Maria Bello

Actor, Writer, Theater director
Making the difficult transition from television to film, actress Maria Bello gained widespread acclaim for her convincing portrayals of complex, smart, often damaged female characters. As a fresh new face on television ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Demonic 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Actor)

Max Steel 2015 (Movie)

Molly McGrath (Actor)

McFarland, USA 2015 (Movie)

Cheryl White (Actor)

The Confirmation 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wait Till Helen Comes 2015 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Carjacked 2014 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

The Stone Angel 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Third Person 2014 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Sally Lamonsoff (Actor)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Grace Dover (Actor)

Touch 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prime Suspect 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Abduction 2011 (Movie)

Mara (Actor)

Beautiful Boy 2011 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

Sally Lamonsoff (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

Sally Wilcox (Actor)

Downloading Nancy 2009 (Movie)

Nancy Stockwell (Actor)

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 2009 (Movie)

Suky Sarkissian (Actor)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008 (Movie)

Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell (Actor)

The Yellow Handkerchief 2008 (Movie)

May (Actor)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

Gail Monahan (Actor)

Shattered 2007 (Movie)

Abby Randall (Actor)

The Jane Austen Book Club 2007 (Movie)

Jocelyn (Actor)

Flicka 2006 (Movie)

Nell McLaughlin (Actor)

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

Polly Bailey (Actor)

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark 2006 (Movie)

Adelle (Actor)

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Marcia Prior Glass (Actor)

This Film is Not Yet Rated 2006 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Donna McLoughlin (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A History of Violence 2005 (Movie)

Edie Stall (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Alex Sabian (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sam the Man 2004 (Movie)

Anastasia (Actor)

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Nora Allardyce (Actor)

The 2003 Radio Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

Amy Rainey (Actor)

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Perfect 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cooler 2003 (Movie)

Natalie Belisario (Actor)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

Patricia Olsen/Patricia Crane (Actor)

100 Mile Rule 2001 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

China: the Panda Adventure 2001 (Movie)

Ruth Harkness (Actor)

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

Lil (Actor)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

Suzi Loomis--Waitress (Actor)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

Due South 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Misery Loves Company 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nowhere Man 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Simon 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Driver (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Beautiful Boy 2011 (Movie)

("The Man In The Moon") (Song Performer)

Biography

Making the difficult transition from television to film, actress Maria Bello gained widespread acclaim for her convincing portrayals of complex, smart, often damaged female characters. As a fresh new face on television in 1997, she more than held her own amidst the strong cast of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), so much so, that film work soon beckoned, prompting her departure after one full season. Gritty roles in "Permanent Midnight" (1998) and "Payback" (1999), followed by a turn as a sexy bartender in "Coyote Ugly" (2000) made Bello an actress to watch. It was, however, performance as Bob Crane's girlfriend in "Auto Focus" (2002) and her daring performance as an emotionally-torn Vegas cocktail waitress in the lauded independent drama "The Cooler" (2003) that established Bello as a premiere talent. She cemented her growing reputation with her award-winning supporting role in director David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" (2005). She balanced out work in smaller films with mass appeal projects as "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008) and the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups" (2010), followed by a return to television as the star of the police drama "Prime Suspect" (NBC, 2011- ). A rare combination of beauty, brains, strength and talent, Bello shone consistently in each new endeavor she undertook.

Relationships

Lisa Bello Song Performer

Sister

Chris Bello

Brother
Born c. 1971

Joey Bello

Brother

Dan McDermott

Companion
TV executive at DreamWorks until 2001 left to pursue screenwriting career father of her son, Jackson no longer together

Jackson McDermott

Son
Born March 5, 2001 father, Dan McDermott

Clare Munn

Companion
Announced relationship in a New York Times essay titled "Coming Out As A Modern Family."

EDUCATION

Villanova University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2011

Cast as brilliant but abrasive homicide detective Jane Timoney (played by Helen Mirren on the original British production) on NBC's adaptation of "Prime Suspect"

2010

Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider

2010

Cast alongside Ben Affleck in the recession drama "The Company Men"; directed by John Wells

2009

Played Robin Wright Penn's bipolar mother in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," written and directed by Rebecca Miller

2009

Starred in the indie drama "Downloading Nancy"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead

2008

Cast in the fantasy action film "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"

2007

Cast in "The Jane Austen Book Club," as Jocelyn an independent, 50-something dog-breeder and organizer of the Club

2006

Joined Aaron Eckhart in the ensemble cast of "Thank You for Smoking"; the directorial debut of Jason Reitman

2006

Played the wife of a rescued Port Authority officer in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"

2005

Starred with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in "Assault on Precinct 13"

2005

Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actress

2004

Cast opposite Johnny Depp in "The Secret Window"

2004

Cast in John Sayles’ political satire "Silver City"

2003

Played a Las Vegas casino waitress who falls for William H. Macy in "The Cooler"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Supporting Actress

2002

Cast as Bob Crane's second wife Patricia in director Paul Schrader's "Auto Focus"

2001

Starred in the IMAX movie "China: The Panda Adventure"

2001

Cast in the dark comedy "100 Mile Rule"

2000

Cast as a sexy waitress who enjoys karaoke in "Duets"

2000

Portrayed the bar owner in "Coyote Ugly"

1999

Co-starred with Mel Gibson in Brian Helgeland's "Payback"

1998

Played leading role opposite Ben Stiller in "Permanent Midnight"

1997

Landed recurring role of Dr. Anna Del Amico on NBC medical drama "ER"; made regular for the 1997-98 season

1996

Co-starred with Scott Bakula on the short-lived CBS series "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"

1995

TV debut as a guest on the Fox comedy "Misery Loves Company"

1995

Made TV-movie debut in "The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows"

1992

Co-founded Harlem's Dream Yard Drama Project, a nonprofit arts and education program for urban kids

Shot a few commercials in NYC, including one for Amstel Light

Appeared in stage productions in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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A lover of the outdoors, Bello has hiked and camped all over the world.

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Bello has written and directed several plays and has visited Tanzania and Botswana gathering material for a book she planned to write about children around the world.

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"I'm the same exact person I was when I worked at Tartine, but a lot less bitchy, probably. Did you know I got pegged the worst waitress in the city? Some magazine wrote that in a review of the restaurant. Her recommendation? 'The beef au poivre.'" – Bello to Time Out New York Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 1997

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"When I was pregnant I gained 70 pounds, and I made 'The Cooler' (2003) when Jack [Bello's son] was only a year old, so my body was quite different than it usually is. And for woman to come up to me and say things like 'Thank you for putting a real ass on the screen' meant so much to me. As much as we don't like to admit it sometimes, I think we have a responsibility in Hollywood to young women. They see us as role models, and I'm happy that my butt was a role model for some." – Bello to Interview Magazine, April 2004

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"The whole idea of monogamy is nonsensical to me. I suppose I understand the idea of a lifelong helpmate and friend. But when you have to stay sexually monogamous to this one person, I think it's usually a big fat lie." – Bello to Esquire Magazine, Aug. 2006

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