Academy Award-winning actor Troy Kotsur receives key to city of Mesa

Aug 12, 2022, 9:01 AM | Updated: Aug 15, 2022, 10:24 am

PHOENIX — Academy Award-winning actor Troy Kotsur was given a key to the city of Mesa on Thursday at an event with family, friends and supporters.

Kotsur was given the key at the Mesa Arts Center after becoming the first deaf man to win an Oscar, earning the coveted prize for best supporting actor in March for his role in “CODA.”

“It is such a special honor to receive the key to the city of Mesa, the place where I was born and raised, and will always consider home,” Kotsur said in a press release.

“I’m grateful for the love and support of everyone in the community who have stood by me and supported me through the years. I’m very proud to be able to share this recognition with family and friends, right here in my hometown.”

The 54-year-old played Frank Rossi, whose only hearing child in the family dreams of becoming a singer.

Kotsur has been acting and directing for more than 20 years, including creating an adapted form of sign language for Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett.”

“We’re beyond proud of Troy’s accomplishments and so thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate him in his hometown,” Mayor John Giles said.

“Troy’s story is one of perseverance and he sets a remarkable example of dedication and commitment in achieving one of the highest honors of his field.”

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Academy Award-winning actor Troy Kotsur receives key to city of Mesa