An American actor, writer as well as director Ethan Hawke was born on 6th November, 1970 in Austin, Texas, United States. Ethan’s father James Hawke is an insurance actuary and his mother Leslie is a charity worker. His parents got separated in the year 1974. He was then raised by his mother. He attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. When he was at the age of 10, his mother remarried and then the family moved to West Windsor Township, New Jersey.
There, he joined West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. Later, he was transferred to the Hun School of Princeton, a secondary school from where he graduated in 1988. Hawke made his stage debut in a school production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. At that time, Hawke was at the age of 13. He also appeared in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School productions of Meet Me in St. Louis and You Can’t Take It with You followed. Later, he went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he studied acting.
Ethan Hawke made his film debut in the year 1985 in Joe Dante’s Explorers. He played the role of an alien-obsessed schoolboy along with River Phoenix. The film did not make much of an impact upon its theatrical release. Later, after four years, he played Todd in Dead Poets’ Society and then embarked on his off-Broadway debut: a New York Shakespeare Festival production of Casanova in 1991. He then made his appearances in films such as White Fang, A Midnight Clear and Alive.
He also appeared in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites for which he received the critical praise. Throughout the early 2000s, Ethan steered away from acting and took on his first directing role for ‘Chelsea Walls’ in 2002. Hawke returned to film in 2004 appearing in ‘Taking Lives’ and ‘Before Sunset’. He received his first screen writing Oscar nomination in 2005 for co-writing the 2004 film ‘Before Sunset’. He was cast in a supporting role in 2006 in Fast Food Nation.
His other filmography includes Dad, Mystery date, Waterland, Rich in Love, Alive, Floundering, Search and Destroy, The Newton Boys, The Velocity of Gary, Joe the King, Snow Falling on Cedars, Hamlet, Walking Life, Tape, Training Day, The Jimmy Show, Lord of War, What Doesn’t Kill You, New York, I Love You, Staten Island, Daybreakers, Moby Dick, The Woman in the Fifth, Sinister, The Purge, Boyhood, and many others.
Priot to that, Hawke has also written the novels. His first novel “The Hottest State” was published in 1996. Later, in 2002, his second book was published. To talk about his personal life, he has married twice. At first he got married with actress Uma Thurman 1st May, 1998. Ethan met Uma on the set of Gattaca in 1996. They have two children together. First child, daughter was born in 1998 whom they named 1998. Second child, son was born in 2002.
Hawke and Thurman got separated in the year 2003 and filed for divorce the next year. Later, the divorce was finalized in August 2005. In June 2008, Hawke married for second time. He married to Ryan Hawke who used to work as a nanny to his and Thurman’s children. The couple has two daughters together: Clementine was born in 2008 and Indiana was born in 2011. Currently, Hawke is residing in Boerum Hill, a Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City. He also owns a small island in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Apart from that, Hawke is a long-time supporter of the Deo Fund which helps the homeless people to obtain housing and employment. In addition, Ethan has served as a co-chair of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee. It is one of the New York’s major philanthropic boards. He has also co-founded the Young Lions Fiction Award in 2001 which is an annual prize for achievements in fiction writing by authors under age thirty five.
He was honored as a Library Lion by the New York Public Library in November, 2010. Besides, he is also an activist for gay right he and his wife released a video in March 2011 supporting same-sex marriage in New York.