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Ethan Hawke

Birth Place: Austin, TX, USA

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Ethan Hawke is a Tony and four-time Academy Award nominated actor and writer whose diverse career as a novelist, actor, director, and screenwriter spans more than three decades. Hawke recently premiered “BLAZE” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category, a drama he produced, co-wrote and directed about the life of country western musician Blaze Foley. The film received rave reviews and won the Special Jury Award for actor Ben Dickey’s spellbinding performance. Hawke stars alongside Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd in the Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy, “Juliet, Naked,” based on the best-selling Nick Hornby novel of the same name. Directed by Jesse Peretz, the film also premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. He also stars in Paul Schrader’s long-awaited and timely political and environmental thriller “First Reformed.” The film premiered at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival before making its way to Telluride and Toronto while garnering Hawke some of the best reviews of his career as an actor. A24 acquired the film and will release it on June 22, 2018.

Hawke’s critically-acclaimed performances and collaboration with friend and filmmaker Richard Linklater in “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight” opposite Julie Delpy have become a landmark in American independent film. Hawke, Linklater and Delpy co-wrote the screenplays for "Before Sunset" and “Before Midnight” and received Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations for both scripts. The trio 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 collaborated with Linklater on multiple occasions, including "Fast Food Nation;" "Waking Life;" "The Newton Boys" and "Tape."

Their most recent collaboration, "Boyhood," premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC that summer. Hawke starred alongside Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in the critically acclaimed and groundbreaking film that was shot intermittently over 12 years chronicling the life of a child from age 6-18. For his performance, Ethan received Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Film Independent Spirit Award, Critics’ Choice Film Award, and Gotham Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Throughout his career, Hawke has starred in over 50 films including “Reality Bites;” “Good Kill;” “Predestination;” “The Purge;” "Explorers;" "White Fang;" "Gattaca;" "Great Expectations;" "Hamlet;" "What Doesn't Kill You;" "Brooklyn's Finest;" "Sinister;" “Maudie,” “Maggie’s Plan,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Phenom,” “In a Valley of Violence” “Born to Be Blue.” and "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead." Hawke received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antoine Fuqua's "Training Day," opposite Denzel Washington. Behind the lens, Hawke made his directorial debut in 2001 with his drama "Chelsea Walls." 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.

He made his documentary directorial debut with “Seymour: An Introduction,” which premiered at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival and later played internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival. The project follows the life of the legendary pianist and piano teacher Seymour Bernstein.

A noted writer and novelist, Hawke’s graphic novel, Indeh with illustrator Greg Ruth was published by Grand Central Publishing on June 7, 2016. Indeh captures the narrative of two nations at war who strive to find peace and forgiveness in a time of great upheaval. It 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 which features illustrations by his wife, Ryan Hawke. The New York Times best-seller is framed as a long-lost document, recently found and republished by Hawke, a distant relative of the knight, Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke.

In addition to his work as a novelist, in April 2009, Hawke wrote an in-depth and celebrated profile of icon Kris Kristofferson for Rolling Stone. In 2002, his second novel, Ash Wednesday, was published by Knopf and was chosen for Bloomsbury's contemporary classics series. 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, featuring Lisa Loeb. At the age of twenty-one, Hawke founded the Malaparte Theater Co., which gave young artists a home to develop their craft for more than five years.

The next year, in 1992, Hawke made his Broadway debut in "The Seagull." Additionally, he has appeared in "Henry IV" alongside Richard Easton on Broadway; "Buried Child" (Steppenwolf); "Hurlyburly," for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor and 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 "A Winter's Tale," for which Hawke received 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 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. 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 Theatre's production of “Macbeth” in the title role. Hawke resides in New York and is married with four children.

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Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway Production, 2018

Lincoln Center Production, 2013

The New Group Production, 2013

Classic Stage Company Production, 2012
Nikolai Ivanov

The New Group Production, 2011

Original Broadway Production, 2007
Michael Bakunin

Original Broadway Production, 2006
Michael Bakunin

Original Broadway Production, 2006
Michael Bakunin


Lincoln Center Revival, 2003
Henry Percy

Ray Moss

Xavier "Ex" Reynolds

Xavier Ex Reynolds

Konstantin Treplev

Ethan Hawke Productions

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[Off-Broadway, 2007]

