Renn Hawkey

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Renn Hawkey
Born (1974-03-29) March 29, 1974 (age 40)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Musician, producer, carpenter
Years active 1996–present
Relatives Taissa Farmiga (sister-in-law)

Renn Hawkey (born March 29, 1974), also known by the stage name Dr. Nner, is an American musician, producer, and carpenter. He was the synthesizer player for the band Deadsy from 1996 to 2008. Hawkey retired from music and is currently a carpenter and producer.

Early life[edit]

Hawkey was born in New York City, New York on March 29, 1974.[1] He was raised in Westchester, New York. Hawkey attended Hyde School, a preparatory school in Maine, where he met future bandmate Elijah Allman.[2]


He 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.[3] 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."

He has worked with Thirty Seconds to Mars on the band's self-titled debut album.[4] On September 11, 2008, Dr. Nner left Deadsy in order to concentrate on carpentry and family life. "It was too rough-and-tumble a lifestyle," said Hawkey, who then subsequently reverted to using his birth name.

As a producer, he has worked on his wife's directorial debut film Higher Ground (2011), and will be executive producing the upcoming film Prima.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to actress Vera Farmiga since September 2008. Their first child, a boy named Fynn, was born on January 15, 2009. It was announced in April 2010 that Hawkey and Farmiga were expecting their second child, due in October. On November 4, 2010, Farmiga gave birth to a daughter, Gytta.[5] The family reside on a farm in Upstate New York.[6] His sister-in-law is actress Taissa Farmiga.


Main article: Deadsy § Discography


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Singing Detective Dark's Bass Player Cameo
2011 Higher Ground N/A Producer, music director
2015 Prima N/A Executive producer


  1. ^ "Renn Hawkey and Vera Farmiga Marriage Profile". 
  2. ^ a b "Renn Hawkey - IMDb". IMDb. 
  3. ^ "Renn Hawkey - Zimbio". 
  4. ^ 30 Seconds to Mars (Booklet). Thirty Seconds to Mars. Europe: Immortal Records. 2002. 7243 8 12424 0 7. 
  5. ^ "Vera Farmiga Welcomes Daughter". November 11, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Celebrities Raising Families Outside Hollywood". January 31, 2013.