Elias Koteas as James Skinner
Early in his career, director Francis Ford Coppola cast Elias Koteas in both Gardens of Stone and Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Koteas then landed a role in Peter Masterson's Full Moon in Blue Water and 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 Adjuster; Exotica, for which Koteas garnered a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actor; and Ararat, for which he won the Genie for Best Supporting Actor. Koteas most recently wrapped production on Louis Letterier's Now You See Me with Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Jessie Eisenberg, and Last Days on Mars with Liev Schreiber.
On television, Koteas was most recently a series regular on Combat Hospital. He appeared in the Emmy-nominated Traffic: The Mini-Series; the HBO original movie Shot in the Heart, in which he played notorious murderer Gary Gilmore; HBO's Sugartime, opposite John Turturro and Mary-Louise Parker; and House, where he played Hugh Laurie's nemesis.
Koteas has starred 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.