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Marton Csokas Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 30 June 1966Invercargill, New Zealand
Height 6' 1¼" (1.86 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, a trained opera singer and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus.

His academic training began at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Art History, and then transferred to, Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa/ The New Zealand Drama School, graduating in December, 1989. His first acting role was in Te Whanau a Tuanui Jones by Apairana Taylor at the Taki Rua Theatre in Wellington New Zealand, (1990). He has since had an eclectic career of theatre, television and film.

He appeared in the 1994 movie Jack Brown Genius (1996) in which he played the role of Dennis. After starring for 2 years in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street (1992), he starred in the 1996 movie Broken English (1996) as Darko. After performing in a great number of theatrical plays, writing his own and co-founding his own theatre company, the Stronghold Theatre, Marton got the role of Tarlus in an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995). After that, he continued working with Renaissance Pictures, playing the roles of Khrafstar and Borias in the 1997-1998 seasons of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995). He continued appearing in many other shows in both NZ and Australia, such as Farscape (1999), BeastMaster (1999), Water Rats (1996), Cleopatra 2525 (2000), and more, returning for the role of Borias in three episodes of the 2000-2001 season of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995). He was also in many movies produced in NZ and Australia, such as Hurrah (1998), The Monkey's Mask (2000) and the mini-series The Farm (2001). He is a citizen of the European Union and Hungary, and is a permanent resident of the United States.

His international film work includes playing Alice's father in Tim Burton's blockbuster Alice in Wonderland; Julie Bertucelli's The Tree with Charlotte Gainsbourg; Yann Samuell's L'âge De Raison (Age of Reason) with Sophie Marceau; Shirley Barrett's South Solitary with Miranda Otto; Jim Sheridan's Dream House with Daniel Craig; Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mr. Csokas' performance in Richard Roxburgh's Romulus, My Father, with Eric Bana and Franka Potente, earned him the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.

Csokas recently completed the Discovery Channel's upcoming miniseries Klondike, executive produced by Sir Ridley Scott. His 2014 roles include Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Darren Aronofsky's Noah and the second lead alongside Denzel Washington in The Equalizer.

On stage, he has played roles including "Orsino" opposite Rebecca Hall in Sir Peter Hall's staging of Twelfth Night at the National Theatre in London. He has previously starred in productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (George) at the Belvoir St. Theatre, directed by Benedict Andrews, which garnered him a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor in 2007; Arcadia (Septimus); Julius Caesar (Brutus); and Angels in America (Joe), all with the Auckland Theatre Co.; Antony and Cleopatra (Antony) for Theatre for a New Audience in NYC; and the award-winning staging of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, directed by Ivan Hove, at New York Theatre Workshop.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lucy Machado <frankiefan@sulware.com.br>

Trivia (5)

His father was Hungarian and his mother had English, Irish, and Danish ancestry.
Father's name is also Marton Csokas
Last name, Csokas, is pronounced Cho-Kash
Co-founded his own theater company, the Stronghold Theatre.

Personal Quotes (6)

I remember Berlin. Berlin to me was the star of the film. I loved for six months that we filmed there.
I've done a lot of that kind of work before, anyway, and I was in good hands.
I would take lots of falls and you know, get shot three or four times and this sort of thing, so all that sort of stuff. And there are tussles with various characters. I like that kind of thing.
Repetition on things like that becomes quite painful. If you do a stunt sometimes it can look like a stunt.
I'm relatively physically adept and I like throwing myself around. Once, twice, but then you get to nine, ten, eleven and to try and make it look realistic all the time, that's not very pleasant.
The sexual deviance - I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss that; but we do have hints of it but in a more psychological way and therefore more human way, arguably. Or certainly to the extent that the animated series takes that sexuality.

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