Ethan Hawke Movies

[1985]Explorers Ben Crandall

[1989]Dad Billy

[1989]Dead Poets Society Todd Anderson

[1991]Mystery Date Tom McHugh

[1991]White Fang Jack

[1992]Rich in Love Wayne Frobiness

[1992]A Midnight Clear Sgt. Will Knott

[1992]Waterland Matthew Price

[1993]Alive Nando Parrado

[1994]Floundering Jimmy

[1994]Reality Bites Troy Dyer

[1995]Search and Destroy Roger

[1995]Before Sunrise Jesse

[1997]Gattaca Vincent, Jerome

[1998]The Velocity of Gary Nat

[1998]Great Expectations Finnegan Bell

[1998]The Newton Boys Jess Newton

[1999]Joe the King Len Coles

[1999]Snow Falling on Cedars Ishmael Chambers

[2000]Hamlet Hamlet

[2001]Tape Vin

[2001]The Jimmy Show Ray

[2001]Waking Life Jesse

[2001]Training Day Jake

[2004]Taking Lives Costa

[2004]Before Sunset Jesse

[2005]Assault on Precinct 13 Sgt. Jake Roenick

[2005]Lord of War Jack Valentine

[2006]The Hottest State Vince

[2006]Fast Food Nation Pete

[2007]Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Hank

[2008]What Doesn't Kill You Paulie McDougan

[2009]Brooklyn's Finest Sal

[2009]Daybreakers Edward Dalton

[2009]Little New York Sully Halverson

[2011]The Woman in the Fifth Tom Ricks

[2012]Sinister Ellison Oswalt

[2013]The Purge James Sandin

[2013]Getaway Brent Magna

[2013]Before Midnight Jesse

[2014]Boyhood Dad

[2014]Predestination The Barkeep

[2014]Cymbeline Iachimo

[2014]Good Kill Major Thom Egan

[2015]Born to Be Blue Chet Baker

[2015]Regression Bruce Kenner

[2015]Ten Thousand Saints Les

[2015]Maggie's Plan John

[2016]The Magnificent Seven Goodnight Robicheaux

[2016]The Phenom Hopper Senior

[2016]Maudie Everett Lewis

[2016]In a Valley of Violence Paul

[2017]First Reformed Rev. Ernst Toller

[2017]24 Hours to Live Travis Conrad

[2017]Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Jolly the Pimp

[2018]Juliet, Naked Tucker Crowe

[2018]Blaze Radio DJ

[2018]Stockholm Lars Nystrom

[2019]The Truth Hank

[2019]The Kid Sheriff Pat Garrett

[2019]Adopt a Highway Russell Millings

[2020]Cut Throat City Jackson Symms

[2020]Tesla Nikola Tesla

[2021]The Black Phone The Grabber

[2021]The Guilty SGT. Bill Miller

[2021]Zeros and Ones JJ, Justin

[2021]Waiting for Godot Vladimir

[2022]Raymond & Ray Ray

[2022]The Northman King Aurvandil War-Raven

[2022]Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Efficient Man

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MAXINE’S BABY: THE TYLER PERRY STORY, directed by Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz, grants the audience unfettered access to the inner world of Tyler Perry, whose story has never fully been told, as he becomes a father and a media mogul with a mission to pave his own road to the top. The film is a profound lesson on remembering where you came from.

Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James Will Lead DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES on Broadway Next Year

Days of Wine and Roses is set to transfer to Broadway, starring Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James, who led the production off-Broadway earlier this year. Running for 16 weeks only, performances will begin on January 6, 2023. Learn more about the show and find out how to get tickets here!

MOTHERHOUSE Comes to Rivendell Theatre Ensemble This Week

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will remount the sold-out world premiere run of Motherhouse by RTE Ensemble member Tuckie White. Learn more about the production and how to get tickets here!

Nancy Redman's A SEANCE WITH MOM to Return to Chain Studio Theatre Beginning Next Month

Eighteen séances in April, May and June did not do the trick, so award-winning actress/playwright/comedian Nancy Redman will join forces with iconic director Austin Pendleton for 18 more sessions of 'A  Séance With Mom' from August 21 to September 3 at Chain Studio Theatre.

A SEANCE WITH MOM Returns Next Month

 Eighteen séances in April, May and June did not do the trick, so award-winning actress/playwright/comedian Nancy Redman will join forces with iconic director Austin Pendleton for 18 more sessions of 'A Séance With Mom' from August 21 to September 3 at Chain Studio Theatre.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE DEAD Comes to the Cape Cod Theatre Project

The Cape Cod Theatre Project (CCTP) continues its 2023 season in its third of four weeks with playwright Fernanda Coppel's AYA and a special, one night only presentation of Stephen Belber's What Do We Do With the Dead. 

FOR YEARS TO COME Will Play To Sold-Out House At Outfest Los Angeles

Right on the heels of a spectacular LA premiere at Dances With Films, the half-hour TV pilot 'For Years to Come' will be screening at Outfest Los Angeles, the largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world.

