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 How appropriate that the name Elias is Greek for 'The Lord is God,' because Elias is of Greek heritage. He's a Canadian, born on March 11, 1961, in Montreal. Both his parents are of Greek descent.

     Elias's American Academy photo.Elias attended Vanier College in Montreal, Canada before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a 1983 graduate. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City, where he studied acting under Ellen Burstyn and Peter Masterson. During his early years, Elias washed dishes and bussed tables in New York for $1 an hour. At the time, he wasn't a U.S. citizen and wasn't allowed to work in this country.

     While at the AADA, Elias played Father Rangier in the school's production of "The Devils" by John Whiting.  He also performed the part of Paris in a musical production of "Golden Apple" by John Latouche.

     Elias was first seen in "One Magic Christmas" in 1985. He has also appeared on stage in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Death of a Salesman" and "Bent and the Cherry Orchard."

     In 1989, he was nominated for a Genie (Canada's Academy Award) for best actor in "Malarek," a true story in which he plays a troubled street kid-turned reporter for a Canadian newspaper. A somewhat of a breakthrough role for Elias occured in 1990, when he got the role of vigalante Casey Jones in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies.

     Elias is one of Canada's most popular actors and frequently appears in movies by Canadian directors Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg. It was Cronenberg's controversial movie "Crash" that had Cannes all a-buzz in 1996. Elias played Vaughan, a self-appointed 'mad' scientist with an unusual fetish -- sexual delight in car crashes!

     The past few years, he has been very busy, adding six more roles to his resume. As Capt. James Staros, the commanding officer of Charlie Company in "The Thin Red Line," Elias brought sensitivity and compassion to his portrayal of a man who cared about the safety of his men -- even at the risk of his own career.

     Even when he's only on screen for a few minutes, Elias still shines! Just watch the first ten minutes of "Fallen" or "Gattaca" and you'll see what I mean. That's why he's a great supporting actor!

     Elias' most recent movies were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and the horror movie "The Haunting in Connecticut."  In recent years Elias has expanded his repertoire to include guest appearances on popular television shows, such as "House," "CSI:  NY," and "The Sopranos."


"I just wish that you...weren't so alone in this. You just go to work, and you're just alone. You just go home, and at 3:30 in the morning, you're just f***ing alone. If anything, I've become more uptight, man. The past year, two years, all I am is just a...all I want to do is just relax. And I can't. If this is going to be my life as an actor, I don't want it." --

-- Elias, quoted in Premiere, April 1990



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