Meloni at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Christopher Peter Meloni
April 2, 1961
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Doris Sherman Williams|
Christopher Peter Meloni (born April 2, 1961) is an American actor. He is best known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz. In June 2012, he returned to HBO, as the vampire Roman on True Blood. He appeared as US Air Force Colonel Nathan Hardy in Man of Steel.
Meloni was born in Washington, D.C., the youngest of three children (he has a brother and sister) of Cecile (née Chagnon), a homemaker, and Dr. Charles Robert Meloni, an endocrinologist. His maternal ancestry is French Canadian and his paternal ancestry is Sardinian (Italy). Meloni is a typical and widely diffused Sardinian surname. He attended St. Stephen's School (now St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School) and he was Football quarterback in High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he first studied acting, graduating with a degree in history in 1983. After graduation, Meloni went to New York where he continued his studies with Sanford Meisner at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse, as well as the Center for the Media Arts.
Meloni worked as a construction worker prior to getting his acting break. He has also worked as a bouncer, bartender, and personal trainer. Meloni worked his way up the acting ladder with commercials, short-lived TV series, and bit parts in a number of films. His first noticeable role was as the hotheaded son of a Mafia Don in the 1996 thriller Bound. He also appeared as Robbie Sinclair's friend Spike in Dinosaurs and Julia Roberts' fiance in Runaway Bride.
Oz and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order producer Dick Wolf signed Meloni to play Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999; until Oz went off the air in 2003, Meloni appeared on both Oz and Law & Order: SVU simultaneously. In 2006 Meloni was nominated for an Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for his role as Elliot Stabler.
In May 2011, Meloni announced that he would not be returning to SVU in fall 2011 for its 13th season after the failure of negotiations over a new contract. Meloni stated he would consider guest starring on SVU in the 14th season. "I'm always willing to consider. I had 12 great years on the show. I loved the people and I loved that character," Meloni said at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 14, 2012, "There’s no bad blood there. We’ll just see when it comes. It’s still doing OK, I guess."
He returned to his comedic roots when he portrayed the character "Gene" in Wet Hot American Summer in 2001, the puppet-loving pediatrician Dr. Norris in a 2003 episode of Scrubs, and the character of "Freakshow" (albeit in heavy make-up) in the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. He would make another cameo in its sequel, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, as "The Grand Wizard". In 2005, he appeared on episode 107 of MTV2's adult puppet show Wonder Showzen in a series of parody PSAs warning of the threat of cooties. He also had an uncredited role as a gay hotel desk clerk in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.
In July 2009, Meloni portrayed renowned DC Comics character Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Green Lantern: First Flight. He briefly appeared in the first episode of the Comedy Central series Michael & Michael Have Issues portraying himself for a fake movie starring Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.
Meloni played Colonel Hardy, a supporting role, in the Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013). That year he also played Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher in the historical baseball feature 42. Chadwick Boseman starred as Jackie Robinson in the film.
On November 30, 2011, it was announced that Meloni is in talks with HBO bosses to take on a 'major role' in the fifth season of True Blood as an 'incredibly powerful' vampire. It was later confirmed that he would be taking a role as a series regular for season 5 as Roman, an "ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands." He'll also be starring in the upcoming film They Came Together.
Meloni has appeared in many public service announcements in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. In 1999, Meloni jokingly kissed Lee Tergesen (who played Tobias Beecher, Meloni's on-screen boyfriend on Oz) at an awards dinner for GLAAD. In 2006, Meloni was given the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award, along with actor Jake Gyllenhaal and director Ang Lee, for his work on behalf of LGBT issues.
In 2004 and 2006 respectively, Meloni competed in both the fourth and the eighth series of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown; in the eighth series he finished in second place, behind Robin Tunney, and ahead of Macy Gray, Joy Behar, and Andy Dick. He played for Feed the Children.
He also appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy! on November 10, 2006, defeating fellow Law & Order stars Sam Waterston and Kathryn Erbe. Meloni split his $50,000 charity prize between the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Program and the Montefiore Advocacy Center.
Meloni is married to production designer (Doris) Sherman Meloni (née Williams) and they have two children, daughter Sophia Eva Meloni (b. March 23, 2001), and son Dante Meloni (b. January 2, 2004).
He has a Cubist-inspired representation of the crucifixion of Christ tattoo on his upper left arm, as well as a butterfly tattoo on his left upper thigh and a Chinese astrological chart of his family on his right lower leg. In 2007, Meloni was inducted into his high school's athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the undefeated 1978 football team, for which he was quarterback.
