John Hawkes

John Hawkes


9/11/1959, Alexandria, Minnesota

Birth Name

John Perkins


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John Hawkes was born John Perkins in 1959 in Minnesota. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1977. He moved to Austin, Texas to begin his acting career after graduation. He co-founded the Big State Productions theater company. John starred in the national touring company…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2007 John and the starring cast of Deadwood were nominated for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award by the Screen actors guild of America. The cast of Greys Anatomy won.

    • Before he began filming "The Perfect Storm" John was the only cast member, including George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, to make a contribution to The Perfect Storm Foundation. The Foundation benefits the families of the fishermen who died in the storm. John mailed in $500 and made no mention of his role in the film.

    • Before he discovered acting, John had a passion for wrestling.

    • In the 80s he was also in a punk band called Meat Joy.

    • Before landing the memorable role of Phillip Padgett in The X Files episode "Milagro", he auditioned for the lead villains in the episodes "Squeeze" and "Trevor".

    • He has a brother named Scott and two sisters named Teri and Lori.

    • When he first moved to Austin, John worked as a waiter and a carpenter as well as acting.

    • In an interview with "Fade In" magazine, he revealed that when he was hitch-hiking across America, he would frequently play characters while getting rides.

    • John cites Robert Duvall as the actor he most admires.

    • He is 5' 9" tall.

  • Quotes

    • John: (On his character in the movie "Me and You and Everyone You Know") It's not maybe very flattering to think that you're suited to a part like this. But sometimes you feel like you can connect with a part in a way you don't think anyone else could.

    • John: (on the roles he gets)I do all kinds of roles -- nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho -- and occasionally someone kind of normal. It's weird, when I lived in Austin I was always cast as pretty normal people. But when I moved to Los Angeles I was immediately branded a psycho.

    • John: (On his inspiration)I went to a performance of 'The Crucible' at the Guthrie when I was a sophomore in high school, and I knew right away that that's what I wanted to do.

    • John: (On coming of age in Minnesota)I saw Harold and Maude, listened to Tom Waits and read "On the Road" and just decided - all at once - to get out of there."

    • John:(On acting) You never really forget who you are. If you did, you'd need to seek some professional help.