As one of the most acclaimed and popular actors in the world, Ethan Hawke is a man that literally needs no introduction. He is an American director, writer, producer and novelist. He has directed three off-broadway plays, three feature films and a documentary. He got his start in the industry when he was cast in the 1985 science fiction film, Explorers. The film also starred River Phoenix, Jason Presson and Amanda Peterson. While Explorers was a great start, his breakthrough came when he was cast in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society – which also starred Robin Williams in one of his most acclaimed roles.
He was later cast in the lead role in the 1994 American romantic, comedy-drama, Reality Bites. The movie also starred Winona Ryder and Steve Zahn and was written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller. In 1995, he appeared in Richard Linklater’s romantic drama – Before Sunrise. The movie was successful enough to spawn two equally successful sequels – Before Sunset and Before Midnight. The actor has also been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Ethan Hawke was also cast in Training Day and Boyhood – two movies that critics and audiences loved beyond expectations. This goes to show that Ethan Hawke has acquired great skill, over the years, in choosing roles that stand the test of time.
Ethan Hawke’s Biography
Ethan Green Hawke was born on the 6th of November, 1970 in Austin, Texas, His father, James was an insurance actuary while his mother, Leslie, was a charity worker. His parents were high school sweethearts who got married at a very young age – his mother was only seventeen at the time of her marriage and Ethan was born merely a year later.
At the time of his birth, his parents were students at the University Of Texas At Austin. Unfortunately, his parents got divorced when Ethan was only four, in 1974; after which, Ethan was primarily raised by his mother. The two moved around a bit before they settled in New York City where he attended the Packer Collegiate Institute, which is located in Brooklyn Heights. His mother, Leslie, soon remarried when he was ten years old and the family had to relocate to New Jersey where Ethan then attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School which was renamed in 1997 to West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. After which he transferred to the Hun School of Princeton, a boarding school he graduated from in 1988.
Acting and writing have always been two of Ethan’s greatest passions and from an early age, he made the decision to nurture his passions. He made his acting debut in a school stage performance of Saint Joan when he was just thirteen; he also appeared in other school plays like You Can’t Take It With You and St Louis.
When he transferred to The Hun School Of Princeton, he began taking acting classes at Princeton University’s McCarter Theatre. After high school, he got admission to the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University to study acting, however, he dropped out when he was cast in Dead Poets Society, the movie solidified his position as an A-Lister in Hollywood. He later enrolled twice in the English Program at New York University. However, he dropped out both times to pursue different acting roles.
Net Worth & Career
Ethan Hawke has a total net worth of $55 million. Considering his career diversity, versatility and longevity, it is easily understood why he is worth so much. Hawke has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA awards and Golden Globe Awards for his performances. With a résumé as impressive as his, one can see why the actor was able to land lead roles in Gattaca, Sinister, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, Assault On Precinct 13 and a modern adaptation of Hamlet.
The actor has appeared in several plays including Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull in 1992 (which was also his Broadway debut). He also appeared in Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia, a role that earned him a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He has also directed several plays including Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind.
When it comes to his sizeable net worth, he has steadily proven over the years that as an actor and director, he is worth every penny he has ever been paid.
Family: Wife, Kids, Brother
Ethan met his future wife and fellow A-Lister, Uma Thurman, on the set of their 1996 science fiction, Gattaca. The couple had two children together, a daughter named Maya who was born in 1998 and a son, Levon, who was born in 2002.
Ethan Hawke then joined the long line of celebrities who had an affair with the nannies – leading to his separation from Uma in 2003 and their ultimate divorce in 2005. He later married said nanny, Ryan Shawhughes, in 2008. Ethan and Ryan now have two daughters – Clementine Jane who was born in 2008 and Indiana who was born in 2011.
Speaking of family, the actor also has three brothers: Matthew Hawke, Samuel Hawke and Patrick powers who is an American soldier.