Noah Hawley

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Noah Hawley
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Born 1967 (age 49–50)
New York City, New York, United States[1]
Occupation Television writer, television producer, screenwriter, author
Nationality American
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Notable works
Spouse Kyle Hawley
Children 2

Noah Hawley (born c. 1967) is an American television writer and producer, screenwriter, and bestselling author, best known for creating and writing the FX television series Fargo (2014-) and Legion (2017-). Hawley earlier worked on the television series Bones (2005–2008), The Unusuals (2009) and My Generation (2010).

Early life[edit]

Hawley was born and raised in New York City, New York.[1][2] His mother, Louise Armstrong,[3] was a non-fiction writer and activist, and his maternal grandmother was a playwright. His father, Tom Hawley, was a businessman.[3] He has a twin brother, Alexi, who is a writer for the television show The Following and the creator of State of Affairs.[2][3]

Hawley graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in political science in 1989.[4][5] He worked for Legal Aid Society in New York City, dealing with cases involving child abuse and neglect.[5][6] He later moved to San Francisco and did computer programming work at law firms[5] and worked as a paralegal.[2]



He has published five novels: A Conspiracy of Tall Men (1998), Other People's Weddings (2004), The Punch (2008), The Good Father (2012), and Before the Fall (2016).[7]


Hawley was a writer and producer on the first three seasons of the television series Bones (2005–2008).[8] He was also creator and executive producer of The Unusuals (2009) and My Generation (2010).[9]

Hawley is the creator, primary writer and executive producer of the FX anthology television series Fargo (2014), based on the Coen brothers' 1996 film of the same name. On August 25, 2014, Fargo won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries, along with 17 additional nominations at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. In total, the series has been nominated for 113 awards since its premiere, winning 32 of them. Season 3 of Fargo is scheduled to premiere on April 19, 2017.[10]

In December 2015, Hawley extended his production deal with FX.[11] He wrote and served as executive producer for Legion, an FX television series based on the Marvel comic book character.[12] Hawley will also write and executive produce a limited series adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle for FX.[13] He will executive produce, but not write for, two additional adaptations for FX: Hellhound On His Trail, based on the book of the same name, and The Hot Rock, also based on a book.[11]


Hawley wrote the original screenplay for the film The Alibi (2006).[14]

In September 2014, it was annouced that Hawley had signed a deal with Universal Pictures to script an untitled project for their upcoming Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe.[15] Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to Hawley's latest novel, Before the Fall, with him writing the screenplay.[15]

Hawley will make his feature film directorial debut with Man Alive, from a sci-fi spec script by first-time screenwriter Joe Greenberg.[16] He will also produce Pale Blue Dot, a sci-fi film with Reese Witherspoon as an astronaut for Fox Searchlight.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Hawley resides in Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Kyle Hawley, and their two children.[2]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stanford, Peter (March 28, 2012). "Noah Hawley: 'It's the parents who create killers'". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley: How I Made It in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. April 15, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Louise Armstrong". The Guardian. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "News and Announcements from Alums", Sarah Lawrence College website, accessed May 30, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Ganahl, Jane (August 31, 1998). "Success stalks thriller writer". Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "News and Announcements from Alums". Sarah Lawrence College. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Noah Hawley"
  8. ^ Elks, Jennifer , The Skinny, accessed June 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Development Update:Wednesday, January 20", The Futon Critic, accessed June 21, 2011.
  10. ^ Holloway, Daniel. "'Fargo' Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  11. ^ a b Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "FX Inks New Deal with 'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley, Sets New Development Projects". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  12. ^ "'Fargo' creator developing 'Legion' series with Marvel and FX". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Cat's Cradle' Limited Series Adaptation In Works At FX With Noah Hawley & IM Global". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  14. ^ Elks, Jennifer "Lies and Alibis", Coming Soon, accessed June 21, 2011.
  15. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming. "'Fargo's Noah Hawley To Adapt His Novel 'Before The Fall' In Sony Pic Deal". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  16. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "Fox Acquires Newbie's Sci-Fi Spec 'Man Alive' For 'Fargo's Noah Hawley To Direct". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike. "'Legion's Noah Hawley Pacts Two Fox Searchlight Pics; Helming Reese Witherspoon In 'Pale Blue Dot'". Deadline. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 

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