When you think of the history of quality actors you don’t normally think of Ethan Hawke. And it’s not because he’s not a great actor. It’s really because he’s not associated with the likes of Bogart, Gable, De Niro, Denzel, and other huge names that we think of. But when you look at the breadth of Ethan Hawke’s career you have to realize that this guy started at the age of 15 when he starred in The Explorers with the late River Phoenix. And he’s never stopped. Ever. Hawke is now 46 and is as strong an actor as ever.
Since 1985, he’s appeared in close to 70 movies and has been nominated for 4 Oscars including a best supporting actor nominee in 2015 for his role in Boyhood. He was also nominated for best supporting actor in 2002 for Training Day, the year Denzel actually won best actor for his role in the same movie.
Also, when you think of male actors who had the quintessential big speech to “get the girl” from the 1990s who do you think of? Seriously, the “everything I always did I did for you!” guy was Ethan Hawke. From Reality Bites to Great Expectations, Hawke was always that adolescent adult type that women loved in movies. It feels like he played that role 1000 times and nailed it every single time.
And now he’s finally getting an honor that’s well deserved. According to Variety
The San Francisco Film Society will honor Ethan Hawke during the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival. The event will take place on April 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and include a conversation with the actor-filmmaker, followed by a screening of his new film, “Maudie,” directed by Aisling Walsh.
“Ethan Hawke is worthy of celebration on so many levels,” said Rachel Rosen, director of programming. “It’s been a pleasure to experience his work as a director of both fiction and documentary, alongside his countless indelible performances. He effortlessly communicates his artistic vision across his various creative pursuits, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor him for the full scope of his work in film.”