Elias Koteas

Elias Koteas (born March 11, 1961) is a Canadian film and television actor. He appeared in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Exotica, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, David Cronenberg's Crash and as Casey Jones in the first and third live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.[1]

Elias Koteas
Elias Koteas
Koteas in 2010
BornMarch 11, 1961 (age 57)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1985–present
Jennifer Rubin (m. 1987–1990)

Early life

Koteas was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to a father who worked as a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways, and a milliner mother.[2] His parents are both of Greek descent,[3] from the Mani Peninsula, and he is a fluent Greek speaker. He went to Outremont High School in Outremont, Quebec and graduated from there. Koteas attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1981, of which he is a 1983 graduate. He was a member of the Academy's 1983–84 Production Company. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City, where he studied acting under Ellen Burstyn and Peter Masterson.


While at the AADA, Koteas played Father Rangier in the school's production of The Devils adapted by John Whiting from the Aldous Huxley novel. He was also Paris in The Golden Apple, a musical by John Latouche and Jerome Moross. Koteas played the supporting role of Specialist Pete Deveber in Gardens Of Stone (1987). He is best known for playing the lead role of Thomas Daggett in the American film The Prophecy, as well as the sports-crazed vigilante Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.

Koteas went on to play the demonically-possessed serial killer Edgar Reese in the Denzel Washington thriller Fallen. He also appeared in John Hughes' Some Kind of Wonderful, Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Exotica, Ararat, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line and David Cronenberg's Crash. Koteas also made an appearance in Season 4 of The Sopranos as Dominic Palladino, and in the Season 2 finale of House, in which Koteas plays a man who shoots Dr. Gregory House. The same year, he portrayed D.A. Mike Randolf in the courtroom drama Conviction. Koteas also appeared in The Greatest Game Ever Played, a Disney biography about a young golfer, as well as the thrillers Skinwalkers (2006), Zodiac (2007), and Shooter (2007). In May/September 2008, he played the role of Joe, a bank robber, in the season 4 finale and season 5 premiere of CSI: NY. He also appeared in The Killing on AMC.

In 2010, he played major roles in Let Me In, the Matt Reeves re-adaptation of Let the Right One In, and Defendor, a Canadian superhero film starring Woody Harrelson.

Koteas played Canadian Forces Colonel Xavier Marks on the short-lived series, Combat Hospital.

He also appears in Winnie Mandela, a 2011 film about Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela.

In August 2013, it was reported that Koteas had joined the NBC Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D. as a series regular.[4] Koteas played Alvin "Al" Olinsky, a longtime undercover detective in the Intelligence Unit. The character was in uniform with Detective Voight (played by Jason Beghe) and together they share a secret over a fellow cop's death. At the end of the 2018 season, Koteas's character was knifed in prison and died in surgery.



  1. ^ "Fame Mutates for Human 'Turtle' Star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. ^ Elias Koteas Biography - Famous Canadians - CKA
  3. ^ http://www.screenmancer.tv/ELIAS%20KOTEAS.htm
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'The Killing's' Elias Koteas Boards 'Chicago PD' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2013.

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A Letter to Elia

A Letter to Elia is a 2010 documentary film directed by Kent Jones and Martin Scorsese that follows the life and career of film director Elia Kazan and how he influenced Scorsese. Made from clips from films, stills, readings from Kazan's autobiography, a speech he wrote on directing read by Elias Koteas, a videotaped interview done late in Kazan's life, and Scorsese's commentary on and off screen.

Central Films

Central Films is a Paris-based French motion picture production company founded in 2004 by Fernando Sulichin.

Its first feature film was Mary by Abel Ferrara, starring Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Modine and Heather Graham. The film premiered at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival and received Jury Special Prize. It was followed by Babel directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and co-produced with Fernando Sulichin's longtime partner Jon Kilik. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Babel is the final entry of a trilogy started by Iñárritu with Amores Perros and 21 Grams.

Consistent with a big authors outline, Central Films is currently releasing I Come with the Rain by Tran Anh Hung, starring Josh Hartnett and Elias Koteas.

