Ethan Hawke

Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an American actor, writer and director. He made his feature film debut in 1985 with the science fiction movie Explorers, before making a supporting appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society which is considered his breakthrough role. He then appeared in such films as White Fang (1991), A Midnight Clear (1992), and Alive (1993) before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites, for which he gained critical acclaim. In 1995, he starred in the romantic drama Before Sunrise, and later in its sequel Before Sunset (2004). In 2001, Hawke was cast as a rookie police officer in Training Day, for which he received a Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. Other films have included the science fiction feature Gattaca (1997), the title role in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000), the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), and the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). Hawke has appeared in many theater productions including The Seagull, Henry IV, Hurlyburly, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter's Tale and The Coast of Utopia, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination. He made his directorial debut with the 2002 independent feature Chelsea Walls. In November 2007 Hawke directed his first play, Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want. Aside from acting, he has written two novels, The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002). Between 1998 and 2004, ...

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Before Midnight (2013)

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It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. Now, live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Julie Delpy  •  Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick  •  Jennifer Prior

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. Now, live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Julie Delpy  •  Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick  •  Jennifer Prior

Dead Poets Society (1989)

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At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Gale Hansen

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Gale Hansen

Before Sunrise (1995)

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On his way to Vienna, American Jesse meets Céline, a student returning to Paris. After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. Since his flight to the U.S. departs the next ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Julie Delpy  •  Andrea Eckert  •  Hanno Pöschl

On his way to Vienna, American Jesse meets Céline, a student returning to Paris. After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. Since his flight to the U.S. departs the next ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Julie Delpy  •  Andrea Eckert  •  Hanno Pöschl

Waking Life (2001)

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Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Wiley Wiggins  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Trevor Jack Brooks  •  Julie Delpy

Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Wiley Wiggins  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Trevor Jack Brooks  •  Julie Delpy

Gattaca (1997)

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In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Jude Law  •  Gore Vidal  •  Uma Thurman

In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Jude Law  •  Gore Vidal  •  Uma Thurman

Training Day (2001)

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On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Scott Glenn  •  Tom Berenger

On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Scott Glenn  •  Tom Berenger

A Midnight Clear (1992)

Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend Christmas together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keith Gordon
CAST:  Peter Berg  •  Kevin Dillon  •  Arye Gross  •  Ethan Hawke

Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend Christmas together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keith Gordon
CAST:  Peter Berg  •  Kevin Dillon  •  Arye Gross  •  Ethan Hawke

Alive (1993)

The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Marshall
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent Spano  •  Bruce Ramsay  •  David Kriegel

The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Marshall
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent Spano  •  Bruce Ramsay  •  David Kriegel

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-François Richet
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Laurence Fishburne  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Maria Bello

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-François Richet
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Laurence Fishburne  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Maria Bello

Before Sunset (2004)

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Nine years later, Jesse travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine. After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Julie Delpy  •  Vernon Dobtcheff  •  Louise Lemoine Torrès

Nine years later, Jesse travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine. After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Julie Delpy  •  Vernon Dobtcheff  •  Louise Lemoine Torrès

Hamlet (2000)

Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Diane Venora  •  Sam Shepard

Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Diane Venora  •  Sam Shepard

Lord of War (2005)

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Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most notorious dictators. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Bridget Moynahan  •  Jared Leto  •  Ethan Hawke

Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most notorious dictators. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Bridget Moynahan  •  Jared Leto  •  Ethan Hawke

One Last Thing... (2005)

Sixteen-year-old Dylan is dying of cancer. When a charitable organization offers to grant Dylan his final wish, the teen has a surprising request: to meet supermodel Nikki Sinclair. Much to his mother's dismay, Dylan, with the help of his best friends, goes to New ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Steyermark
CAST:  Michael Angarano  •  Cynthia Nixon  •  Sunny Mabrey  •  Matt Bush

Sixteen-year-old Dylan is dying of cancer. When a charitable organization offers to grant Dylan his final wish, the teen has a surprising request: to meet supermodel Nikki Sinclair. Much to his mother's dismay, Dylan, with the help of his best friends, goes to New ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Steyermark
CAST:  Michael Angarano  •  Cynthia Nixon  •  Sunny Mabrey  •  Matt Bush

Quiz Show (1994)

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Lawyer Richard Goodwin discovers that 'Twenty-One', a successful TV quiz show, is rigged and decides to expose the team behind the show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  John Turturro  •  Rob Morrow  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Paul Scofield

Lawyer Richard Goodwin discovers that 'Twenty-One', a successful TV quiz show, is rigged and decides to expose the team behind the show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  John Turturro  •  Rob Morrow  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Paul Scofield

Reality Bites (1994)

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A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  Steve Zahn

A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  Steve Zahn

Taking Lives (2004)

Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is a museum employee ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. J. Caruso
CAST:  Angelina Jolie  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Gena Rowlands

Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is a museum employee ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. J. Caruso
CAST:  Angelina Jolie  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Gena Rowlands

24 Hours to Live (2017)

An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Smrz
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Xu Qing  •  Paul Anderson  •  Rutger Hauer

An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Smrz
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Xu Qing  •  Paul Anderson  •  Rutger Hauer

The Newton Boys (1998)

Four Newton brothers are a poor farmer family in the 1920s. The oldest of them, Willis, one day realizes that there's no future in the fields and offers his brothers to become a bank robbers. Soon the family agrees. They become very famous robbers, and five years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Skeet Ulrich  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent D'Onofrio

Four Newton brothers are a poor farmer family in the 1920s. The oldest of them, Willis, one day realizes that there's no future in the fields and offers his brothers to become a bank robbers. Soon the family agrees. They become very famous robbers, and five years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Skeet Ulrich  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent D'Onofrio

Tape (2001)

Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard

Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard

White Fang (1991)

Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Klaus Maria Brandauer  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Susan Hogan

Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Klaus Maria Brandauer  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Susan Hogan
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