|Born||March 11, 1961|
Elias Koteas is a Canadian actor. He bears a striking resemblance to the actor Christopher Meloni, with whom he is occasionally confused and whose birthdays are close.
Koteas was born in Montréal, Quebec, Canada to a father who worked as a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways and a hatmaker mother. His parents are both of Greek descent. He can speak Greek and French fluently. Koteas attended Vanier College in Montreal, Canada before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a 1983 graduate. He was a member of the Academy's 1983-1984 Production Company. He also attended the Actors' Studio in New York City, where he studied acting under Ellen Burstyn and Peter Masterson. During his early years, Koteas washed dishes and bussed tables in New York for $1 an hour. At the time, he was not a U.S. citizen and therefore was not allowed to work in that country.
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 is known for his film portrayal of Casey Jones in the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and for the character Thomas Daggett in the American film The Prophecy, which also starred Christopher Walken, Viggo Mortensen, and Eric Stoltz (with whom Koteas also appeared in Some Kind of Wonderful).
Koteas had a role in the Denzel Washington thriller Fallen as the demon-possessed serial killer Edgar Reese. He appeared in John Hughes Some Kind of Wonderful, Atom Egoyan's Exotica and The Adjuster, 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. Elias has also appeared in The Greatest Game Ever Played, a Disney biography about a young golfer, as well as the thrillers Skinwalkers in 2006, Zodiac and Shooter in 2007. In May 2008 he played the role of "Joe," a bank robber, in the season finale of CSI: NYC.
- Appears with John Cho and Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
- Appears with Brent Briscoe in The Killer Inside Me
- Appears with John Lacy in Zodiac
- Appears with Ron Perkins in S1m0ne
- Appears with David Strathairn and Diane Baker in Harrison's Flowers
- Appears with Jack Conley in Hit Me
- Appears with Patrick Bauchau in Chain of Desire
- Appears with David Morse in Desperate Hours
- Appears with Sherilyn Fenn in Backstreet Dreams
- Appears with James Earl Jones in Gardens of Stones