Elias Koteas stars as undercover detective Alvin Olinsky.
Early in his career, Koteas was cast by director Francis Ford Coppola
in both "Gardens of Stone" and "Tucker." 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
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 directors, Atom Egoyan. He
starred in Egoyan's "The Adjuster" and "Exotica," which garnered Koteas a
Genie nomination for best supporting actor, as well as "Ararat," for
which he won the Genie for best supporting actor.
Other films include Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," Michael
Winterbottom's "The Killer Inside Me," "Let Me In," Louis Leterrier's
"Now You See Me" and "Last Days on Mars" with Liev Schreiber, which made
its debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
On television, Koteas was recently seen playing the pivotal role of
Lt. James Skinner on AMC's drama "The Killing." Prior to that he was a
series regular on the series, "Combat Hospital," set in a medical
compound in Afghanistan. Koteas played Col. Xavier Marks, a career
military officer and commander of the multinational medical unit. Koteas
has had several critically hailed performances on such programs as USA
Network's Emmy-nominated miniseries "Traffic," the HBO original movie
"Shot in the Heart," where he played serial killer Gary Gilmore, the HBO
original movie "Sugartime," opposite John Turturro and Mary-Louise
Parker and "House," where he played Hugh Laurie's nemesis.
Koteas has stared 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.