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Ellar Coltrane

Ellar Coltrane American actor

American actor
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American actor
A.K.A. Ellar Coltrane Kinney Salmon
Is Actor Film actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 27 August 1994, Austin, Travis County, Texas, U.S.A.
Age: 25 years
Star sign VirgoVirgo
The details

Ellar Coltrane Kinney Salmon (born August 27, 1994), known professionally as Ellar Coltrane, is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Mason Evans Jr. in Richard Linklater's film Boyhood.

Life and career

Coltrane was born in Austin, Texas to Genevieve (née Kinney) and Bruce Salmon, a musician.

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. During his childhood, Coltrane also appeared in several other movies, including a small role in Linklater's 2006 film Fast Food Nation.

He was largely home-schooled as a child, with the exception of three years of high school followed by a GED.

He has also been credited under his birth name of Ellar Salmon.


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Young Earl (as Ellar Salmon)
2005 Faith & Bullets Thomas Chaney, Jr. (non speaking) (as Ellar Salmon)
2006 Fast Food Nation Jay Anderson (as Ellar Salmon)
2009 Hallettsville Young Tyler (as Ellar Salmon)
2014 Boyhood Mason Evans, Jr.
2016 By the River Himself post-production
Drowned Boy post-production
Barry Will
2017 The Circle Mercer


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

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