Corey Antonio Hawkins is an actor from America who has garnered fame for portraying Tybalt in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Andre "Dr. Dre" Young in the movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’, and Heath in the TV series ‘The Walking Dead.’ He is also an accomplished singer. A native of Washington, D.C., Hawkins studied at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts before attending the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was part of the Drama Division's Group 40. After he graduated, he started acting in off-Broadway productions. One of his earliest performances was as Buggy in Signature Theatre Company’s production of ‘Hurt Village’ in 2011. He made his screen debut in the short film ‘Empire Corner’. His cinematic debut came in 2012 in the thriller drama ‘Allegiance’. Since then, he has established himself as one of the most promising actors working in the industry today. For his performance as Dr. Dre, he was nominated for several accolades, including the SAG Award, and won the Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award in 2015. Hawkins received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play in 2017 for ‘Six Degrees of Separation’.
Childhood & Early Life
Corey Hawkins was born on October 22, 1988, in Washington, D.C., USA. His mother, Monicamarie Hawkins, a police officer, brought him up.
He was a student at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and later studied at the Juilliard School in New York City. During his time there, he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 40. He also earned the prestigious John Houseman Award for excellence in classical theatre.
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After graduating from Juilliard, Corey Hawkins started his acting career with off-Broadway productions. In the 2011 Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of ‘Suicide Inc’, he was cast as Perry.
He portrayed Buggy in the Signature Theatre Company’s production of ‘Hurt Village’ by Katori Hall. The play was performed in the 2011-12 Inaugural Season at The Pershing Square Signature Center from February 27, to March 18, 2012.
Hawkins played the supporting role of Corey in the 2010 drama short ‘Empire Corner’. He also appeared in a tragic short film ‘Wu Is Dead’.
He made his first small screen appearance in an episode of the web series ‘Futurestates’ in 2011. In the same year, he was cast as a busboy in a season-three episode of USA Network’s comedy-drama series ‘Royal Pains’.
In 2012, Hawkins appeared on the big screen for the first time in writer-director Michael Connors’ drama-thriller ‘Allegiance’, playing the supporting role of Willie. A year later, he played a Navy Op in the MCU superhero film ‘Iron Man 3’ and guest-starred as Evander in the CBS short-lived crime-drama series ‘Golden Boy’.
In 2013, he made his Broadway debut in Don Roy King’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which ran for 93 regular performances from September 19 to December 8, 2013, at Richard Rodgers Theatre.
A filmed performance of the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was released in the US movie theatres on 13 February for the Valentine's Day week in 2014. In a production that had the Montague family portrayed by white actors and the Capulet family played by black actors, Hawkins starred as Tybalt, Juliet’s short-tempered first cousin.
Between 2015 and 2016, he was part of the cast of AMC post-apocalyptic horror TV series ‘The Walking Dead’. His character, Heath, makes his first appearance in the season-six episode, ‘First Time Again’. A supply runner of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Heath is extremely competent at his job but has problems dealing with the reality of his situation. He last appeared in the season-seven episode, ‘Swear’.
In 2017, he shared the screen space with Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ‘Kong: Skull Island’, the second entry in Legendary Pictures’ ‘MonsterVerse.’ Also the same year, Hawkins portrayed Eric Carter, a former US Army Ranger in the Fox series ‘24: Legacy’, a spin-off of ‘24’. The show was cancelled after airing 12 episodes.
He played the late socialist organizer and civil rights activist Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael in Spike Lee’s true crime film ‘BlacKkKlansman’ in 2018.
In 2019, he appeared in the biographical crime drama ‘Georgetown’. He is set to star in the upcoming films ‘6 Underground’ and ‘In the Heights’.
Sometime in 2014, Corey Hawkins was cast as Andre "Dr. Dre" Young in F. Gary Gray’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’. Based on the real-life story of gangsta rap group N.W.A and its members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre, the film was theatrically released in 2015. It garnered a positive response from the critics and made $201.6 million at the box office against its $28-30 million budget.
In the spring of 2017, he essayed the role of Paul in the Broadway revival of John Guare’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Sharing the stage with the likes of Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey, Hawkins earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance.
Family & Personal Life
Corey Hawkins has a cinematic crush on actress Halle Berry. He is not active on social media despite having an Instagram account with over a hundred thousand followers.