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Elias Koteas (born March 11, 1961) is a Canadian actor of film and television, best known for his roles in The Prophecy, Fallen and the live-action first and third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.[1]

Elias Koteas (*)

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] and he is a fluent Greek speaker. 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. 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.
Career

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 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 Turtle 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 "DA Mike Randolf" in the courtroom drama Conviction. Koteas 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/September 2008, he played the role of "Joe", a bank robber, in the season 4 finale and season 5 premiere of CSI: NY.

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.

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Koteas plays Canadian Forces Colonel Xavier Marks on Combat Hospital.

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

One Magic Christmas (1985)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Gardens of Stone (1987)
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988)
Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)
Friends, Lovers & Lunatics (1989)
Malarek (1989)
Blood Red (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Backstreet Dreams (1990)
Desperate Hours (1990)
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Almost an Angel (1990)
The Adjuster (1991)
Chain of Desire (1992)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
Cyborg 2 (1993)
Exotica (1994)
Camilla (1994)
Power of Attorney (1995)
The Prophecy (1995)
Crash (1996)
Hit Me (1996)
Gattaca (1997)
Divorce: A Contemporary Western (1998)
Fallen (1998)
Apt Pupil (1998)
Living Out Loud (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)
Harrison's Flowers (2000)
Lost Souls (2000)
Novocaine (2001)
Shot in the Heart (2001)
Collateral Damage (2002)
Ararat (2002)
The Sopranos (2002) (TV)
S1m0ne (2002)
Traffic (2004) (TV)
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
The Big Empty (2005)
House (2006) (TV)
Conviction (2006)
Skinwalkers (2007)
Zodiac (2007)
Shooter (2007)
Prisoner (2007)
The Girl in the Park (2007)
Two Lovers (2008)
CSI: NY (2008) (TV)
Dark Streets (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
The Fourth Kind (2009)
Three Backyards/3 Backyards (2009)
My Own Love Song (2009)
Defendor (2009)
I Come with the Rain (2009)
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)
Let Me In (2010)
Combat Hospital (2011)
Dream House (2011)
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
Winnie (2011)
Die (2011)
Now You See Me (2013)

References

^ "Fame Mutates for Human 'Turtle' Star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
^ Elias Koteas Biography - Famous Canadians - CKA
^ http://www.screenmancer.tv/ELIAS%20KOTEAS.htm

External links

Canadian Film Encyclopedia[dead link]
Elias Koteas at the Internet Movie Database
Elias Koteas at AllRovi
Eloquent Elias Fan Site

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