|Born||Renn McDonnell Hawkey
March 29, 1974
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Vera Farmiga (m. 2008)|
Renn McDonnell Hawkey (born March 29, 1974), also known by the stage name Dr. Nner, is an American musician, film producer, and carpenter. From 1996, he was the synthesizer player for the band Deadsy, and performed on the albums Deadsy, Commencement, and Phantasmagore, before leaving the band in 2008. Hawkey subsequently retired from music and is currently a carpenter, film producer and occasional actor. He has been married to Academy Award-nominated actress Vera Farmiga since 2008. In 2011, Hawkey produced the critically acclaimed drama film Higher Ground, which Farmiga directed.
Renn McDonnell Hawkey was born in New York City, New York on March 29, 1974, to parents Penelope J. "Penny" and William Stevenson "Bill" Hawkey Sr. He has six siblings: William Jr., Elisabeth, Adam, Robin, Timothy, and Molly, who is an actress and photographer. He was raised in Westchester County, New York. Hawkey attended Hyde School, a preparatory school in Maine, where he met future bandmate Elijah Blue Allman.
Hawkey was the third member to join Deadsy after frontman Elijah Allman sent him a Juno-106 synth and a demo tape made by Allman and drummer Alec Puro. About joining, Hawkey said: "I never planned on it until Elijah sent me a Juno-106 in 1996 and asked me to join a band with two songs." On August 1, 1996, the band released their self-titled debut album on the music label Sire Records. The band's second studio album, Commencement, was released on May 14, 2002, and was their debut record released on a major music label after signing to DreamWorks Records. As well as playing the synthesizer, Hawkey additionally played guitar and programmed on the album.
Hawkey has also worked with Thirty Seconds to Mars on their self-titled debut album, playing the synthesizer on the track "Capricorn (A Brand New Name)". Deadsy released their third studio album, Phantasmagore, on August 22, 2006, through Immortal Records. This album would ultimately mark Hawkey's final appearance as part of Deadsy. On September 11, 2008, Hawkey left Deadsy in order to concentrate on carpentry and family life. He said of his departure: "It was too rough-and-tumble a lifestyle." He then subsequently reverted to using his birth name.
As a film producer, Hawkey has worked on his wife Vera Farmiga's directorial debut drama film Higher Ground (2011), and will executive produce the upcoming comedy film Prima, in which Farmiga is attached to star. Hawkey will appear in the supporting role of Paul Koretsky in the Carlton Cuse-produced A&E supernatural drama The Returned, which is set to begin airing in March 2015. He previously had a cameo role as a musician in the 2003 musical comedy film The Singing Detective.
Hawkey married actress Vera Farmiga in a private ceremony on September 13, 2008, after four years of dating. Their first child, a boy named Fynn McDonnell Hawkey, was born on January 15, 2009 in Rhinebeck, New York. It was announced in April 2010 that Hawkey and Farmiga were expecting their second child, due in October. Farmiga gave birth to a daughter, Gytta Lubov Hawkey, on November 4, 2010. The family lived on a farm in Ulster County, New York, but now reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where Farmiga films her television series Bates Motel. Through his marriage to Farmiga, Hawkey's sister-in-law is actress Taissa Farmiga.
|2011||Higher Ground||Producer, music director; feature film|
|2015||Prima||Executive producer; feature film; pre-production|
|2015||D.M.V.||Producer; feature film; pre-production|
|2003||The Singing Detective||Dark's Bass Player||Cameo; feature film|
|2015||The Returned||Paul Koretsky||Supporting role; TV series|
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