Kim Coates

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Kim Coates
Coates in 2012
Born (1958-02-21) February 21, 1958 (age 65)
  • Canadian
  • American
Years active1986–present
Diana Chappell
(m. 1984)

Kim F. Coates (born February 21, 1958)[1] 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 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[edit]

Coates was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Frederick and Joyce Coates.[2] He first saw a play while attending the University of Saskatchewan, where he enrolled in a drama course as an elective.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] He won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role – Play at the 2018 Dora Awards.[6]

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.[7]


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.[8]

Coates participates in Rally for Kids events in support for The Pinball Clemons Foundation.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Coates has both Canadian and American citizenship.[11] He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Diana Chappell, and two children, Kyla and Brenna.[12][13] 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. Coates became a United States citizen in 2010.[14]

On June 6, 2017, Coates received an honorary doctorate at the University of Saskatchewan.[15] He received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Saskatchewan) on March 28, 2023.[16]

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



Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Boy in Blue McCoy Man #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 Detective Griffi
Model by Day Tommy Nolan
The Spider and the Fly John DeLuca
The Client Paul Gronke
1995 The Shamrock Conspiracy Sean Nolan
Waterworld The Drifter
Bad Boys White Carjacker
Breach of Trust Palmer Davis
Black Fox: Good Men and Bad Natchez John Dunn
1996 Unforgettable Eddie Dutton
Carpool Lieutenant Erdman
1997 Lethal Tender Montessi
Married to a Stranger Dr. Jesse Bethan
1998 Airborne 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
Black Hawk Down Master Sergeant Tim "Griz" Martin
Full Disclosure Dave Lewis
2002 The Scream Team Zachariah Kull
Tunnel Geary
2003 Hollywood North Scott DiMarco
Open Range Butler
Thoughtcrimes Lars Etsen
2004 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 Live Jack 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
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 – 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
2014 Last Days Here Bobby Liebling Post-production
A Fighting Man Father Brennan
By Virtue Fall Unknown Pre-production
Mutant World Marcus 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 Clayton Watson
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story Marshall / Woody Calhoun
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower The Narrator
The Adventure Club Ozzie
2018 Cold Brook George Hildebrandt
2020 Fantasy Island Devil Face
2021 See for Me Rico
2021 Donkeyhead


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Miami Vice Gang Member Episode: "Viking Bikers from Hell"
1988 War of the Worlds Scott Episode: "To Heal the Leper"
1992 Scales of Justice George Pappajohn Episode "Regina v Pappajohn"
1993 Street Justice Joe Cannon Episode: "On My Honor"
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Marty Stramm Episode: "Force of Habit"
1994 RoboCop Tim Malloy Episode: "The Tin Man"
1995–2002 The Outer Limits Colonel Sage / Dave Stockley 2 episodes
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Salitin Episode: "Time Prisoners"
1997 Dead Silence 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 Dramatic Series
1998-1999 Night Man Kieran Keyes 6 episodes
1999 Total Recall 2070 Rogue Android 2 episodes
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 6 episodes
2007 Smallville Special Agent Carter 3 episodes
The Dresden Files Sirota 1 episode: "Rules of Engagement"[17]
2008 Cold Case Alessandro Rossilini Episode: "Sabotage"
2008–2011 Entourage Carl Ertz 2 episodes
2008–2009 CSI: Miami Ron Saris 6 episodes
2008–2014 Sons of Anarchy Alexander "Tig" Trager Main Cast, 92 episodes
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Cast In A Drama Series[18] (2013)
2010 Human Target Bertram Episode: "Salvage & Reclamation"
2013 Crossing Lines Genovese 5 episodes
2017 Godless Ed Logan Miniseries; 5 episodes
Kevin Can Wait Terry Labasco Episode: "Unholy War"
2017–2018 Ghost Wars Billy McGrath Main
2017–2018 Bad Blood Declan Gardiner 14 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
2019–2020 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Hector Voice Role; 2 episodes
2021 The Crew Rob Walton Episode: "My Name's Kevin And I Care About Feelings"
2021 Pretty Hard Cases Bill Misiano 5 episodes
2021 Van Helsing Count Dalibor Season 5; main role
2021 Corner Gas Animated Biker Voice Role; episode: "Plots and Plans"
2022 Mayans M.C. Alexander "Tig" Trager Episode: "When the Breakdown Hit at Midnight"
2023 White House Plumbers Frank Sturgis 5 episodes


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  2. ^ "'Green & White: Fall 2000: "Kim Coates - U of S grad finds success in Hollywood"'". 2014-05-15. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
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  5. ^ "Review: Play Jerusalem triumphs as a pure theatre of the kind we rarely see". The Globe and Mail, February 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "In return to theatre, Kim Coates wins big at Toronto's Dora Mavor Moore awards". The StarPhoenix, June 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "'Anne With an E,' 'Letterkenny' Win Big at Canadian Screen Awards". The Hollywood Reporter, March 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "One Heart Source". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  9. ^ "HOME". rallyforkids. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  10. ^ "Donate | Pinball Clemons Foundation | Ontario". @pinballfoundation. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  11. ^ Stroumboulopoulos, George. "FULL INTERVIEW: Kim Coates". YouTube. Strombo. Archived from the original on 2021-12-12. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Alex 'Tig' Trager (Kim Coates)". Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  13. ^ "'Sons of Anarchy' Star Kim Coates Talks Season 4, Tig Tattoos and Hanging With Stephen King". Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  14. ^ "With 100 acting credits in three decades, Kim Coates has been in everything". The StarPhoenix. 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  15. ^ "Actor Kim Coates gets honorary degree from University of Saskatchewan". Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  16. ^ "". Twitter. Retrieved 2023-03-29. {{cite web}}: External link in |title= (help)
  17. ^ "The Dresden Files" complete first season on DVD
  18. ^ "2nd PAAFTJ Television Awards nominations announced; "Arrested Development" leads". Pan-American Association of Film & Television Journalists. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2017-06-26.

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