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  • Took a year off acting after Training Day (2001) to complete his novel Ash Wednesday.
  • To prepare for his role in the film version of Hamlet he spent the summer before filming attending three study sessions a week with a friend who had played the part on the stage.
  • Turned down the part of Bobby Mercer in Four Brothers (2005). He loved the script but could not commit to it because of scheduling conflicts. The part eventually went to Mark Wahlberg.
  • Childhood friend of director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects (1995), X-Men (2000)).
  • Is close friends with actor/director Frank Whaley, whom he met while filming A Midnight Clear (1992).
  • Twice during his 20s he took a two-year leave of absence, once to go to NYU and study English (he dropped out when a part came up), and then to write a novel.
  • Published his first novel, "The Hottest State," in 1996 (the novel sold for $400,000 to Little, Brown and Company).
  • Is a big fan of the Star Wars movie series
  • Remains close friends with Dead Poets Society (1989) co-stars, Robert Sean Leonard and Josh Charles.
  • Attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York for one year.
  • Is a big fan of the band Wilco.
  • Proposed to ex-wife Uma Thurman twice before she said yes.
  • Was accepted by Carnegie-Mellon University, School of Drama in Pittsburgh, PA, but dropped out after only 5 months.
  • Attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in central New Jersey, but is not pictured in the yearbook (1984-86).
  • Very good friends with Catalina Sandino Moreno.
  • Children with Uma Thurman: daughter Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke (born July 8, 1998) and son Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke (born January 15, 2002). (8 July 1998)
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • His first acting role was at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey at age 12.
  • First cousin twice removed of Tennessee Williams. Hawke's great grandfather and Williams' father were brothers.
  • Was in a production of "Great Expectations" at West Windsor Plainsboro High School.
  • His mother Leslie is a charity worker who lives in Romania.
  • His parents were University of Texas students when Ethan was born, and they separated when he was three.
  • Announced that he and his girlfriend Ryan Shawhughes are expecting a child together (January 31, 2008).
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