Crash (1996 film)

Crash is a 1996 Canadian-British psychological thriller film written and directed by David Cronenberg based on J. G. Ballard's 1973 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car crashes, a notable form of paraphilia. The film stars James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, and Rosanna Arquette.

The film generated considerable controversy upon its release and opened to mixed and highly divergent reactions from critics. While some praised the film for its daring premise and originality, others criticized its combination of graphic sexuality and violence. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received the Special Jury Prize, a unique award that is distinct from the Jury Prize as it is not given annually, but only at the request of the official jury (for example, the previous year, both a Jury Prize and a Special Jury Prize were awarded). When then jury president Francis Ford Coppola announced the award "for originality, for daring and for audacity," he stated that it had been a controversial choice and that certain jury members, "did abstain very passionately." The award has not been given since. It received six Genie Awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, including awards for Cronenberg as director and screenwriter; the film was also nominated in two further categories, including Best Picture.

Cyborg 2

Cyborg 2, released in some countries as Glass Shadow, is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Schroeder and starring Elias Koteas, Angelina Jolie, Billy Drago, Karen Sheperd and Jack Palance. It is an unrelated sequel to the 1989 film Cyborg, although footage from the original is used in a dream sequence. It was also Jolie's film debut as an adult, and in a starring role. She had previously made an earlier film, Lookin' to Get Out, as a child actress). It was followed by the 1995 direct-to-video release Cyborg 3: The Recycler.

Dark Streets

Dark Streets is a 2008 film adaptation of the play by Glenn M. Stewart. Directed by Rachel Samuels (The Suicide Club) from a screenplay by Wallace King. The film stars Gabriel Mann (The Bourne Supremacy), Bijou Phillips (Choke), Izabella Miko (Coyote Ugly), Elias Koteas (The Thin Red Line) Michael Fairman (Thirteen Days) and Toledo Diamond (Don's Plum). The film is produced by Andrea Balen (American Night), Claus Clausen (The Lucky Ones), Corina Danckwerts (American Night) and Glenn M. Stewart (The Lucky Ones); and executive produced by Steffen Aumueller (The Lucky Ones). The film's rich blues score is composed by George Acogny (Blood Diamond), featuring B.B. King.


Defendor is a 2009 Canadian-American superhero comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas and Sandra Oh. The story tells of a regular man who adopts the persona of a real-life superhero named Defendor on a quest to find his arch enemy, Captain Industry. Defendor, Stebbings' feature film debut, was written in 2005 and filmed in January 2009 in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, and had its North American theatrical release on February 19, 2010. It has also been released to DVD on April 13, 2010.

Desperate Hours

Desperate Hours is a 1990 remake of the 1955 William Wyler crime drama of the same title. Both films are based on the novel by Joseph Hayes, who also co-wrote the script for this film with Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. (Rosenthal and Konner's other collaborations include the screenplay of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.) Desperate Hours stars Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Kelly Lynch, Lindsay Crouse, Elias Koteas and David Morse. It is directed by Michael Cimino, who had previously worked with Rourke on the films Heaven's Gate and Year of the Dragon.

Die (film)

Die is a 2010 Canadian-Italian thriller film written and directed by Dominic James and starring Elias Koteas and Emily Hampshire.

Djevdet Bey

Djevdet Bey, Jevdet Bey, Cevdet Belbez (Modern Turkish: Cevdet Bey) was the governor of the Van vilayet of the Ottoman Empire during World War I and the Siege of Van. He is considered responsible for the massacres of Armenians in and around Van. Clarence Ussher, a witness to these events, reported that 55,000 Armenians were subsequently killed. He succeeded Governor Hasan Tahsin Bey. Djevdet was a leader of the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP).He was portrayed by Elias Koteas in the 2002 film Ararat, which received 2 Oscar nominations.

He was the brother-in-law of Enver Pasha and son of Tahir Pasha, who was a vali of Van, Bitlis, and Mosul.

