Christopher Peter Meloni
April 2, 1961
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Other names||Chris Meloni|
|Education||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Known for||Chris Keller on Oz|
Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit & "Law & Order: Organized Crime"
Doris Sherman Williams
Christopher Peter Meloni (born April 2, 1961) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its first 12 seasons and its spin-off Law & Order: Organized Crime, 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. Meloni also starred in and executive produced the Syfy series Happy! from 2017 to 2019. His films include Man of Steel, Wet Hot American Summer, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, 12 Monkeys, Runaway Bride, 42, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Meloni was born in Washington, D.C., the youngest of three children (he has a brother and sister) of Cecile (née Chagnon; 1926–2016), a homemaker, and Charles Robert Meloni (1927–2012), an endocrinologist. His maternal ancestry is French Canadian (he is a descendant of Matthias Farnsworth) and his paternal ancestry is Italian, with roots in Velva, Castiglione Chiavarese, Genova, Liguria.
Meloni attended St. Stephen's School (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 Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre 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.
His first noticeable role was the hotheaded son of a Mafia don in the 1996 thriller Bound. He appeared as Robbie Sinclair's friend Spike in Dinosaurs in the early 1990s. He played criminal Jimmy Liery in eight episodes of NYPD Blue during 1996-1997 and the fiancé of Julia Roberts's character in the 1999 romantic comedy 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. Meloni appeared on both Oz and Law & Order: SVU simultaneously until Oz went off the air in 2003. Meloni was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Elliot Stabler.
In May 2011, Meloni announced that he had been unable to agree on a contract and would not be returning for season 13 of SVU. His character was written out as having put in his retirement papers. On March 31, 2020, Meloni announced that he would be reprising his role of Stabler in the Law & Order franchise on a new spin-off show titled Law & Order: Organized Crime. Meloni also appeared in a cross-over event during season 22 of SVU.
Meloni returned to his comedic roots as 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 made a 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, which was released in 2013. That year, he also played Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher in the historical baseball feature 42. Meloni then starred in the 2014 comedy They Came Together. He also stars as John Taylor in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
Meloni starred in and executive produced the Syfy series Happy!, based on the comic book series created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson, which premiered in 2017. The series was canceled on June 4, 2019.
In 2018, Meloni guest starred in two episodes of the FX drama series Pose, opposite Dominique Jackson. He then appeared on the third season of The Handmaid's Tale as Commander Winslow in 2019.
In 2004 and 2006, respectively, Meloni competed in 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. He also appeared on the program's Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational that aired on December 17, 2009. Although defeated by Joshua Malina and Harry Shearer, he won a $25,000 charity prize in the name of Smile Train.
Meloni has appeared in many public service announcements in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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 addition, in 2011, Meloni appeared in the Human Rights Campaign's "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" video.
Meloni married Doris Sherman Meloni (née Williams), a production designer, on July 1, 1995. They have two children, daughter Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni (b. March 23, 2001) and son Dante Amadeo Meloni (b. January 2, 2004). Mariska Hargitay, who co-starred with Meloni on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is the godmother to his daughter.
Meloni has a Cubist-inspired representation of the crucifixion of Christ tattooed on his upper left arm, 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.
