Kim Coates

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Kim Coates
Kim Coates, Genie Awards 2012 (6968819045).jpg
Coates in 2012
Born (1958-02-21) February 21, 1958 (age 63)[ citation needed ]
CitizenshipCanadian /American
Alma mater University of Saskatchewan
Years active1986–present
Diana Chappell
(m. 1984)

Kim F. Coates (born February 21, 1958) is a Canadian-American actor who has worked in both Canadian and American films and television series. He has worked on Broadway portraying Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and in the lead role of Macbeth performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He is best known for his role as Alexander "Tig" Trager in the FX series Sons of Anarchy and as Declan Gardiner in the Citytv series Bad Blood , as well as his recurring roles in Prison Break , Cold Case , CSI and CSI: Miami . He has also had film roles in The Last Boy Scout (1991), Bad Boys (1995), King of Sorrow (2006), Goon (2011).


Early life and career

Coates was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Frederick "Fred" and Joyce Coates. [1] He first saw a play while attending the University of Saskatchewan, where he enrolled in a drama course as an elective. [2] This experience inspired him to pursue an acting career. Coates portrayed Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and was the youngest ever to play the title role of Macbeth at the Stratford Festival in his native Canada. Coates made his screen debut in the film The Boy in Blue (1986). This role opened up opportunities for him, and he has appeared in over 100 titles to date. [3]

In 2018 he had his first stage role in almost thirty years, playing Johnny "Rooster" Byron in the Outside the March production of Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem . [4] He won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role – Play (Large Theatre) at the 2018 Dora Awards. [5]

At the 7th Canadian Screen Awards, Coates won the award for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for his performance as gangster Declan Gardiner in the television series Bad Blood . [6]


Coates supports the One Heart Source, a non profit organization aiming at ending poverty by designing high quality global initiatives focused on education and health. [7]

Coates participates in Rally for Kids events in support for The Pinball Clemons Foundation. [8] [9]

Personal life

Coates has both Canadian and American citizenship. [10]

Coates lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Diana Chappell, and two children, Kyla and Brenna. [11] [12] He is known to be good friends with Prison Break co-star William Fichtner, as well as Kevin Costner and Sons of Anarchy co-star Theo Rossi. Kim became a United States citizen in 2010. [13]

On June 6, 2017, Coates received an honorary doctorate at the University of Saskatchewan. [14]

Coates (right) joins Theo Rossi and Dayton Callie on a USO visit to Southwest Asia. SOAinKuwait.jpg
Coates (right) joins Theo Rossi and Dayton Callie on a USO visit to Southwest Asia.



