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Elias Koteas (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 best 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 Randolf 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 was 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 was knifed in prison and died in surgery.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Spoons- Tell No Lies (Music Video; Uncredited)
1985 One Magic Christmas
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful
1987 Gardens of Stone
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
1988 Onassis: The Richest Man in the World
1988 Full Moon in Blue Water
1989 Friends, Lovers & Lunatics
1989 Malarek
1989 Blood Red
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
1990 Backstreet Dreams
1990 Desperate Hours
1990 Look Who's Talking Too
1990 Almost an Angel
1991 The Adjuster
1992 Chain of Desire
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
1993 Cyborg 2
1994 Exotica
1994 Camilla
1995 Power of Attorney
1995 Sugartime
1995 The Prophecy
1996 Crash
1996 Hit Me
1997 Gattaca
1998 Divorce: A Contemporary Western
1998 Fallen
1998 Apt Pupil
1998 Living Out Loud
1998 The Thin Red Line
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana
2000 Harrison's Flowers
2000 Lost Souls
2001 Novocaine
2001 Shot in the Heart
2002 Collateral Damage
2002 Ararat
2002 Simone
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played
2005 The Big Empty
2007 Skinwalkers
2007 Zodiac
2007 Shooter
2007 Prisoner
2007 The Girl in the Park
2008 Two Lovers
2008 Dark Streets
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2009 The Haunting in Connecticut
2009 The Fourth Kind
2009 Three Backyards/3 Backyards
2009 My Own Love Song
2009 Defendor
2009 I Come with the Rain
2010 The Killer Inside Me
2010 Shutter Island
2010 Let Me In
2010 Die
2011 Dream House
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
2011 Winnie Mandela
2013 Devil's Knot
2013 Now You See Me
2013 The Last Days on Mars
2013 Jake Squared
2017 My Days of Mercy


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Private Sessions
2002 The Sopranos Dominic Palladino
2004 Traffic
2006 House
2006 Conviction
2008 CSI: NY Joe/Douglas Anderson Guest Star
2011 Combat Hospital Colonel Xavier Marks
2013 The Killing
2014 - 2018 Chicago P.D. Alvin "Al" Olinsky Main Cast 106 Episodes


  1. ^ "Fame Mutates for Human 'Turtle' Star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. ^ Elias Koteas Biography - Famous Canadians - CKA
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  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'The Killing's' Elias Koteas Boards 'Chicago PD' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2013.

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