Ellar Coltrane

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Ellar Coltrane
Ellar Coltrane 2015.jpg
Coltrane in April 2015
Ellar Coltrane Kinney Salmon[1]

(1994-08-27) August 27, 1994 (age 25)
Years active2002–present

Ellar Coltrane Kinney Salmon (born August 27, 1994), known professionally as Ellar Coltrane, is an American actor and model. He is best known for his role as Mason Evans Jr. in Richard Linklater's film Boyhood (2014), for which he won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Coltrane was born in Austin, Texas to Genevieve (née Kinney), an equine-assisted therapist for people with autism,[3] and Bruce Salmon, a musician.[4][5] His parents divorced when he was nine, and his mother subsequently remarried.[6] Coltrane's half-sister, Evelyn, was born when he was eleven.[3] He was largely homeschooled as a child, with the exception of three years of high school, and obtained his GED.[4]

In 2001, at age six, Coltrane was cast by filmmaker Richard Linklater to play the title character of sorts of the film Boyhood; Linklater wanted to make an unprecedented film that would show a boy's coming of age, but with the actors growing up or aging on screen. Coltrane and other members of the cast were filmed intermittently for several days at a time between May 2002 and August 2013, when Coltrane turned 19; there were 45 days of filming altogether.[7] During his childhood, Coltrane also appeared in some other movies, including a small role in Linklater's 2006 film Fast Food Nation.[8]

In 2016, Coltrane starred in the Barack Obama drama film Barry, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.[9] The following year, he co-starred with Emma Watson in James Ponsoldt's film adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel The Circle (2017), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[10]


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Young Earl Crest
2005 Faith & Bullets Thomas Chaney, Jr.
2006 Fast Food Nation Jay Anderson
2009 Hallettsville Young Tyler Jensen
2014 Boyhood Mason Evans, Jr.
2016 Barry Will
2017 The Circle Mercer Regalado
The Last Movie Star Shane McAvoy
Blood Money Victor
2018 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot "The Clerk"
2019 Summer Night Jameson Ford

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2014 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cast Boyhood Won
Capri Film Festival Rising Star Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cast Nominated
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance on Camera Nominated
Best Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Performance by an Ensemble Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Won
Best Ensemble Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Young Performer Won
Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Dorian Awards Rising Star Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Breakthrough Award Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best On-Screen Transformation Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated


  1. ^ "Ellar Coltrane Kinney Salmon". Mocavo.com. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 16, 2014). "10 Most Buzzed-About Sundance Actors, From Bill Hader to Maika Monroe". TheWrap. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b Thurmond, Sarah (June 30, 2014). "About a Boy". Austin Monthly. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kachka, Boris (June 21, 2014). "Ellar Coltrane on His 12-Year Movie Role". Vulture. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Churcher, Sharon (July 19, 2014). "Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane began shooting film at age six and finished at 18". Mail Online. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Mechanic, Michael (July 3, 2014). "Meet the Star of "Boyhood," the Oscar Frontrunner Everybody's Talking About". Mother Jones. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Carroll, Larry (November 28, 2006). "Got Plans For 2013? Check Out Richard Linklater's '12-Year Movie'". MTV News. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Lewis, Hilary (November 11, 2014). "'Boyhood': 11 Things to Know About Star Ellar Coltrane". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (March 14, 2016). "'Compton's' Jason Mitchell, 'Boyhood's' Ellar Coltrane Join Young Barack Obama Movie 'Barry'". Variety. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (September 29, 2015). "'Boyhood' Star Joins Emma Watson, Tom Hanks in 'The Circle' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 29, 2015.

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