Actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. In 1989, Hawke had his breakthrough performance in the role of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society. His star continued to rise with the...More
Actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. In 1989, Hawke had his breakthrough performance in the role of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society. His star continued to rise with the release of slacker comedy Reality Bites (1994), Before Sunrise (1995), Gattaca (1997), and Great Expectations (1998). Hawke accrued critical accolades thanks to his work in Waking Life (2001) and Training Day (2001). Along with co-writers Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Before Sunset (2004), the sequel to Before Sunrise. The third film in The Before Trilogy, Before Midnight (2013), garnered the trio another Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Another collaboration with Linklater, 2014's Boyhood, was nominated for five Golden Globes (winning three), five BAFTA awards (winning one), and six Academy Awards (winning one).
In addition to his film career, Hawke has also enjoyed a robust stage career, with acclaimed roles in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, Sam Shepard's Buried Child, and Shakespeare's Henry IV. His work as Mikhail Bakunin in Tom Stoppard's play The Coast of Utopia netted Hawke his first Tony Award. Hawke has directed three feature films (Chelsea Walls, The Hottest State, Blaze), three Off-Broadway plays (A Lie of the Mind, Clive, Things We Want), and a documentary (Seymour: An Introduction). He is the author of three novels: The Hottest State, Ash Wednesday, and Rules for a Knight. In 2018, Hawke's Blaze, an autobiographical film about the life of country artist Blaze Foley, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Hawke directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Sybil Rosen.