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Troy Kotsur On His Historic ‘CODA’ Awards Season, And Why Walmart Isn’t Supplying His Oscar Night Tux – The Actor’s Side

Troy Kotsur

Troy Kotsur is poised to make history at the Oscars should he win the Best Supporting Actor award for his poignant and funny role as the father, Frank Rossi, in CODA opposite Marlee Matlin, who became the first, and only deaf actor to date, to win an Academy Award, and that was way back in 1987. Kotsur could become the second and the first male actor to achieve the rare feat.

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He is well on his way, having already won the SAG, Critics Choice, BAFTA and other honors on his way to an Oscar nomination for the much-loved movie that is also a strong Best Picture contender. Kotsur is a veteran stage actor having worked with many different companies including National Theatre of the Deaf, and Deaf West. In 2001 he appeared in the Los Angeles and Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning musical Big River and has worked in film and TV roles as well as a director for movies and stage. But his role in CODA has brought him to a new level as we discuss in our wide-ranging conversation — closed captioned as CODA also was with burned-in subtitles — for this episode of my Deadline video series, The Actor’s Side. We start by talking about his ambitions and experiences behind the camera as a director.

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