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Ethan Hawke

Actor, Writer, Director Date of birth 6th November 1960
Place of birth Austin, Texas, USA
Year of debut 1985
First feature film Explorers


  • Academy Awards nominated2
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Ethan Hawke was brought up by his mother. Growing up, he enjoyed writing and acting. He left his acting degree at Carnegie-Mellon University for his breakthrough role in Dead Poets Society. In the nineties, he became well known for movies including Reality Bites and Before Sunset. In 1993, he wrote, directed and edited the short Straight To One. In 2001, he was Oscar nominated for his role in Training Day. He made his directorial debut, Chelsea Wars, in 2002.

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Ethan Hawke's films

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Packshot for the film Sinister
15 Certificate
110 Mins

A crime writer (Ethan Hawke) is terrorised by an evil being after viewing a box of horrifying home movies. Strong violence and horror.

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Packshot for the film Brooklyn's Finest
18 Certificate
127 Mins

Three Brooklyn cops' lives are transformed during a huge drug investigation. With Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes. Strong language throughout, sex, bloody violence and

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Packshot for the film The Woman In The Fifth
15 Certificate
82 Mins

A troubled author (Ethan Hawke) has an affair with a sinister woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) in Paris. Some strong language, and one scene of violence.

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Did you know?

  • In 1994, Ethan Hawke directed the music video for Lisa Loeb's track Stay (I Missed You).
  • When he was born, his parents were teenage students at the University of Texas. They divorced when he was three years old.
  • He founded a nonprofit theatre company called Malaparte.
  • He published his first book, The Hottest State, in 1996.
  • He is related to Tennessee Williams on his father's side of the family.


  • 2 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2004 Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Before Sunset
    • 2001 Actor in a Supporting Role - Training Day