Corey Hawkins

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Hawkins at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2016
Corey Antonio Hawkins

(1988-10-22) October 22, 1988 (age 33)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active2011–present

Corey Antonio Hawkins (born October 22, 1988) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the TV series The Walking Dead and 24: Legacy, as well as his portrayal of Dr. Dre in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton. In 2017, he starred in the Broadway production Six Degrees of Separation, for which he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. He also starred in Jordan Vogt-Roberts' monster film Kong: Skull Island (2017), Spike Lee's biographical crime-comedy BlacKkKlansman (2018), Michael Bay's action-comedy 6 Underground, and Jon M. Chu's musical film In the Heights (2021).

Life and career[edit]

Hawkins was born in Washington, D.C., where he was raised by his mother, a police officer.[1] He attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, a member of the drama division's "Group 40".[2] While studying at Juilliard, Hawkins received the prestigious John Houseman Award for excellence in classical theatre.[3] Upon graduation, he began a career starring Off-Broadway[4] and guest-starring on television. Hawkins garnered a brief role in Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 and went on to star opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in Universal Pictures' action-thriller Non-Stop.[5]

In 2013, Hawkins made his Broadway debut as Tybalt in the revival of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In 2015, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Hawkins would join the cast of AMC's The Walking Dead as Heath, a key character from Robert Kirkman's comic series.[6] Hawkins played Dr. Dre in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, from Universal Pictures, which was theatrically released on August 14, 2015,[7] and grossed $201 million at the box office.

In 2017, Hawkins began playing a lead role in the 24 reboot 24: Legacy on Fox.[8] Also that year, he co-starred in the film Kong: Skull Island,[9] alongside Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston.[10] In spring 2017, Hawkins played a limited-engagement run on Broadway in the play Six Degrees of Separation opposite Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey.[11] He received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.[12]

Hawkins performed "God Bless America" for the men's singles final at the 2017 U.S. Open.[13]



Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Digital Antiquities Kai Short film
2012 Allegiance Willie
2013 Iron Man 3 Navy Op
2014 Non-Stop Travis Mitchell
Romeo and Juliet Tybalt Filmed live performance
2015 Straight Outta Compton Andre "Dr. Dre" Young
2017 Kong: Skull Island Houston Brooks
2018 BlacKkKlansman Stokely Carmichael
2019 Georgetown Daniel Volker
6 Underground Blaine / Seven
2021 In the Heights Benny
The Tragedy of Macbeth Macduff
2023 Last Voyage of the Demeter Not yet released Clemens Post-production
The Color Purple Not yet released Harpo Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Royal Pains Busboy Episode: "The Shaw/Hank Redemption"
2013 Golden Boy Evander Episode: "Young Guns"
2015–2016 The Walking Dead Heath Recurring role (seasons 6-7)
2017 24: Legacy Eric Carter Main role
2020 Survive Paul Main role


Year Title Role Stage
2011 Hurt Village Buggy Signature Theatre Company
2011 Suicide Inc Perry Roundabout Theatre Company
2013 Romeo and Juliet Tybalt Richard Rodgers Theatre
2017 Six Degrees of Separation Paul Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Result
2015 Straight Outta Compton Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award Won
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
2016 Straight Outta Compton Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2017 Six Degrees of Separation Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2019 BlacKkKlansman CinEuphoria Award for Best Ensemble - International Competition Nominated
OFTA Film Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2020 Survive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Nominated
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth African-American Film Critics Association - Best Supporting Actor Won


  1. ^ "Straight Outta D.C.: Corey Hawkins Plays Dre in Rap Biopic - Front Row Features". 11 August 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Juilliard Alumni News (Drama)". Archived from the original on 21 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Corey Antonio Hawkins Completes Cast of LATW's A Raisin in the Sun". 2010-11-15. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Casting Is Complete for Premiere of Katori Hall's Hurt Village". 2012-01-11. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Watch Lupita Nyong'o, Nate Parker, Corey Hawkins In Clips From Liam Neeson Thriller, Non-Stop". Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ "'Walking Dead' Books 'Straight Outta Compton' Star as Key Comic Character (Exclusive)". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Corey Hawkins to Play Dr. Dre in N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'". 2014-06-19. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 25, 2016). "24 Legacy's 'New Jack': Walking Dead's Corey Hawkins to Star in Fox Reboot". TVLine. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "'Straight Outta Compton' to 'Kong: Skull Island'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Could Samuel L. Jackson bring His Fire to 'Kong: Skull Island'? - Bloody Disgusting". 2015-08-06. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Home - SpotCo". Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  12. ^ "2017 Tony Award Nominations: The Great Comet and Hello, Dolly! Lead the Pack | Playbill". Playbill. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  13. ^ "Rafael Nadal v Kevin Anderson LIVE: Latest US Open 2017 final updates from New York". Sunday Express. Retrieved September 10, 2017.

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