with Gwyneth Paltrow,
and The Newton Boys with fellow hunks Matthew McConaughey and Skeet Ulrich.
Ethan and actress Uma Thurman fell in love on the set of Gattacaa movie about genetic perfection. They married on May 1, 1998 and have a daughter, Maya Ray, born July 8, 1998 and a son, Levon, born January 15, 2002. Unfortunately, in 2003, the high profile couple separated amid allegations that Ethan had cheated. Hawke commented shortly after the breakup, "Martin Luther King Jr. suffered from infidelity, so did John F. Kennedy. You're more likely to find great leadership coming from a man who likes to have sex with a lot of women than one who's monogamous." In 2008 he married Ryan Shawhughes. They have a daughter together.
In 2002 Hawke was nominated for his first Academy Award for the supporting role in Training Day (2001). He was nominated three years later for a Screenwriting Academy Award for Before Sunset (2004). His most recent project is the thriller The Woman in the Fifth (2012) about a man who becomes involved in with a mysterious woman. Hawke has already got a long list of film titles lined up for release through till 2015.
"The funny thing about being me," Hawke says, "is I feel like I'm doing so well for never having really been in a big hit movie. The fact that I have made money is a huge surprise."
The Woman in the Fifth
Staten Island (2009)
New York, I Love You
What Doesn't Kill You
Do Not Alter (2008)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Tonight at Noon (2006)
The Hottest State (2006)
Fast Food Nation
Lord of War
Assault on Precinct 13
The Jimmy Show (2002)
Waking Life (2001) (voice)
Snow Falling on Cedars
Joe the King
The Newton Boys
Great Expectations (1998)
Before Sunrise (1995)
Search And Destroy (1995)
Quiz Show (1994)
Reality Bites (1994)
Straight To One (director) (1993)
A Midnight Clear (1992)
Rich In Love (1992)
Mystery Date (1991)
White Fang (1991)
Dead Poets Society (1989)