Kim Coates


Kim Coates

Kim Coates was born on February 21, 1956 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is the son of Frederick J. Coates and Joyce Ries Coates. Further, he is a Canadian-American actor who has worked in both Canadian and American films and television series. In addition, 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. Undeniably, he is best known for his role as Alexander “Tig” Trager in the FX series Sons of Anarchy.


Early life and career

First, Kim Coates was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Fred and Joyce Ries Coates.


Further, Kim has two brothers, Dale and Dean. Coates graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of arts degree in Drama 1981. In fact, he saw his first play while attending the University of Saskatchewan, where he enrolled in a drama course as an elective. Consequently, it was this experience that inspired him to pursue an acting career. On June 6, 2017 Coates returned to University of Saskatchewan to receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.


Initially, Coates portrayed Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. As a matter of fact, he was the youngest ever to play the title role of Macbeth at the Stratford Festival in his native Canada. Subsequently, Coates made his screen debut in the film The Boy in Blue (1986). In fact, it was this role that opened up opportunities for him, and he has since appeared in over 100 titles to date.

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Most recently, in 2018 he had his first stage role in almost thirty years, playing Johnny “Rooster” Byron in the Crows Theatre production of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem.

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As a result, 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.

Personal life

Coates lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Diana (nee Chappel who he married in 1984), and two children.

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In fact, Coates two daughters were born in Toronto, Kyla in 1989 and Brenna in 1993. Then, in 1995, the entire family made their way to Los Angeles. By that time, he’d gotten a green card with his work on Waterworld and other Warner Brothers projects, and
had joined the Screen Actors Guild. Furthermore, when Coates realized he wouldn’t have to give up his Canadian citizenship the family became dual citizens in 1998.

Notably, he is known to be good friends with actor William Fichtner, as well as Kevin Costner and Sons of Anarchy co-star Theo Rossi.

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Year       Title       Role       Notes


  • 1986       The Boy in Blue McCoy Man No. 2
  • 1987       Last Man Standing           Mr. Regan
  • 1988       Palais Royale      Tony Dicarlo
  • 1989       Cold Front           Mantha
  •               Blind Fear            Ed


  • 1990       The Amityville Curse       Frank
  •               Red Blooded American Girl          Dennis
  • 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
  • 1994       The Club              Mr. Carver
  •               I Know My Son Is Alive  Det. Griffi
  •               Model by Day    Tommy Nolan
  •               The Spider and the Fly   John Deluca
  •               The Client            Paul Gronke
  • 1995       The Shamrock Conspiracy            Sean Nolan
  •               Waterworld        Drifter
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  •               Bad Boys              Car Thief
  •               Breach of Trust Palmer Davis
  •               Black Fox: Good Men and Bad    Natchez John Dunn
  • 1996       Unforgettable   Eddie Dutton
  •               Carpool          Det. Lt. Erdman
  • 1997       Lethal Tender    Montessi
  •               Married to a Stranger     Dr. Jesse Bethan     “The Last Don & The Last Don II
  • 1998       Airborne              as Bob Murdoch


  • 2000       Battlefield Earth               Carlo
  •               Auggie Rose       Auggie Rose
  •               Ghost Hunter D   Ghost Hunter X
  •               XChange              Toffler / Fisk 2
  •               Killing Moon       Clayton Durrell
  • 2001       Pearl Harbor       Jack Richards
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  •               Black Hawk Down            Master Sergeant Tim ‘Griz’ Martin
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  •               Full Disclosure   Dave Lewis
  • 2002       The Scream Team            Zachariah Kull
  •               Tunnel  Geary
  • 2003       Hollywood North             Scott DiMarco
  •               Open Range       Butler
  •               Thought crimes  Lars Etsen
  • 2004       Caught in the Headlights               Harry Eden
  •               Unstoppable      Peterson
  •               Bandido               Beno
  • 2005       Assault on Precinct 13    Rosen
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  •               The Island           Charles Whitman
  •               Hostage               The Watchman
  • 2006       Silent Hill              Officer Gucci
  •               King of Sorrow-Steve Serrano-AOF International Film Festival Best Actor
  •               Action On Film International Film Festival Half-Life Award
  •              Skinwalkers        Zo
  •              Grilled   Tony
  •              12 Hours to Live                Jack Bryant
  • 2007      The Poet              General Koenig
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  •              Alien Agent        Carl Roderick
  •              Late Fragment   Hank
  • 2008      Hero Wanted     Skinner McGraw
  •              A Gunfighter’s Pledge    Tate
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  •              45 R.P.M.             Constable Able Taft
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  • 2010      Blood: A Butcher’s Tale  Andris
  •              Sinners & Saints                Detective Dave Besson
  •              A Little Help        Mel Kaminsky
  •              Resident Evil: Afterlife   Bennett
  • 2011       Sacrifice               Arment
  •               Goon- Ronnie Hortense- Nominated – CSA Performance by an Actor in a                        Supporting Role
  • 2012       A Dark Truth       Bruce Swinton
  • 2013       Robosapien: Rebooted Porter
  • 2014       Last Days Here  Bobby Liebling   Post-production
  •               A Fighting Man  Father Brennan
  •              By Virtue Fall                      Pre-production
  •              Fallout Asylum  Marcus King       Post-production Sony/Syfy
  • 2016      The Land              Uncle Steve
  •              Officer Downe  Officer Downe
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  •              Goon: Last of the Enforcers         Ronnie Hortense
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  •              True Memoirs of an International Assassin           President Cueto
  •              Strange Weather
  •              Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story             “Marshall” Woody Calhoun
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  •              Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower Narrator


Year       Title       Role       Notes

1980’s & 1990’s

  • 1987       Miami Vice          Gang Member  Episode: “Viking Bikers from Hell”
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  • 1988       War of the Worlds           Scott      Episode: “To Heal the Leper”
  • 1995–2002  The Outer Limits               Colonel Sage / Dave Stockley
  • 1997       Dead Silence – Theodore ‘Ted’ Handy   Television 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 Romero Episode: “Transference” -Nominated –                Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Drama Series
  • 1999       Total Recall 2070               Rogue Android


  • 2002       Earth: Final Conflict         Smoke McBride                Episode: “Deportation”
  • 2004       CSI: Crime Scene Investigation   Drake Snow        Episode: “Early Rollout”
  • 2005       A Friend of the Family    David Snow
  •               CSI: NY  Detective Vicaro               Episode: “Hush”
  •               Hercules              Tiresias Television movie
  • 2006–2009           Prison Break       Richard Sullins
  • 2007       Smallville             Special Agent Carter
  •               The Dresden Files            Sirota    1 episode: “Rules of Engagement”[13]
  • 2008       Cold Case            Alessandro Rossilini        Episode: “Sabotage”
  • 2008–2011           Entourage           Carl Ertz
  • 2008–2009           CSI: Miami           Ron Saris
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  • 2008–2014           Sons of Anarchy-Alexander “Tig” Trager  Main Cast, 92 episodes
  • Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Cast In A Drama Series (2013)


  • 2010       Human Target   Bertram               Episode: “Salvage & Reclamation”
  • 2013       Crossing Lines    Genovese
  • 2017       Godless                Ed Logan              Miniseries
  •               Kevin Can Wait  Terry Labasco    Episode: “Unholy War”
  • 2017–18 Ghost Wars        Billy McGrath     Main
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  •               Bad Blood            Declan Gardiner

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