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?

27 thoughts on “The Many Faces of… Ethan Hawke

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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.

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

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