Troy Kotsur: What to watch if you love the Oscar-winning CODA star


History was made at the 94th Annual Academy Awards when Troy Kotsur accepted this year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in CODA, which also won Best Picture that night. The actor, who also won a SAG Award and several other accolades for the role, became the first deaf person to win in this category and the second to win an Oscar after Marlee Matlin, who also plays his wife in the famous exclusive. AppleTV+. .

As tends to happen with first-time Oscar winners, the actor’s career is sure to spark new interest, including among people who haven’t yet seen the Academy’s latest pick. for the best film of the previous year. Maybe that’s where we’ll start with our recommendations for Troy Kotsur movies and TV shows (some of which you might already recognize).

Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur in CODA

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CODA (Apple TV+)

The only hearing member of a Massachusetts family (Emilia Jones) struggles with the choice between pursuing her dreams of studying music and staying home for help when their fishing business hits hard times.

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: As struggling fisherman and devoted father Frank Rossi, Troy Kotsur gives a beautiful and authentic performance in CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) – for which director Sian Heder based her Oscar-winning screenplay on the 2014 French film The Aries familywhich caught the attention of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, after his Best Picture win.

Stream CODA on Apple TV+.

Troy Kotsur on CSI: NY

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CSI: NY – Season 3, Episode 12 (Paramount+)

A former Marine turned detective (Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise) leads a team of forensic investigators to solve crimes in New York City.

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: Years before playing a married couple in CODATroy Kotsur and fellow Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin (for Children of a lesser God) played husband and wife in a deaf family whose teenage daughter is murdered in a season 3 holiday episode of CSI: NY – the Manhattan edition of the popular CBS crime procedural – titled “Silent Night”.

Stream CSI: NY – Season 3, Episode 12 on Paramount+.
Buy CSI: NY – Season 3, Episode 12 on Amazon.

Deanne Bray and Troy Kotsur on Susan Thomas: FBEye

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Susan Thomas: FB Eye (Tubi, Pluto TV)

A deaf federal agent (Deanne Bray) uses her talent for lip reading to solve mysteries, with the help of her trusted hearing dog, Levi, in Washington DC

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: Before making his only appearance alongside his future wife on the screen of CODAMarlee Matlin, on CSI: NYTroy Kotsur had a recurring role as an FBI informant also named Troy alongside his real-life wife, Deanne Bray, who played the title role of Susan Thomas: FB Eye – a border crossing, fact-based crime procedural for which Kotsur also served as an ASL consultant.

Stream Susan Thomas: FBEye on Tubi.
Stream Susan Thomas: FBEye on Pluto TV.
Buy Susan Thomas: FBEye on Amazon.

Tara Samuel and Troy Kotsur in Wild Prairie Rose

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Wild Meadow Rose (Tubi)

A woman (Tara Samuel) returns to care for her ailing mother (Suanne Spoke) in her rural South Dakota hometown, where she meets and begins to fall in love with a deaf farmer (Troy Kotsur), much to the concern of his peers in the early 1950s.

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: Deanne Bray has a small role alongside husband Troy Kotsur, giving yet another inspirational performance as the male lead in 2016’s heartwarming and groundbreaking romance. wild prairie rosewhich also features another Susan Thomas: FB Eye actor Tara Samuel in the title role.

Stream Wild Prairie Rose on Tubi.
Rent/Buy Wild Prairie Rose on Amazon.

John Maucere in No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie

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No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie (Rental)

A deaf actor (John Maucere) longs to see his popular superhero persona taken more seriously in hopes of being an inspiration to a young fan of his (Zane Hencker) who is struggling to come to terms with his hearing impairment.

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: Troy Kotsur appeared alongside Deanne Bray and Marlee Matlin (as herself) in his directorial debut in 2013 No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Moviewhich is based on a character originally created by star John Maucere.

Rent/Buy No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie on Apple.

Troy Kotsur in Number 23

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Number 23 (Amazon rental)

An animal control officer (Jim Carrey in an unusually darker role) becomes obsessed with how the number 23 seems to be tied to various aspects of his life as he also begins to notice similarities between himself and the central character. of a mysterious novel that turns more violent with each page.

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: In 2007, Troy Kotsur made his film debut in the small supporting role of Barnaby in The number 23 – a bizarre conspiracy thriller from director Joel Schumacher.

Rent/Buy Number 23 on Amazon.

Troy Kotsur and the cast of Scrubs

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Scrubs – Season 6, Episode 16 (Hulu, Amazon Prime)

A tasteful, comedic, and imaginative inside look at the medical field from the perspective of the diverse and somewhat eccentric staff of a California hospital.

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: The same year he made his film debut, Troy Kotsur made a memorable appearance in a Season 6 episode of Scrubs called “My Words of Wisdom” as a deaf man who declines an offer for a procedure that could give his also deaf son the ability to hear, which turns out to be an educational moment for JD (Zach Braff) and Turk (Donald Faison).

Stream Scrubs – Season 6, Episode 16 on Hulu.
Stream Scrubs – Season 6, Episode 16 on Amazon Prime.
Rent/Buy Scrubs – Season 6, Episode 16 on Amazon.

Troy Kotsur in The Mandalorian

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The Mandalorian – Season 1, Episode 5 (Disney+)

In the midst of the Galactic Empire’s defeat, a masked, planet-roaming bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) takes on the responsibility of protecting a gifted child he was originally tasked to deliver to a vengeful crime syndicate.

Why it’s worth checking out if you like Troy Kotsur: You might not have realized that a disguised Troy Kotsur played a Tusken Raider in the first season of The Mandalorianfor which he also helped develop a special form of sign language used by nomadic desert dwellers for “Chapter 5” of the original Disney+ hit set in the star wars universe.

Stream The Mandalorian – Season 1, Episode 5 on Disney+.

I think I speak for a lot when I say that after his monumental Oscar win, I’m looking to see what Troy Kotsur will appear in next. He is expected to star alongside his wife, Deanne Bray, in Flash before the shot – based on the true story of an all-deaf high school track team – which is now in pre-production.


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