Ethan Hawke is an American actor. His film debut, alongside River Phoenix, came at age 14 in the little-seen science fiction movie “Explorers”. After high school, Hawke enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University to study acting, only to drop out after landing the part of Todd Anderson in “Dead Poets Society”. He went on to star in the films “Dad”, “White Fang”, “Waterland” and “A Midnight Clear”. He co-starred with Uma Thurman, whom he would marry in 1998, in the eugenics science fiction movie “Gattaca”. In 2001 Hawke received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Training Day”.
Hawke has also spent time behind the camera. He directed Josh Hamilton in the short film “Straight to One”. Hawke also directed the music video “Stay” for long time friend and former neighbor Lisa Loeb. In 2001, Ethan made his feature film directorial debut with his drama “Chelsea Walls”.
In the fall of 1996, Little Brown published Hawke’s first novel, “The Hottest State”. His second novel “Ash Wednesday” was published by Knopf in 2002.