Christopher Meloni

Biography

Christopher Peter Meloni (born on April 2, 1961) is an American Emmy-nominated actor known for his near opposite roles as the protective and committed Det. Elliot Stabler on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as the bisexual serial killer Chris Keller on HBO's Oz. 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 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's friend Spike in Dinosaurs and Julia Roberts' fiance in Runaway Bride. His first real moment of stardom came in 1998 from his controversial role as bisexual sociopath Chris Keller in the HBO prison drama Oz. The role called for him to passionately kiss and touch other men, frequently display rear and full frontal nudity, and even urinate into a bucket. Meloni's raw magnetism and affable reaction towards the open sexuality of his character earned him press attention, particularly within the gay community, in which he is considered a sex symbol as evidenced by the existence of a number of fan sites.[3] In 1999, he even jokingly kissed his onscreen partner Lee Tergesen (who played Tobias Beecher, Meloni's on screen boyfriend on Oz) at an awards dinner for GLAAD. L&O producer Dick Wolf, impressed by Meloni's acting abilities, signed him up for SVU in 1999, where he has remained ever since. From 1999 to 2003, he appeared on both shows simultaneously. He even returned to his comedic roots when he portrayed the character "Gene" in Wet Hot American Summer in 2001, 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". Meloni competed in the eighth series of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, finishing 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. On July 6, 2006, Meloni was nominated for his first Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for his role as Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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Birth Name

Christopher Peter Meloni

Birth Place

Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Birth Date

4/2/1961
Known For
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Nights in Rodanthe

Jack Willis

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I Am Wrath

Dennis

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Green Lantern: First Flight

Hal Jordan / Green Lantern (voice)

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Carriers

Frank

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National Lampoon's Dirty Movie

The Producer

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Small Time

Al Klein

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Gym Teacher: The Movie

Dave Stewie

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Awful Nice

Jon Charbineau

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Murder in Greenwich

Mark Fuhrman

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A Dangerous Affair

Tommy Moretti

Starring In
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Imaginary Friends

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Snatched

Roger Simmons

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Almost Friends

Howard

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Marauders

Montgomery

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I Am Wrath

Dennis

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Pascal

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Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot

Himself

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White Bird in a Blizzard

Brock Connor

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Mort

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Small Time

Al Klein

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They Came Together

Roland

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Man of Steel

Colonel Nathan Hardy

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42

Leo Durocher

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Awful Nice

Jon Charbineau

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National Lampoon's Dirty Movie

The Producer

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Carriers

Frank

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Green Lantern: First Flight

Hal Jordan / Green Lantern (voice)

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Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

R / Subject #3

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My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story

Self

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Nights in Rodanthe

Jack Willis

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Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Grand Wizard (as Reverend Clyde Stanky)

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Gym Teacher: The Movie

Dave Stewie

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Freakshow

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Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Himself (7 episodes, 2004-2007)

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Murder in Greenwich

Mark Fuhrman

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Wet Hot American Summer

Gene

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Runaway Bride

Coach Bob Kelly

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Clerk at Flamingo Hotel (as Chris Meloni)

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Brown's Requiem

Sgt. Cavanaugh (uncredited)

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Target Earth

Det. Sam Adams

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Every 9 Seconds

Richard Sutherland

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Bound

Johnnie Marzzone

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12 Monkeys

Lt. Halperin

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A Dangerous Affair

Tommy Moretti

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Junior

Mr. Lanzarotta

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Clean Slate

Bodyguard #2

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Aux petits bonheurs

Richard Sutherland

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Fatal Love

David

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