Christopher Meloni

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Christopher Meloni
Chris Meloni by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Christopher Peter Meloni
(1961-04-02) April 2, 1961 (age 53)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Doris Sherman Williams
Children 2

Christopher Peter Meloni (born April 2, 1961)[1][2] 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 the main cast of True Blood for the series' fifth season.

His most well known films where he played notable roles are Man of Steel, Wet Hot American Summer, 12 Monkeys, Runaway Bride and 42.

Early life[edit]

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.[3][4][5][6] His maternal ancestry is French Canadian and his paternal ancestry is Sardinian (Italy). Meloni attended St. Stephen's School[7] (now St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School) in Alexandria, Virginia and played quarterback on the football team. He studied acting at the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated 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.

Acting career[edit]

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,[8] 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.

Meloni in Wilmington, North Carolina, while filming Nights in Rodanthe

Oz and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[edit]

From 1998 to 2003, Meloni portrayed the bisexual criminal Chris Keller on the HBO series Oz.

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,[9] 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.[10] 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."[11]

Other work[edit]

Meloni in New York City, 2006

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 Public service announcements 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 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 film Man of Steel (2013).[12] 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 was in talks with HBO bosses to take on a 'major role' in the fifth season of True Blood as an 'incredibly powerful' vampire.[13] 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."[14] He'll also be starring in the upcoming film They Came Together.[15]

Public appearances[edit]

Meloni has appeared in many public service announcements in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.[16] 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.[16]

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 was included in the 2006 edition of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive.

Personal life[edit]

Meloni is married to production designer (Doris) Sherman Meloni (née Williams) and they have two children, daughter Sophia Eva Meloni (b. March 23, 2001),[17] and son Dante Meloni (b. January 2, 2004).[18] Former Law & Order: SVU co-star Mariska Hargitay is the godmother to his daughter.

He has a Cubist-inspired representation of the crucifixion of Christ tattooed 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.[19] 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.[20]

Meloni has been a longtime gay rights supporter and in 2011, he joined the Human Rights Campaign's "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" campaign.[21]

As of 2012, Meloni resides in New Canaan, Connecticut.[22] He tried to sell his 60th floor New York apartment after moving but was unable to and is, instead, renting it to a Saudi prince.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Clean Slate Bodyguard
1994 Junior Mr. Lanzarotta
1995 12 Monkeys Lt. Halperin
1996 Bound Johnnie Marzzone.
1997 Money Talks SPY
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
2009 Carriers Frank
2010 Green Lantern: First Flight Hal Jordan/Green Lantern Voice
2011 National Lampoon's Dirty Movie Producer Charlie LaRue
2013 Man of Steel Colonel Nathan Hardy
2013 42 Leo Durocher
2014 Awful Nice" Jon Charbineau
2014 White Bird in a Blizzard Brock Connors Post-production
2014 Small Time Al Klein
2014 They Came Together
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Mort
2014 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Pascal MacCorkill Filming

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
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
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Spike 11 episodes
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 Shift Louis TV film
1999–2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Elliot Stabler 272 episodes
2000 Law & Order Det. Elliot Stabler 2 episodes; "Entitled" and "Fools for Love"
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 Comedy Bang! Bang! (TV series) Dr. Phillip Banhauser Episode: "Aziz Ansari Wears a Charcoal Blazer"
2014 Veep Ray Whelans 2 episodes
2014 Surviving Jack Jack Dunlevy 7 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

PRISM Awards

  • 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

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "True Blood season 5 spoilers: Christopher Meloni to join cast?". November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ "'True Blood' casts Christopher Meloni as a vampire". CNN. December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Christopher Meloni Joins They Came Together". Collider.com. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "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. 
  17. ^ Stewart, Andrew (2001-04-11). "Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni". Variety. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
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  21. ^ "Law & Order SVU Star Christopher Meloni is a New Yorker for Marriage Equality". www.hrc.org. April 12, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  22. ^ Christopher Meloni Picks Up Safe Haven in the Suburbs, Sarah Firshein, September 27, 2012.
  23. ^ Gould, Jennifer (2013-10-02). "Saudi prince rents SVU star’s home". York Post (Nypost.com). Retrieved May 18, 2014. 

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