Canada has a reputation for producing some of the brilliant actors in Hollywood history. Elias Koteas is one of the country’s most popular thespians famed for carving out a place for themselves and gaining international audiences in the industry. He has starred in films such as The Adjuster, Exotica, The Thin Red Line, Crash, and recently My Days of Mercy. Koteas has been acting since the mid-1980s, however, he became popular after he was cast in the popular NBC television series, Chicago Fire, which started airing since 2013. The prolific actor’s career has spanned over three decades and he is still going strong in the industry.
Biography and Age
Elias Koteas was born in Montreal, Quebec, in Canada, on March 11, 1961, to a milliner mom and a dad who served as a mechanic for the Canadian National Railways. He is of Canadian nationality and Greek descent – his parents are of Greek ancestry from the Mani Peninsula.
Fluent in the Greek language, Elias is a product of Outremont High School in Outremont, Quebec. He also attended a Montreal-based institution of learning known as Vanier College, after which he moved to New York in 1981 to hone his acting skills at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon completing his studies, he went ahead to graduate with his mates in 1983. Koteas was also part of the Academy’s 1983–1984 Production Company. The actor also had another acting stint at the New York City-based Actors Studio, where he was nurtured and coached by Peter Masterson and Ellen Burstyn. While he was there, he took part in the production of several projects including The Devils and Jerome Moross and John Latouche’s musical, The Golden Apple.
His career, which has spanned over three decades, has seen him star in several hit productions, including the 2011 film Winnie Mandela, which tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie Mandela. He also played roles in films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Thin Red Line (1998), and Best Picture Oscar: Atlantic City (1980), which were all nominated for the Best Picture, Oscar.
Elias Koteas’ Brother
There is not much information about his family background, parents, and siblings. After a frantic search, we can establish that Elias doesn’t have a brother that is known to the public or media. He has never spoken about having a brother, talkless of who he is, where he lives/works in front of the camera. However, Koteas bears an uncanny resemblance to American actor Christopher Meloni and many people regularly confuse one for the other while others believe they are twins.
While Elias and Meloni are both great actors and also sound and look alike, the latter is of Italian-French ancestry and the former has Greek heritage. Koteas is one month older than Chris and also has brown eyes but Meloni is a bit taller than him, sports thinning hair and blue eyes.
Wife And Other Romantics Relationships
The Canadian screen star was previously a married man until the year 1990 when he divorced from his wife, Jennifer Rubin, after three years of a turbulent relationship. The couple tied the knot in Clark, Nevada, on the 2nd day of December 1987. Their short-term marital union did not produce children.
Elias’s ex-wife (born Jennifer Collene Rubin) is a 5 feet 9 inches tall Phoenix, Arizona-born actress and former model. She has been benefitting from the show business since 1987 when she made her acting debut in the fantasy horror movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. She attended the University of Arizona but later dropped out to focus on her modelling career.
Ever since Koteas walked away from his marriage, he has not remarried again, neither has he been in the news for dating anyone. He’s been flying solo with so much focus on his thriving career. A look at his past relationship timeline shows the actor had a short-lived relationship with actress Heather Graham, whom he reportedly dated in 1997.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Graham was born on 29th January 1970. She is an activist and accomplished actress who has starred in many hit films and television series in Hollywood. Born Heather Joan Graham, she launched her career in 1984.
Apart from Heather, Elias Koteas has not been in any known relationship with the opposite gender. He is not gay but it appears he chose to happily live his remaining days all alone after his first marriage tragically crashed.
The iconic Greek Canadian actor has a net worth of $3 million, which he garnered from his extensive career in the movie industry. The monthly/annual salary, as well as the amount Elias Koteas makes per movie, are not open to public scrutiny but we believe the figures are substantial.