Tony Hawks (born Antony Gordon Hawksworth, 12th May 1960, Brighton, East Sussex, England) is a British actor, writer, stand-up comedian and musician.
Hawks acted as the warm-up for the live audience during filming of Red Dwarf. Hawks also played a number of minor roles in the series. Due to his strong connection to the television series, Hawks has often been referred to as the "Fifth Dwarfer".
Hawks attended school and college in Brighton and then studied at the University of Manchester. He was a very keen and highly ranked tennis player in his youth.
He first tried to make a career as a singer/songwriter, releasing several songs as the lead singer with Morris Minor and the Majors, including the no. 4 hit "Stutter Rap". This led to a short lived TV series, Morris Minor's Marvellous Motors.
He then went into stand-up comedy. Ed Bye approached him while he was performing at Jongleurs in London as a comic and compere, offering him the chance to warm up the audience for Red Dwarf and play small roles in the show. He became such a part of the cast that he was referred to as "The fourth/fifth Dwarfer".
Since Red Dwarf, he has worked extensively on radio and television, including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Grumpy Old Men and Have I Got News For You.
His most important contribution has been his travelogue books. He has written bestsellers like Round Ireland with a Fridge, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis and One Hit Wonderland. The first two books have been made into films starring Tony himself. He also raises money for charities in the UK and abroad including the Hippocrates Centre and "Tennis for Free" campaign.
Tony Hawks is frequently confused with the skateboarding expert Tony Hawk. He receives and responds to e-mails meant for the skateboarder.