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"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," is a phrase a young ETHAN HAWKE took to heart while filming "Dead Poets Society," the Academy Award-winning drama that launched his career as an actor. Thirty years and several Tony Award and Oscar nominations later, he has emerged a multifaceted artist, challenging himself as a novelist, screenwriter, and director.

Hawke co-wrote and directed "Blaze," a drama about the life of country western musician Blaze Foley. The film is based on the memoir Living in the Woods in a Tree by Foley's life-long love Sybil Rosen, who served as co-writer with Hawke. "Blaze" is produced by Hawke and his wife Ryan for their Under The Influence banner, and reunited Hawke with "Born to be Blue" producer Jake Seal, and long-time collaborator John Sloss ("Boyhood") from Cinetic Media. In addition to "Blaze," Hawke also starred in Paul Schrader's thriller "First Reformed," in which he plays the lead opposite Amanda Seyfried.

Hawke also starred in "Maudie" opposite Sally Hawkins, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on June 16, 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics. Based on a true story, the film is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maud to be his housekeeper. "Maudie" charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Recently, Hawke starred alongside Rose Byrne and Chris O'Dowd in the Judd Apatow produced romantic comedy "Juliet, Naked" based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Previously, Hawke starred in Mark Gao, Basil Iwanyk and Gregory Ouanhon's thriller "24 Hours to Live" directed by Brian Smrz. Soon, Hawke can be seen in Robert Budreau's "Stockholm" opposite Noomi Rapace. The film is based on the true story of the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm.

In 2016 alone, Hawke starred in five films, most notably of which was Robert Budreau's "Born to Be Blue," for which he received rave reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival for his depiction of legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. IFC released the film on March 25, 2016. Hawke's film "Maggie's Plan," a comedy in which he stars opposite Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore, also premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, and was released by Sony Pictures Classics on May 20, 2016. Hawke also starred in "The Magnificent Seven," directed by Antoine Fuqua. The MGM remake of the iconic film also stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Peter Sarsgaard. The film made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival as the opening night film, and Sony released the film on September 23, 2016. Additionally, he was also seen in Noah Buschel's "The Phenom," which was released in June 2016, and Ti West's "In a Valley of Violence" which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, and opened nationwide on October 21, 2016.

Furthermore, 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.

Hawke 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. IFC released the film on March 13, 2015.

Hawke has collaborated with filmmaker Richard 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 on July 11, 2014. Hawke starred alongside Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in the critically acclaimed 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.

Marking another one of their celebrated projects, Hawke starred opposite Julie Delpy in the critically acclaimed film "Before Sunrise" and its two sequels "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight." The trio cowrote the screenplays for "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" and received Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations for both scripts. Hawke, Linklater and Delpy were honored with the Louis XIII Genius Award for achievement in cinematic works for the "Before" films at the BFCA Critics Choice Awards.

Tapping into the pop culture zeitgeist with Ben Stiller's 1994 comedy "Reality Bites," Hawke has starred in over fifty films, including; "Good Kill;" "Predestination;" "The Purge;" "Explorers;" "White Fang;" "Gattaca;" "Great Expectations;" "Hamlet;" "What Doesn't Kill You;" "Brooklyn's Finest;" "Sinister;" and "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead." Hawke received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award 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." The film tells five stories set in a single day at the Chelsea Hotel and stars Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson, and Steve Zahn. 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.

In late 2015, Hawke released his first children's book "Rules for a Knight" through Knopf, which features illustrations by his wife, Ryan Hawke. "Rules for a Knight," a 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 remained open for more than five years giving young artists a home to develop their craft. 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," which garnered Hawke 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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