Dallas native actor/entertainer, Brad Hawkins couldn’t be happier than right now. Who could blame him? He’s celebrating his 23rd year as an actor, appeared in over 30 television shows, toured the nation as a country artist on a major label, charted 2-#1 videos and now stars opposite Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette in the critically acclaimed film “Boyhood.” A film that is scooping up film festival awards and critics praise worldwide. Yahoo Movies raves “Boyhood is 2014 first Oscar contender” and Rolling Stones claims it’s the “#1 Movie of the Year.”
From starring in a #1-rated, syndicated children’s television show, to two #1 music videos, actor/recording artist Brad Hawkins has covered some ground in his career. A native of Dallas, Texas, and graduate of Plano Senior High, he began his acting career in 1994 with the lead role in the children’s television series V.R. Troopers. Originally presented as a sister show to the worldwide hit Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, “V.R. Troopers” aired successfully for two years, achieved #1 ratings and currently airs internationally.
Upon completion of the series, Brad began the move toward prime-time through guest appearances on “Step by Step” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” In 1996 he opted to take a hiatus from acting to pursue a lifelong dream in music, signing a recording contract with Curb/Universal Records in Nashville. His high-octane live show blended rock n’ roll with country, and earned him opening spots with such artists as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and The Dixie Chicks. After three years Brad had performed over 400 shows and charted two #1 videos on C.M.T. and G.A.C.
With these multiple successes as a foundation, he was able to break new ground in 1999, as he brought both worlds together with a starring role in the CBS miniseries, “Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999).” “Shake” produced a movie soundtrack on Universal Records that included performances by B.B. King, Blink 182, K.C. & JoJo and many others. This sequence of events netted him an exclusive contract with CBS through the following summer that resulted in guest-starring roles on shows that included “JAG” and “Touched by an Angel.”
Upon completion of his contract with CBS, he moved right into production on his first feature film. Brad landed the starring role on “Don’t Let Go” and also sang on the movie’s 15-song soundtrack. “Don’t Let Go” received “Best Feature Film” at the 2002 Westchester Film Festival in New York as well as “Outstanding Achievement” at the Stony Brook Film Festival in Long Island.
Brad has been working locally in the Dallas and Austin market with guest roles on “Prisonbreak,” “Wire in the Blood, “Chase” and “The Good Guys.” His most recent film work in the critically acclaimed “Boyhood” directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, A Scanner Darkly) and stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.
Brad lives in Dallas, TX where he is a partner in several local restaurants. He continues to work on television and film projects, developing his own horror feature film script and working on his new album.