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ELIAS KOTEAS (Yeager), a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a member of the prestigious Actors' Studio, has had a career defined by bold challenges — often undertaken in the films of some of our most groundbreak ing contemporary directors.

Koteas broke out as an international sensation from his starring role in David Cronenberg's highly controversial exploration of sexual provocation and alienation. Crash, which was was awarded a special prize at the 1996 Cannes Film festival for daring and audacity. More recently he was recognized for his portrayal of the war-numbed command er in Terence Malick's Oscar-nominated film, The Thin Red Line. Upcoming films include Novocaine with Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter, and the HBO original movie, Shot in the Heart. where he plays the notorious murderer, Gary Gilmore.

Koteas most recently starred on Broadway in True West, in the roles previously held by John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Koteas has worked with one of Canada's most accomplished directorial exports, Atom Egoyan. starring in The Adjuster and Exotica, for which Koteas garnered a Genie nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. He also received notice for his co-starring portraits in such films as Gattaca (starring Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law), and Gregory Hoblit's supernatural thriller Fallen, opposite Denzel Washington.

Some of Koteas' more recent films include Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil, Living Out Loud (with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito) and Steven Shainberg's Hit Me, a modern noir adaptation of Jim Thompson's A Swell Looking Babe.

Early in his career, director Francis Ford Coppola drew on Koteas' powerful screen presence in both Gardens of Stone and Tucker: these performances were followed by Peter Masterson's Full Moon in Blue Water (co-starring with Gene Hackman). Koteas was then chosen for the lead role in Roger Cardinal's explosive Malarek, playing the true-life investigative journalist Victor Malarek. His haunting performance earned Koteas the first of two Genie nominations (Canada's Oscar) for Best Actor.

Koteas' television credits include a co-starring role (opposite John Tuturro and Mary Louise Parker) in HBO's Sugartime and Horton Foote's searing familial drama, The Habitation of Dragons. Among his past theatrical performances was a starring role in Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Yale Repertory Theatre.


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