John Hawkes is an award-winning actor known for crafting memorable performances across a wide range of styles and genres. He was last seen in Universal Pictures’ "Everest," alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke as well as the indie ensemble "Driftless Area," and the modern noir "Too Late." His latest film, "Small Town Crime," opposite Octavia Spencer, is set to premiere at the upcoming SXSW Festival. Also upcoming for Hawkes is "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" from Fox Searchlight and "Unlovable" with Melissa Leo.
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," Hawkes won Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and 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." His critically acclaimed performance as ‘Teardrop’ in "Winter’s Bone" 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. Other recent film credits include Elmore Leonard’s "Life of Crime," Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln," "Arcadia," "The Playroom," "Higher Ground," Steven Soderbergh’s "Contagion," and the Sundance hit "Martha Marcy May Marlene," for which Hawkes received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Hawkes starred in "Me and You and Everyone We Know" which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival as well as starring in and co-producing the independent film, "Buttleman" for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival. Additional movie credits include "American Gangster," "Miami Vice," "Identity," "The Perfect Storm," "Small Town Saturday Night," "Hardball," "Wristcutters: A Love Story," "The Amateurs," "From Dusk Till Dawn," and "A Slipping-Down Life."
On television, Hawkes has starred in two acclaimed series for HBO. He portrayed ‘Sol Star’ in the critically lauded drama "Deadwood" and Danny McBride’s brother ‘Dustin’ in the comedy "Eastbound and Down."
Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas where he began his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions theater 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. Most recently, he co-starred with Tracie Thoms in the Manhattan Theater Club’s off-Broadway play, "Lost Lake."
Hawkes has written and recorded several songs featured in films and television shows. 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, SXSW Music Festival and numerous clubs across the U.S. Hawkes recently finished a residency at a Hollywood night club with his new band, Rodney & John, where he performed material that the band is currently working on for a new full length album.