As of 2013, Meloni and his family live in California, where he is working on TV series Surviving Jack.
|1995||12 Monkeys||Lt. Halperin|
|1998||Brown's Requiem||Sgt. Cavanah||Uncredited role|
|1998||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Sven, Clerk at Flamingo Hotel|
|1998||The Souler Opposite||Barry Singer|
|1999||Carlo's Wake||Bennetto Torello|
|1999||Runaway Bride||Bob Kelly|
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||Gene|
|2002||That Brief Moment||Ken||Short film|
|2004||Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle||Freakshow|
|2008||Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Grand Wizard||Credited as "Reverend Clyde Stanky"|
|2008||Nights in Rodanthe||Jack Willis|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||R / Subject #3|
|2010||Green Lantern: First Flight||Hal Jordan/Green Lantern||Voice|
|2011||National Lampoon's Dirty Movie||Producer Charlie LaRue|
|2012||Awful Nice||Jon Charbineau|
|2013||Man of Steel||Colonel Nathan Hardy|
|2013||White Bird in a Blizzard||Brock Connors||Post-production|
|2013||Small Time||Al Klein||Post-production|
|2013||They Came Together|
|2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Mort|
|1989–1990||1st & Ten||Vito Del Greco/Johnny Gunn||11 episodes|
|1990||When Will I Be Loved?||Ron Weston||TV film|
|1990–1991||Fanelli Boys, TheThe Fanelli Boys||Frankie Fanelli||17 episodes|
|1991||In a Child's Name||Jerry Cimarelli||TV film|
|1992||Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story||David||TV film|
|1993||Without a Kiss Goodbye||Ray Samuels||TV film aka Falsely Accused|
|1993||The Boys||Doug Kirkfield|
|1993||Golden Gate||Douglas 'BW' Carlino||Unsold pilot|
|1995||A Dangerous Affair||Tommy Moretti||TV film|
|1995||Hope and Gloria||Billy||Episode: "Love with an Improper Stranger"|
|1995||Misery Loves Company||Mitch||8 episodes|
|1996–1997||NYPD Blue||Jimmy Liery||5 episodes|
|1997||The Last Don||Boz Skannet||Miniseries|
|1997||Leaving L.A.||Reed Sims||6 episodes|
|1997||Every 9 Seconds||Richard Sutherland||TV film|
|1997||Brooklyn South||Joe||3 episodes|
|1998||Target Earth||Det. Samuel 'Sam' Adams||TV film|
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Bounty Hunter Dennis Knoll||2 episodes|
|1998–2003||Oz||Chris Keller||38 episodes|
|1999–2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Det. Elliot Stabler||272 Episodes|
|2000||Law & Order||Det. Elliot Stabler||2 episodes|
|2002||Murder in Greenwich||Mark Fuhrman||TV film|
|2003||Scrubs||Dr. Dave Norris||Episode: "My White Whale"|
|2005||Wonder Showzen||Cooties Spokesman||Episode: "Health"|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Det. Elliot Stabler||Episode: "Day"|
|2008||Gym Teacher: The Movie||Dave Stewie||TV film|
|2009||Michael & Michael Have Issues||Episode: "Greg the Intern"|
|2011||Ice Loves Coco||Himself||Cameo|
|2012||True Blood||Roman Zimojic||5 Episodes|
|2013||Surviving Jack||Jack Dunlevy|
Awards and nominations
- 2006: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- 2004: Nominated, "Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- 2008: Nominated, "Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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- Jewel, Dan. "Runaway Guy". People.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- "Eric S. Atwater: Vaughan board of directors need to do the right thing". Conwaydailysun.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- "Obituary". Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "CHARLES R. MELONI Obituary: View CHARLES MELONI's Obituary by The Washington Post". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- Cognomi Sardi
- McDonald's Commercial
- Christopher Meloni Emmy Nominated
- "Christopher Meloni Exits Law & Order: SVU". TV Guide. May 24, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- "Christopher Meloni to return to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". Showbiz Spy. July 15, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 24, 2011). "Christopher Meloni To Co-Star In 'Man Of Steel'". Deadline.com (Mail.com). Retrieved June 25, 2011.
- "True Blood season 5 spoilers: Christopher Meloni to join cast?". November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "'True Blood' casts Christopher Meloni as a vampire". December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Christopher Meloni Joins They Came Together
- "Jake Gyllenhaal, Ang Lee and Christopher Meloni to Accept Award at Human Rights Campaign New York Gala Dinner". HRC. January 17, 2006. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
- Stewart, Andrew (2001-04-11). "Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni". Variety. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- Jeffrey Podolsky (November 3, 2009). ""Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?" Sir Ian McKellan Will Have None of That.". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Law & Order SVU Star Christopher Meloni is a New Yorker for Marriage Equality". www.hrc.org. Retrieved 4/12/2011.
- Christopher Meloni Picks Up Safe Haven in the Suburbs, Sarah Firshein, September 27, 2012
- http://curbed.com/archives/2013/04/26/chris-meloni-leases-old-hollywood-abode-in-beverly-hills.php and @chris_meloni on twitter
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