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Early in his career, director Francis Ford Coppola cast ELIAS KOTEAS in both Gardens of Stone and Tucker. Koteas then landed a role in Peter Masterson's Full Moon in Blue Waterand 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 nominations (Canada's Oscar) for Best Actor.

Koteas broke out as an international sensation 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 Adjusterand Exotica, the latter for which Koteas garnered a Genie nomination for Best Actor; and Ararat, for which he won the Genie for Best Supporting Actor.

Koteas has portrayed notable roles in many 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; 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, alongside Andie MacDowell and Adrien Brody; David Fincher directed Zodiac with Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo; Shooter with Mark Wahlberg, directed by Antoine Fuqua; David Fincher's Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; Haunting in Connecticutalongside Virginia Madison; Two Loversopposite Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow; Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, Defendor with Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings; Michel Winterbottom's Killer Inside Me, Let Me In, a remake of the award winning and critically acclaimed Danish Film Let the Right One in; Dream House, a thriller directed by Jim Sheridan, opposite Daniel Craig; Winnie, where he played a South African apartheid supporter, opposite Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard as Winnie and Nelson Mandela; and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, the third film in the Harold & Kumar franchise. Koteas was most recently seen in Louis Letterier's Now You See Me with Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg.

On television, Koteas was made a series regular on Season 4 of the hit AMC drama The Killing, which debuted in June 2013. He was most recently a series regular on the ABC/Shaw Media series Combat Hospital. Set in a medical compound in Afghanistan, Koteas played 'Colonel Xavier Marks', a career military officer and commander of the multinational medical unit. Koteas has had several critically hailed performances in such programs as USA Network's Emmy-nominated Traffic: The Mini-Series; the HBO original movie Shot in the Heart, in which he played notorious murderer Gary Gilmore; opposite John Turturro and Mary-Louise Parker in HBO's Sugartime; and House, where he played Hugh Laurie's nemesis.

Koteas has stared in numerous theatre productions, including Paula Vogel's Hot 'N' Throbbing at the Signature Theatre, Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Yale Repertory Theatre and True Weston 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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