"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
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,
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
Hawke also starred in "Maudie" opposite Sally Hawkins, which premiered at the
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
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
Spirit Award, Critics' Choice Film Award, and Gotham Independent Spirit Award
nominations for Best
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
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
Award Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Antoine Fuqua's "Training
Day," opposite Denzel
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
Hawke resides in New York and is married with four children.
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