|1995||12 Monkeys||Lt. Halperin|
|1998||Brown's Requiem||Sgt. Cavanah||Uncredited|
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Sven, Clerk at Flamingo Hotel|
|The Souler Opposite||Barry Singer|
|1999||Carlo's Wake||Bennetto Torello|
|Runaway Bride||Bob Kelly|
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||Gene Jenkinson|
|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"|
|Nights in Rodanthe||Jack Willis|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||R / Subject #3|
|2010||Green Lantern: First Flight||Hal Jordan / Green Lantern||Voice role|
|2011||National Lampoon's Dirty Movie||Producer Charlie LaRue|
|2013||Awful Nice||Jon Charbineau|
|Man of Steel||Colonel Nathan Hardy|
|White Bird in a Blizzard||Brock Connors|
|Small Time||Al Klein|
|They Came Together||Roland|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Mort|
|2015||The Diary of a Teenage Girl||Pascal MacCorkill|
|2016||I Am Wrath||Dennis|
|Marauders||Agent Jonathan Montgomery|
|1989–1990||1st & Ten||Vito Del Greco / Johnny Gunn||11 episodes|
|1990||When Will I Be Loved?||Ron Weston||TV film|
|1990–1991||The Fanelli Boys||Frankie Fanelli||17 episodes|
|1991||In a Child's Name||Jerry Cimarelli||TV film|
|1991–1994||Dinosaurs||Spike||Voice; recurring role|
|1992||Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story||David||TV film|
|1993||Without a Kiss Goodbye||Ray Samuels||TV film (aka Falsely Accused)|
|The Boys||Doug Kirkfield||6 episodes|
|Golden Gate||Douglas "BW" Carlino||Unsold pilot|
|1995||A Dangerous Affair||Tommy Moretti||TV film|
|Hope and Gloria||Billy||Episode: "Love with an Improper Stranger"|
|Misery Loves Company||Mitch||8 episodes|
|1996–1997||NYPD Blue||Jimmy Liery||5 episodes|
|1997||The Last Don||Boz Skannet||Miniseries|
|Leaving L.A.||Reed Sims||6 episodes|
|Every 9 Seconds||Richard Sutherland||TV film|
|Brooklyn South||Joe||3 episodes|
|1998||Target Earth||Detective Samuel "Sam" Adams||TV film|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||Bounty Hunter Dennis Knoll||2 episodes|
|1998–2003||Oz||Chris Keller||Main role|
|1999–2011, 2021||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Elliot Stabler||Main role; 272 episodes|
|2000||Law & Order||Episodes: "Entitled" & "Fools for Love"|
|2002||Murder in Greenwich||Mark Fuhrman||TV film|
|2003||Scrubs||Dr. Dave Norris||Episode: "My White Whale"|
|2004||Sesame Street||Himself||Episode: 4065|
|2005||Wonder Showzen||Cooties Spokesman||Episode: "Health"|
|Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Detective Elliot Stabler||Episode: "Day"|
|2008||Gym Teacher: The Movie||Dave Stewie||TV film|
|2009||Michael & Michael Have Issues||Himself||Episode: "Greg the Intern"|
|2011||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Tony Bologna||Cameo|
|Ice Loves Coco||Himself|
|2012||True Blood||Roman Zimojic||5 episodes|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Dr. Phillip Banhauser||Episode: "Aziz Ansari Wears a Charcoal Blazer"|
|2014||Veep||Ray Whelans||2 episodes|
|Surviving Jack||Jack Dunlevy||8 episodes (including one unaired episode in the US)|
|2015||The Jack and Triumph Show||Agent Ryker||Episode: "Siri"|
|Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Gene Jenkinson / Jonas Jurgenson||Main role; 6 episodes|
|Drunk History||Othniel Marsh||Episode: "New Jersey"|
|2016–2017||Underground||August Pullman||Main role; 15 episodes|
Directed episode: "Auld Acquaintance"
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Gene Jenkinson||4 episodes|
|At Home with Amy Sedaris||Ranger Russell||Episode: "Nature"|
|2017–2019||Happy!||Nick Sax||Main role; 18 episodes|
|2018||Pose||Dick Ford||Episodes: "The Fever", "Pink Slip"|
|2019||American Dad!||Voice, episode: "Twinanigans"|
|The Handmaid's Tale||Commander Winslow||4 episodes|
|2019–present||Harley Quinn||Commissioner James Gordon, Two-Face Goon 2, Bouncer||Voice; 9 episodes|
|2020||Family Guy||George Townshend||Voice; episode: "Short Cuts"|
|Maxxx||Don Wild||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|Rick and Morty||Jesus Christ, Unnamed Rick disguise||Voice, episode: "Never Ricking Morty"|
|The Twilight Zone||Robert||Episode: "A Human Face"|
|Helpsters||Detective Dudley||Episode: "Camper Cortez/Artist Andrew & Detective Dudley"|
|2021–present||Law & Order: Organized Crime||Detective Elliot Stabler||Lead role|
|2021||Bless the Harts||Detective Voccola||Voice; 1 episode|
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Commander John Taylor|
Awards and nominations
|1999||OFTA Television Awards||Best Guest Actor in a Cable Series||Oz||Won|
|2004||Prism Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nominated|
|2006||OFTA Television Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
|2008||Prism Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode|
|2014||Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actor||Veep|
|2019||Best Drama Guest Actor||Pose|
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