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Born: November 6, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austin, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...


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"He's the only one of my young artist friends who says, 'You know, I want to start a theater company, direct a video and go to Paris and write a novel. I want to do Sam Shepard in Chicago,' and he does every one of those things."---"Great Expectations" co-star Gwyneth Paltrow on Hawke to Time Out New York, October 16-23, 1997.

"I came to the novel [Hawke's 'The Hottest State'] with one raised eyebrow and the feeling he had something to prove. But I thought it was poignant and raw and that it captured something about being in love for the first time in a very honest, very clever way."---Jordan Pavlin, Hawke's editor at Little, Brown, in Time Out New York, October 16-23, 1997.

"I think everybody imagines him as this serious, brooding character. But he's very outgoing. People have this idea that just because he's written a novel, et cetera, they think, Oh he's going to be serious. He's just a regular guy."---Andrew Niccol, writer-director of "Gattaca", in Detour, November 1997.

"The fact that I have money is a huge surprise. I was raised in a house where I was told, very often, that having money is just intrinsically wrong. It's very confusing to me."---Hawke to US, January 1998.

About his first encounter with wife Uma Thurman: "I actually almost met her for the first time years and years ago, when I first moved to New York and I saw her at a bank machine in the East Village. She was with some really scummy-looking guy and I was with a friend, so I talked really loud and tried to sound really smart. 'Dead Poets Society' had come out so I was hoping she might recognize me, but she didn't give a fuck."---Hawke to fellow central New Jerseyite Mim Udovitch in Details, January 1998.

"Success is designed to stunt your growth. You have to constantly try to keep in check why it is you're doing what you're doing and not just let inertia carry you forward."---Hawke, quoted in Premiere, March 1998.

"I learned to not take this business too seriously because 'Explorers' was suppose to be a huge hit but it wasn't. They spent a ton of money on it and Joe Dante directed it and he'd just done 'Gremlins'. I was a 13-year-old with stars in my eyes. I was really devastated."---Hawke quoted in Empire, April 1998.

"Celebrity has come in increments, which I feel has been very healthy. I've always believed the faster you go up, the faster you'll come down."---Hawke quoted in Biography Magazine, October 1999.

"I always do this thing where I take a year off and then I watch all these punk kids who took the parts I turned down go on and become big stars. It's so annoying. For instance, I was offered 'Arcadia' at Lincoln Center and I almost did it because it was such a great play, but I went, 'I don't want to do that.' So who ended up doing it? Some nobody. It was Billy Crudup. Now I think I should never have let him in the door."---Hawke jokingly to Cindy Pearlman in Chicago Sun-Times, January 3, 2000.

"Directors love this idea that everyone is dying to work with them. The truth is, I read the script [for 'Snow Falling on Cedars'] and, funny enough, I thought I'd been offered the movie and called my agent and said, 'I like it, I'll do it.' He said, 'You haven't been offered this,' and I was like 'What?! I'm perfect for this.'"---Hawke to Stephen Schaefer in Boston Herald, January 3, 2000.

"Movies today promote a large feeling of inadequacy. Everybody looks so amazing, the situations don't represent real life situations at all. The feelings are not reminiscent of real emotions. The answers are simplistic and do not represent any kind of truth. It's enjoyable to watch beautiful people make out. But it's like crack: you enjoy it while you do it and then you feel like crap afterward. This is after many uses of crack."---Hawke to The Daily Telegraph, February 11, 2000.

"I've led a spoiled life as an adult; I've been pretty self-centered. Before my book was published or a play or a movie opened, I'd get so nervous. But now my family is, by leaps and bounds, the most important thing to me, so that it makes the work that I do more fun. My whole ego isn't invested, and I no longer feel, Oh my God, if this play goes over badly, I'll die."---Ethan Hawke on how fatherhood has changed him to Us Weekly, October 29, 2002.

"When I first worked with Ethan, he was 24. I was looking forward to the older actor he was going to become. He's a man now and a great father. It's cool to see."---director Richard Linklater quoted in People, October 22, 2002.

"Ethan always risks perception; he doesn't care about other people's judgment."---friend and co-star Robert Sean Leonard quoted in "It's All on Tape" by Leslie (Hoban) Blake on, November 2, 2001.

"Am I a macho, egomaniac, self-indulgent bullshit actor? Am I a serious, introspective workaholic? Am I pretentious and only concerned with the work in my life? All these things are true."---Hawk quoted in 1992 Premiere October 2, 2002.

"It's been the saddest, most agonizing period of my life. In all likelihood, we'll probably get a divorce. I just turned 33, and I'm a wreck," he laments. "I feel like, so, if my forties are where people say it's really good, then I'm probably going to be suicidal."---Hawke on the demise of his five-year union to Uma Thurman, with whom he has two children, son Roan and daughter Maya Feb. 18, 2004

"If our problems were that simple, we'd still be together," Hawke tells Details defensively. "I have this burning desire to walk up to everybody on the street and say, 'Hey, by the way, that's not true.' But I've been feeling like Hester Prynne from 'The Scarlet Letter.'"---Hawke on tabloid reports blaming his breakup with Thurman on his alleged affair with Canadian "model" Jennifer Perzow Feb. 18, 2004

"He doesn't run from the moment," explains Leonard. "He bravely walks into it and expresses himself. And risks sounding pretentious or being rejected or whatever... he doesn't shy away from it."---Robert Sean Leonard to Premiere July/August 2004

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