Ethan HawkeEthan Green Hawke is an American actor, writer and film director. Born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, Hawke moved to Princeton, New Jersey at an early age, where he took acting classes at the McCarter Theatre. He first appeared in various high school performances, e.g. in George Bernard Shawís Saint Joan.
At the age of fourteen he made his feature film debut in Explorers (1985). Afterwards Hawke studied acting at the British Theatre Association in England and at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has twice enrolled in New York University's English program and is one of the founding fathers and artistic director of Malaparte, a New York City theatre company.
In 1988, Hawke was offered a role in Peter Weirís Dead Poets Society and his part as Todd Anderson was his breakthrough. He left school and appeared in A Midnight Clear, Alive, Reality Bites, Before Sunrise, Gattaca, The Newton Boys, Great Expectations and in many other movies. In 2001 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Training Day.
Hawke has recently directed Chelsea Walls and has written two novels, The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002).