Troy Kotsur - Bio, Net Worth, Wife, Age, Awards, Deaf, Family, Facts
Troy Michael Kotsur, popularly known as Troy Kotsur is an American actor and filmmaker. Kotsur started his career on stage and later worked in several movies and tv series. He later went on to earn recognition with his supporting role in the 2021 film, CODA. For his role in the film, he went on to win an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics' Choice Movie Award. He has starred in numerous plays, movies, and tv shows.
What is Troy Kotsur Famous For?
- First deaf man to win an Academy Award.
Where is Troy Kotsur From?
Troy Kotsur was born on 24 July 1968. His birth name is Troy Michael Kotsur. His birth place is in Mesa, Arizona in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He belongs to the white ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. His zodiac sign is Leo. He was born to his father Leonard Stephen "Len" Kotsur, and his mother, JoDee True. After her parents discovered that he was deaf, they learned American Sign Language so the family could communicate.
Regarding his educational background, he attended the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. It was there that he became interested in acting. He later graduated from Westwood High School. His drama teacher encouraged him to participate in the senior variety show. He got motivated to pursue theater after his pantomime skit was positively received.
After high school, he interned at KTSP-TV where he assisted an editor and had aspired to direct films. He then studied theater, television, and film at Gallaudet University.
Troy Kotsur Career
- Troy Kotsur left Gallaudet after accepting an acting job offer from the National Theatre of the Deaf.
- He toured with NTD for two years.
- He started acting and directing for the Deaf West Theatre's productions in Los Angeles, California in 1994.
- He played the stage roles of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Lenny in Of Mice and Men, and Prince Hamlet in Ophelia.
- He starred in the 2001 Deaf West Theatre production of the 1985 musical, Big River. Its success led the play to be performed at the Mark Taper Forum, then to a Broadway revival under Roundabout Theater Company, and Deaf West at the American Airlines Theater.
- He played recurring roles on the tv series, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. He was also an ASL specialist for the show.
- He starred in the play, Cyrano in 2012.
- He directed the 2013 feature film, No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie.
- He garnered international recognition for his supporting role in the 2021 feature film, CODA. In the film, Kotsur played the deaf father to a hearing teenage daughter.
- For his role in CODA, he went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
- He also won British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for the same role, also becoming the first deaf actor to win those awards.
- He also won Gotham Award and Independent Spirit Award for the same role.
- He will star in the sports drama tv show, Flash Before the Bang, with an all-deaf cast.
Who is Troy Kotsur Wife?
Troy Kotsur is a married man. He is married to actress Deanne Bray. The couple got married in 2001. They share a daughter named, Kyra Monique Kotsur.
What is Troy Kotsur Height?
Troy Kotsur stands around the height of 5 feet and 9 inches tall. He has a body weight of around 75 kg. He has a slim body build. His eye color is hazel and his hair color is black. His sexual orientation is straight.
What is Troy Kotsur Net Worth?
Troy Kotsur earns from his career in the entertainment industry. Having started his career on stage, he has starred in numerous theater productions. He later went on to work in several television series and movies. One of which, was the 2021 film, CODA which earned him international recognition. He is also a director who has directed several projects. At present, his net worth is estimated at around $10 million.
Trivias About Troy Kotsur You Need To Know.
- His father, Len was Mesa's police chief.
- His parents discovered that Kotsur was deaf when he was nine months old.
- He is the first male and the second deaf person after Marlee Matlin in 1986 to win an Academy Award.