Ethan Hawke is a silver fox as he rings in his 50th birthday in double denim while going for a walk

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Ethan Hawke is celebrating half a century after coming to fame in the 1980s with the classic film Dead Poets Society and evolving into a respected actor with such hits as Training Day and Boyhood under his belt. 

On Friday the ex-husband of actress Uma Thurman was seen walking his dogs in NYC as he rang in his 50th birthday. 

Fielding well wishing phone calls on his monumental day, Hawke looked in good spirits as he got some fresh air in a full denim outfit. 

Big day: Ethan Hawke was seen going for a walk on his 50th birthday in NYC. The silver fox took his dogs out for a stroll in double denim, as he fielded birthday calls while ringing in half a century

Big day: Ethan Hawke was seen going for a walk on his 50th birthday in NYC. The silver fox took his dogs out for a stroll in double denim, as he fielded birthday calls while ringing in half a century

Rocking a Canadian tuxedo, Hawke kept it casual in a trucker jacket and baggy pants. 

He threw on a pair of Vans, tying a red bandanna around his neck as a face mask. 

With his graying hair perfectly slicked back, Ethan also showcased a quaffed beard and a pair of tinted glasses, as he put on an effortlessly cool display. 

With his two pups in tow he walked around the block carrying a doggy bag, while chatting away. 

Aging well: His greyish hair perfectly slicked back, Ethan showcased a quaffed beard and a pair of tinted glasses, putting on an effortlessly cool display as he strolled

 Aging well: His greyish hair perfectly slicked back, Ethan showcased a quaffed beard and a pair of tinted glasses, putting on an effortlessly cool display as he strolled

Downtown style: The effortlessly handsome actor kept his day super lowkey as he got some fresh air in the city

Downtown style: The effortlessly handsome actor kept his day super lowkey as he got some fresh air in the city

Masked up: The Boyhood actor had a dog on either side of him as he put his red bandana over his face while walking

Masked up: The Boyhood actor had a dog on either side of him as he put his red bandana over his face while walking

Hawke received an Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award at the virtual SCAD Film festival last week.  

Speaking about his transition to directing, he shared that he felt a good director had to have a feel for all the roles involved in the process. 

With his new show The Good Lord Bird having premiered in early October, Hawke has had a chance to play creator and also work alongside his eldest daughter Maya, 22. 

A miniseries based on the novel by James McBride, the show follows a newly freed teenager who joins abolitionist John Brown (played by Hawke) on a crusade to end slavery. 

Outstanding achievement: The Oscar-nominated actor was presented with an Outstanding Achievement award as he spoke virtually at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival; October 27th

Outstanding achievement: The Oscar-nominated actor was presented with an Outstanding Achievement award as he spoke virtually at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival; October 27th

Set in 1859, the show interweaves the stories of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, in a story that Hawke called incredibly ‘relevant’ for the times.

In an October 1st interview with Entertainment Weekly Hawke said, ‘It’s a really valuable moment to be studying this story…Our inability to look at our nation’s past hurts us. If we ignore these stories, we don’t know ourselves as a country and as people.’

Serving as both the show’s creator and a main character, Hawke took on a hefty workload as he said the process of taking the story from the page to the screen was ‘absolutely exhausting.’

‘I’ve never worked that hard in my life. By the end, we all felt like we walked through a fire,’ he said. 

Good Lord Bird: Hawke's show the Good Lord Bird is adapted from a book of the same name. The show about a freed teenage slave who joins an abolitionist crusade, also stars his eldest daughter Maya, 22, as his character John's daughter; pictured in a still from the show

Good Lord Bird: Hawke’s show the Good Lord Bird is adapted from a book of the same name. The show about a freed teenage slave who joins an abolitionist crusade, also stars his eldest daughter Maya, 22, as his character John’s daughter; pictured in a still from the show

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