Ethan Hawke was born in Austin, Texas. In 2001, Hawke was cast in a supporting role in Training Day, for which he received a Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. Other films have included the science fiction feature Gattaca, the title role in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13, and the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. In 2013, Hawke starred in the film Getaway alongside Selena Gomez. More recently, Hawke has starred in the upcoming American sports drama film called The Phenom as Hopper Sr.
Hawke has also appeared in numerous theater productions including The Seagull, Henry IV, Hurlyburly, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter's Tale and The Coast of Utopia, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He made his directorial debut with the 2002 independent feature Chelsea Walls. In November 2007, Hawke directed his first play, Jonathan Marc Sherman's "Things We Want". Aside from acting, he has written two novels, The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002).