Ethan Hawke FanPage
Ethan's Life
Occupation ----> Author, Director, Actor
Came into this world ----> November 6, 1970
Where again? ----> Austin, TX, USA
Zodiac speak ----> Scorpio

Education ----> Hun School of Princeton (source: Anoop), Carnegie-Mellon and New York University

The One ----> Uma Thurman (actress)
Miracle ----> Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke (born July 8, 1998)
--> Born to teenage parents who seperated when Ethan was still very young
--> Travelled the country for seven years with his free-spirited mom

**She later remarried and the family settled down in Princeton Junction, New Jersey**

--> Made his debut onscreen at the age of 14, as the star of a little-seen sci-fi flick called Explorers, a film that marked the debut of
another young actor, River Phoenix

**Hawke and Phoenix became and remained friends until Phoenix's death, in 1993**
--> Career didn't take off immediately, Ethan attended high school and acted in school plays for the next 4 years
--> Went on to study acting at Carnegie-Mellon

**Ethan was kicked out on the first day of class of college**

--> In 1988, he was offered a role in Dead Poet's Society, directed by Peter Weir

**Ethan didn't need much to be convinced to leave school**
--> First big role as the "oh, captain, my captain" kid in Dead Poets Society defined him as a shy, intelligent, sensitive young man

--> Role in the quintessential twentysomething angst movie, Reality Bites

**Led many to believe he was a whiny, goatee-wearing, pop culture-reference spouting, grunge-looking slacker**

--> The real Ethan Hawke lies somewhere in the middle: he is no more likely to spout off Whitman than he is to say "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs"
--> Dead Poets Society was a success

**This time, Ethan's career did not subside**

--> Went on to make several critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful films
--> He was well-regarded throughout the industry for his acting abilities

**It wasn't until he asked Julia Roberts to dance one night in 1994 that he found himself a true member of Hollywood**

--> The news of Ethan's dance with Julia (who was then married to singer Lyle Lovett), spread like wildfire

**For the first time, Hawke found himself in the upper stratosphere of Hollywood society**

--> For someone who placed so much pride in the quality of his acting, it was an uncomfortable place to be
--> Ethan has been criticized by some in the acting community who see his intellectualism as an act
--> His Reality Bites co-star Winona Ryder said:

**"I know a lot of young actors who live in these dumps. They have their books scattered, and their mattress on the floor and they're millionaires. That's fine. That's their way of living. But the reason they're doing it is they're ashamed. You just want to say, 'Don't live this way to show people that you're real and you're deep'"**
--> Ethan is not content with just acting
** He models himself after something of a Renaissance Man, not unlike his idol Sam Shepard.**
--> Co-founded [with Robert Sean Leonard and Frank Whaley] and artisticly directs Malaparte, a New York City theatre company.
--> Also directed the music video of "Stay" (from the soundtrack of Reality Bites) for his friend Lisa Loeb

**Still regrets that he never completed his undergraduate degree.**

--> Ethan has twice attended New York University's English course, but filming has kept him from finishing studies.
--> Has made peace with this fact by educating himself; he is an avid reader and writer.
--> Never been one to accept a film based on its commercial impact, he has made several small but smart films
~ Richard Linklater's talkfest, Before Sunrise
~ Rugby players-eat-their-dead drama Alive (he had to lose 30 pounds for this)
~ More recently starred opposite real-life lady love Uma Thurman in Gattaca (the pair married in May 1998 and received daughter, Maya Ray, in July)
~ Opposite a radiant Gwyneth Paltrow in a modernized version of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations
        ~ Worked with director Linklater for the 1998 Western The Newton Boys, which had him robbing banks with fellow actors Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio
       ~ 1999, co-starred alongside Val Kilmer in the deeply affecting drama Joe the King (Malaparte co-founder Frank Whaley's debut feature as director and writer)
    ~ Headlined Scott Hicks' eagerly anticipated adaptation of David Guterson's best-selling mystery-romance-courtroom drama novel Snow Falling on Cedars
Go to the Upcoming Ethan Section for current news on Ethan Hawke
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Go to Ethan's Movies for a filmography.
--> Ethan (after claiming he was not a millionaire) commented on living the way he did simply because he always wanted to live in the Big Apple: New York City - In the kind of apartment Henry Miller would live in
--> He says he gets a kick out of Winona, which speaks volumes about how he deals with criticism
--> In 1994, headlines appeared when Ethan signed a $400,000 deal with Little, Brown, and Co. for writing the novel, The Hottest State. The novel was released in 1996

** Summary: the premise is more than a bit autobiographical: a 21-year-old protagonist lives in New York and is trying to figure out love.**