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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 11, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA Profession: actor

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A handsome Canadian supporting player of Greek parentage, Elias Koteas began his career on stage appearing in NYC productions of "Holy Ghosts", "The Changing Room", "Life Class" and "The Lady's Not for Burning" at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and "Terry Neal's Future" and "Rainbow Dancing" at the Actors Studio. Producer Fred Roos spotted the intense young actor at the latter and quickly cast him in the Disney holiday film "One Magic Christmas" (1985). Since then, Koteas has become a recurring face on screen, while still remaining loyal to his theater roots (i.e., performing in the 1988 Yale Repertory Company's dramatic adaptation of "Kiss of the Spider Woman").

A handsome Canadian supporting player of Greek parentage, Elias Koteas began his career on stage appearing in NYC productions of "Holy Ghosts", "The Changing Room", "Life Class" and "The Lady's Not for Burning" at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and "Terry Neal's Future" and "Rainbow Dancing" at the Actors Studio. Producer Fred Roos spotted the intense young actor at the latter and quickly cast him in the Disney holiday film "One Magic Christmas" (1985). Since then, Koteas has become a recurring face on screen, while still remaining loyal to his theater roots (i.e., performing in the 1988 Yale Repertory Company's dramatic adaptation of "Kiss of the Spider Woman").

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Devil's Knot (2014)
4.
 Shutter Island (2010)
5.
6.
 3 Backyards (2010)
7.
 My Own Love Song (2010)
8.
 Let Me In (2010)
9.
 Fourth Kind, The (2009)
10.
 Defendor (2009)
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Raised in Montreal, Canada
1981:
Moved to NYC
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Appeared in stage productions of "The Changing Room" and "The Lady's Not for Burning" while studying at the AADA
1985:
Spotted by producer Fred Roos at the Actors Studio; cast in "One Magic Christmas" (feature debut)
1985:
TV-movie debut, "Private Sessions" (NBC)
1987:
Reteamed with Roos for Francis Ford Coppola's "Gardens of Stone"
1988:
Acted in "Tucker: A Man and His Dream," directed by Coppola and produced by Roos
1988:
Played young Ari in the ABC miniseries "The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis"
1988:
Episodic TV debut, "Crime Story" (NBC)
1988:
Starred as Valentin in the original dramatic stage version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," presented by the Yale Repertory Company
1990:
Portrayed Casey Jones, a man among terrapins, in the blockbuster "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
1992:
Headlined fellow Canadian Atom Egoyan's examination of voyeurism "The Adjustor"
1993:
Reprised Casey Jones for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III"
1994:
Performed in Egoyan's "Exotica"
1995:
Appeared in the HBO biopic "Sugartime"
1996:
Starred as Vaughn, the de facto leader of a group who get sexual thrills reenacting famous accidents in David Cronenberg's "Crash"
1996:
Played hotel bellboy who becomes embroiled in a heist in "Hit Me"
1997:
First collaboration with producer Danny DeVito, Andrew Niccol's "Gattaca"
1998:
Reteamed with producer DeVito (who also co-starred) for "Living Out Loud"
1998:
Had featured role as the laywer-turned-soldier Captain Staros who refuses to risk the lives of the men under his command in "The Thin Red Line"
2000:
Co-starred in the Broadway play "True West"
2000:
Supported Winona Ryder in Janusz Kaminski's "Lost Souls"
2002:
Co-starred in the feature "Simone"
2002:
Cast in the historical feature "Ararat"
2005:
Cast in Bill Paxton's "The Greatest Game Ever Played" as the father of Francis Ouimet, an amateur who defeated reigning champion Harry Vardon in the 1913 U.S. Open
2007:
Co-starred in the werewolf tale "Skinwalkers"
2007:
Cast in David Fincher's crime drama "Zodiac"
2009:
Featured in the thriller "The Haunting in Connecticut"
2010:
Appeared in Martin Scorsese mystery thriller "Shutter Island"
2010:
Cast in the horror feature "Let Me In"
2011:
Appeared in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"
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Education

Vanier College: Montreal , Quebec -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York - 1981

Notes

"I just wish that you ... weren't so alone in this. You just go to work, and you're just alone. You just go home, and at 3:30 in the morning, you're just fucking alone.

"If anything, I've become more uptight, man. The past year, two years, all I am is just a ... all I want to do is just relax. And I can't. If this is going to be my life as an actor, I don't want it." --Elias Koteas in Premiere, April 1990.

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companion:
Heather Graham. Actor. No longer together.

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