Amber Iman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Annie Golden & More to be Featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival Readings

Amber Iman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Annie Golden and more will be featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival's Fridays@3 reading series.

Jim Gaffigan Announces Return To Encore Theater At Wynn Las Vegas With BARELY ALIVE Tour, December 2023

Seven-time GRAMMY-nominated comedian, actor, writer, and producer Jim Gaffigan will make his highly-anticipated return to Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas with back-to-back shows of his all-new “Barely Alive” Tour this winter.

FOR YEARS TO COME With Richard Riehle to Premiere In Los Angeles At Dances With Films

The half-hour TV pilot 'For Years to Come' will premiere in Los Angeles at the Dances With Films festival on Saturday July 1st at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

'Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90' Concert Film Event Comes to Maui

 Blackbird Presents and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center present a world premiere screening Saturday, June 10 outdoors under the stars in the A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion featuring an in-person introduction by Willie Nelson of the recent filmed concert event at the Hollywood Bowl honoring his 90th birthday.

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES Starring Kelli O'Hara & Brian d'Arcy James Extended; Adam Guettel Releases Demos

Atlantic Theater Company has announced a final extension for the world premiere musical Days of Wine and Roses. Adapted from the 1962 film and original 1958 teleplay, the new musical features a book by Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas, music & lyrics by Tony Award winner Adam Guettel, and direction by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif.

A SEANCE WITH MOM Adds Performances At Chain Studio Theatre

Four April seances did not do the trick, so Award winning actress/playwright/comedian NANCY REDMAN joins forces with iconic director AUSTIN PENDLETON for more sessions of 'A SEANCE WITH MOM'.

The Cape Cod Theatre Project Announces 2023 Season of New Plays

The Cape Cod Theatre Project (CCTP) announces its 2023 Season of New Plays, running Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM ET from June 29th-July 22nd at Falmouth Academy's Simon Center for the Arts. For the second consecutive year, CCTP will highlight female voices, with workshops of staged readings by Steph Del Rosso (June 29-July 1), May Treuhaft-Ali (July 6-July 8), Fernanda Coppel (July 13-15) and Mary Elizabeth Hamilton (July 20-22).

Monica Gleberman to Join Lon Haber & Co | IPPR as Senior Vice President

Lon Haber & Co | IPPR has announced the addition of Monica Gleberman to the company's ever-expanding team of public relations, marketing, communications and branding professionals.   

MOTHERHOUSE World Premiere Extends Into the Summer at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is adding performances to the sold-out world premiere run of Motherhouse by RTE Ensemble member Tuckie White, directed by Azar Kazemi. 

Jordan Carlos And Phoebe Robinson To Host Special 30th Anniversary Screening Of DAZED AND CONFUSED

The 2023 Lower East Side Film Festival (“LESFF”) will host a special 30th-anniversary screening of Richard Linklater's, 1993 cult classic, “Dazed and Confused” with live commentary from comedians, Jordan Carlos (The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) and Phoebe Robinson (HBO's 2 Dope Queens, Everything's Trash) on Friday, May 5 at the Village East Cinema with a 9 pm showtime in Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.

Lorna Dallas Returns To NYC Stage With GLAMOROUS NIGHTS AND RAINY DAYS at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Award winner Lorna Dallas is making a welcome return to the New York Stage in Barry Kleinbort/Christopher Denny helmed new musical cabaret.

Lower East Side Film Festival Programming Announced For May 4-8

​ The 2023 Lower East Side Film Festival (“LESFF”) has announced the programming for its 13th annual event, which includes exclusive feature film premieres, specialty short showcases, industry panels, and parties from May 4 - 8 at the Village East Cinema, DCTV Firehouse Cinema, plus virtually through May 14. Enjoy the open bar for all screenings. Tickets are on-sale now and virtually.

Lorna Dallas to Bring GLAMOROUS NIGHTS AND RAINY DAYS to The Laurie Beechman Theatre

The Laurie Beechman Theatre will present Lorna Dallas in her latest musical feast, “Glamorous Nights and Rainy Days,” in a two-night engagement - Saturday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 17 - both shows at 7pm.


Ethan Hawke has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Ethan Hawke has not appeared in the West End

Ethan Hawke has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include the Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for his role in "True West," a Performance nomination (Obie Awards) for "Blood From a Stone," an Outstanding Director of a Play nomination (Drama Desk Awards) for "A Lie of the Mind," an Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play nomination (Drama Desk Awards) for "The Winter's Tale," and a Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play nomination (Tony Awards) for "The Coast of Utopia."

Ethan Hawke has won the Performance (Obie Awards) for his role in the play "Blood From a Stone".

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