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ELIAS KOTEAS (The Policeman) broke out as an internationally known actor with his starring role in Crash, David Cronenberg's controversial exploration of sexual provocation and alienation that won 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 The Adjuster and Exotica, for which Koteas garnered a Genie nomination (Canada's Oscar) for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Ararat, for which he won the Genie for Best Supporting Actor.

Koteas was recently seen in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and Defendor, with Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings. He also starred in Michael Winterbottom's crime drama The Killer Inside Me, alongside Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson. He recently wrapped production on Dream House, a thriller directed by Jim Sheridan that stars Daniel Craig, and Winnie, playing a South African apartheid supporter opposite Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard in the roles of Winnie and Nelson Mandela.

Early in Koteas' career, Francis Ford Coppola cast him in Gardens of Stone and Tucker. He then landed a role in Peter Masterson's Full Moon in Blue Water and was 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 nominations for Best Actor. Koteas has portrayed notable roles in many other films, including 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, with Sir Ian McKellen; Living Out Loud, with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito; Terrence Malick's Academy Award-nominated war drama The Thin Red Line; Novocaine, with Steve Martin and Helena Bonham-Carter; Harrison's Flowers, alongside Andie MacDowell and Adrien Brody; David Fincher's Zodiac, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo; Antoine Fuqua's Shooter, with Mark Wahlberg; Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; The Haunting in Connecticut, alongside Virginia Madsen; and Two Lovers, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow.

On television, Koteas has had several critically hailed performances in such programs as USA Network's Emmy-nominated "Traffic: The Miniseries” and the HBO original movie "Shot in the Heart,” in which he played notorious murderer Gary Gilmore. Koteas was also seen in HBO's "Sugartime,” starring opposite John Turturro and Mary- Louise Parker, and as a guest star on "House,” playing Hugh Laurie's nemesis.

Koteas has stared 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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