Fallen (1998 film)

Fallen is a 1998 American supernatural detective thriller film directed by Gregory Hoblit, produced by Charles Roven and Dawn Steel, from a screenplay by Nicholas Kazan. The film tells the story of John Hobbes, a Philadelphia police detective who is investigating murders committed by an apparent copycat killer. The murderer is later revealed to be a fallen angel known as Azazel, who possesses human beings by touch. Denzel Washington, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland and Elias Koteas star. Fallen was released on January 16, 1998, by Warner Bros. The film grossed $25.2 million against its budget of $46 million. It has a 40% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, which calls it "not all that thrilling".

Harrison's Flowers

Harrison's Flowers is a 2001 French film by Elie Chouraqui. It stars, among others, Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody, Marie Trintignant, Gerard Butler, and David Strathairn. The film is also Quinn Shephard's big screen debut.

Universal Pictures released this film in the United States theatrically, then Lionsgate released this film in the United States on DVD.

For this film's United States version, the film's length was reduced by about 5 minutes; it also features a new score by Cliff Eidelman.

Hit Me (film)

Hit Me is a 1996 crime film directed by Steven Shainberg starring Elias Koteas, Laure Marsac, and William H. Macy. The film is based on the novel A Swell-Looking Babe by Jim Thompson.

Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and set in New York City, starring Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito, Queen Latifah, Martin Donovan, and Elias Koteas.

Lost Souls (film)

Lost Souls is a 2000 American horror film directed by Janusz Kamiński, in his directorial debut. The film stars Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, and John Hurt.

My Days of Mercy

My Days of Mercy is a 2017 American-British drama-romance film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer, from a screenplay by Joe Barton. It stars Kate Mara, Ellen Page, Amy Seimetz, Brian Geraghty, and Elias Koteas.

It screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017, as a Gala Presentation.

Shot in the Heart

Shot in the Heart is a memoir written by Mikal Gilmore, then a senior contributing editor at Rolling Stone, about his tumultuous childhood in a dysfunctional family, and his brother Gary Gilmore's eventual execution by firing squad in 1977 for a murder he committed at a motel in Provo, Utah.In 2001, Shot in the Heart became an HBO film starring Giovanni Ribisi as Mikal, Elias Koteas as Gary, Sam Shepard as the brothers' looming father and Lee Tergesen as Frank Gilmore, Jr.

The 1977 punk rock single "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" by the band The Adverts was used in the soundtrack of the movie. The song is written from "the point of view of a hospital patient who has received the eyes of Gary Gilmore in a transplant."

The Fourth Kind

The Fourth Kind is a 2009 American science fiction thriller film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi and featuring a cast of Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Corey Johnson, Will Patton, Charlotte Milchard, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Yulian Vergov, and Olatunde Osunsanmi. The title is derived from the expansion of J. Allen Hynek's classification of close encounters with aliens, in which the fourth kind denotes alien abductions.

The film is a pseudodocumentary purporting to be based on real events occurring in Nome, Alaska in 2000, in which psychologist Dr. Abigail Emily "Abbey" Tyler uses hypnosis to uncover memories from her patients of alien abduction, and finds evidence suggesting that she may have been abducted as well. The film has two components: dramatization, in which actors portray the individuals involved, and "documentary", in which video footage purports to show the 'actual' victims undergoing hypnosis. Throughout the film, Abbey, played by Charlotte Milchard, is shown purportedly being interviewed on television in 2002, two years after the abductions occurred. At some points in the film, the "documentary" and dramatized footage are presented alongside each other in split-screen.The film received mainly negative reviews from critics but made US$47.71 million in cinemas worldwide.

The Prophecy

The Prophecy is a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory Widen, and is the first motion picture of The Prophecy series including four sequels. The film tells the story of the Archangel Gabriel (Walken) and his search for an evil soul on Earth, and a police detective (Koteas) who unknowingly becomes caught in the middle of an angelic civil war.

Winnie Mandela (film)

Winnie Mandela is a 2011 drama film adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob's biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. The film is directed by Darrell Roodt, and stars Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Wendy Crewson, Elias Koteas, and Justin Strydom. Image Entertainment released the film in theaters on September 6, 2013.

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