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Ethan Hawke
Forecourt Ceremony held on Thursday, January 8, 2015
 
Born: November 6, 1970, in Austin, Texas
Age at the time of the ceremony: 40
 
Ethan Hawke is a well-known star of both Hollywood films and the Independent sector. Collaborating with directors Richard Linklater and Antoine Fuqua frequently, Hawke has co-written film scripts and has written several novels, and he has directed a few films as well. Oh, and acts in Shakespeare.

Hawke's folks were high school sweethearts and married while they were both students at the University of Texas at Austin. They divorced when Ethan was four years old; Ethan grew up with his mother Leslie, who eventually settled in New York City.

Remarrying when he was ten, the new family moved to West Windsor Township, New Jersey. Ethan got interested in acting in middle school, performing in Shaw's Saint Joan, as well as Meet Me in St. Louis and You Can't Take It with You. He got his mother's permission to audition for director Joe Dante for his film Explorers (released in July 1985) with River Phoenix.

He attended a boarding school, the Hun School of Princeton, in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1988. Hawke began attending Carnagie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, but dropped out when he was cast in Dead Poets Society (released in June 1989) with Robin Williams. Hawke never went back to school.

Instead, he indulged in his literary tastes. First, for director Randall Kleiser, he starred for the first time in an adaptation of Jack London's White Fang (released in January 1991) with Klaus Maria Brandauer. Hawke would spend several Christmas / New Year's holidays appearing in plays on Broadway. His debut was as Konstantin Treplev in The Seagull with Tyne Daly and Laura Linney for 49 perfs from November 1992 to January 1993.

For director Ben Stiller, Hawke starred in Reality Bites (released in February 1994) with Wynona Ryder, then made his first film with director Richard Linklater: Before Sunrise (released in January 1995) with Julie Delpy.

Hawke starred in the science fiction picture Gattaca (released in October 1997) with Uma Thurman (whom he would wed in May 1998. They would divorce in 2005). Hawke played the lead, now named Finnegan Bell, for Alfonso Cuarón in his modern-day retelling of Great Expectations (released in January 1998) with Gwyneth Paltrow. The ornate film bombed.

His performance in the film adaptation of the best-selling Snow Falling on Cedars (released in December 1999) with James Cromwell, was blasted, and the film didn't do well. So why not climb acting's Mt. Everest? He played the title role in a contemporary telling of Hamlet (released in June 2000) with Kyle MacLachlan.

Meanwhile, Hawke directed his first film of Nicole Burdette's play Chelsea Walls (released in May 2001) with Paz de la Huerta.

Playing a rookie cop in director Antoine Fuqua's Training Day (which played the Chinese in October 2001) with Denzel Washington, earned Hawke a lot of attention. He claims that it was his best experience in a Hollywood movie. Going to Broadway once more, he played Hotspur in Henry IV with Richard Easton in the title role for 58 perfs from November 2003 to January 2004.

For director Richard Linklater, Hawke starred in Before Sunset (released in July 2004) with Julie Delpy, which makes this a sequel to Before Sunrise. He then starred in a remake of Assault on Precinct 13 (released in January 2005) with Laurence Fishburne.

After doing a small role in Linklater's Fast Food Nation (released in May 2006) with Greg Kinnear, Hawke wrote and directed his adaptation of his own novel The Hottest State (released in September 2006) with Mark Webber, then joined the cast of director Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (released in October 2007) with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

For television, Hawke starred as Starbuck in Moby Dick with William Hurt as Captain Ahab, aired in August 2011, then did his first horror movie, Sinister (which played the Chinese in October 2012) with Juliet Rylance. Back on Broadway, Hawke played the title role in Macbeth for 60 perfs from November 2013 to January 2014.

Finally, after 12 years of shooting, Hawke appeared as the father of Mason in Linklater's masterpiece, Boyhood (released in August 2014) with Ellar Coltrane. Back with Antoine Fuqua, Hawke joined the cast of The Magnificent Seven (which played the Chinese in September 2016) with Denzel Washington.

For director Luc Besson, Hawke did a cameo in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (which had its world premiere at the Chinese on Monday, July 17, 2017) with Dane DeHaan, and for director Jesse Peretz, he starred in the rom-com Juliet, Naked (released in August 2018) with Rose Byrne.

Hawke keeps busy: he co-wrote and directed a biopic of musician Blaze Foley called Blaze (released in August 2018) with Ben Dickey, and starred in the crime thriller Stockholm (released in December 2018) with Noomi Rapace.

On Broadway, Hawke starred with Paul Dano in a revival of Sam Shepard's play True West for 61 perfs from January to March 2019, and played Pat Garrett in The Kid (released in March 2019) with Chris Pratt.
 
 
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TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Ethan Hawke Forecourt ceremony, Thursday, January 8, 2015. A dapper Ethan Hawke gives us a look after the deed is done.
 
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