Ethan Hawke started out as a leading man for the slacker generation, mixing scruffy whiskers and leather jackets with a certain melancholy dignity. In the mid-1990s he starred opposite a bevy of up-and-coming actresses: with Winona Ryder in the slacker landmark Reality Bites (1994), with French star Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater's romance Before Sunrise (1995), with Uma Thurman in the futuristic DNA drama Gattaca (1997), and with Gwyneth Paltrow in a modern-era Great Expectations (1998). Hawke has since appeared in other Linklater movies, including The Newton Boys (1998), Waking Life (2001) and Before Sunset (2004). His other films include Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), Training Day (2001, with Denzel Washington), Lord of War (1995, starring Nicolas Cage) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (2014).
Hawke published his first novel, The Hottest State, in 1996… He is co-founder of the New York City theater company Malparte… He was married to Uma Thurman from 1998 to 2004.