(His death doesn’t get listed)
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Hawkins's career received a major boost when given the third lead in ''[[The Bridge on the River Kwai]]'' (1957), supporting [[William Holden]] and [[Alec Guinness]]. This was a massive hit and highly acclaimed.
Hawkins played the lead role a film for [[John Ford]], ''[[Gideon's Day (film)|Gideon's Day]]'' (USA title: ''Gideon of Scotland Yard'') (1958), playing a police officer. He had a good role as a double agent in a war film, ''[[The Two-Headed Spy]]'' (1958) then was given another third lead in a Hollywood blockbuster ''[[Ben-Hur (1959 film)|Ben-Hur]]'' (1959), playing the Roman admiral who befriends [[Charlton Heston]]. It was even more successful than ''Bridge on the River Kwai''.