Costas Mandylor

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Costas Mandylor
Mandylor in 2015
Costas Theodosopoulos

(1965-09-03) 3 September 1965 (age 58)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active1989–present
(m. 1997; div. 2000)
RelativesLouis Mandylor (brother)

Costas Mandylor (born Costas Theodosopoulos; 3 September 1965) is an Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as Kenny Lacos in Picket Fences and Mark Hoffman in the Saw films.

Early life[edit]

Costas Theodosopoulos was born on 3 September 1965 in Melbourne, Australia to Greek immigrants Louise Theodosopoulos, and Yannis Theodosopoulos, a taxi driver.[1][2][3] His brother is actor Louis Mandylor.[2] Mandylor grew up in St Kilda and South Melbourne,[4] and moved to the United States in 1987 where he started taking acting lessons.[1] He was initially unable to find any work acting and had to work any job available.[5] He took a version of his mother's maiden name, citing his real name in Greek being too long.[5]


Mandylor's first major role was in the 1989 film Triumph of the Spirit playing a European Jew, which was filmed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. He returned to Los Angeles meeting director Oliver Stone and auditioned and got the role of an Italian count in The Doors (1991).[5] Mandylor landed a leading role in Mobsters playing Mafia boss Frank Costello. He went mentally prepared for the role, telling the Los Angeles Times, "It was interesting that I got that part, because I felt tuned in to gangsters, it was a genre I'd read a lot. When I was 13, I got a job as a dishwasher in a Melbourne nightclub and saw everything there, real gangsters, and had met characters who were dangerous people from an underground world."[5] In 1992, he had a lead role on the CBS television drama, Picket Fences, playing officer Kenny Lacos until the show ended in 1996. Mandylor also had a lead role in the Saw films as Detective Mark Hoffman, in Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009) and Saw 3D (2010).[6] He also made a cameo appearance in Saw X (2023).

Personal life[edit]

Mandylor played professional football/soccer in Europe until suffering shin splints. In 1991, he was chosen by People as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the world".[1]

Mandylor married Talisa Soto in May 1997; they divorced in 2000.[7]



List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Triumph of the Spirit Avram
1991 The Doors Italian Count
Soapdish Mark
Mobsters Frank Costello
1994 Fatal Past Costello
Almost Dead Dominic
1995 Venus Rising Vegas Direct-to-video
Fist of the North Star Lord Shin
Delta of Venus Lawrence
Virtuosity John Donovan
Crosscut Martin Niconi
1996 Shame Mark
Portraits of a Killer George G. Kendall
1997 Just Write Rich Adams
Stand-ins Jack Turner
Double Take Hector Stroessner / Ray Soldado
Shame, Shame, Shame Mark
Shelter Nikos Kostantinos
My Brother Cicero Cicero Short film
1999 Stealth Fighter Ryan Mitchell
2000 Gangland Jared
Intrepid Alan Decker
2001 Turn of Faith Bobby Giordano
The Pledge Monash Deputy
Above & Beyond Michael Amorosa
2002 Cover Story Kevin Dodd
The Real Deal Instructor
Hitters Tony
2004 Dinocroc Dick Sydney
The Eavesdropper Aiden Porter
2005 The Game of Their Lives Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo
Dr. Chopper Terrell Direct-to-video
Sub Zero John Deckert Direct-to-video
The Shore Raymond
2006 Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York Matt
Payback Billy
Saw III Mark Hoffman Credited as Forensic Hoffman
2007 Made in Brooklyn Joey
Nobody Mortemain / Noe
Saw IV Mark Hoffman
Beowulf Hondshew
2008 Emma Blue Del
The Drum Beats Twice Jesus
Toxic Steve
Saw V Mark Hoffman
Golden Goal! Frank Lazaridis
2009 Immortally Yours Rex
In the Eyes of a Killer Congressman Donaldson
Saw VI Mark Hoffman
2010 The Cursed Jimmy Muldoon Real life brother Louis Mandylor plays on-screen brother[8]
Sinners and Saints Raymond Crowe Also known as Bad Cop
Torn Steve Clay
An Affirmative Act Matthew
Saw 3D Mark Hoffman
2011 Hyenas Gannon
2012 Should've Been Romeo Mason
2013 Five Thirteen Sheriff O'Connor
2 Dead 2 Kill Vin Dictive
2014 The Blackout Jim
2 Bedroom 1 Bath Frank
Guardian Angel Attila
The Nurse Martin
In 10 Easy Steps Isaak Misidis
2015 Bad Cat Tommy Castano Short film
Blood Trap Roman Also known as Bite
Burn Off
2016 Beyond the Game Frank Bisner
The Horde Cylus Atkinson Direct-to-video
Best Thanksgiving Ever Aquavelva
2017 Residue Jacob
2018 Blindsided Congressman Donaldson
Daddy's Girl John
In Like Flynn Vassilis
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Constantine
2020 C.L.E.A.N. Dr. Sutter
Incision Dr. Bennett
2021 Born a Champion Dimitris
Cosmic Sin Marcus Bleck
Lazarus Benjamin Poge
Night of the Sicario Agent Cole Bennett
Locked In Harris
2022 Unbound Evil Robert
Dangerous Methods Harry Johnson
Borrowed Time III David McDowell
Death Count Warden
Adrenaline FBI Agent Lockwood
Trail Blazers Jasper
2023 1521: The Quest for Love and Freedom Lorenzo [9]
Dead Man's Hand Lucas
Bloodthirst John Shepard [10]
Saw X Mark Hoffman Cameo
TBD American Trash Detective Anderson Post-production[11]


