Sep. 11th, 1959
Alexandria, Minnesota, USA
John Hawkes' Main TV Roles
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Born and raised in rural Minnesota, John Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas to begin his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions Theatre Company and appeared in the group's original play, In the West, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
John starred in the critically acclaimed Me and You and Everyone We Know, which received wide praise and was awarded the special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Camera d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Additional feature credits include, the Lion's Gate film A Slipping-Down Life (1999) with Guy Pearce (I), the psychological thriller Identity (2003) alongside John Cusack and Ray Liotta, Miami Vice (2006) with Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell (I), Playing God (2004), The Perfect Storm (2000), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and Hardball (1997). Hawkes also starred and co-produced the independent film Buttleman (2002) for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Deep Ellum Film Festival.
Hawkes' television credits include a lead role in the critically acclaimed HBO series, "Deadwood" (2004) in which he played Sol Star, a spirited entrepreneur in a lawless town.
John lives in Los Angeles where he writes, records and performs music with his band, King Straggler.
- Cites 'Robert Duvall' (qv) as the actor he most admires.
- In an interview in Fade In magazine, Hawkes revealed that while hitch-hiking around America, he would play various characters when he was getting a ride.
- When Hawkes was cast as Sol Star, a Jewish merchant, in _"Deadwood" (2004)_ (qv) he told the show's creator, 'David Milch' (qv), that there was one catch, however: "I'm not Jewish," Hawkes frankly told Milch upon their first meeting. "David asked me, 'Have you ever felt shame or sadness or ostracized?' I said, 'Every day.' And David said, 'Then you're Jewish.'".
- Graduate of Jefferson High School (Alexandria, Minnesota), 1977.