Until this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement, John Hawkes managed to fly under the radar. But the best-supporting actor nominee (for “Winter’s Bone”) has been steadily building a solid career built on quirky roles in film and TV; roles that have been lauded by critics and (mostly) enjoyed by fans — even if we tended to refer to him as “that guy from ‘Deadwood.'”
So, to get us all up to speed on Hawkes and his eminently watchable work, a few highlights:
- “Winter’s Bone”: Hawkes played a menacing — but ultimately loyal — uncle Teardrop to Jennifer Lawrence in the Ozark Mountains-set mystery.
- “Lost”: Fans (we’re including ourselves here) were mostly perplexed by the addition of Hawkes’ character — Lennon — in the final season. He was dropped into the narrative, delivered a perfectly respectable if superfluous performance, then disappeared long before the series finale.
- “Deadwood”: Although Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant were the breakout stars of HBO’s gritty and fabulously foul-mouthed frontier drama, Hawkes held his own as Sol Starr, co-owner of the town’s new hardware store and best friend to Olyphant’s sherriff Seth Bullock.
- “Me and You and Everyone We Know”: Hawkes co-starred as Miranda July’s love interest in the much-buzzed-about 2005 indie.
Look for him next in FX’s “Outlaw Country” with Mary Steenburgen and the action thriller “Contagion” with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard.