The name John Hawkes may not ring a bell, but his face should. The 51-year-old character actor has starred in TV shows like 'Deadwood,' '24,' 'Lost' and most recently 'Eastbound and Down,' while his movie credits include 'The Perfect Storm,' 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' and 'American Gangster.'
But now recently receiving a Best Suppoting Actor Oscar nomination for his jarring performance in 'Winter's Bone,' the soft-spoken Hawkes has been jettisoned into the spotlight.
Starting out in Austin, TX, where he acted and was a musician, Hawkes has built his career by playing the dark, gruff everyman. However, in Debra Granik's 'Winter's Bone' (which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last year), Hawkes' powerful performance as Teardrop -- a cocaine-snorting bad-ass who's out for blood after his brother disappears in the methamphetamine underworld of the Ozarks -- is one of the most memorable of 2010 (equal to his cast mate in the film, Jennifer Lawrence, who is also nominated for an Oscar).