Attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in central New Jersey, but is not pictured in the yearbook (1984-1986).
Attended and graduated from the Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey (1988).
Published his first novel, "The Hottest State" (1996). The novel sold for $400,000 to Little, Brown and Company.
Was in a production of "Great Expectations" at West Windsor Plainsboro High School.
Was accepted by Carnegie-Mellon University, School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but dropped out after only 5 months.
Proposed to ex-wife Uma Thurman twice before she said yes.
Childhood friends with director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects (1995), X-Men (2000)).
His cat appeared in Lisa Loeb's music video "Stay (I Missed You)", which he directed.
Has appeared in two film adaptations of William Wharton novels: Dad (1989) and A Midnight Clear (1992).
He was the original choice to play FBI Agent Will Graham in Red Dragon (2002), but turned the role down to take time off from making movies.
His parents were University of Texas students when Ethan was born, and they separated when he was three.
Says that he is constantly mistaken for Mark McGrath from the band Sugar Ray so often that he signs autographs as "Mark McGrath" and, apparently, the same thing happens to Mark McGrath who, in turn, signs autographs as "Ethan Hawke" to fans.
Met and became friends with River Phoenix during the making of Explorers (1985).
When he was in the seventh grade, he played Lon in West Windsor-Plainsboro junior high school production of the play "Meet Me in St. Louis".
Remains close friends with Dead Poets Society (1989) co-stars, Robert Sean Leonard and Josh Charles. Because of that movie's theme - triumph of the human spirit - Hawke laughingly refers to it as "One Flew Over the Robin's Nest" (due in part to Robin Williams's starring role).
Attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York, for one year.
First cousin twice removed of Tennessee Williams. Hawke's great grandfather and Williams' father were brothers.
Close friends with actor/director Frank Whaley, whom he met while filming A Midnight Clear (1992).
On Father's Day 2004, he went to a New York Yankees game with his children.
Is a huge fan of the Star Wars movie series.
Co-founded the now-defunct theater company called "Malaparte" with Robert Sean Leonard, Frank Whaley and Steve Zahn.
Very good friends with Catalina Sandino Moreno and Julie Delpy.
Stepbrother Patrick Powers is a Green Beret who served a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, and is currently (late 2006/early 2007) serving a six-month tour in Iraq.
Turned down the role of Bobby Mercer in Four Brothers (2005). He loved the script but could not commit to this because of scheduling conflicts. The role eventually went to Mark Wahlberg.
His first acting role was at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, at age 12.
His mother is a strict vegetarian and animal rights activist.
Is a huge fan of the rock band Wilco.
Five Easy Pieces (1970), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Reds (1981) are among his favorite films.
To prepare for his role in the film version of Hamlet (2000), he spent the summer before filming attending three study sessions a week with a friend who had played the role on the stage.
Took a year off acting after Training Day (2001) to complete his novel "Ash Wednesday".
Twice during his 20s, he took a two-year leave of absence, once to attend NYU and study English (he dropped out when a role came up), and then to write a novel.
In Before Sunset (2004) (which he co-wrote with Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater), Hawke's character Jesse is in a failing marriage with a woman he married because she had become pregnant. Soon after the film's release, Hawke divorced his real-life wife Uma Thurman, whom he had married while she was pregnant with their first child.
He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas. [March 2004]
He was considered for the role of Gordie Lachance in Rob Reiner's Stand by Me (1986), which went to Wil Wheaton.
He was considered for the role of Sean Dignam in Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006), which went to Mark Wahlberg.
Former brother-in-law of Dechen Thurman, Ganden Thurman and Mipam Thurman.
Former son-in-law of Robert Thurman and Nena Thurman.
Son of Leslie Hawke and Jim Hawke - they divorced in 1974. Stepson of David Weiss. He has five stepsisters and one stepbrother.
Has English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry.
Became a father for the first time at age 27 when his wife Uma Thurman gave birth to their daughter Maya Ray Hawke, aka Maya Hawke, on July 8, 1998.
Became a father for the second time at age 31 when his wife Uma Thurman gave birth to their son Levon Green Hawke, aka Levon Thurman-Hawke, on January 15, 2002.
Became a father for the third time at age 37 when his wife Ryan Hawke gave birth to their daughter Clementine Jane Hawke on July 18, 2008.
Has appeared in two film adaptations of Shakespearean plays which were set in the present day: Hamlet (2000) and Cymbeline (2014).
He played Sam Shepard's son in both Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) and Hamlet (2000).
Has appeared in eight films directed by Richard Linklater: Before Sunrise (1995), The Newton Boys (1998), Waking Life (2001), Tape (2001), Before Sunset (2004), Fast Food Nation (2006), Before Midnight (2013) and Boyhood (2014).
Has appeared in three films that have been Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Dead Poets Society (1989), Quiz Show (1994), and Boyhood (2014).
He's from the same city as Steve Austin and Dabney Coleman.
Currently resides in New York City. [February 2012]