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Elias Koteas (Greek: Ηλίας Κοτέας; born March 11, 1961) is a Canadian film and television actor. He appeared in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Exotica, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, David Cronenberg's Crash, and as Casey Jones in the first and third live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.[1]

Elias Koteas
Elias Koteas.jpg
Koteas in 2010
Born (1961-03-11) March 11, 1961 (age 58)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1985–present

Early lifeEdit

Koteas was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to a father who worked as a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways, and a milliner mother.[2] His parents are both of Greek descent,[3] from the Mani Peninsula, and he is a fluent Greek speaker.[citation needed] He went to Outremont High School in Outremont, Quebec and graduated from there. Koteas attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1981, of which he is a 1983 graduate. He was a member of the Academy's 1983–84 Production Company. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City, where he studied acting under Ellen Burstyn and Peter Masterson.


While at the AADA, Koteas played Father Rangier in the school's production of The Devils adapted by John Whiting from the Aldous Huxley novel. He was also Paris in The Golden Apple, a musical by John Latouche and Jerome Moross. Koteas played the supporting role of Specialist Pete Deveber in Gardens of Stone (1987). He is known for playing the lead role of Thomas Daggett in the American film The Prophecy, as well as the sports-crazed vigilante Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.

Koteas went on to play the demonically-possessed serial killer Edgar Reese in the Denzel Washington thriller Fallen. He also appeared in John Hughes' Some Kind of Wonderful, Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, Exotica, Ararat, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line and David Cronenberg's Crash. Koteas also made an appearance in Season 4 of The Sopranos as Dominic Palladino, and in the Season 2 finale of House, in which Koteas plays a man who shoots Dr. Gregory House. The same year, he portrayed D.A. Mike Randolph in the courtroom drama Conviction. Koteas also appeared in The Greatest Game Ever Played, a Disney biography about a young golfer, as well as the thrillers Skinwalkers (2006), Zodiac (2007), and Shooter (2007). In May/September 2008, he played the role of Joe, a bank robber, in the season 4 finale and season 5 premiere of CSI: NY. He also appeared in The Killing on AMC.

In 2010, he played major roles in Let Me In, the Matt Reeves re-adaptation of Let the Right One In, and Defendor, a Canadian superhero film starring Woody Harrelson.

Koteas played Canadian Forces Colonel Xavier Marks on the short-lived series, Combat Hospital.

He also appears in Winnie Mandela, a 2011 film about Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela.

In August 2013, it was reported that Koteas had joined the NBC Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D. as a series regular.[4] Koteas played Alvin "Al" Olinsky, a longtime undercover detective in the Intelligence Unit. The character is in uniform with Detective Voight (played by Jason Beghe) and together they share a secret over a fellow cop's death. At the end of the 2018 season, Koteas's character is knifed in prison and dies in surgery.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 One Magic Christmas Eddie
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Duncan
1987 Gardens of Stone Pete Deveber
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Alex Tremulis
1988 Full Moon in Blue Water Jimmy
1989 Malarek Victor Malarek
1989 Blood Red Silvio
1989 Friends, Lovers & Lunatics Davey
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Casey Jones
1990 Backstreet Dreams Wizard
1990 Desperate Hours Wally Bosworth
1990 Look Who's Talking Too Stuart Jensen
1990 Almost an Angel Steve Garner
1991 The Adjuster Noah Render
1992 Chain of Desire Jesus
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Casey Jones / Whit
1993 Cyborg 2 Colton Ricks
1994 Exotica Eric / Club's DJ
1994 Camilla Vincent Lopez
1995 The Prophecy Thomas Dagget
1995 Power of Attorney Paul Dellacroce
1996 Crash Vaughan
1996 Hit Me Sonny Rose
1997 Gattaca Antonio Freeman
1998 Fallen Edgar Reese
1998 Apt Pupil Archie
1998 Living Out Loud The Kisser
1998 The Thin Red Line Capt. Staros
1998 Divorce: A Contemporary Western Matt
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana Sully
2000 Harrison's Flowers Yeager Pollack
2000 Lost Souls John Townsend
2001 Novocaine Harlan Sangster
2002 Collateral Damage Peter Brandt
2002 Ararat Ali / Jevdet Bay
2002 Simone Hank Aleno Uncredited
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Arthur Ouimet
2005 The Big Empty The Specialist
2007 Skinwalkers Jonas Talbot
2007 Zodiac Sgt. Jack Mulanax
2007 Shooter Jack Payne
2007 Prisoner Jailer
2007 The Girl in the Park Raymond
2008 Two Lovers Ronald Blatt
2008 Dark Streets The Lieutenant
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Monsieur Gateau
2009 The Haunting in Connecticut Reverend Popescu
2009 I Come with the Rain Hasford
2009 Defendor Chuck Dooney
2009 The Fourth Kind Abel Campos
2010 The Killer Inside Me Joe Rothman
2010 3 Backyards John
2010 Shutter Island Andrew Laeddis
2010 My Own Love Song Dean
2010 Die Mark Murdock
2010 Let Me In The Policeman
2011 Winnie Mandela Major de Vries
2011 Dream House Boyce
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Sergei Katsov
2013 The Last Days on Mars Charles Brunel
2013 Now You See Me Lionel Shrike Uncredited
2013 Devil's Knot Jerry Driver
2013 Jake Squared Jake Klein
2017 My Days of Mercy Simon Moro


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Private Sessions Johnny O'Reilly Television film
1988 Crime Story Jerry Travers Episode: "Roadrunner"
1988 Onassis: The Richest Man in the World Young Aristotle Onassis Television film
1995 Sugartime Butch Blasi Television film
2001 Shot in the Heart Gary Gilmore Television film
2002 The Sopranos Dominic Palladino Episode: "The Strong, Silent Type"
2004 Traffic Mike McKay 3 episodes
2005–2006 American Dad! Jim (voice) 2 episodes
2006 Conviction Mike Randolph Episode: "Pilot"
2006 House Jack Moriarty Episode: "No Reason"
2008 CSI: NY Joe / Douglas Anderson 2 episodes
2009 Saving Grace William Drugh Episode: "The Live Ones"
2011 Combat Hospital Colonel Xavier Marks 13 episodes
2012 Unforgettable Sam Rhodes Episode: "A Man in the Woods"
2013 The Killing James Skinner 11 episodes
2013–2017 Chicago Fire Alvin "Al" Olinsky 4 episodes
2014–2018 Chicago P.D. Alvin "Al" Olinsky Main cast; 106 episodes
2016–2018 Chicago Med Alvin "Al" Olinsky 3 episodes
2017 Chicago Justice Alvin "Al" Olinsky Episode: "Fake"


  1. ^ Scott, Vernon (10 April 1990). "Fame Mutates for Human 'Turtle' Star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ Elias Koteas Biography - Famous Canadians - CKA
  3. ^ "SCREENMANCER presents: THE ELIAS KOTEAS EXPERIENCE". Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'The Killing's' Elias Koteas Boards 'Chicago PD' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2013.

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