Elias Koteas

Elias Koteas

Highest Rated: 100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)

Lowest Rated: 6% Dream House (2011)

Birthday: Mar 11, 1961

Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Stone-jawed and puppy-eyed, Elias Koteas has the enviable ability to call on both his distinctive looks and talent to portray a variety of complex, often troubled characters. Koteas is one of Canada's most prominent and well-respected actors, and during the late '90s, he began to amass international critical attention for his work in a number of high profile films, including David Cronenberg's Crash (1996) and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998).Koteas, who is of Greek ancestry, was born in Montreal on March 11, 1961. His father was a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways and his mother worked as a hatmaker; Koteas himself planned to be an architect until his teenage introduction to acting changed his plans. He was particularly inspired by Nick Nolte's performance in the TV miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man; little did Koteas know that two decades later, he would be starring opposite Nolte in The Thin Red Line. After beginning his education at Montreal's Vanier College, Koteas left to study at New York's prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1981. Following his graduation, he went to New York's Actors Studio, where he studied under Ellen Burstyn and Peter Masterson. The actor made his film debut in the Mary Steenburgen drama One Magic Christmas in 1985 and went on to do supporting work in a variety of films that included Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), and She's Having a Baby (1988). In 1989, he earned a Genie Award nomination (Canada's equivalent of the Oscar) for his portrayal of the title character of Malarek: A Street Kid Who Made It; two years later, he earned additional acclaim for his performance as a voyeuristic insurance adjustor in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster. It was for his portrayal of an embittered DJ in another of Egoyan's films, Exotica (1994), that Koteas garnered his second Genie nomination; following this critical success, he began to appear in an increasing number of high profile productions.Koteas was subsequently featured to great effect as the creepy Vaughan in David Cronenberg's controversial Crash (1996), and he invested his brief but pivotal role as Holly Hunter's mystery man in the acclaimed Living out Loud (1998) with memorable charisma. In The Thin Red Line, he managed to stand out from his accomplished co-stars -- who included Nolte, Sean Penn, John Cusack, and Ben Chaplin -- as Captain Storos, an alienated, idealistic soldier who refuses his superior's orders to send his men on a suicidal attack plan. Over the next several years, Koteas would prove to be a consistent force on screen, appearing in films like Shooter, Shutter Island, and Let Me In, as well as the series Combat Hospital.


Highest Rated Movies



89% My Days of Mercy Simon 2017
22% Jake Squared Producer Jake Klein $2.2K 2014
24% Devil's Knot Jerry Driver $0.2M 2014
18% The Last Days On Mars Charles Brunel 2013
19% Winnie Mandela DeVries $62.3K 2013
68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Sergei Katsov $34.5M 2011
6% Dream House Boyce $21.4M 2011
No Score Yet Die Actor 2011
76% 3 Backyards John 2011
88% Let Me In The Policeman $12.2M 2010
No Score Yet A Letter to Elia Voice of Elia Kazan 2010
54% The Killer Inside Me Joe Rothman $0.3M 2010
68% Shutter Island Andrew Laeddis $125.1M 2010
No Score Yet My Own Love Song Dean 2010
18% The Fourth Kind Abel Campos $25.6M 2009
74% Defendor Chuck Dooney 2009
No Score Yet I Come With The Rain Hasford 2009
17% The Haunting in Connecticut Reverend Popescu $55.4M 2009
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Mr. Gateau $127.5M 2008
19% Dark Streets The Lieutenant 2008
71% The Girl in the Park Raymond 2008
82% Two Lovers Ronald Blatt $3M 2008
100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows Val Lewton 2007
13% Skinwalkers Jonas $1M 2007
47% Shooter Jack Payne $47.1M 2007
89% Zodiac Sgt. Jack Mulanax $33.1M 2007
63% The Greatest Game Ever Played Arthur Ouimet $15.3M 2005
No Score Yet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Actor 2004
57% Hit Me Sonny 2002
55% Ararat Ali 2002
50% Simone Hank Aleno $9.5M 2002
49% Harrison's Flowers Yeager $1.7M 2002
19% Collateral Damage CIA Agent Peter Brandt $40M 2002
38% Novocaine Harlan Sangster $1.6M 2001
83% Shot in the Heart Gary Gilmore 2001
8% Lost Souls John Townsend 2000
23% Dancing at the Blue Iguana Sully 2000
80% The Thin Red Line Capt. James Bugger Staros 1998
59% Living Out Loud The Kisser 1998
53% Apt Pupil (Un Élève Doué) Archie 1998
82% Gattaca Antonio 1997
40% Fallen Edgar Reese 1997
59% Crash Vaughan $3.2M 1996
No Score Yet Sugartime Butch Blasi 1995
43% The Prophecy Thomas Dagget 1995
No Score Yet Power of Attorney Paul Dellacroce 1995
40% Camilla Vincent Lopez 1994
97% Exotica Eric 1994
23% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Casey Jones/Whit Whitley 1993
No Score Yet Cyborg 2 Colton `Colt' Ricks 1993
71% The Adjuster Noah 1992
No Score Yet The Habitation of Dragons Wally Smith 1992
No Score Yet Contact Mohannan 1992
60% Chain of Desire Jesus 1992
13% Look Who's Talking, Too Stuart 1990
36% Desperate Hours Wally Bosworth 1990
40% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Casey Jones 1990
No Score Yet Backstreet Dreams Actor 1990
29% Almost an Angel Steve Garner 1990
No Score Yet Malarek (Malarek: A Street Kid Who Made It ) Victor Malarek 1989
No Score Yet Friends, Lovers & Lunatics (Crazy Horse) (She Drives Me Crazy) Davey 1989
83% Tucker: The Man and His Dream Alex Tremulis 1988
No Score Yet Blood Red Silvio 1988
27% Full Moon in Blue Water Jimmy 1988
47% Gardens of Stone Pete Deveber 1987
78% Some Kind of Wonderful Skinhead 1987
47% One Magic Christmas Eddie 1985
No Score Yet Prisoner Jailer 1968


No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
Alvin Olinsky 2020
No Score Yet Chicago Med
Guest 2019
73% Chicago Justice
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
Alvin Olinsky 2017
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Guest 2015
69% The Killing
James Skinner 2013
No Score Yet Unforgettable
Sam Rhodes 2012
43% Combat Hospital
Col. Marks 2011
76% Saving Grace
William Drugh 2009
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Joe Joe/Douglas 2008
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
Voice 2008
90% House
Moriarty Jack Moriarty 2006


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