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Noah Hawley (born c. 1967) is an American television writer and producer, screenwriter, and bestselling author, best known for creating and writing the FX television series Fargo (2014–present) and Legion (2017–2019). Hawley earlier worked on the television series Bones (2005–2008), The Unusuals (2009), and My Generation (2010).

Noah Hawley
Hawley in 2014
Hawley in 2014
Born1967 (age 51–52)
New York City, U.S.[1]
Occupation
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
SpousesBeth Weintraub (divorced)
Kyle Hawley
Children2
ParentsTom Hawley (father)
Louise Armstrong (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Hawley was born and raised in New York City, New York.[1][2] His mother, Louise Armstrong,[3] was a non-fiction writer and activist, and his maternal grandmother was a playwright. His father, Tom Hawley, was a businessman.[3] He has a twin brother, Alexi, who is a writer for the television show The Following and the creator of State of Affairs.[2][3]

Hawley graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in political science in 1989.[4][5] He worked for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, dealing with cases involving child abuse and neglect.[5][6] He later moved to San Francisco. He worked in computer programming at law firms[5] and as a paralegal.[2]

CareerEdit

BooksEdit

He has published five novels: A Conspiracy of Tall Men (1998), Other People's Weddings (2004), The Punch (2008), The Good Father (2012), and Before the Fall (2016).[7]

TelevisionEdit

 
Hawley at the 2019 WonderCon, promoting Legion

Hawley was a writer and producer on the first three seasons of the television series Bones (2005–2008).[8] He was also creator and executive producer of The Unusuals (2009) and My Generation (2010).[9]

Hawley is the creator, primary writer, and executive producer of the FX anthology television series Fargo (2014), based on the Coen brothers' 1996 film of the same name. On August 25, 2014, Fargo won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries, along with 17 additional nominations at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. In total, the series has been nominated for 113 awards since its premiere, winning 32 of them. Season 3 of Fargo premiered on April 19, 2017.[10]

In December 2015, Hawley extended his production deal with FX.[11] He wrote and served as executive producer for Legion, an FX television series based on the Marvel comic book character.[12] Hawley will also write and executive produce a limited series adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle for FX.[13] He will executive produce, but not write for, two additional adaptations for FX: Hellhound on His Trail, based on the book of the same name, and The Hot Rock, also based on a book.[11]

FilmEdit

Hawley wrote the original screenplay for the film The Alibi (2006).[14]

In September 2014, it was announced that Hawley had signed a deal with Universal Pictures to script an untitled project for their upcoming Dark Universe.[15] Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to Hawley's latest novel, Before the Fall, with him writing the screenplay.[15]

On July 20, 2017, Hawley announced at Comic Con that he is writing and directing a Doctor Doom movie with 20th Century Fox. He will make his feature film directorial debut with Lucy in the Sky, a drama film starring Natalie Portman as an astronaut, for Fox Searchlight.[16] He has also been set to direct Man Alive, from a sci-fi spec script by first-time screenwriter Joe Greenberg.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Hawley resides in Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Kyle Hawley, and their two children.[2] He was previously married to Beth Weintraub.[5]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Executive
producer
2005–2008 Bones Yes 6 Episodes
2009 The Unusuals Yes Yes Creator;
3 Episodes
2010 My Generation Yes Yes Developer;
2 Episodes
2014–present Fargo Yes Yes Yes Creator
2017–2019 Legion Yes Yes Yes

FilmEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2006 The Alibi Yes
2019 Lucy in the Sky Yes Yes Yes Directorial Debut

Published worksEdit

  • Hawley, Noah (1998). A Conspiracy of Tall Men. Harmony. ISBN 978-0609602805.
  • Hawley, Noah (2004). Other People's Weddings. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0312322731.
  • Hawley, Noah (2008). The Punch: A Novel. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0811864299.
  • Hawley, Noah (2012). The Good Father. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385535533.
  • Hawley, Noah (2016). Before the Fall. Grand Central. ISBN 978-1455561780.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Limited Series Fargo Won
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Miniseries Won
Producers Guild of America Award Best Long-Form Television Won
Golden Globe Award Best Miniseries Won
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Limited Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Miniseries Won
Producers Guild of America Award Best Long-Form Television Won
Golden Globe Award Best Miniseries Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Long Form - Adapted Won
2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Limited Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Long Form - Adapted Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Stanford, Peter (March 28, 2012). "Noah Hawley: 'It's the parents who create killers'". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley: How I Made It in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. April 15, 2014. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b c "Louise Armstrong". The Guardian. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "News and Announcements from Alums" Archived January 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Sarah Lawrence College website, accessed May 30, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Ganahl, Jane (August 31, 1998). "Success stalks thriller writer". The San Francisco Examiner. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014 – via SFgate.com.
  6. ^ "News and Announcements from Alums". Sarah Lawrence College. Archived from the original on January 17, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  7. ^ ""Noah Hawley"". Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Elks, Jennifer , The Skinny, accessed June 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Development Update:Wednesday, January 20", The Futon Critic, accessed June 21, 2011.
  10. ^ Holloway, Daniel. "'Fargo' Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX". Variety. Archived from the original on September 23, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "FX Inks New Deal with 'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley, Sets New Development Projects". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "'Fargo' creator developing 'Legion' series with Marvel and FX". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Cat's Cradle' Limited Series Adaptation In Works At FX With Noah Hawley & IM Global". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Elks, Jennifer "Lies and Alibis" Archived March 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Coming Soon, accessed June 21, 2011.
  15. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming. "'Fargo's Noah Hawley To Adapt His Novel 'Before The Fall' In Sony Pic Deal". Deadline. Archived from the original on May 4, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 11, 2018). "Natalie Portman in Talks to Replace Reese Witherspoon in 'Pale Blue Dot' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  17. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "Fox Acquires Newbie's Sci-Fi Spec 'Man Alive' For 'Fargo's Noah Hawley To Direct". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.

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