Costas Mandylor

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Costas Mandylor
Costas Mandylor 2013.jpg
Costas Mandylor 2013
BornCostas Theodosopoulos
(1965-09-03) 3 September 1965 (age 49)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Talisa Soto (m. 1997–2000)
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Costas Mandylor
Costas Mandylor 2013.jpg
Costas Mandylor 2013
BornCostas Theodosopoulos
(1965-09-03) 3 September 1965 (age 49)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Talisa Soto (m. 1997–2000)

Costas Mandylor (born Costas Theodosopoulos; 3 September 1965) is a Greek Australian actor. He is best known for his role as Kenny in Picket Fences, and for portraying Mark Hoffman in the Saw films.

Early life[edit]

Mandylor was born in Melbourne, the son of Louise (née Mandylaris) and Yannis Theodosopoulos, who is a taxi driver. He is of Greek ancestry.[1] Mandylor took a version of his mother's maiden name, citing his real name in Greek being too long.[2] He grew up in St Kilda and South Melbourne.[3] He moved to the United States in 1987 where he started taking acting lessons. He was initially unable to find any work acting and had to work any job available.[2]


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).[2] 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."[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Mandylor played professional 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".[4] Mandylor married Talisa Soto in May 1997; they divorced in 2000. His brother, Louis Mandylor, is also an actor.[1]


1989Triumph of the SpiritAvram Arouch
1991The DoorsItalian Count
1991MobstersFrank Costello
1993Fatal PastCostello
1994Almost DeadDetective Dominic Delaserra
1995Venus RisingVegas
1995Fist of the North StarLord Shin
1995Delta of VenusLawrence WaltersLead role
1995VirtuosityJohn Donovan
1996Portraits of a KillerGeorge G. Kendall
1996CrosscutMartin Niconi
1997Just WriteRich Adams
1997Stand-insJack Turner
1998Shame, Shame, ShameMcCarthy
1998Double TakeHector Stroessner/Ray Soldado
1998Conversations in Limbo
1998ShelterNikos Kostantinos
1998My Brother CiceroCicero
1999Stealth FighterRyan Mitchell
2000IntrepidAlan Decker
2001Turn of FaithBobby Giordano
2001The PledgeMonash Deputy
2001Above & BeyondMichael Amorosa
2002Cover StoryKevin Dodd
2002The Real DealInstructor
2004DinocrocDick Sydney
2004The EavesdropperAiden Porter
2004Just DessertsMarco Poloni
2005The Game of Their LivesCharlie "Gloves" Columbo
2005Dr. ChopperTerrellDirect-to-video
2005Sub ZeroJohn DeckertDirect-to-video
2005The ShoreRaymond
2006Disaster Zone: Volcano in New YorkMatt
2006Saw IIIMark Hoffman
2007Made in BrooklynJoey
2007Saw IVMark HoffmanLead role
2008Lost Warrior: Left Behind
2008Emma BlueDel
2008The Drum Beats TwiceJesus
2008In the Eyes of a KillerCongressman Donaldson
2008Saw VMark HoffmanLead role
2008The Ball Is RoundFrank Lazaridis
2009Immortally YoursRex
2009Saw VIMark HoffmanLead role
2010The CursedJimmy MuldoonReal life brother Louis Mandylor plays on-screen brother
2010Sinners and SaintsRaymond Crowe
2010TornSteve ClayAwaiting release
2010An Affirmative ActMatthewPost-production
2010Saw 3DMark HoffmanLead role
2014Twisted MetalMarcus Kane/Needles KaneFilming
Picket FencesKenny Lacos83 episodes
1993Tales from the CryptEpisode: "Half-Way Horrible"
1995Falling for YouPaul BlankenshipTelevision film
1996Last Exit to EarthJaidTelevision film
1996The Outer LimitsLee TaylorEpisode: "The Heist"
1997F/X: The SeriesJerry TamblinEpisode: "Get Fast"
1997Love-StruckCupid on EarthTelevision film
PlayersAlphonse Royo18 episodes
1998The Fury WithinMike HanlonTelevision film
1998ExiledGianni UzielliTelevision film
1999Bonanno: A Godfather's StorySalvatore BonannoTelevision film
2000Secret Agent ManMonk9 episodes
2000Resurrection Blvd.Aaron CrossEpisode: "Luchando"

Episode: "Cholitas"

2001Nash BridgesVincent CorellEpisode: "Something Borrowed"
2001SanctuaryNathan DelaneyTelevision film
2001Sex and the CityFriarEpisode: "The Agony and the Ex-tacy"
2002AndromedaBobby JensenEpisode: "Be All My Sins Remembered"
2002Sacred GroundGregEpisode: "Behind the Words"
Episode: "Walk Like a Man"
2002CharmedRick LangEpisode: "Saving Private Leo"
2002She SpiesMica DivornakEpisode: "Poster Girl"
2002Scent of DangerChris MilosTelevision film
2003FastlaneReno CastelliEpisode: "Slippery Slope"
2004Just DessertsMarco PoloniTelevision film on Hallmark Channel
7th HeavenBeau Brewer5 episodes
2007The Wedding BellsErnestoEpisode: "For Whom the Bells Toll"
2007Primal DoubtChase HarperTelevision film
2013Major CrimesVince WebbEpisode: "D.O.A"
2013NCISEpisode: "Past, Present, Future"


  1. ^ a b "Costas Mandylor Biography (1962–)". Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ 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. Tribune Company. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (25 October 2007). "Saw IV: Interview With Star Costas Mandylor". Bloody Disgusting. The Collective. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Costas Mandylor. (The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 1991)". People (Time Inc.) 36: 90. 18 July 1991. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 

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