Best Known For
Ethan Hawke is an actor, director, screenwriter and novelist first gained fame playing a prep school student in the 1989 film Dead Poet’s Society.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Hawke withstood the criticism and would go on to publish a second novel, Ash Wednesday, in 2002.
A newly buff Hawke reappeared on the big screen in the 1997 sci-fi thriller Gattaca, in which he infiltrates a society of genetically perfect humans by assuming another man's identity. His costars in the film, Hawke's biggest-budget, most mainstream effort to that date, included Jude Law and Uma Thurman,
with whom Hawke began a romance that led to marriage, in May 1998. Hawke and Thurman have two children, daughter Maya and son Roan (born in 2002).
In 1998, Hawke costarred with up-and-coming actress Gwyneth Paltrow in a modern-day remake of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, which received mixed reviews. The same year, he reunited with Linklater for the director's biopic about the famed Texas bank-robbing brothers The Newton Boys, costarring Matthew McConaughey. In 1999, he played the lead role, a journalist in love with the Japanese wife of a man accused of murder, in the film version of the prize-winning novel Snow Falling on Cedars; he also appeared in Joe the King, the directorial debut of his friend Frank Whaley.
Hawke next took on the classic troubled young man role in a contemporary version of Hamlet (2000), set in New York City, with a cast that included Sam Shepard, Kyle McLachlan, Julia Stiles, and Steve Zahn. He appeared in two more Linklater films the following year: the innovative Waking Life, in which the actors, including Hawke and Julie Delpy, were filmed in live action and then digitally animated; and Tape, a film about a love triangle of Hawke, his Dead Poets costar and friend Robert Sean Leonard, and wife Thurman.
Hawke’s biggest film of 2001 was the fast-paced action-drama hit Training Day, in which he played a rookie cop who is paired with (and schooled by) a corrupt older partner, played with fierce intensity by Denzel Washington. Washington attracted most of the attention for the film, which was deemed mediocre by many critics, but Hawke earned his share as well, including his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. (Washington was nominated in the lead actor category.)
After a long absence, Hawke was back onstage in New York City in 2001, starring in the Manhattan premiere of Sam Shepar'’s play The Late Henry Moss. In 2002, he appears in Frank Whaley's The Jimmy Show, screened at Sundance, and makes his own feature directorial debut with Chelsea Walls, based on the Dylan Thomas poem "Under Milkwood" and starring Thurman as well as Leonard, Zahn, and Whaley.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Ethan Hawke profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Vampires prey off living creatures, stalking unsuspecting humans, sucking their blood and often turning them into vampires. Not alive but not quite dead, vampires are fictional creatures who have haunted and fascinated human populations for centuries. The notion of the fanged, transylvanian Count Dracula was first popularized in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, but the character has seen many iterations over the years. Today's TV shows and movies portray vampires as sexy, mysterious and even sympathetic characters with meaningful relationships to humans. Here is a group of some of the most famous blood-suckers of TV and film.
Vampires 36 people in this group
Celebrities With Court-side Seats 56 people in this group
presented by Celebrities With Court-side Seats
Actors Turned Directors 56 people in this group