Noah Hawley

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Noah Hawley
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Born 1967
New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation Author, screenwriter, producer, composer
Nationality American
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Notable works
Spouse Kyle Hawley
Children 2

Noah Hawley (born c. 1967) is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, composer, and author, known for creating and writing the FX anthology television series Fargo. Hawley was a writer and producer on the first three seasons of the television series Bones (2005–2008)[2] and also created The Unusuals (2009) and My Generation (2010).[3] He wrote the screenplay for the film The Alibi (2006).[4]

Early life

Hawley was born and raised in New York City, New York.[1][5] His mother, Louise Armstrong,[6] was a non-fiction writer and activist, and his maternal grandmother was a playwright. His father, Tom Hawley, was a businessman.[6] He has a twin brother, Alexi, who is a writer for the television show The Following and the creator of State of Affairs.[5][6]

Hawley graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in political science in 1989.[7][8] He worked for Legal Aid Society in New York City, dealing with cases involving child abuse and neglect.[8][9] He later moved to San Francisco and did computer programming work at law firms[8] and worked as a paralegal.[5]



He has published four novels: A Conspiracy of Tall Men (1998), Other People's Weddings (2004), The Punch (2008), and The Good Father (2012).[10] His fifth, Before the Fall, was released on May 31, 2016.


Hawley is the creator and showrunner for the 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 expected to premiere in the spring of 2017.[11]

In December 2015, Hawley extended his production deal with FX.[12] He will write the pilot and serve as executive producer for Legion, an FX television series based on the Marvel comic book character.[13] Hawley will also write and executive produce a limited series adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle for FX.[14] He will executive produce, but not write for, two additional adaptations for FX: Hellhound On His Trail, based on the novel of the same name, and The Hot Rock, also based on a book.[12]


In September 2014, Hawley signed a deal with Universal Pictures to script an untitled project for their classic monster franchise.[15]

Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to Hawley's latest novel, Before the Fall. Hawley has been tapped to write the screenplay.[15]

Hawley is set to make his feature film directorial debut with Man Alive, from a sci-fi spec script by first-time screenwriter Joe Greenberg.[16]

Personal life

Hawley resides in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California with his wife, Kyle Hawley, and their two children.[5]

Published works

  • Hawley, Noah (1998). A Conspiracy of Tall Men. Harmony. ISBN 978-0609602805.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hawley, Noah (2004). Other People's Weddings. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0312322731.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hawley, Noah (2008). The Punch: A Novel. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0811864299.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hawley, Noah (2012). The Good Father. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385535533.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hawley, Noah (2016). Before the Fall. Grand Central. ISBN 978-1455561780.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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  2. Elks, Jennifer , The Skinny, accessed June 21, 2011.
  3. "Development Update:Wednesday, January 20", The Futon Critic, accessed June 21, 2011.
  4. Elks, Jennifer "Lies and Alibis", Coming Soon, accessed June 21, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley: How I Made It in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. April 15, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. "News and Announcements from Alums", Sarah Lawrence College website, accessed May 30, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ganahl, Jane (August 31, 1998). "Success stalks thriller writer". Retrieved December 10, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "News and Announcements from Alums". Sarah Lawrence College. Retrieved December 10, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Noah Hawley"
  11. Berkshire, Geoff. "'Fargo' Season 3 To Premiere In 2017, With New Cast and Setting". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "FX Inks New Deal with 'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley, Sets New Development Projects". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "'Fargo' creator developing 'Legion' series with Marvel and FX". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 2016-04-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Andreeva, Nellie. "'Cat's Cradle' Limited Series Adaptation In Works At FX With Noah Hawley & IM Global". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. 15.0 15.1 Jr, Mike Fleming. "'Fargo's Noah Hawley To Adapt His Novel 'Before The Fall' In Sony Pic Deal". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Hipes, Patrick. "Fox Acquires Newbie's Sci-Fi Spec 'Man Alive' For 'Fargo's Noah Hawley To Direct". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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