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Elias Koteas

Elias Koteas was born on March 11, 1961, in Montreal, Canada. Both his parents are of Greek descent. Elias attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a graduate. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City, where he studied acting under Ellen ... See full bio »

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Shutter Island
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The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line Capt. James 'Bugger' Staros
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 2017 Mercy (filming)
 2013 Devil's Knot
Jerry Driver
 2013/I Now You See Me
Lionel Shrike (uncredited)
 2011 Dream House
 2011 Winnie Mandela
Major de Vries
 2010/II Die
Mark Murdock
 2010 3 Backyards
 2009 Defendor
Sgt. Chuck Dooney
 2008 Dark Streets
The Lieutenant
 2007 The Girl in the Park
 2007 Prisoner
 2007/I Shooter
Jack Payne
 2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played
Arthur Ouimet
 2002 S1m0ne
Hank Aleno (uncredited)
 2002 Ararat
Ali / Jevdet Bay
 2000 Lost Souls
John Townsend
 2000 Harrison's Flowers
Yeager Pollack
 1998 Living Out Loud
The Kisser
 1998 Apt Pupil
 1996 Hit Me
Sonny Rose
 1996 Crash
 1994 Camilla
Vincent Lopez
 1994 Exotica
 1992 Chain of Desire
 1991 The Adjuster
 1990 Almost an Angel
Steve Garner
 1989 Blood Red
 1988 Malarek
Victor Malarek
 1987 Gardens of Stone
Pete Deveber
 1985 One Magic Christmas
 1980 Atlantic City
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Scheduled to begin performances of Paula Vogel's play, Hot 'n' Throbbing in New York City for the Signature Theatre Company March 8th, 2005. See more »

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5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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[2011, on making Desperate Hours (1990)] I don't remember that experience. I don't know what happened. I was a huge fan of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). It was a phenomenal movie. I thought that Michael (Michael Cimino) was very passionate, too, about trying to make a film. He hadn't made a film in a while. Again, taking all that aside, I had no idea what I was doing when I went to do that ... See more »


He is frequently confused for actor Christopher Meloni, although Koteas is less beefy and Meloni is of Italian-French descent rather than Greek. See more »

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