|Birthdate:||September 11, 1959|
Although Hawkes was born and raised in Minnesota, he moved to Austin, Texas to start his career as an actor and musician. He started a theater company and appeared in several plays.
His feature film debut came in the 1985 film Future-Kill. After that, he has appeared in films like It Takes Two (with Leslie Hope), Heartbreak Hotel (with Chris Mulkey), Dakota (with Lou Diamond Phillips), Sweet Poison (with Doc Duhame), The Rape of Doctor Willis (with Robin Thomas and Gregg Henry), Nails (with Dennis Hopper), Playing God (with Michael Massee), Rush Hour (with Tzi Ma and Mark Rolston), Late Last Night (with Keram Malicki-Sanchez), The Perfect Storm (with Cherry Jones, Bob Gunton, Wiley Pickett, and Billy Mayo), Wristcutters: A Love Story (with Anthony Azizi), and Miami Vice (with Isaach De Bankole). In 2010, he appeared in Winter's Bone, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Hawkes has also appeared in several television shows like Mann & Machine (with Richard Burgi), Dangerous Minds (with Vicellous Reon Shannon), Millennium (with Bill Smitrovich), Pacific Blue (with Kevin Fry), ER (with Jesse Borrego, Silas Weir Mitchell, and François Chau), Profit (also with François Chau), Fantasy Island (with Louis Lombardi), Brimstone (with Michelle Forbes), Martial Law (with Tony Plana), The X-Files (with Angelo Vacco), and Lost (with Cas Anvar, Anthony Azizi, Jenni Blong, Daniel Dae Kim, and Jeff Kober). He also had a starring role on the HBO drama Deadwood from 2004-2006.
In 2010, Hawkes appeared as Teardrop in the critically acclaimed Winter's Bone opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Garrett Dillahunt, a role for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Hawkes is one of six 24 actors to receive an Oscar nomination, alongside Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Dennis Hopper, Mare Winningham, and Jon Voight.