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The Many Faces of… Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas. He moved a lot together with his mother and ended up in New York. He attended several schools and aspired to be a writer when he was in high school. He also started acting and did his first play when he was 13. He decided to follow acting classes and eventually studied actign at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg.

He dropped out when he got a role in 1989 in Dead Poets Society. His first movie was Explorers in 1985 (which also starred River Phoenix). Dead Poets Society however meant his breakthrough. He had the leading role in White Fang and also acted in A Midnight Clear and Alive. He has since starred in many films including Reality Bites, Before Sunrise, Gattaca, Waking Life, Training Day, Before Sunset and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

Overview of the roles of actor Ethan Hawke career movies

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My favorite role of his is the one in Before Sunrise/Before Sunset and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the third installment, which has been filmed already. Other movies of him I also like are Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead and Training Day.

What’s your favorite Ethan Hawke role?

Category: Movies
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    Not really been a fan of Mr Hawke, i do however think he is good in what I have seen him in

    October 5, 2012 at 9:45 am
    • Nostra says:

      Well, it’s impossible to be a fan of everyone, but good to hear that you do think he’s fine in the movies he is in.

      October 5, 2012 at 10:38 am
  • Erik says:

    Definitely Before Sunrise & Sunset. I also loved Reality Bites and Gattaca.

    October 5, 2012 at 9:46 am
    • Nostra says:

      Haven’t seen those last two movies, but I guess I should…

      October 5, 2012 at 10:38 am
  • keith7198 says:

    Hard to say my favorite role of his. Of course his two “Before” films with Linklater. I also loved him in Alive and Traing Day.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I was expecting those two to be named by a lot of people. He was great in Alive and Training Day as well!

      October 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm
  • Jaina says:

    I am definitely what you would call a fan, thought not seen too many of his films. My favourite roles of his are probably from Gattaca and Before Sunrise/Sunset. Sometimes I wish he’d do more films!

    October 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Nice to hear that, so you’ve enjoyed this post a bit more than normal ;)

      Well, you have not seen all his movies yet, so you have a chance to see stuff of his you haven’t yet.

      October 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm
  • Courtney Young says:

    He was so sweet in Dead Poet’s Society. And I completely forgot he was in White Fang! Talk about nostalgia..

    October 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I will have to admit that I have seen neither of those movies, guess I should hang my head in shame ;)

      October 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm
  • Eric says:

    My favorite Hawke performances were in Before Sunrise/Sunset, though Training Day is certainly up there, too. Love the pic you chose for that movie, BTW. :)

    October 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Everyone pretty much agrees when it comes to the favorites it seems.

      October 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm
  • Inspired Ground (@InspiredGround) says:

    He was so adorable in Dead Poets Society. And pretty memorable in Before Sunset/Sunrise. And surely, Reality Bites.

    October 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm
    • Nostra says:

      So I will have to check out Dead Poets Society and Reality Bites then :)

      October 8, 2012 at 8:44 am
  • fernandorafael says:

    Nice post. I love him in Before Sunrise.

    October 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Fernando

      October 8, 2012 at 8:44 am
  • ruth says:

    I haven’t seen many of his later films but I really like Hawke in Dead Poet’s Society and also Before Sunrise. I’m curious about ‘Training Day,’ still haven’t got around to seeing that one.

    October 8, 2012 at 12:13 am
    • Nostra says:

      Go check out Training Day if you can Ruth, it’s a great movie.

      October 8, 2012 at 8:45 am
  • wordschat says:

    I’ve liked in virtually every movie I’ve seen of his, even those that semi-suck like Sinister, the zombie movie and one where he plays a bad cop. He has an quiet intensity. There is much under hte surface. Even with bad wardrobe (sp) he looks great, even more so as he ages. A handsome character actor. Aside: Really back logged on blog reading, about 50 total. You do have other posts I want to read.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, I know that feeling of a backlog, each morning I’m shocked by the amount of new blog posts I want to check out, so take your time!

      October 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm
  • stacybuckeye says:

    I have a soft spot for Reality Bites (I’ve seen it too many times to count) but I also liked him in Before the Devil Knows Your Dead and the one with Angelina Jolie, Taking Lives. I’m a fan of his acting but not so much him as a person. His nanny? Really?

    October 22, 2012 at 5:29 am
    • Nostra says:

      Have not seen Reality Bites, but I guess I should. Haven’t read anything about him as a person, but you are saying he fell for his nanny?

      October 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm
      • stacybuckeye says:

        Divorced Uma, married his nanny and has 2 kids with her. I just think it’s creepy ;)

        October 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm
        • Nostra says:

          That is really messed up…

          October 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm
  • sara says:

    hi.love you as a human and actor

    August 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

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