Christopher Meloni

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Christopher Meloni
Chris Meloni by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornChristopher Peter Meloni
(1961-04-02) April 2, 1961 (age 53)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Doris Sherman Williams
Children2
 
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Christopher Meloni
Chris Meloni by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornChristopher Peter Meloni
(1961-04-02) April 2, 1961 (age 53)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Doris Sherman Williams
Children2

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' character's fiancé 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.

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 has been married to production designer (Doris) Sherman Meloni (née Williams) since July 1, 1995, 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
YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Clean SlateBodyguard
1994JuniorMr. Lanzarotta
199512 MonkeysLt. Halperin
1996BoundJohnnie Marzzone.
1997Money TalksSPY
1998Brown's RequiemSgt. CavanahUncredited role
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasSven, Clerk at Flamingo Hotel
1998The Souler OppositeBarry Singer
1999Carlo's WakeBennetto Torello
1999Runaway BrideBob Kelly
2001Wet Hot American SummerGene
2002That Brief MomentKenShort film
2004Harold & Kumar Go to White CastleFreakshow
2008Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayGrand WizardCredited as "Reverend Clyde Stanky"
2008Nights in RodantheJack Willis
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenR / Subject #3
2009CarriersFrank
2010Green Lantern: First FlightHal Jordan/Green LanternVoice
2011National Lampoon's Dirty MovieProducer Charlie LaRue
2013Man of SteelColonel Nathan Hardy
201342Leo Durocher
2014Awful Nice"Jon Charbineau
2014White Bird in a BlizzardBrock Connors
2014Small TimeAl Klein
2014They Came TogetherRoland
2014Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForMort
2014The Diary of a Teenage GirlPascal MacCorkillPost production

Television[edit]

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1989–19901st & TenVito Del Greco/Johnny Gunn11 episodes
1990When Will I Be Loved?Ron WestonTV film
1990–1991Fanelli Boys, TheThe Fanelli BoysFrankie Fanelli17 episodes
1991In a Child's NameJerry CimarelliTV film
1991–1994DinosaursSpike11 episodes
1992Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz StoryDavidTV film
1993Without a Kiss GoodbyeRay SamuelsTV film aka Falsely Accused
1993The BoysDoug Kirkfield
1993Golden GateDouglas 'BW' CarlinoUnsold pilot
1995A Dangerous AffairTommy MorettiTV film
1995Hope and GloriaBillyEpisode: "Love with an Improper Stranger"
1995Misery Loves CompanyMitch8 episodes
1996–1997NYPD BlueJimmy Liery5 episodes
1997The Last DonBoz SkannetMiniseries
1997Leaving L.A.Reed Sims6 episodes
1997Every 9 SecondsRichard SutherlandTV film
1997Brooklyn SouthJoe3 episodes
1998Target EarthDet. Samuel 'Sam' AdamsTV film
1998Homicide: Life on the StreetBounty Hunter Dennis Knoll2 episodes
1998–2003OzChris Keller38 episodes
1999ShiftLouisTV film
1999–2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDet. Elliot Stabler272 episodes
2000Law & OrderDet. Elliot Stabler2 episodes; "Entitled" and "Fools for Love"
2002Murder in GreenwichMark FuhrmanTV film
2003ScrubsDr. Dave NorrisEpisode: "My White Whale"
2005Wonder ShowzenCooties SpokesmanEpisode: "Health"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryDet. Elliot StablerEpisode: "Day"
2008Gym Teacher: The MovieDave StewieTV film
2009Michael & Michael Have IssuesEpisode: "Greg the Intern"
2011Ice Loves CocoHimselfCameo
2012True BloodRoman Zimojic5 episodes
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!Dr. Phillip BanhauserEpisode: "Aziz Ansari Wears a Charcoal Blazer"
2014VeepRay Whelans2 episodes
2014Surviving JackJack Dunlevy8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards

PRISM Awards

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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