1986The Boy in BlueMcCoy Man No. 2
1987 Last Man Standing Mr. Regan
1988 Palais Royale Tony Dicarlo
1989Cold FrontMantha
Blind FearEd
1990 The Amityville Curse Frank
Red Blooded American GirlDennis
1991 The Last Boy Scout Chet
1992 Under Cover of Darkness Ray Murdoch
Innocent Blood Ray
1993 Harmony Cats Graham Braithwaite
Dead Before Dawn Zack
1994The ClubMr. Carver
I Know My Son Is AliveDet. Griffi
Model by DayTommy Nolan
The Spider and the FlyJohn Deluca
The Client Paul Gronke
1995The Shamrock ConspiracySean Nolan
Waterworld Drifter
Bad Boys White Carjacker
Breach of TrustPalmer Davis
Black Fox: Good Men and Bad Natchez John Dunn
1996 Unforgettable Eddie Dutton
Carpool Det. Lt. Erdman
1997Lethal TenderMontessi
Married to a Stranger Dr. Jesse Bethan"The Last Don & The Last Don II
1998Airborneas Bob Murdoch
2000 Battlefield Earth Carlo
Auggie Rose Auggie Rose
Ghost Hunter DGhost Hunter X
XChange Toffler / Fisk 2
Killing MoonClayton Durrell
2001 Pearl Harbor Jack Richards
Black Hawk Down Master Sergeant Tim 'Griz' Martin
Full Disclosure Dave Lewis
2002 The Scream Team Zachariah Kull
2003 Hollywood North Scott DiMarco
Open Range Butler
Thoughtcrimes Lars Etsen
Caught in the Headlights Harry Eden
Unstoppable Peterson
Bandido Beno
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Deputy Rosen
The Island Charles Whitman
Hostage The Watchman
2006 Silent Hill Officer Gucci
King of Sorrow Steve Serrano Action On Film International Film Festival Best Actor
Action On Film International Film Festival Half-Life Award
Skinwalkers Zo
Grilled Tony
12 Hours to LiveJack Bryant
2007 The Poet General Koenig
Alien Agent Carl Roderick
Late Fragment Hank
2008 Hero Wanted Skinner McGraw
A Gunfighter's Pledge Tate
45 R.P.M.Constable Able Taft
2010Blood: A Butcher's TaleAndris
Sinners & Saints Detective Dave Besson
A Little Help Mel Kaminsky
Resident Evil: Afterlife Bennett
2011 Sacrifice Arment
Goon Ronnie HortenseNominated – Canadian Screen Awards Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
2012 A Dark Truth Bruce Swinton
Rufus Aaron Van Dusen
2013 Robosapien: Rebooted Porter
2014Last Days HereBobby LieblingPost-production
A Fighting Man Father Brennan
By Virtue FallPre-production
Mutant WorldMarcus King Sony/Syfy
2016 The Land Uncle Steve
Officer Downe Officer Downe
Goon: Last of the Enforcers Ronnie Hortense
True Memoirs of an International Assassin President Cueto
Strange Weather
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story "Marshall" Woody Calhoun
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the WatchtowerNarrator
The Adventure Club Ozzie
2018Cold BrookGeorge Hildebrandt
2020 Fantasy Island Devil Face
2021 See for Me Rico


1987 Miami Vice Gang MemberEpisode: "Viking Bikers from Hell"
1988 War of the Worlds ScottEpisode: "To Heal the Leper"
1993 Street Justice Joe CannonEpisode: "On My Honor"
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Marty StrammEpisode: "Force of Habit"
1995–2002 The Outer Limits Colonel Sage / Dave Stockley2 episodes
1997 Dead Silence Theodore 'Ted' HandyTelevision movie
Nominated – Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Poltergeist: The Legacy Steven RomeroEpisode: "Transference"
Nominated – Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series
1999 Total Recall 2070 Rogue Android2 episodes
2002 Earth: Final Conflict Smoke McBrideEpisode: "Deportation"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Drake SnowEpisode: "Early Rollout"
2005 A Friend of the Family David Snow
CSI: NY Detective VicaroEpisode: "Hush"
Hercules TiresiasTelevision movie
2006–2009 Prison Break Richard Sullins6 episodes
2007 Smallville Special Agent Carter3 episodes
The Dresden Files Sirota1 episode: "Rules of Engagement" [15]
2008 Cold Case Alessandro RossiliniEpisode: "Sabotage"
2008–2011 Entourage Carl Ertz2 episodes
2008–2009 CSI: Miami Ron Saris6 episodes
2008–2014 Sons of Anarchy Alexander "Tig" Trager Main Cast, 92 episodes
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Cast In A Drama Series [16] (2013)
2010 Human Target BertramEpisode: "Salvage & Reclamation"
2013 Crossing Lines Genovese5 episodes
2017 Godless Ed LoganMiniseries; 5 episodes
Kevin Can Wait Terry LabascoEpisode: "Unholy War"
2017–18 Ghost Wars Billy McGrathMain
2017–18 Bad Blood Declan Gardiner14 episodes
Nominated – Canadian Screen Awards for best lead actor, television film or miniseries
Won – Canadian Screen Awards for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
2019–20 Tangled: The Series HectorVoice Role; 2 episodes
2021 The Crew Rob WaltonEpisode: "My Name's Kevin And I Care About Feelings"
2021 Pretty Hard Cases Bill Misiano5 episodes
2021 Van Helsing Count DaliborSeason 5; main role
2021 Corner Gas Animated BikerVoice Role; episode: "Plots and Plans"

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