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.