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Ethan Hawke

Highest Rated:   100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015)
Lowest Rated:   2% Getaway (2013)
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Birthplace:   Austin, Texas, USA
Bearing the kind of sensitive-man good looks that have led many to think he would be perfect for a career as a tortured, latte-chugging intellectual, Ethan Hawke instead emerged in the 1990s as both a talented actor and a thinking girls' poster boy. In addition to acting, Hawke penned two novels -- The Hottest State, which is rumored to be based on a former relationship he had with singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, and the best-selling Ash Wednesday. Born November 6, 1970, in Austin, TX, to teenage parents who separated when he was a toddler, Hawke was raised by his mother. The two led an itinerant existence until she married again, and the family settled in Princeton Junction, NJ. There Hawke began to study acting at Princeton's McCarter Theatre, and at the age of 14, he made his film debut in Explorers (1985). A sci-fi fantasy flick that starred the actor alongside River Phoenix, it didn't make much of an impact upon its theatrical release, but thanks to the presence of both Hawke and Phoenix, it went on to a second life on cable.Following his debut, Hawke stopped acting professionally to attend Carnegie Mellon University. His college career didn't last long, however; while still a student, Hawke was chosen to play one of the young protagonists of Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society. The 1989 film, which marked the beginning of Robin Williams' turn toward more dramatic roles, was a success, and Hawke, in his role as the shy, cringing Todd Anderson, made prep school angst look so photogenic that he soon had something of a teenage following. After starring as Ted Danson's son in Dad the same year, Hawke went on to make a string of movies that allowed him to demonstrate his talent but never quite propelled him further into the realm of stardom. White Fang (1991) provided him with a go at adventure by casting him as a young gold miner who forms a bond with the titular canine, while Waterland (1992) had Hawke plumbing the depths of mild delinquency as the troublesome student of an emotionally estranged Jeremy Irons. Unfortunately, almost nobody saw Waterland, and the same could be said of Hawke's other film that year, the WWII drama A Midnight Clear. Lack of an audience obscured the actor's strong performances in both films, and it was not until 1994 that he began to gain recognition for something besides Dead Poets Society. In that year, Hawke created something of a reputation for himself, both on- and offscreen. Offscreen, he became tabloid fodder when he was caught dancing with a then-married Julia Roberts and thus gained a certain -- if fleeting -- kind of notoriety. On screen, the actor starred in Ben Stiller's Reality Bites, portraying the kind of goateed, ennui-mired, more-sensitive-than-thou slacker that helped get him labeled as such in real life. Matters weren't helped when, that same year, the actor published The Hottest State, a meditation on love from the point-of-view of an angst-ridden twentysomething that was scorned by many critics as pretentious posturing.After starring as another sensitive student of life in Richard Linklater's romantic talkathon Before Sunrise (1995), Hawke went back to his sci-fi roots with Gattaca (1997), a near-future parable about the dangers of genetic engineering. Although the film was a relative disappointment, it did present Hawke with an introduction to co-star Uma Thurman, whom he married in 1998 and had a daughter with later that same year. Also in 1998, the actor starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations; despite mixed reviews, the film heightened Hawke's profile while further establishing him as one of the leading interpreters of sensitive-boy artistic angst. After a starring turn as one of the titular Newton Boys alongside Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio in Richard Linklater's neglected 1998 Western, Hawke took on an entirely different role in 1999. Starring in Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars, he portrayed a journ

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Jolly the Pimp
2017
89% Maudie
  • Everett Lewis
$3.6M 2017
76% In a Valley of Violence
  • Paul
$50.9k 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven
  • Goodnight Robicheaux
$93.4M 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny
  • Actor
2016
78% The Phenom
  • Hopper Sr.
2016
85% Maggie's Plan
  • John
$3.4M 2016
89% Born To Be Blue
  • Chet Baker
$0.9M 2016
15% Regression
  • Bruce Kenner
2016
13% Sinister 2
  • Ellison Oswalt
2015
55% Ten Thousand Saints
  • Les
2015
75% Good Kill
  • Thomas Egan
2015
100% Seymour: An Introduction
  • Director
$0.8M 2015
31% Cymbeline
  • Iachimo
2015
84% Predestination
  • The Bartender
$0.3M 2015
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater
  • Actor
2014
98% Boyhood
  • Dad
$18.9M 2014
2% Getaway
  • Brent Magna
$10.5M 2013
38% The Purge
  • James Sandin
$64.5M 2013
98% Before Midnight
  • Jesse
$8.2M 2013
No Score Yet Welcome Nowhere
  • Actor
2013
98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
  • Pat
2012
63% Sinister
  • Ellison Oswalt
$48.1M 2012
63% The Woman in the Fifth
  • Tom
$0.2M 2012
No Score Yet George Bellows
  • Narrator
2012
43% Brooklyn's Finest
  • Sal
$26.8M 2010
67% Daybreakers
  • Edward Dalton
$30.1M 2010
25% Staten Island (Little New York)
  • Sully Halverson
2009
70% Chelsea on the Rocks
  • Actor
2009
36% New York, I Love You
  • Writer (Yvan Attal segment)
$1.6M 2009
64% What Doesn't Kill You
  • Paulie
2008
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Hank
$7M 2007
32% The Hottest State
  • Director
  • Vince
  • Screenwriter
2007
No Score Yet Tonight at Noon
  • Actor
2007
50% Fast Food Nation
  • Pete
$1M 2006
11% One Last Thing
  • Dylan's Father (uncredited)
2006
61% Lord of War
  • Jack Valentine
$24.1M 2005
60% Assault on Precinct 13
  • Jake Roenick
$20M 2005
95% Before Sunset
  • Screenwriter
  • Jesse
$5.7M 2004
22% Taking Lives
  • Costa
$32.7M 2004
40% The Jimmy Show
  • Ray
2001
78% Tape
  • Vin
2001
72% Training Day
  • Jake
2001
26% Chelsea Walls
  • Director
2001
80% Waking Life
  • Jesse
$2.1M 2001
56% Hamlet
  • Hamlet
2000
40% Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Ishmael Chambers
1999
67% Joe the King
  • Len
1999
22% The Velocity of Gary
  • Actor
1999
62% The Newton Boys
  • Jess Newton
1998
38% Great Expectations
  • Finnegan Bell
1998
82% Gattaca
  • Vincent/Jerome
1997
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
1997
33% Search and Destroy
  • Roger
$0.4M 1995
100% Before Sunrise
  • Jesse
1995
96% Quiz Show
  • Student in Classroom (uncredited)
1994
71% White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf
  • Jack (uncredited)
1994
67% Floundering
  • Jimmy
1994
65% Reality Bites
  • Troy Dyer
1993
67% Rich in Love
  • Frobiness
1993
70% Alive
  • Nando
1993
58% Waterland
  • Matthew Price
1992
87% A Midnight Clear
  • Will Knott
1992
25% Mystery Date
  • Tom McHugh
1991
63% White Fang
  • Jack
1991
56% Dad
  • Billy Tremont
1989
85% Dead Poets Society
  • Todd Anderson
1989
No Score Yet Lion's Den
  • Actor
1988
77% Explorers
  • Ben Crandall
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2015
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Jim Lennox
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor

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