Began his Hollywood career as a prop man before serving in World War I; after the war, worked on silent films for Paramount and Fox.
His films are distinguished by rapid-fire verbal sparring and the importance of body language and gestures such as the lighting of cigarettes.
Worked in almost every genre, from westerns (Red River) to war films (Sergeant York) to noir (The Big Sleep); set the benchmark for mob films with 1932's Scarface and for madcap comedies with 1938's Bringing Up Baby.
Had a knack for pairing iconic romantic duos, including Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby, Carole Lombard and John Barrymore in Twentieth Century, and Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not.
1959, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
1948, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
1941, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
1974, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
1952, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
Frank W. Hawks — Father
Helen Howard Hawks — Mother
Grace — Sister
Kenneth Hawks — Brother
Barbara — Daughter
David Hawks — Son
Dee Hartford — Ex-wife
Athole Shearer — Ex-wife
Helen — Sister
Peter Hawks — Son
Kitty — Daughter
Nancy Gross — Ex-wife
William B. Hawks — Brother
Gregg Hawks — Son
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States (1917)