Ted Kotcheff in a Canada-based television entertainer, actor, writer and a producer. He is known mostly for his hit T.V series he directed called “The Armchair”. He is also a well- known and one of the most recognized faces in the show business.
Born on the date 7 April 1931 in Toronto Canada, William Theodore Kotcheff or Ted Kotcheff spent most of his early days in Varna, Bulgaria. His parents were Bulgarian immigrants who later immigrated to Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in English Literature.
Ted started his career on the television at the age of twenty-four. He worked as a director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Ted was the youngest of all in the staff crew of the CBC. He worked there for two years until eventually, he decided to immigrate to the United Kingdom to pursue further of his career. In the two years, he worked on a show called General Motors Theatre.
After leaving for the U.K., Ted was employed as a director of the series “Armchair Theatre” by his compatriot Sydney Newman. Between the year 1958 and 1964, Kotcheff directed some of the most memorable and epic moments in the Armchair Theatre anthology series. One of those moments was when he had to cope with one of the actors in the scenes suddenly dying. After a while of working in theaters, he made his first feature film called Tiara Tahiti in the year 1965. After that, he directed two more of his feature film called “Life at the Top” and “Two Gentlemen Sharing”.
One of his most classic film “Wake in Fright” was directed in the year 1971 which won the critical acclaim in Europe. His later works included the television the play “Edna, the inebriate Woman” which was aired on BBC. The play won a “British Academy Television Award for Best Director”. It was also nominated as one of the 100 Greatest British Television Programs of 20th Century.
After returning home to Canada for the year 1972, he then directed a movie adaptation of his friend Mordecal Richler’s novel “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” and “Joshua Then and Now”. He won a “Golden Bear” at the Berlin Film festival for those movies. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he directed several movies including the first Canadian movie that won an international award. Later in 1990’s he started working for the television again for the Tv series such as “Red Shoe Diaries”, and “Law and Order” His most successful work includes the playwright of Alun Owen- No Trams to Lime Street.
As a producer
Although he has directed a lot of major movies, the ones he produced includes- Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Check in the mail, Uncommon Valor, Split image, Armchair Theatre and On camera.
As a writer
So far he has only written the screenplay for only one of his movies called “We get to win this time.”
As an actor
Kotcheff has featured in multiple of his own movies. The major roles he has played in movies so far include in the movies: The seventh Art, On screen, Guts and Glory, SVU: The beginning, E! True Hollywood Story, Ted Kotcheff’s Gourmet Cinema, Drawing First Blood, I Love 1980’s etc.
Ted Kotcheff Married Life
Ted was first married to the actress Sylvia Kay in the year 1960. They have three children together named Aaron, Katrina, and Joshua. After it didn’t work out between them they got divorced in the year 1972. He has now remarried with his wife Laifun Chung. They then had 2 children together and they currently reside in Beverly Hills, California. He recently got the Bulgarian citizenship in the February of 2016. Ted was granted the citizenship during one of his visit in Bulgaria in March.
In Ted’s career as a director and a screenplay writer he has made some incredible works of art which deserved and won many awards. Some of them include- “DGC Lifetime Achievement Award(2001)”, “German Independence Honorary Award (2011)”, “Golden Berlin Bear(1974)”, and “BAFTA TV Award(1972)”. He was also nominated for several of his works. Some of the mentions were- “Gold Hugo for best short film”, “Gemini for best direction in a dramatic program or miniseries”, “Genie award for best achievement direction”, “Palme d’Or” in Cannes Film Festival.
Ted Kotcheff Net Worth:
Kotcheff’s net worth is not yet disclosed. But his estimated net worth is $500 thousands.