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John Hawkes

John Hawkes is an award-winning actor known for crafting memorable performances across a wide range of styles and genres. His latest projects include the feature The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) with Shia LaBouf, which won a number of critics’ honors as well as being recognized by the National Board of Review and winning the audience award at South by Southwest; along with Nicholas Winding Refn’s crime drama Too Old to Die Young (2019), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and boasts an eclectic ensemble cast. Hawkes also reunited with other original cast members for the highly anticipated Deadwood reunion movie (2019); he portrayed Sol Star in the critically lauded HBO series. Additional film credits include End of Sentence (2019), shot in Ireland with Logan Lerman; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), which won the Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award along with the SAG Award for Best Ensemble; Small Town Crime (2017), opposite Octavia Spencer; and Unlovable (2018) with Melissa Leo. Other recent credits include Universal Pictures’ Everest (2015), alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Jason Clarke; the indie ensemble The Driftless Area (2015); and the modern noir Too Late (2015).

Hawkes has delivered tour-de-force performances in a succession of films. For his outstanding portrayal of real-life poet Mark O’Brien in The Sessions (2012), Hawkes won Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award. In addition, the film won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for the ensemble cast at Sundance. He received rave reviews for his portrayal of pianist Joe Albany in the gritty indie drama, Low Down (2014). His critically acclaimed performance as Teardrop in Winter’s Bone (2010) earned him an Independent Spirit Award win and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, along with nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and several film critics groups.

Further film credits include Elmore Leonard’s Life of Crime (2013), Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012), Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011), and the Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), for which Hawkes received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and he starred in and co-produced the independent film Buttleman (2003), for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival. Earlier movie credits include American Gangster (2007), Miami Vice (2006), Identity (2003), The Perfect Storm (2000), Hardball (2001), Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006), The Amateurs (2005), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and A Slipping-Down Life (1999).

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas, where he began his career as an actor and musician. He cofounded 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. He also starred in the national touring company production of the play Greater Tuna, including extended engagements in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. Hawkes wrote and performed the solo play Nimrod Soul at the Theatre at the Improv and appeared on Broadway in the 24 Hour Plays alongside Sam Rockwell. He costarred with Tracie Thoms in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s off-Broadway play, Lost Lake. He’s also cowritten the script and songs for workshop performances of a new rock and roll musical entitled Where’s Cherry?

Hawkes has written and recorded several songs featured in films and television shows. Most recently he cowrote a song with legendary producer T Bone Burnett for The Peanut Butter Falcon. He also wrote and performed original songs for the film Unlovable. His song “Bred and Buttered” appears on the Winter’s Bone soundtrack and he composed and performed “Down with Mary” for Too Late. With his former band, King Straggler, he performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the South by Southwest Music Festival, and numerous clubs across the U.S. Hawkes currently writes, records, and performs with his new band, Rodney & John.

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