Marton Csokas

Marton Paul Csokas[1] (/ˈkɑːʃ/;[2] born 30 June 1966)[3] is a New Zealand actor who has appeared in films and on television. His notable roles include Yorgi in XXX (2002), Guy de Lusignan in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Trevor Goodchild in Æon Flux (2005), Hora in Romulus, My Father (2007), Nico in Dead Europe (2012), Jack Barts in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Lieutenant Barnes in Pawn (2013), Nicolai Itchenko in The Equalizer (2014), and Quinn in the U.S. television series Into the Badlands.

Marton Csokas
Marton Csokas in May 2008
Marton Paul Csokas

(1966-06-30) 30 June 1966
CitizenshipNew Zealand
Years active1990-present

Early life

Marton was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, the son of Margaret Christine (née Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás I, who worked as a mechanical engineer.[1][4] His father was Hungarian and his mother had English, Irish, and Danish ancestry.[5][6] He holds dual New Zealand and Hungarian citizenship.[7]


Csokas made his acting debut in the New Zealand drama series Shark in the Park as Terry Mercer. He appeared in one episode titled "Technical K.O.". For two years (from 1993 until 1995), he portrayed Leonard Rossi-Dodds in the soap opera Shortland Street. In 1996, he starred in the romantic drama film Broken English. From 1997 to 2001, he maintained a recurring role in Xena: Warrior Princess, portraying the character of Borias.[8] Csokas portrayed Lord Celeborn in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).[9] Csokas also played the villain Yorgi in XXX (2002), Mr. Smith in Kangaroo Jack (2003), Jarda in The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Trevor Goodchild in Æon Flux (2005), and Guy de Lusignan in Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

Csokas' stage credits include plays by Tom Stoppard and William Shakespeare in the 1990s in New Zealand, and in Australia: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2007) and Peribáñez (2006) with Company B.[10]

In 2007, he portrayed Hora in the drama film Romulus, My Father, for which he won an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2012, he appeared in the drama film Dead Europe. For his role in Dead Europe, he was again nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

In 2013, Csokas co-starred in the crime-thriller Pawn with Forest Whitaker and Michael Chiklis,[11] and portrayed Jimmy Laszlo in the DirecTV police drama Rogue, starring opposite Thandie Newton.[12] In 2014, he starred in the films Noah,[13] The Amazing Spider-Man 2,[14] and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Also in 2014, Csokas played the role of the villain Nicolai Itchenko in The Equalizer.[15] That same year, he starred as Sam Steele in the Discovery Channel's scripted miniseries Klondike.[16] Csokas then portrayed General Thomas Gage in History Channel's three-part miniseries Sons of Liberty.[17]

In May 2015, Csokas joined the cast of AMC's martial arts drama Into the Badlands. Csokas played the role of Quinn, the most powerful baron in the badlands.[18] The show was canceled in 2019 after three seasons.[19] In 2016, he co-starred with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the Jeff Nichols-directed drama film Loving,[20] and starred alongside Vera Farmiga in the comedy-drama Burn Your Maps.[21] Csokas starred alongside Emilia Clarke in the supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone released in April 2017.[22][23]

Csokas is known for his portrayals of villains.[24][25]



1994A Game with No RulesKaneShort film
1994Jack Brown GeniusDennis
1995Twilight of the GodsSoldierShort film[26]
1996Broken EnglishDarko
1998HurrahRaoul Trujillo
2000The Monkey's MaskNick Maitland
2000AccidentsChugShort film
2001The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingLord Celeborn
2002Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesPoggle the Lesser
2002Garage DaysShad Kern
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingLord Celeborn
2003TimelineSir William De Kere
2003Kangaroo JackMr. Smith
2004The Bourne SupremacyJarda
2004EvilenkoVadim Timurovic Lesiev
2005Æon FluxTrevor Goodchild
2005Kingdom of HeavenGuy de Lusignan
2005The Great RaidCaptain Redding
2005AsylumEdgar Stark
2007Romulus, My FatherHora
2010Alice in WonderlandCharles Kingsleigh
2010The TreeGeorge Elrick
2010With Love... from the Age of ReasonMalcolm
2010South SolitaryJack Fleet
2010The DebtYoung Stefan Gold
2011Dream HouseJack Patterson
2012Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterJack Barts
2012Dead EuropeNico
2013PawnLieutenant Barnes
2014The Amazing Spider-Man 2Dr. Ashley Kafka
2014Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForDamien Lord
2014The EqualizerNicolai "Teddy" Itchenko
2016LovingSheriff Brooks
2016Burn Your MapsConnor Firth
2016Dark CrimesKozlow
2017Voice from the StoneKlaus Rivi
2017Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White HouseL. Patrick Gray


1990Shark in the ParkTerry MercerEpisode: "Technical K.O."
1992The Ray Bradbury TheaterSidEpisode: "By The Numbers"
1993–1995Shortland StreetLeonard Rossi-DoddsUnknown episodes
1996Hercules: The Legendary JourneysTarlusEpisode: "Promises"
1996G.P.Paul DeaconEpisode: "The Ceremony of Innocence"
1997–2001Xena: Warrior PrincessBorias10 episodes
1999Water RatsRobert TremainEpisode: "Shark Bait"
1999WildsideLarry LodansEpisode: "2.18"
1999All SaintsBrother ThomasEpisode: "More Things in Heaven and Earth"
1999Halifax f.p.John GarthEpisode: "Swimming with the Sharks"
2000The Three StoogesTed HealyTelevision film
2000The Lost WorldKennerEpisode: "Tourist Season"
2000BeastMasterQord3 episodes
2000FarscapeBr'NeeEpisode: "Bone to be Wild"
2001Cleopatra 2525KriderEpisode: "No Thanks For The Memories"
2001The FarmAdrian BeckettMiniseries
2012FalcónJavier Falcón4 episodes
2013RogueJimmy Laszlo10 episodes
2014KlondikeSam SteeleMiniseries; 6 episodes
2014Covert AffairsIvan Kravec2 episodes
2015Sons of LibertyGeneral Thomas GageMiniseries; 3 episodes
2015–2017Into the BadlandsBaron Quinn16 episodes
2018DivorceSkip Zakarian2 episodes

Video game

2011Green Lantern: Rise of the ManhuntersThaal SinestroVoice

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
1996 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama G.P. Nominated
2007 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Romulus, My Father Won
2008 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2013 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Dead Europe Nominated
Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated


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  16. Bibel, Sara (19 March 2013). "Richard Madden, Tim Blake Nelson, Marton Csokas & Connor Leslie Join Cast of Discovery's 'Klondike'". Zap2it. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013.
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  18. Petski, Denise (4 May 2015). "Marton Csokas Joins 'Into The Badlands' On AMC". Deadline Hollywood.
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  21. Volmers, Eric (28 August 2015). "Alberta-shot indie film Burn Your Maps explores humanity and healing". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on 29 August 2015.
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  23. "EXCLUSIVE: Emilia Clarke Is a Long Way From Westeros in First Look at 'Voice From the Stone'". Entertainment Tonight.
  24. Morgan, Clare (12 July 2006). "From Xena's lover to corrupted love". The Sydney Morning Herald.
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