Elias Koteas

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Elias Koteas
Koteas in 2010
Born (1961-03-11) March 11, 1961 (age 62)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1985–present
SpouseJennifer Rubin (1987-1990)[1]

Elias Koteas (/ˈɛliəs kəˈtəs/;[2] Greek: Ηλίας Κοτέας; born March 11, 1961) is a Canadian actor. He is known for playing Alvin "Al" Olinsky in the Chicago franchise, as well as appearing in lead and supporting roles in numerous films. He won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Ararat (2002). He appeared in such films as Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), The Adjuster (1991), Exotica (1994), The Prophecy (1995), Crash (1996), Living Out Loud (1998), Fallen (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), Harrison's Flowers (2002), Collateral Damage (2002), Shooter (2007), Zodiac (2007), Skinwalkers (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and Shutter Island (2010). He also portrayed Casey Jones in two of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.

Early life[edit]

Koteas was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to a father who worked as a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways and a milliner mother.[3] His parents are both of Greek descent.[4] Koteas is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York as well as Vanier College in Montreal.[5]


Koteas has played major roles in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987),[6] The Adjuster (1991),[7] Exotica (1994),[8] Crash (1996),[9] Fallen (1998),[10] and The Thin Red Line (1998),[11] among other films. Koteas is also known for playing the lead role of Thomas Daggett in the American film The Prophecy (1995)[12] and for portraying sports-crazed vigilante Casey Jones in two of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.[5][13] In 2010, he played major roles in Let Me In[14] and Defendor, a Canadian superhero film starring Woody Harrelson.[15]

On television, he appeared in season four of The Sopranos as Dominic Palladino and in the season two finale of House as a man who shoots Dr. Gregory House.[16] From 2014 to 2018, Koteas starred on the NBC Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D. where he played Alvin "Al" Olinsky, a longtime undercover detective in the Intelligence Unit.[17][18][19] He also appeared in all other Chicago franchise series.



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
2022 The Baker Vic
2023 Janet Planet Avi


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: "The 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"
2021 Goliath Tom True Season 4
Recurring cast[20][21]
2021 Guilty Party Charles "Tuna" Billingham 3 episodes


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  2. ^ "Elias Koteas 'The Thin Red Line' 12/13/98". The Bobbie Wygant Archive. June 14, 2021. Archived from the original on June 11, 2022. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  3. ^ "Elias Koteas Biography - Famous Canadians - CKA". Canadaka.net.
  4. ^ "SCREENMANCER presents: THE ELIAS KOTEAS EXPERIENCE". www.screenmancer.tv. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  5. ^ a b Scott, Vernon (10 April 1990). "Fame Mutates for Human 'Turtle' Star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 27, 1987). "Film: 'Some Kind of Wonderful'". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (September 26, 1991). "Review/Film Festival; Cast Adrift by Disaster In Egoyan's 'Adjuster'". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  8. ^ "Exotica". www.washingtonpost.com.
  9. ^ Wilmington, Michael. "DISTURBING, SEXUALLY EXPLICIT 'CRASH' IS A BRILLIANTLY MADE FILM". chicagotribune.com.
  10. ^ Maslin, Janet (January 16, 1998). "FILM REVIEW; Hard to Beat the Devil, a Detective Finds". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  11. ^ "'The Thin Red Line' (R)". www.washingtonpost.com.
  12. ^ Holden, Stephen (September 2, 1995). "FILM REVIEW; The Devil And God At War Over Souls". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  13. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 20, 1993). "Review/Film; The Turtles Transported To Old Japan". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  14. ^ ""Let Me In" Star Elias Koteas: Working With Young Actors Was "Very Humbling"". NBC Chicago.
  15. ^ Castro, Adam-Troy (December 14, 2012). "Elias Koteas plays a bad cop in the superhero dramedy Defendor". SYFY WIRE.
  16. ^ "House MD Guide: Second Season #224 "No Reason", Season 2". www.housemd-guide.com.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (30 August 2013). "'The Killing's' Elias Koteas Boards 'Chicago PD' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  18. ^ "Chicago P.D. | TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  19. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (May 10, 2018). "'Chicago P.D.' Season Finale: Fate Of Elias Koteas' Olinsky Leaves Fans In Shock".
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (February 21, 2020). "'Goliath' Adds Brandon Scott and Geoffrey Arend As Series Regulars, Two Recurring For Seas4". www.deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  21. ^ Frederick, Brittany (February 22, 2020). "Chicago PD alum Elias Koteas added to Goliath season 4 cast". www.onechicagocenter.com. One Chicago Center. Retrieved November 25, 2020.

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