Melissa Leo

Actress
Melissa Leo came to the fore as the lone female in the original cast of one of the most lauded shows in television history, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Holding her own amongst the heavyweight cast of ... Read more »
Born: 09/13/1960 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

London Has Fallen 2015 (Movie)

Secretary Of Defense Ruth McMillan (Actor)

Strange But True 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Veronika Decides to Die 2015 (Movie)

Mari (Actor)

Wayward Pines 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Confess 2014 (Movie)

Agnes Lessor (Actor)

Racing Daylight 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn 2014 (Movie)

Bette Altmann (Actor)

The Equalizer 2014 (Movie)

Susan Plummer (Actor)

The Only Real Game 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Tremé 2009 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Countryman 2013 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Oblivion 2013 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Secretary Of Defense Ruth McMillan (Actor)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Holly Jones (Actor)

The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Ever After 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bottled Up 2012 (Movie)

Fay Worth (Actor)

Flight 2012 (Movie)

Ellen Block (Actor)

Francine 2012 (Movie)

Francine (Actor)

Louie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Santa Mesa 2012 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best 2012 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Why Stop Now? 2012 (Movie)

Penny Bloom (Actor)

Dear Governor Cuomo 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Dear Lemon Lima 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mildred Pierce 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red State 2011 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Seven Days in Utopia 2011 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

True Adolescents 2011 (Movie)

Sharon Mitchell (Actor)

Conviction 2010 (Movie)

Nancy Taylor (Actor)

Don McKay 2010 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

The Dry Land 2010 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The Fighter 2010 (Movie)

Alice Ward (Actor)

Welcome to the Rileys 2010 (Movie)

Lois Riley (Actor)

AMC StoryMakers 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

According to Greta 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cake Eaters 2009 (Movie)

Ceci Kimbrough (Actor)

Everybody's Fine 2009 (Movie)

Colleen (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Space Between 2009 (Movie)

Montine McLeod (Actor)

Frozen River 2008 (Movie)

Ray Eddy (Actor)

Law & Order 1992 - 1997, 2001, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Predisposed 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

Cheryl Brooks (Actor)

The Alphabet Killer 2008 (Movie)

Kathy Walsh (Actor)

Ball Don't Lie 2007 (Movie)

Georgia (Actor)

Black Irish 2007 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

From Other Worlds 2007 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Hollywood Dreams 2007 (Movie)

Aunt Bee (Actor)

Lullaby 2007 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Mr. Woodcock 2007 (Movie)

Sally Jansen (Actor)

Stephanie Daley 2007 (Movie)

Miri Daley (Actor)

American Gun 2006 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Shark 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The House is Burning 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Miller (Actor)

Bomb 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hide & Seek 2005 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Limbo Room 2005 (Movie)

KC Collins (Actor)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica Mars 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

21 Grams 2003 (Movie)

Marianne Jordan (Actor)

Fear of Fiction 2000 (Movie)

Sigrid Anderssen (Actor)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

Dr Suzanne Pincus (Actor)

Code of Ethics 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Under the Bridge 1996 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Last Summer in the Hamptons 1995 (Movie)

Trish Axelrod (Actor)

The Ballad of Little Jo 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Grey (Actor)

Carolina Skeletons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Immaculate Conception 1992 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

The Young Riders 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Venice/Venice 1992 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

By a Thread 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nasty Boys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kennonite 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Time of Destiny 1988 (Movie)

Josie (Actor)

Dead Time Stories 1986 (Movie)

Ma Ma Baer (Actor)

Silent Witness 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Always (But Not Forever) 1985 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Ladykiller 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Streetwalkin' 1985 (Movie)

Cookie (Actor)

Homicide: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy (TV Show)

Actor

Scarlett (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Witness (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bride in Black (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Melissa Leo came to the fore as the lone female in the original cast of one of the most lauded shows in television history, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Holding her own amongst the heavyweight cast of actors like Richard Belzer and Andre Braugher, she was a standout in a show unappreciated in its time. She went on to carve an indie film niche with acclaimed turns in a raft of films, most notably "21 Grams" (2003) and "Frozen River" (2008). The latter film provided the go-to character actress with a career-redefining role which drew nearly universal accolades and earned her the sobriquet of "actor's actor" from The New York Times. Two years later, Leo would once again find herself on the receiving end of universal critical acclaim with her performance as the tough-as-nails mother of a boxer in the lauded biopic, "The Fighter" (2010). Time and again, Leo demonstrated the uncanny ability to render herself nearly unrecognizable as she surrendered herself to the characters she played. While it may not have made her a household name to the average moviegoer, it undoubtedly cemented her reputation as one of the most respected - and sought after - actresses in American film.

Relationships

John Heard Actor

Companion
Father of her son John Matthew No longer together In March 1997, Heard was charged with harassing Leo via telephone misuse and trespassing

John Heard

Son
Born in 1987; father, John Heard

Arnold Leo Actor

Father
Had a small role as a doctor in "Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995), which starred his daughter

Peggy Leo

Mother
Divorced from Leo's father Lived briefly in England in the 1970s

Erik Leo

Brother

EDUCATION

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

London , England
Attended while living in Hampstead, England in the 1970s

State University of New York

Purchase , New York

Milestones

2013

Featured in the drama "Prisoners"

2012

Appeared in "Flight," starring Denzel Washington

2011

Co-starred in HBO's five-part miniseries "Mildred Pierce" opposite Kate Winslet in title role

2010

Portrayed the brassy and controlling mother of nine children, including boxers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) in David O. Russell's "The Fighter"

2010

Played a woman dealing with the death of her daughter in "Welcome to the Rileys"

2010

Cast as a civil rights lawyer on HBO drama series "Treme"

2008

Co-starred with Misty Upham as working class women who turn to illegal immigrant smuggling to make ends meet in "Frozen River"

2007

Featured in independent drama "Black Irish," written and directed by Brad Gann

2005

Co-starred in drama "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones

2005

Played the grieving next door neighbor in "Hide and Seek" opposite Dakota Fanning and Robert De Niro

2005

Guest starred on three episodes of Showtime's "The L Word"

2003

Played Benicio Del Toro's beleaguered wife in Alejandro Inarritu's "21 Grams"

2000

Reprised role of Det. Howard in "Homicide: The Movie"

1999

Featured in "The 24 Hour Woman"

1995

Third film with director Henry Jaglom, "Last Summer in the Hamptons"

1994

Appeared in CBS miniseries "Scarlett" as title character's kid sister

1993

Landed small role in independent feature "The Ballad of little Jo"

1993

Portrayed Det. Kay Howard on NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1992

Re-teamed with Jaglom for ensemble feature "Venice/Venice"

1992

Played a Senator's daughter in "Immaculate Conception"

1989

First role as a series regular, playing Emma Shannon on first season of ABC's "The Young Riders"

1985

Co-starred in Henry Jaglom's "Always"

1984

Landed role of Linda Warner on ABC soap opera "All My Children"

1984

Made feature debut with leading role in "Streetwalkin'"

1982

Made New York theater debut in production of Moliere's "Don Juan"

1981

Briefly left college to appear in world premiere of Tennesee Williams' "Will Mr. Merryweather Return From Memphis?"

1974

Began working in community theater at age 13 in Brattleboro, VT

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