He is a full-blooded Nez Perce, although during a discussion as to whether or not he believes in the soul, he references Blackfoot Indian mysticism to Special Agent Dale Cooper. He is usually referred to as "Hawk" because of his excellent tracking skills, which extend beyond animal and human tracks to those of cars and trucks.
He is clearly aware of the supernatural presence in woods of Twin Peaks and also discusses with Cooper his belief in a direct connection to Native American spirituality. He is also the first person to verbally express to Cooper what the White Lodge and Black Lodge are.
A Bookhouse Boy and an all-around dependable good guy, he saves the lives of both Truman and Cooper on more than one occasion. He has a girlfriend, Diane Shapiro, PhD.
In high school, Hill was given the nickname "Hawk" by Frank Truman, though he was initially resentful of it. He was also a running back in the starting lineup of Twin Peaks High football team of 1968, alongside Frank Truman, Harry S. Truman, "Big Ed" Hurley, Hank Jennings, Thad "Toad" Baker and Jerry Horne. He was presumably a halfback.
Following high school, he served in the Vietnam War and, some time after returning home, became a deputy in the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department under Frank Truman and subsequently Harry S. Truman after Frank retired and left Twin Peaks.
In February 1989, Hawk informed Sheriff Truman and Deputy Andy Brennan that "Bernie" was coming in from Canada. When Andy made a stray comment that if he was coming in on foot, thus had a long hike, Hawk quickly left the room before an "Andy" situation developed.
Murder of Laura PalmerEdit
After homecoming queen Laura Palmer was found murdered on the morning of February 24, Hawk and Andy asked her boyfriend, Bobby Briggs, about his whereabouts until Sheriff Truman arrived to inform Briggs that Laura had been found dead.
Later, Hawk went with Andy and Truman to the Palmer home, where he found evidence as the sheriff questioned Mrs. Palmer. He found Laura's diary and took it for the investigation, though they did not have the key and Leland Palmer was mildly reluctant to let him take it. He also found a camcorder.
After James was questioned the next morning by Truman and FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, Hawk took him back to his cell once again and later released James to his uncle, Ed Hurley, and the two men made the Bookhouse Boys gesture to each other, touching their temples.
Hawk called Agent Cooper the next day, updating him on Ronette's condition and the findings from her parents. He went on to tell him about the one-armed man he saw around the intensive care ward.
He later assisted Truman in setting up a bottle sixty feet and six inches away from receptionist Lucy Moran, per Cooper's instructions. He questioned what the special agent was doing, but the sheriff was just as baffled. Later, he sat and listened to a presentation Cooper had prepared about Tibet and a method he had derived from a dream to determine which individuals with the initial 'J' were people of interest in the Palmer case. Cooper had Hawk hold rocks that he threw at a bottle. The rock for Lawrence Jacoby knocked over the bottle, but did not break it, and the rock for Leo Johnson broke it.
Hawk informed Agent Cooper the next day that he had found no sign of the one-armed man, then went to Laura's funeral, where he helped restrain Mike Nelson when Bobby and James charged at each other.
Later he went to the Double R Diner with Harry and Ed. They were joined by Cooper, who they informed about their operation to halt the drug flow into Twin Peaks, introducing him to the Bookhouse Boys. They subsequently took him to the Bookhouse.
In the evening, Hawk discussed the human soul with Cooper. He said that he believed in waking souls and dream souls. They had a drink to Laura, but were interrupted when Leland Palmer had a breakdown on the dance floor and they escorted him home.
Hawk called Cooper the next day and said that he had found the one-armed man at the Timber Falls Motel. His name was Gerard and he was in room 101. After Cooper and Truman kicked in the door, Hawk checked Gerard's background and found no criminal record or warrants. After they question Gerard, Hawk told Truman that Josie Packard had been in her car at the motel prior to his arrival.
He later brought in an analysis on a plastic object found in Laura's stomach, determining it to be part of a poker chip. Andy then found a file on a myna bird owned by Jacques Renault named Waldo and Hawk went to retrieve Jacques's address.
When they arrived, they saw a man they believed was Jacques, but he got away.
The next morning, Hawk received a transmission from Truman that he was at Jacques's apartment and wished for Hawk to be there as soon as he can, as he had been sent to find Bernard Renault.
He later arrived at the apartment, confirming that a post office box noted on envelopes hidden in the apartment belonged to Jacques, providing letters he found in it. He handed Cooper a copy of Flesh World found in the apartment and he found an ad of Laura, which had red drapes matching ones in a photo in the apartment and a dream Cooper had. They then set out to find the cabin seen in the photo.
Hawk led them through the woods, where they encountered the Log Lady. They sat down for tea and cookies while she spoke for what her log saw the night Laura was killed and the men set back out to find the cabin. They heard music playing and found the cabin. They entered, where Hawk found a camera with film in it and blood.
He brought forensics results to Cooper in the conference room the next day, determining that Jacques had three people in his cabin: Laura Palmer, Ronette Pulaski, and Leo Johnson. He also provided the only photo found on the camera's film, which showed Waldo on Laura's back.
