2011 Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke, born in Austin, Texas in 1970, is best known for his film performances, from his star-making appearances in Dead Poets Society and Reality Bites through his Academy Award-nominated turn in Training Day, with Gattaca, Hamlet, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, and many others along the way. His talents and accomplishments, however, extend far beyond film acting, and it is this broad artistic resume that has inspired Levantine Entertainment and the Houston Cinema Arts Society to award him the Levantine Cinema Arts Award.

On stage he starred in Lincoln Center’s Coast of Utopia, which was nominated for more Tony Awards than any play in history. He also starred in Jack O’Brien‘s production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, which won the Tony for best revival. Off Broadway he had a smash success in The New Group’s revival of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly. Recently, he has directed two plays for The New Group: Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want and Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind. He has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award as both an actor and a director.

The Levantine Cinema Arts Award honors a leading actor, director, or other creative artist who has stretched the boundaries of cinematic expression throughout an illustrious film career. The presentation of the award will be accompanied by a gala screening of a new or classic work followed by an on-stage interview with the artist.