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 KoteasChristopher Meloni
 Elias KoteasChris Meloni
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74 thoughts on “Separated at Birth: Christopher Meloni and Elias Koteas

  1. Seperated at birth: Maria Bello and Mary McCormack…

    It’s systems like blogging and twitter that allow simple questions such as:
    Am I the only one who thought Maria Bello & Mary McCormack were the same actress? They were both on ER for crying out loud! Blogging this.
    To be answered thusly:

  2. g. Middleton says:

    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.

  3. Chris says:

    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.

  4. Thugzman says:

    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!

  5. lalalulu says:

    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

  6. iPJ says:

    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.

  7. Julie says:

    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.

  8. Darrell says:

    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.

  9. Separated at Birth: Aaron Eckhart & Thomas Jane…

    Every time Deep Blue Sea airs on TV, I think of both of these two actors. Their voices are even similar enough that, were it not for the presence of the chin dimple and some longer hair, they’d be the same guy.
    Take a look:

    Aaron Eckhart…

  10. GiGi F says:

    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.

  11. Barbie Dorsey says:

    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

  12. Helen says:

    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!!

  13. Kim says:

    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.

  14. shachero says:

    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.

  15. Sharon R says:

    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.

  16. claire says:

    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.

  17. Paddy says:

    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

  18. Jane Levering says:

    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. —

  19. Nora sturgill says:

    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!!!

  20. Frank James says:

    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.

  21. emily says:

    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

  22. Julie says:

    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!

  23. Daisy says:

    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….

  24. Cpt. Obvious says:

    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…..

  25. Shirleyelizabethbradley says:

    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’

  26. Beatrizg213 says:

    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

  27. Sweetwaterprincess says:

    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.

  28. Angela says:

    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.

  29. Honeybun says:

    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

  30. Mandy says:

    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

  31. Steve Starr says:

    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.

  32. nibor says:

    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.

  33. ericsarmywife says:

    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.

  34. Brian B. says:

    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!

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