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ELIAS KOTEAS (Jack Payne) was cast early in his career by director Francis Ford Coppola in "Gardens of Stone” and "Tucker.” Koteas then landed a role in Peter Masterson's "Full Moon in Blue Water” and was later chosen for the lead role in Roger Cardinal's explosive "Malarek,” playing true-life investigative journalist Victor Malarek. His haunting performance earned Koteas the first of two Genie Award nominations (Canada's Oscar) for Best Actor. He will next be seen as a policeman involved in the hunt for a serial killer in David Fincher's "Zodiac,” followed by "Skinwalkers,” "Prisoner,” "The Girl in the Park” and "Dark Streets.”

Koteas broke out internationally after his starring role in "Crash,” David Cronenberg's highly controversial exploration of sexual provocation and alienation which was awarded a special prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Koteas has worked on several occasions with one of Canada's most accomplished directorial exports, Atom Egoyan, starring in Egoyan's "The Adjuster,” "Exotica,” for which he garnered a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and "Ararat,” for which he won the Genie for Best Supporting Actor.

Koteas also received notice for his roles in Steven Shainberg's "Hit Me,” a modern noir adaptation of Jim Thompson's A Swell Looking Babe; "Gattaca,” starring Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law, Gregory Hoblit's supernatural thriller "Fallen,” opposite Denzel Washington; Bryan Singer's "Apt Pupil”; "Living Out Loud,” with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito; Terrence Malick's Academy Award®-nominated film "The Thin Red Line”; "Novocaine,” with Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter; "Harrison's Flowers,” with Andie MacDowell and Adrien Brody; and "The Greatest Game Ever Played,” directed by Bill Paxton.

Koteas' television credits include USA Network's Emmynominated "Traffic: The Mini-Series”; the HBO original movie "Shot in the Heart,” in which he plays notorious murderer Gary Gilmore; a co-starring role opposite John Turturro and Mary-Louise Parker in HBO's "Sugartime”; and Horton Foote's searing familial drama "The Habitation of Dragons.”

Koteas has starred in numerous theater productions, including Paula Vogel's "Hot ‘N' Throbbing” at the Signature Theatre, "Kiss of the Spider Woman” at the Yale Repertory Theatre and "True West” on Broadway, directed by Matthew Warchus.

Koteas is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a member of the prestigious Actors' Studio.

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