Later joined by Ed, he listened to Cooper's operation as he spoke with Jacques, who described his involvement with Laura the night she was killed.
Hawk then informed Sheriff Truman that Jacques would be crossing the border.
Later, after the law apprehended Renault, he stood with Andy and Ed and they told other lawmen about Andy's heroic actions of saving Sheriff Truman's life.
He is later told by Cooper to pull the surveillance off of Leo's house and go to Easter Park.
He went with Truman and Andy later that night to Agent Cooper's room at the Great Northern after contact was lost with him. They found the special agent on his floor, bleeding from a gunshot wound.
He took James back to his cell after he was questioned by Sheriff Truman and later to the hospital to give him over to Ed.
He later sat in the conference room as Cooper went over the events of the night Laura was killed.
He spoke with James at the station a couple of days later before being dismissed by Cooper. He then observed Lucy working on finding out what words all contained the letters found under the fingernails of Teresa Banks, Laura Palmer, and Ronette Pulaski. He offered to help just before Lucy's lunch date, Dick Tremayne arrived, whose impending arrival made Andy call in sick. Hawk broke Tremayne's cigarette and ignored his attempts to introduce himself.
With Sheriff Truman and Agent Cooper, he later discussed a giant that appeared to Agent Cooper. Leland Palmer then arrived to give his knowledge on "BOB," who was apparently the neighbor to Leland's grandfather named Robertson. Cooper sent Hawk to find further information on this.
He later returned with his findings that there was no record of anyone named Robertson in the area, but suspected an unmarked mailbox in front of a boarded-up house. Harry then asked if he had seen Philip Gerard, but he had not. Cooper noted that in his dream, the One-Armed Man knew "BOB," so he led Hawk and Harry to the bathroom, where Gerard had been, and they found a syringe.
Hawk quickly enters the station two days later to inform Harry that the house allegedly lived in by Robertson was actually owned by schoolteachers who knew nothing of a man with BOB's appearance. Having had to drink three cups of tea to extract this information, he excused himself to the bathroom.
Later, he walked into Harry's office to inform he and Cooper on the whereabouts of Gerard, who had not been seen in a couple of days. He was then suspiciously dismissed by Truman.
They took Audrey to the Bookhouse, where Cooper determined that she had been doped with heroin and Hawk later found Philip Gerard and brought him to the station, to Harry's office.
He went with Cooper, Truman, and Cole to the conference room to question Gerard. Cole refused to give Gerard his medicine and he seemingly switched personalities into the "inhabiting spirit," MIKE. He explained "BOB" as being his familiar and that he fed on fear and pleasure. He also said that he was to stop BOB, who was in a house made of wood: the Great Northern Hotel.
Hawk has coffee outside the receptionist's desk the next morning with Cole, Cooper, MIKE, and Andy. He was sent by Harry with a search warrant for the apartment of Harold Smith, who allegedly had in his possession another diary written by Laura. He went to Harold's apartment and found his hanging body, with plants and pages strewn about the apartment. After Harry and Cooper arrived, Hawk realized that the pages were from Laura's secret diary.
Lucy came back to Twin Peaks the next day with her sister, Gwen and nephew, having been visiting them in Tacoma. Hawk was asked by Lucy if he had seen Andy, but he shook his head. Gwen then referred to him as "Eagle Eye." He corrected her and was introduced to her by Lucy. Gwen then asked him if he hated white people for their historical actions against Natives, but he responded, "Some of my best friends are white people."
After MIKE escaped from his custody at the Great Northern, Hawk found him and took him back to the station interrogation room. There, MIKE said that Ben Horne was not BOB. However, Truman charged him with the murder and Hawk took MIKE back to the hotel.
Hawk observed the next day as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield delivered evidence found on Maddy's body: a letter 'O' under her fingernail and fur from a taxidermy white fox. When Cooper was unsure where to go next with the case, Hawk encouraged him.
He wheeled Leo into the roadhouse, where Cooper determined the killer of Laura and Maddy through the use of what he called "magic." He asked to have Horne escorted back to the station with Leland as his attorney. Hawk and Albert took Ben down to interrogation, but Leland was pushed into the room first by Harry and Cooper, causing him to be enraged, revealed as BOB's host.
They soon entered the room, where Leland was restrained by Truman as Hawk cautiously pointed his gun him. Through Leland, BOB howled and laughed as he confessed to the murders. Hawk curiously watched him as the lawmen left the room, the sheriff satisfied with the confession. As Cooper discussed all of the evidence against Leland and the events that occurred the night of Laura's murder, Hawk watched Leland through the room's window.
They left after BOB chants a poem, then frantically entered again after the sprinkler system went off and BOB slammed Leland's head into the door. Hawk left to call an ambulance, but Leland ultimately died in Cooper's arms.
Cooper's suspension from the FBIEdit
A few days later, as Dick and Lucy talked about the baby, Hawk tried to get Andy to intervene. However, Andy proposed a truce, which Hawk was not impressed with.
As Agent Cooper prepared to leave Twin Peaks, he told Hawk that if he was ever lost, he hoped Hawk to be the one who was sent to find him. However, Cooper was stopped by Special Agent Roger Hardy, who told him that he had been suspended from the FBI.