List of television appearances and roles
Year Title Role Notes
Picket Fences Officer Kenny Lacos Main role; 88 episodes
1993 Tales from the Crypt Dan King Episode: "Half-Way Horrible"
1995 Falling for You Paul Blankenship Television film
1996 Last Exit to Earth Jaid Television film
1996 The Outer Limits Lee Taylor Episode: "The Heist"
1997 F/X: The Series Jerry Tamblin Episode: "Get Fast"
1997 Love-Struck Cupid on Earth Television film
Players Alphonse Royo Main role; 18 episodes
1998 The Fury Within Mike Hanlon Television film
1998 Exiled Gianni Uzielli Television film
1999 Bonanno: A Godfather's Story Salvatore Bonanno Television film
2000 Secret Agent Man Monk Main role; 12 episodes
2000 Resurrection Blvd. Aaron Cross
  • Episode: "Luchando"
  • Episode: "Cholitas"
2001 Nash Bridges Vincent Corell Episode: "Something Borrowed"
2001 Sanctuary Nathan Delaney Television film
2001 Sex and the City Friar Fuck Episode: "The Agony and the Ex-tacy"
2002 Andromeda Bobby Jensen Episode: "Be All My Sins Remembered"
2002 Sacred Ground Greg
  • Episode: "Behind the Words"
  • Episode: "Walk Like a Man"
2002 Charmed Rick Lang Episode: "Saving Private Leo"
2002 She Spies Mica Divornak Episode: "Poster Girl"
2002 Scent of Danger Chris Milos Television film
2003 Fastlane Reno Castelli Episode: "Slippery Slope"
2004 Just Desserts Marco Poloni Television film
7th Heaven Beau Brewer Recurring role; 5 episodes
2007 The Wedding Bells Ernesto Episode: "For Whom the Bells Toll"
2007 Primal Doubt Chase Harper Television film
2013 Major Crimes Vince Webb Episode: "D.O.A"
2013 NCIS Tomas Mendez
  • Episode: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"
  • Episode: "Past, Present, and Future'
2014 House of Secrets Detective Morrison Television film
2015 The Right Girl Chester Television film
2016 Once Upon a Time Captain Silver Episode: "The Brothers Jones"
2017 Blue Eyes Russian Television film
2017 The Last Ship Admiral Demetrius
NCIS: Los Angeles Abram Sokolov
2018 Hawaii Five-0 Vasili Shirokov Episode: "Waiho Wale Kahiko"
2018 Lethal Weapon Fabrizio Stavos Episode: "What the Puck"


  1. ^ a b c "Costas Mandylor. (The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 1991)". People. 36: 90. 18 July 1991. Archived from the original on 17 July 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Costas Mandylor". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  3. ^ Rose, Mike (3 September 2022). "Today's famous birthdays list for September 3, 2022 includes celebrities Iman Vellani, Charlie Sheen". Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  4. ^ Miska, Brad (25 October 2007). "Saw IV: Interview With Star Costas Mandylor". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on 19 June 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d N.F. Mendoza (25 July 1993). "With An Eye On ... There's no fencing in Costas Mandylor as he picks his parts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  6. ^ Keyes, Rob (28 October 2010). "Saw 3D Interview: Costas Mandylor". Screen Rant. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Soto, Talisa 1967–". Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  8. ^ "The Cursed". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  9. ^ Purnell, Kristofer (3 June 2023). "Trailer for '1521' starring Bea Alonzo, Danny Trejo, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan finally drops". Manila, Philippines: Philstar Global Corp. Retrieved 4 June 2023. The release of '1521' coincides with the 125th anniversary celebration of Philippine independence on June 12, 2023.
  10. ^ Schreur, Brandon (12 September 2023). "Bloodthirst Trailer Previews Vampire Horror Movie Starring Tara Reid". Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (28 January 2022). "Thrillers 'Marooned Awakening', 'American Trash' And 'Deadly GamesSet Casts; Gravitas Acquires 'The Other Me' From EP David Lynch And Horror Pic 'Tethered'; More – Film Briefs". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 February 2023.

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