Ted Kotcheff

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William Theodore Kotcheff was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Bulgarian parents from Plovdiv. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. He began his professional career directing TV drama at age 24 at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, at the time becoming the youngest director in the CBC. After two ... See full bio »

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First Blood Director
Wake in Fright Director


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  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) (executive producer - 264 episodes, 2000 - 2012) (co-executive producer - 22 episodes, 1999 - 2000)
- Rhodium Nights (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Father's Shadow (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Official Story (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Theatre Tricks (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Spiraling Down (2011) ... (executive producer)
 1986 The Check Is in the Mail... (executive producer - uncredited)
 1983 Uncommon Valor (executive producer)
 1982 Split Image (producer)
 1958-1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (producer - 2 episodes)
- The Last Tycoon (1959) ... (producer - as William Kotcheff)
- Emperor Jones (1958) ... (producer - as William Kotcheff)
 1957 First Performance (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Ice on Fire (1957) ... (producer - as William T. Kotcheff)
 1956-1957 On Camera (TV Series) (producer - 9 episodes)
- Romantic Interlude (1957) ... (producer - as William T. Kotcheff)
- A Godmother for Amy (1957) ... (producer - as W.T. Kotcheff)
- Big League Goalie (1957) ... (producer - as W.T. Kotcheff)
- The Witness (1957) ... (producer - as W.T. Kotcheff)
- Reunion (1957) ... (producer - as W.T. Kotcheff)
 1956-1957 Encounter (TV Series) (producer - 2 episodes)
- 99 Times Around the Block (1957) ... (producer - as W.T. Kotcheff)
- Distinguished Gathering (1956) ... (producer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Doris Lessing's play, "Play with a Tiger," at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with Siobhan McKenna, William Russell, Maureen Pryor, Godfrey Quigley, Anne Lawson, and Alex Viespi in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

W.T. Kotcheff | William T. Kotcheff | William Kotcheff


Sylvia Kay  (divorced)  (3 children) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

I am not the judge of my characters. I am their best witness.


He was born in Toronto to a family of Bulgarian immigrants, who changed their last name from Tsochev to Kotcheff for convenience. See more »

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