About Ethan Green Hawke
He is an American actor, writer and film director. He made his feature film debut in 1985 with River Phoenix in the 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 received 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 in a supporting role in Training Day (2001), 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 numerous theater productions including The Seagull, Henry IV, Hurlyburly, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter's Tale and The Coast of Utopia, for which he received 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 Hawke was married to actress Uma Thurman.
Hawke was born in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (née Green) and James "Jim" Steven Hawke, a high-ranking executive at Conseco. His maternal grandfather, Howard Lemuel Green, had served five terms in the Texas Legislature and was a minor league baseball commissioner.Hawke's parents were students at the University of Texas at the time of his birth, and separated in 1974.
After the separation, Hawke was raised by his mother. The two relocated several times before settling in New York, where Hawke attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. Hawke's mother remarried when he was 10 and the family moved to New Jersey, where Hawke attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. He later transferred to the Hun School of Princeton, a secondary boarding school, from which he graduated in 1988.
In high school, Hawke aspired to be a writer, but developed an interest in acting. He made his stage debut at age 13, in a school production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, and appearances in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School productions of Meet Me in St. Louis and You Can't Take It with You followed. At Hun School he took acting classes at the McCarter Theatre on the Princeton campus, and after high school graduation he studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, eventually dropping out after he was cast in Dead Poets Society (1989). He twice enrolled in New York University's English program, but dropped out both times to pursue acting roles.
On May 1, 1998, Hawke married actress Uma Thurman, whom he met on the set of Gattaca (1997). The couple have two children, daughter Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke (born July 8, 1998) and son Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke (born January 15, 2002). The pair separated in 2003, amid allegations of infidelity on Hawke's part, and filed for divorce the following year. Hawke married for a second time in June 2008, wedding Ryan Shawhughes, the former nanny to his and Thurman's children.The wedding came a few weeks before the birth of Hawke and Shawhughes's daughter, Clementine Jane Hawke, on July 18, 2008.
Hawke lives in Chelsea, a Manhattan neighborhood in New York City, and owns a small island in Tracadie, Nova Scotia. Hawke is a relative of Tennessee Williams on his father's side: Cornelius Williams, father of Tennessee Williams, was Hawke's great-great-uncle. He supports the United States Democratic Party and supported Bill Bradley, John Kerry and Barack Obama for President of the United States in 2000, 2004 and 2008, respectively. Hawke is also a co-founder and sponsor of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, an annual prize of $10,000 for achievements in fiction writing by authors under age 35.
* Hawke, Ethan (1996). The Hottest State (1st ed.). Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0316540834.
* Hawke, Ethan (2002). Ash Wednesday (1st ed.). Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0375413261.