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Marton Csokas

Marton Csokas (pronounced CHO-kash) is an accomplished actor with dual citizenship in New Zealand and the European Union (Hungary). Whether he is the leading man or playing in a supporting role, he has gained the respect of filmmakers and audiences with his deft portrayal of rich characters.

Csokas recently starred in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, as well as Paramount Classics's Asylum with Malcolm McDowell and Miramax Films's The Great Raid, both released last August. He will soon be seen in Evilenko for Pacific Pictures and director David Grieco.

Csokas played the role of Celeborn in Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings. He appeared as the villain in and the action thriller XXX for Sony Pictures opposite Vin Diesel and as DeKere in Richard Donner's Timeline, based on Michael Crichton's bestselling novel. He was also seen in The Bourne Supremacy, opposite Matt Damon, where he was singled out for his impressive performance in a fight-to-the-death scene with Damon. Csokas was born in Aotearoa, New Zealand. At the completion of a vagrant education including attending Canterbury University, in Christchurch, New Zealand studying Art History and joining both the drama and writers club, he opted to pursue a career in acting. He was accepted into Te Kura Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School. Equipped with an eclectic and classical training, he graduated into his first play Te Whanau A Tuanui Jones in 1990 at the Taki Rua/Depot Theatre.

His first stage performance was that of a naïve idealist berating the racist status quo. On the television he portrayed an epileptic, schizophrenic boxer on acid, and, his first film role was that of a jilted lover gone paranoid. All good beginnings for a varied career and he has since worked on the classical, experimental, and inane.

After appearing in numerous short films, Csokas acted in the acclaimed 1996 feature film Broken English, which brought him a New Zealand Film nomination for Best Actor. In an episode of the popular series G.P., Csokas was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Performance in a Television Drama. He also starred in Plain Tastes directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Rain directed by Christine Jeffs (Sylvia), which was selected for Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

In the theater, highlights have been Septimus in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. He played the ambiguous Joe Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, as well as Jerry in a production of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa. Other roles include the role of Dominick in David Hare's Amy's View , Dan in Patrick Marber's Closer (Chapman Tripp Theatre Award of Production of the Year) and Steven Berkoff's Kvetch. Csokas also co-founded his own experimental company, Stronghold Theatre, which built a strong reputation for challenging and expansive works. Csokas's talent for classical work was seen in numerous productions of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Brecht, including roles of Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Orsino in Twelfth Night (Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney) as well as performing in Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and Happy End.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Marton Csokas Facts

BirthdayJune 30, 1966 (57)
BirthplaceNew Zealand
Height6' 3" (1m91)  How tall is Marton Csokas compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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