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Elias Koteas



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
14% Jake Squared
  • Producer
  • Jake Klein
2014
24% Devil's Knot
  • Jerry Driver
2014
20% The Last Days On Mars
  • Charles Brunel
2013
No Score Yet Winnie (Winnie Mandela)
  • DeVries
2013
14% Winnie Mandela
  • DeVries
2013
68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
  • Sergei Katsov
2011
6% Dream House
  • Boyce
2011
No Score Yet Die
  • Actor
2011
76% 3 Backyards
  • John
2011
88% Let Me In
  • The Policeman
2010
No Score Yet A Letter to Elia
  • Voice of Elia Kazan
2010
55% The Killer Inside Me
  • Joe Rothman
2010
68% Shutter Island
  • Andrew Laeddis
2010
No Score Yet My Own Love Song
  • Dean
2010
19% The Fourth Kind
  • Abel Campos
2009
68% Defendor
  • Chuck Dooney
2009
No Score Yet I Come With The Rain
  • Hasford
2009
16% The Haunting in Connecticut
  • Reverend Popescu
2009
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mr. Gateau
2008
19% Dark Streets
  • The Lieutenant
2008
71% The Girl in the Park
  • Raymond
2008
82% Two Lovers
  • Ronald Blatt
2008
100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
  • Val Lewton
2007
14% Skinwalkers
  • Jonas
2007
48% Shooter
  • Jack Payne
2007
89% Zodiac
  • Sgt. Jack Mulanax
2007
63% The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • Arthur Ouimet
2005
No Score Yet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Actor
2004
57% Hit Me
  • Sonny
2002
55% Ararat
  • Ali
2002
49% Harrison's Flowers
  • Yeager
2002
19% Collateral Damage
  • CIA Agent Peter Brandt
2002
38% Novocaine
  • Harlan Sangster
2001
80% Shot in the Heart
  • Gary Gilmore
2001
7% Lost Souls
  • John Townsend
2000
23% Dancing at the Blue Iguana
  • Sully
2000
78% 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
58% Crash
  • Vaughan
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
21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  • Casey Jones/Whit Whitley
1993
No Score Yet Cyborg 2
  • Colton `Colt' Ricks
1993
73% The Adjuster
  • Noah
1992
No Score Yet The Habitation of Dragons
  • Wally Smith
1992
No Score Yet Contact
  • Mohannan
1992
No Score Yet Chain of Desire
  • Jesus
1992
17% 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
84% Tucker: The Man and His Dream
  • Alex Tremulis
1988
No Score Yet Blood Red
  • Silvio
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
30% Full Moon in Blue Water
  • Jimmy
1988
43% Gardens of Stone
  • Pete Deveber
1987
80% Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Skinhead
1987
50% One Magic Christmas
  • Eddie
1985
No Score Yet Prisoner
  • Jailer
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
43% Combat Hospital
2011
  • Col. Marks
No Score Yet Unforgettable
2011
  • Sam Rhodes
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Moriarty Jack Moriarty
48% Chicago Med
2015
  • Actor
70% The Killing
2011-2014
  • James Skinner
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
  • Alvin Olinsky
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • William Drugh
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Joe Joe/Douglas
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
2012
  • Actor

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