Deaf actor Troy Kotsur: I had no money to send my daughter to school, no pension or savings: this movie saved my life

He was born on July 24, 1968, to a police chief father and a housewife mother. Initially, it was no different from other children. But when she was 9 months old, her parents realized she had a hearing problem. After the test, the situation became clear: the baby was not really listening, he was born deaf. Today he is now a 53-year-old adult and has not listened to the world.

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His name is written in history
But being born deaf did not stop him from being a good actor. He appeared on stage and in front of the camera for the film. This season, he played a pivotal role that literally spread around the world and was nominated for an Oscar. As the first deaf player to be nominated for an award in this category, he has made his mark in history, whether he wins or not.

An important time in your career
Those who are intimately interested in the Seventh Art will soon realize that this is the story of Troy Kotsur, who, though late, made significant progress in his career through the film Coda. American actor Kotsur, who has a 16-year-old daughter married to Dean Brar, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor this year. Through this feature, his name as the first deaf actor to receive this nomination has already been written in the history of the Academy Awards.

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Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

Who is listening who is listening
Troy Kotsur, who plays Marley Matlin (right) as a married couple who is deaf like himself, in the movie Koda, has recently recovered from a weak career and financial situation. The actor revealed this in his interview without any hesitation. Kotsur, 53, has already graced the statue at the BAFTA, SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards. Now he is waiting for the Oscars to be held this Sunday. But as he himself has said, it does not matter whether he has won the award or not. The important thing is to get that nomination.

Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

‘I had no pension or savings’
But he has achieved this success through the movie Coda, a completely different meaning for Troy Kotsur. In an interview with People magazine, he said: “I’ve been through a lot for 35 years as an actor. That’s why it’s important that my family is still with me. I almost lost my family because of financial problems. I don’t have a pension or a unit. Under the circumstances, it was difficult for me to support my daughter’s education. I was concerned about this. And I consider myself very fortunate to have been nominated for this award. ” Troy Kotsur added that thanks for these awards. And once he gets nominated, he can go to the next step in his life.

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Troy Kotsur’s frequent hand gestures on the red carpet signify “I love you”.

Showing his love with sign language

Troy Kotsur’s frequent hand gestures on the red carpet signify “I love you”.

Showing his love with sign language

Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

Father of a 16-year-old girl
Kotsur married Dean Brake in 2001. The couple has a 16-year-old daughter from this marriage. In the meantime, we remind you that his wife is also deaf and her profession is acting. The couple’s daughter Kaira has no hearing or speech problems.

Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

The actor’s 16-year-old daughter Kaira has no hearing.

Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

He started interested in acting in secondary school
Realizing that Troy Kotsu was deaf, his parents guided him through his current career and life. Kotsur was the first to learn sign language. Her family then encouraged her to play sports and interact with listening children. After attending a secondary school for the deaf, Kotsur graduated from Westwood High School. He started to get interested in acting in his high school years. She took the stage for a pantomime show in high school in support of her teachers.

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Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

The director’s dream fails
After graduating from high school, he did an internship at a TV channel. In fact, his dream was to become a director. But during the internship he worked as an assistant to the editor. At that time, he realized that he could not communicate easily with people and dreamed of becoming a director. The actor’s words were: “When I realize that I live in a world that doesn’t use my language, my dream of becoming a director is shattered.”

However, this did not stop him from building a career as an actor. Her future career was determined when she accepted a job offer from the National Theater for the Deaf. He took to the stage with his colleagues who “speak the same language” in many theater plays, including Arzu Tramway, The Rat, and Men. Drawing the attention of directors through his stage performances, Troy Kotsur made significant progress in his film career through the Coda movie directed by Sean Header.

Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

Who is listening who is listening
In the meantime, let us remind you that Marley Matlin, who played Kotsur’s wife in Coda, also won the Best Actress Oscar for her first film as the first deaf actress in the history of the Academy Awards. Marley Matlin. She won several awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe, for the movie Children of a Lesser God, where she co-starred with William Hart, who died in 1986. At the time of Matlin’s birth, she had no hearing in her right ear. At age 18, he lost 80 percent of his left ear. He began his career with chamber theater and later added movies and TV.

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Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

About Coda Movie: Ruby, whose parents are deaf, is the only hearing member in her family. When her family’s fishing business took off, Ruby suddenly finds herself in two critical decisions: the fear of leaving her family and the pursuit of her passion for music. Directed and written by Sean Header, the film also stars Troy Kotsur and Marley Matlin, as well as Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Ferdia Walsh-Pilo and Daniel Durant. Theater and film actor Durant is also deaf. Coda was nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Adaptive Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

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Deaf actor: No pension, no savings ... I didn't have enough money to send my daughter to school

The return of the French film
In the meantime, let’s add that the Coda movie is a remake of the 2014 French movie La Familia Bellier, which was shown in our country as the song of my life.

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