Marton Csokas filmography and biography
Date of birth: 30 June 1966, Invercargill, New Zealand
Marton Csokas biography
Marton became an actor in 1989 after graduating from the New Zealand
Drama School. His first movie role was in the 1994 movie
Jack Brown Genius in which he played the role of Dennis.
After starring for 2 years in the New Zealand soap opera
Shortland Street, he starred in the 1996 movie
Broken English 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.
After that, he continued working with Renaissance Pictures, playing the
roles of Khrafstar and Borias in the 1997-1998 seasons of
Xena: Warrior Princess. He continued appearing in many
other shows in both NZ and Australia, such as Farscape,
BeastMaster, Water Rats,
Cleopatra 2525, and more, returning for the role of
Borias in three episodes of the 2000-2001 season of
Xena: Warrior Princess. He was also in many movies
produced in NZ and Australia, such as Hurrah,
The Monkeys Mask and the mini-series
The Farm. Marton is a citizen of both New Zealand and
Marton Csokas was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, New Zealand. He is a
citizen of the European Union, Hungary, and is a permanent resident of
the United States.
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 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.
His first film role was in the Peter Jackson produced feature, "Jack Brown Genius", (Dennis). He has since worked with the likes of Ridley Scott in "Kingdom of Heaven", (Guy de Lusignan), Paul Greengrass in "Bourne Supremacy", (Jada), and Peter Jackson again in, "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy", (Celeborn).
His commercial work is comprised of, "XXX",(Yorgi), Aeon Flux, (Goodchild), and Mirimax's, "The Great Raid", (Redding), directed by John Dahl. Some of the Independent films he appears in are Christine Jeffs', Rain,(Cady), which featured in Cannes Director's Fortnight 2001, another with Malcolm McDowell, in the disturbing David Grieco film, "Evilenko", and alongside Ian McKellen and Natasha Richardson as 'Edgar Stark' in the David McKenzie directed picture, "Asylum".
His stage highlights have been the Tom Stoppard penned, "Arcadia", as Septimus, in "Julius Ceasar" as Brutus, both with the Auckland Theatre Company, and most recently the Lope de Vega play, "Peribanez Y El Comendador De Ocana", and in "Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf",(George), at Company B, Belvoir St Theatre).
His television work has been recognised with an Emmy nomination for NBC's "The Three Stooges"(Ted Healey),and an AFTA nomination for "GP", in the role of a paedophile. He did one year of "Shortland St." in NZ, nine episodes of "Xena", as Borias, and numerous episodes of assorted television dramas in both New Zealand and Australia, including the acclaimed mini series with Greta Scacchi, "The Farm".
He has inherited some of his talents from his father who is a trained opera singer, and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus. His mother is a nurse who resides in Tasmania.
Marton Csokas trivia
- Father is Hungarian
- Father's name is also Marton Csokas
- Last name, Csokas, is pronounced Cho-Kash
- Co-founded his own theater company, the Stronghold Theatre.