Separated at Birth: Christopher Meloni and Elias Koteas

Another in my continuing series.

Seperated at Birth: Christopher Meloni and Elias Koteas

I may not be the first to think of this one, but I’ve got better data!

Plus, I seriously thought Meloni was in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie until I learned otherwise last week. The two look so similar AND sound similar; it’s eerie!

See the tale of the tape below and feel free to add your comments or point me to better instances.

  Elias Koteas Christopher Meloni
  Elias Koteas Chris Meloni
DOB 03/11/61 04/02/61
Height 5′ 10½” 6′ 0½”
Hair Balding Thinning
Eyes Brown Blue
  • RSL

    Fametracker had a 2 stars 1 slot on these two a good while back. Meloni wins hands down for me as well.

  • duane

    I just think Meloni is hot… that’s all the input I have.

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  • g. Middleton

    OMG I kept watching movies like Shooter and Zodiac and I kept wondering why in the world they were making Christopher look like this in these movies or was that how he looked in real life. Then I saw the credits and knew it was another person. Wow!!!! they could really be brothers.

  • Chris

    Holy crap I was just watching the original TMNT and starting thinking this, then found this blog. Isn’t that just scary how much those two look, act, interact, talk and appear the same. They have to be cousins or something.

  • Thugzman

    OMG i was thinkin the same thing, i couldnt put my finer on it, TMNT,Fallen,Shooter? Then OZ, SVU, lol i wiki them bcuz i thought i was nutz!! Nice post!

  • lalalulu

    Well the difference is Christopher Meloni is very good looking and the other guy just isn’t at all….but I do agree abount TMNT

  • d purchaser

    Come on — there’s a rat in SEPARATE

  • iPJ

    I just saw the haunting… and I had to look it up because I thought it was Christopher though I was in doubt because of Elias eyes.

  • Emily

    I too, have always thought it was CM in TMNT and I must say I am sorely disappointed.
    Still, CM wins!

  • Julie

    My husband kept saying I know that’s him from svu. I said no I watch every episode of svu its not him. So we looked it up. And found this. The blue eyes and the hair are what confuses everyone. But saying elias is not cute at all is wrong in every way. If he read that it would hurt. They both are amazing actors.

  • Darrell

    For years I’ve always ranted about how these two look so much alike. It would be neat to see them in a movie together as brothers. It would be completely believable as they are so similar.

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  • GiGi F

    WOW!!! I just saw the haunting, and yes they sound alike and look just alike. They should get a DNA just to be on the safe side… By the way I have seen both of them in various movies over the years and thought one was the other. I think both of them are sooooo dam hot8 Law and order (suv) is one of my favorite shows. And I’d like to see Elias in more movies as well. They’re both cuit.

  • GiGi F

    Are they both single???

  • Barbie Dorsey

    I was watching the Haunting movie and was saying how good looking Christopher Meloni was when he was young, then I was like, wait a min, are they makin’ him look older? So I took my hand out of my bra and found

  • Helen

    They both are the sexiest men I’ve ever seen! And incredible actors. I love Chris for his seemingly fun personality, incredible body (although Elias has a nice body too!)and gorgeous blue eyes.
    Elias just has this incredible sexiness about him. His dark brown eyes and his expressions. And his smile!
    They both have a lot of similarities and they both ROCK!!

  • Kim

    I just watched CRASH and thought to myself that I could never watch SVU again. All is well, Chris is back on the top of the list again.

  • shachero

    like everyone else, i just watched ‘the haunting..’ and was like, wait a minute, isn’t that guy named something else? went to wiki and imdb to look up elias, and there was no sign of ‘oz’ nor ‘svu’… i was lost, then i saw a suggestion that said elias koteas and christopher meloni…ahhhaaaa!! they act and look exactly alike. good call.

  • Donna

    TYVM for clearing up that the guy in the ninja turtles is NOT the guy from SVU!

  • Sharon R

    My friends consider me the “movie expert”! I guess I proved to them that I am just another fan who thought the two were related or even the same person. As a matter of fact, I was watching “THE PROPHECY” just today with my husband when I suggested to him that Christopher Meloni changed his name at some point before his name became a household word.

  • claire

    Christopher Meloni looks abit like Bert from Sesame(not sure how u spell that) Street, in a kind of cute way. Love SVU and think Chris is a great actor who brings incredible intensity to his role.

  • Paddy

    Elias Koteas looks EXACTLY like Robert DeNiro. In fact, I’m surprised everybody links him to the nobody you have pictured. DeNiro’s the obvious choice

  • Jane Levering

    Seperated at Birth: Christopher Meloni and Elias Koteas — I REALLY thought they HAD to be brothers!!!!! The similarities are astounding!!!! One plays the good guys and the other the bad. Glad I’m not the only one to see how similar they seem. Thanks for letting me mention it. Christopher is great, I love his acting. First saw Koteas today while watching “Fallen” Scary dude. Might do well for a production company to hire the two of them for a movie about brothers. — though many siblings bear no resenblence. –

  • Nora sturgill

    I was so certain that those two were brothers. I just watched a movie w/ Elias in it. I was surpirsed how much they looked alike. I thought to get on & do a search & found this blog. I’ve been a fan of Chris’ for many years.. since OZ!! They say everyone has a twin. We found theirs!!! If I had a choice… Chris is by far the sexier one!!!

