Troy Kotsur became the first deaf man to win an Oscar when he won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a fisherman and family man in “CODA” on Sunday.
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Kotsur, 53, has worked for more than three decades in film, television and theater for both deaf and hearing audiences.
In “CODA,” an acronym for “child of deaf adults,” Kotsur plays Frank Rossi, the father of teenage Ruby, who struggles to support the family’s fishing business while pursuing his own dreams in music.
The only other deaf person to win an Oscar was Kotsur’s “CODA” co-star Marlee Matlin, who won an Academy Award for best actress for her role in the 1986 romantic drama “Children of a Lesser God.”
Kotsur was born deaf and grew up in Arizona as the only member of his family without hearing.
Most of Kotsur’s credits come from the stage, with roles in “Of Mice and Men,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and the Broadway production of “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
He also acted in an episode of the “Star Wars” television series “The Mandalorian” and created a sign language for the Tusken Raiders on the planet Tatooine.