Ethan Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. Born in Austin, Texas, in 1970, Hawke aspired from an early age to become a writer. He also developed an interest in acting, and began participating in school plays. Hawke got his break with a supporting role in the acclaimed...Read more 1989 drama "Dead Poets Society," which was only his second acting gig. Hawke continued to develop his acting chops, with leading roles in "Before Sunrise" (1995), and the science fiction cult film "Gattaca" (1997). Hawke acted alongside Denzel Washington in "Training Day" (2001). His performance earned him Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Hawke married "Gattaca" co-star Uma Thurman in 1998, though the couple filed for divorce in 2003. In 2004, Hawke and "Before Sunrise" co-star Julie Delpy starred in and co-wrote "Before Sunset," the next installment in the chance-encounter love story, which was nominated for an Oscar for best writing. Hawke is also a published author.