  • Frank James

    Always thought these two were interchangeable. Just like:
    DWIGHT SCHULTZ (Murdock) and BRAD DOURIF (voice of Chucky)
    incidentally – both were on Star trek at some time or another.

  • hutch

    I always get these two confused!

  • emily

    I was watching the killer inside me last night and completely thought it was christopher meloni until I imdb’d it this morning! Definitely almost identical

  • Julie

    I now have the answer to the question I ‘ve been wondering for a long time. Was watching SVU then started watching “Collateral Damage” and saw Elias Koteas (never knew his name) and I finally decided to look it up. I thought these two were brothers for sure!

  • Daisy

    Hubby and I just saw “A Haunting in Connecticut” and “Let Me In” back-to-back, and we both thought it’s Chris Meloni in both movies! Thought I’d check the credits again, found Elias Koteas instead, and we both went, “Nah, that can’t be! It’s sooo the Law & Order guy in old makeup!” Had to resort to the Internet to confirm that we’re not going crazy….

  • Cpt. Obvious

    Am I gona be the only one o point out the obvious. They probably have the same father who was visiting friends in the same town or their cousins and don’t know it or maybe they even do know it and how they are both in the same profession one of their parents was gona blackmail the father or someone into getting a deal for their child o get into acting or I’ll tell your wife type thing. Duh…..

  • Shirleyelizabethbradley

    I watched the TV series “Traffic” and thought i was watching Christopher when it was Elias all along. GREAT mini series. Should be aired again. Just sayin’

  • Beatrizg213

    I always thought Chris was the same actor as the guy from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I’m still in shock and can’t believe their not related so much resemblance I just can’t believe it

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  • Mary Davis

    I thought Chris Meloni was in TMNT as well, thanks for posting the 2 pictures!

  • Mary Davis

    No he does not!

  • Sweetwaterprincess

    I have always thought it was the same guy. When I watched Oz and SVU I was positive it was Casey from the the turtles. Wow, the similarities are mind boggling. Thx for the side by side picture, or I never would of believed.

  • Paperdoll3

    Christopher Meloni is hardly a ‘nobody’, you loser

  • Amichaelortiz

    BBig fan of Meloni’s work in the first two Harold and Kumar’s thought it was him in the third wow

  • Tree

    Mr. Koteas does look like Mr. Deniero, not the other gentleman.

  • Angela

    i am watching “Shooter” from 2007. i just told my husband that it has to be Christopher Meloni in makeup to look old! yep, found out it’s Elias instead.

  • Keith_plank

    I lost a bet I thought it was moloni in prophecy. And fallen but I didnt bet on that netv

  • Honeybun

    Omg they do look alike i know elliot from law and order SVU i watched all 298 episodes and watching the new season as it comes out i thought the Picasso from alex cross looked like he could be Elliot’s brother

  • Mandy

    I have always been unsure about the Chris/Elias thing. Thought they were the same man but just looked different in every movie or tv they did!! I always call them Casey thinking they both did the Turtle movie (1st time I saw either of them) . I will have to be more vigilant when watching. haha. What a surprise! Can’t believe they are not even related!! They must act together in something as brothers just to satisfy all of us on the website eh?
    Mandy x

  • 215illadelph

    thats sad highlighting Harold & Kumar in Meloni’s work haha smh

  • VinceFinnegan

    Holy shit. Im watching the intervention episode on sopranos right now. I thought Chris meloni was Casey jones my whole life

  • Steve Starr

    I’ve been wondering for so long I finally had to check it out, they could pass for twins easy, trips me out Elias was born on my mothers birthday,, I watched the thin red line for about the third time the other day was checking the credits and seen Elias Koteas as the captain in the movie I to thought they were the same person but now I know,, Neither one of them look like Robert Dinero,, to me he’s a better actor than Meloni bologna,,, it bothered me for a long time to see Meloni who I thought was Elias playing the part as a cop in law an order after seeing him in teenage mutant ninja turtles he also plays the part as a Russian mob boss thug really good in Harold and Kumar’s 3D christmas.

  • nibor

    i was watching Chicago PD for the first time and i say ‘hey, is that the guy from Oz and from SVU’ (i.e. meloni) Did an internet search and found this page!!! they totally do look AND sound alike. so weird.

  • ericsarmywife

    They are both very talented actors. The role that Meloni plays in SVU made me one of his biggest fan. I was incredibly disappointed when they replaced him. The new actor that replaced him is a joke and others that have followed. I will definitely be keeping track of their careers and watch all their works. AWESOME ACTORS! I wonder maybe if they were adopted somehow because the resemblance, background etc. is uncanny.

  • Brian B.

    I remember seeing TMNT in the theaters, and had always thought Casey Jones was Meloni. It wasn’t until last week my wife told me to IMDB the movie…imagine my shock! I also had always thought the 2 turtles had been voiced by “The Corey’s” (Haim and Feldman). Apparently I was wrong there too!