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Kenneth Hawks

Born: Aug 12, 1898

Death: Jan 2, 1930

Birthplace: Goshen

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Kenneth Hawks

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1898
Date of Death : Jan 2, 1930
Birth Place : Goshen

Kenneth Neil Hawks was an American film director and producer. Hawks served in the United States Army Air Service during World War I. He then graduated from Yale University in 1919. He soon moved to Hollywood, California with brother Howard Hawks; he was also the brother of producer William Hawks. He became a writer, editor and supervisor at Fox Films Corporation in 1926. He began directing films for Fox in 1929. He was supervising producer of the Fox documentary film True Heaven. On January 2, 1930 while directing filming of aerial scenes for the film Such Men Are Dangerous he was killed in a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean along with 9 others: pilot Walter Ross Cook, cameraman George Eastman, assistant director Ben Frankel, assistant director Max Gold, Tom Harris, Harry Johannes, Otho Jordan, pilot Halleck Rouse, and cinematographer Conrad Wells. The planes that crashed into each other were identical Stinson SM-1F Detroiters; sun glare was listed as probable cause. His body was recovered and after cremation his ashes were scattered over the site of his death.


  • Film Producer
  • Writer
  • Film director
  • Soldier
  • Film Editor

Also known as

  • Kenneth Neil Hawks
  • Kenneth


  • Helen Hawks
  • Frank W. Hawks


  • Mary Astor
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