|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. The members also had their own unique appearance; Hawkey would dress in medical scrubs. On August 1, 1996, Deadsy 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. In addition to playing the synthesizer on Commencement, Hawkey also programmed and played guitar on a number of the tracks. The band subsequently released their first music video, for the song "The Key to Gramercy Park", with Davis providing guest vocals on the track and Fred Durst directing. That same year, Deadsy was invited by Korn to join the Family Values Tour, along with Puddle of Mudd, Stone Temple Pilots, and Linkin Park.
In 2002, Hawkey also worked with Thirty Seconds to Mars on their self-titled debut album, playing the synthesizer on the song "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 the 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 a short time later, Hawkey officially left Deadsy in order to concentrate on family life. He subsequently reverted to using his birth name. In 2011, Hawkey served as the musical director to his wife's directorial debut Higher Ground.
Prior to being a film producer, Hawkey had a cameo role as a musician in the musical comedy film The Singing Detective (2003). 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. In 2015, he appeared in the first, seventh, and eighth episodes of the Carlton Cuse-produced A&E supernatural drama series The Returned in the supporting role of Paul Koretsky, a father grieving the death of his son in a fatal bus crash. Hawkey will serve as an executive producer for the upcoming comedy films D.M.V. and Prima, both of which Farmiga is attached to star in.
In 2004, Hawkey began dating actress Vera Farmiga after meeting on the set of her television series Touching Evil. The couple married in a private ceremony on September 13, 2008, when Farmiga was five months pregnant with their first child. Their son, 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. Farmiga gave birth to a daughter, Gytta Lubov Hawkey, on November 4, 2010. The family splits their time between homes in Ulster County, New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. 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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