Hawk went with Andy to Truman's office the next day, where Andy presented a wedding gift for Dougie Milford and his wife-to-be Lana Budding. Hawk stated his disbelief that Milford was marrying again and explained to Agent Cooper that the man's marriages were "seasonal."
Cooper later asked Hawk and Harry if they had ever heard of a place called the White Lodge, it being the last thing Major Garland Briggs spoke about prior to his disappearance while fishing with Cooper. Hawk explained the White Lodge's spiritual nature and that it had a shadow-self, the Black Lodge, and that every spirit must pass through to reach perfection. He said that his people called it "The Dweller on the Threshold." DEA Agent Dennis Bryson then arrived, having been assigned to Cooper's case. However, Hawk and the other men were surprised that Bryson was wearing women's clothing and preferred to be called Denise. After she explained the case to Cooper and left, Hawk remarked "That's a good color for him."
Hawk later attended the Milford wedding.
Hawk comforted Lana Milford the next morning following the death of her new husband. He restrained the upset Mayor Dwayne Milford as he angrily chided Lana, and Hawk had him escorted out. Lana explained to him that she believed she had been cursed since her prom night, during which her date - who had braces - had his jaw lock open when they kissed and had to have it broken in three places to be corrected. Hawk told her that her curse could be cured and that "when something really big goes down, [Hawk is] the man." He leaned against a door just before Andy opened it, causing him to fall. Hawk was later taken by Lana's charm once again along with Harry, Andy, Dick, and Doctor Hayward.
Hawk prepared the very sweaty Ernie Niles for a sting operation into Jean Renault's drug trade the next day. He listened in on the drug buy until Ernie's wire malfunctioned due to his sweat, blowing their cover. Cooper offered himself to Renault in exchange for Ernie and Denise. Harry commanded Hawk to call in backup. After Denise made her way into the house as a waitress and gave a gun to Cooper, Hawk confirmed Renault's death by Cooper.
Windom Earle and the Black LodgeEdit
They returned to the station, where the power was out, due to a bomb in the woods, according to Lucy, though Hawk was sure that there was something more sinister at work.
A body was found in Sheriff Truman's office. Hawk reported in that he found two sets of the same boot prints outside the station, one coming and one going. Truman later told him to check an abandoned car found on a logging road and he reported that it had no prints. He also said that Hank Jennings was not present at the Dead Dog Farm buy, as he was in the hospital, claiming to have been hit by a bus. Hawk handcuffed him to the bed and charged him with various parole violations.
Hawk escorted Hank into Sheriff Truman's office a couple of days later, where Hank was charged with the attempted murder of Leo Johnson. However, he offered a trade for information on who killed Andrew Packard, and despite the sheriff declining, Hank hinted that Josie Packard was responsible. When Hank mocked Harry, Hawk kicked out one of his crutches and escorted him out.
Following the death of Josie Packard, Hawk brought breakfast from Norma to Harry, who sat at the Bookhouse, drinking. Harry thanked him and asks how things were at the station, confident that Cooper and Hawk could handle his responsibilities.
Hawk went to Cooper to report on Harry's situation. Cooper also noted that Hayward's autopsy on Josie found that she only weighed 65 pounds.
Later, he again went to Cooper to bring him to the Bookhouse, as Harry was then tearing the building apart in a drunken rage. After Cooper calmed him down, they took Harry to bed.
Hawk brings gear to the entryway the next day for the department's trip to Owl Cave, while Andy spelunked through the ceiling. At the cave, they found the symbol Cooper came to find, and by Andy's mistake of swinging his pickaxe into the cave wall, a petroglyph was revealed.
Later, at the station, Hawk brought a segment of a poem sent to Donna Hayward, the other two having been sent to Audrey and Shelly Johnson, the latter's being in possession of the Sheriff's Department already. Cooper believed the poems to have been sent by Earle. Hawk told them that Major Briggs had come to speak with them, and Cooper requested him to get Leo Johnson's arrest report. Hawk brought Cooper the report, which showed that the poems were in Leo's handwriting. The agent believed the poem was dictated to him by Earle. Hawk called Donna and Audrey to the sheriff's station the next day, per Agent Cooper's instruction.
The following day, Hawk searched the woods for Major Briggs, who had disappeared again. Soon, he encountered him stumbling and took him to the station.
Hawk later studied the petroglyph, which Andy had discovered was a map. Harry took a closer look and identified Glastonbury Grove, where Hawk had previously found a bloody towel and pages of Laura's diary. The Log Lady came, bringing oil that her husband called "an opening to a gateway." Hawk then brought in Ronette Pulaski, who smelled the oil and became frightened, as she recognized the smell from the night Laura Palmer was killed.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Hawk was not present in the original script for the pilot. Instead, there was an African-American deputy named Bernie Hill.
- In the International Pilot, Lucy tells Leland Palmer that Hawk is the department's sketch artist. In all other episodes, Andy has this job.
- According to The Secret History of Twin Peaks, his favorite book is Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson.