|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, songwriter, film producer, and occasional actor. From 1996 until 2008, he played the synthesizer for the band Deadsy, performing on their self-titled debut album (1996), and the subsequent releases Commencement (2002) and Phantasmagore (2006). Following his departure from the band, his main profession is now carpentry.
Hawkey has been married to Academy Award-nominated actress Vera Farmiga since 2008. In 2011, Hawkey served as musical director and producer on Farmiga's directorial debut film Higher Ground. In 2015, he had a recurring role as Paul Koretsky on A&E's remake of The Returned.
Renn McDonnell Hawkey was born in New York City, New York on March 29, 1974, to parents Penelope J. and William Stevenson Hawkey, Sr. He has six siblings: William, Elisabeth, Adam, Robin, Timothy, and Molly Hawkey, who is an actress and photographer. He was raised in Westchester County, New York. Hawkey attended Hyde School, a preparatory boarding school in Maine, where he met future bandmate Elijah Blue Allman. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, but dropped out before completing his education. During his childhood, Hawkey played the piano and cello.
Hawkey was the third member to join Deadsy after frontman Elijah Blue Allman sent him a Juno-106 synth and a demo tape made by Allman and drummer Alec Puro. Each member of the band represented a color and "entity", with Hawkey's being yellow and science/medicine, respectively. He also had his own unique appearance. On August 1, 1996, the band released their self-titled debut album on the music label Sire Records.
In 1999, Deadsy received attention from labels and notable musicians, with their first gig at The Viper Room attracting members of Limp Bizkit, Orgy, Sugar Ray, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. 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 Jonathan Davis' Elementree Records, a division of DreamWorks Records. As well as playing the synthesizer, Hawkey additionally played guitar and programmed on the album. In 2002, Deadsy was invited by Korn to join them on their Family Values Tour with Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park. That same year, Hawkey 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 left DreamWorks in 2004, citing its sale to Interscope Records as one of the reasons. In 2006, Deadsy was asked to again join Korn and co-headliners Deftones on their Family Values Tour 2006. The band 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. The band went on hiatus in April 2007, and on September 11, 2008, Hawkey officially left Deadsy in order to concentrate on family life. He then subsequently reverted to using his birth name. In 2011, Hawkey served as the musical director to his wife's directorial debut Higher Ground.
As a film producer, Hawkey has worked on the drama film Higher Ground (2011), directed by his wife Vera Farmiga, in which he was also an uncredited and unnamed extra. He will serve as an executive producer on the upcoming comedy film Prima, in which Farmiga is attached to star. In 2015, Hawkey appeared in the first, seventh and eighth episodes of the Carlton Cuse-produced A&E supernatural drama The Returned, in the supporting role of Paul Koretsky, a grieving father over the loss of his son during a fatal bus crash. He previously had a cameo role as a musician in the musical comedy film The Singing Detective (2003).
In the early 2000s, Hawkey was in a relationship with Courtney Wagner, the daughter of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. 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.
|2003||The Singing Detective||Dark's Bass Player||Cameo|
|2011||Higher Ground||Extra||Uncredited; also producer and musical director|
|2015||The Returned||Paul Koretsky||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
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Hawkey used to play keyboards for a goth band named Deadsy, but has recently given that up – 'it was too rough-and-tumble a lifestyle, I think' – to become a carpenter.
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