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Marton Csokas has recently appeared back-to-back in several international films, including the role of Celeborn, Lord of the Elves, in Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed epic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Jerry Bruckheimer production of Down and Under and Alex Proyas' Garage Days.

Immediately upon completion of his role in XXX, Csokas was cast by director Richard Donner in his film version of Michael Crichton's best-selling novel, Timeline, for Paramount Pictures.

Born in New Zealand to a Hungarian father (family name pronounced Cho-karsh) and a New Zealander mother, Csokas graduated from the New Zealand Drama School. He embarked on a celebrated career on stage, the first of which was the Taki Rua/Depot's Te Whaunau A Tuanui Jones. Audiences soon saw him portraying the erudite and Byronesque Septimus in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, the ambiguous Joe Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, as well as in productions of Brian Friels' Dancing at Lughnasa, David Hare's Amy's View, Patrick Marber's Closer (Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Production of the Year) and Steven Berkoff's Kvetch. Csokas also co-founded his own experimental company, Stronghold Theatre, which built a reputation for challenging and expansive work.

His talent for classical work was seen in numerous productions of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Brecht, including roles as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Brutus in Julius Caesar and Orsino in Twelfth Night, as well as performing in Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and Happy End.

After appearing in numerous short films, Csokas acted in the acclaimed 1996 film Broken English, which brought him a New Zealand Film Institute nomination. He also starred in the coming-of-age drama Rain, which garnered fine reviews when it opened in New York and Los Angeles in May 2002. For an episode of the popular series G.P., Csokas was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for Best Performance in a Television Drama. U.S. audiences also saw him portray Ted Healy, the man who created The Three Stooges, in the highly rated television movie.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "xXx" (11-Aug-2002)