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Melissa Leo

American actress Melissa Chessington Leo made her acting debut in 1985, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in the Drama Series “All My Children”. Her most notable role as was as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Street” for the show's first five seasons from 1993–1997. Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the critically acclaimed film, “The Fighter” (2010). For this role Leo won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo currently appears on the television series Treme.  Leo currently resides in Stone Ridge, New York and two sons John Matthew Heard (born 1987), and Adam (adopted - born 1984).

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Sep 14, 1960 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Miami Vice 1984-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie Jane 2022-08-26
Known For
Poster of Why Stop Now?
Poster of Veronika Decides to Die
Poster of Hide and Seek
Poster of Streetwalkin'
Movie Jane Principal Rhodes 2022-08-26
Movie Measure of Revenge Lillian 2022-03-18
Movie Body Brokers Dr. White 2021-02-19
Movie Thunder Force Allie 2021-04-09
Movie Ida Red Ida ‘Red’ Walker 2021-11-05
Series I Know This Much Is True Concettina Ipolita Tempesta 'Ma' Birdsey 2020-05-09
Movie The Ashram Chandra 2018-03-02
Movie Furlough Joan Anderson 2018-03-16
Movie The Equalizer 2 Susan Plummer 2018-07-19
Movie The Parting Glass Al 2018-06-24
Movie Unlovable Maddie 2018-11-01
Movie The Most Hated Woman in America Madalyn Murray O'Hair 2017-03-24
Series I'm Dying Up Here Goldie 2017-06-04
Movie Novitiate Reverend Mother 2017-10-27
Movie London Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan 2016-03-02
Movie Burn Country Gloria 2016-04-16
Movie Snowden Laura Poitras 2016-09-15
Movie All the Way Lady Bird Johnson 2016-05-23
Movie She's The Best Thing in It Self 2015-03-16
Series Wayward Pines Pam 2015-05-14
Movie The Ever After Penny 2015-02-13
Movie Damnation: The Flashback Noda Marra 2015-10-19
Movie The Big Short Georgia Hale 2015-12-11
Movie Dwegons and Leprechauns Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald 2014-01-24
Movie The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Bette Altmann 2014-05-23
Movie The Equalizer Susan Plummer 2014-09-24
Movie Olympus Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan 2013-03-20
Movie Oblivion Sally 2013-04-10
Movie Charlie Countryman Kate 2013-02-09
Movie Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Narrator (voice) 2013-06-19
Movie Bottled Up Fay 2013-04-19
Movie Prisoners Holly Jones 2013-09-18
Movie Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Robin 2013-04-20
Movie Why Stop Now? Penny 2012-08-17
Movie Flight Ellen Block 2012-11-02
Movie Francine Francine 2012-09-12
Series Mildred Pierce Lucy Gessler 2011-03-27
Movie The Sea Is All I Know Sara 2011-06-24
Movie The Space Between Montine 2011-09-11
Movie Red State Sara 2011-08-19
Movie Seven Days in Utopia Lily 2011-09-02
Movie The Dry Land Martha 2010-07-30
Series Treme Toni Bernette 2010-04-11
Movie Conviction Nancy Taylor 2010-10-15
Movie Queen of the Lot Aunt Bee 2010-11-19
Movie Welcome to the Rileys Lois Riley 2010-10-29
Movie The Fighter Alice Ward 2010-12-10
Movie Don McKay Marie 2009-04-24
Movie Stephanie's Image Stephanie 2009-02-25
Movie True Adolescents Sharon Mitchell 2009-03-14
Movie Veronika Decides to Die Mari 2009-05-16
Movie Dear Lemon Lima Mrs. Howard 2009-10-23
Movie Everybody's Fine Colleen 2009-12-04
Movie According to Greta Karen 2009-11-25
Movie Lullaby Stephanie 2008-02-24
Movie Santa Mesa Maggie 2008-03-15
Movie The Alphabet Killer Kathy Walsh 2008-11-07
Movie Frozen River Ray Eddy 2008-03-26
Movie Righteous Kill Cheryl 2008-09-11
Movie Stephanie Daley Miri Daley 2007-04-20
Movie Black Irish Margaret McKay 2007-04-20
Movie One Night Wendy 2007-01-01
Movie Dear Lemon Lima Mrs. Howard 2007-04-28
Movie Midnight Son Rita 2007-02-02
Movie The Cake Eaters Ceci Kimbrough 2007-04-29
Movie Mr. Woodcock Sally Jansen 2007-09-14
Movie Racing Daylight Sadie / Anna 2007-07-31
Movie I Believe in America Soto 2007-07-02
Movie Hollywood Dreams Aunt Bee 2007-05-25
Movie The Limbo Room KC Collins 2006-01-23
Movie The House Is Burning Mrs. Miller 2006-11-16
Series Shark Unknown 2006-09-21
Movie Confess Agnes Lessor 2005-01-01
Movie Hide and Seek Laura 2005-01-27
Movie American Gun Louise 2005-01-01
Movie Runaway Lisa Adler 2005-04-26
Movie The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Rachel 2005-11-17
Series Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Series The L Word Unknown 2004-01-18
Movie From Other Worlds Miriam 2004-10-29
Series Veronica Mars Unknown 2004-09-22
Movie 21 Grams Marianne Jordan 2003-09-06
Series Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Movie Homicide: The Movie Kay Howard 2000-02-13
Movie The 24 Hour Woman Dr. Suzanne Pincus 1999-01-29
Movie Code of Ethics Jo DeAngelo 1999-09-07
Series Legacy Unknown 1998-10-09
Movie In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Carol Manning 1995-10-05
Movie Last Summer in the Hamptons Trish Axelrod 1995-11-22
Series Scarlett 1994-11-13
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Kay Howard 1993-01-31
Movie The Ballad of Little Jo Beatrice Grey 1993-08-20
Movie Venice/Venice Peggy 1992-04-10
Movie Immaculate Conception Hannah 1992-09-11
Movie Carolina Skeletons Cassie 1991-09-30
Movie The Bride in Black Mary Margaret 1990-10-21
Series Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
Series The Young Riders Emma Shannon 1989-09-20
Movie Nasty Boys Katie Morrissey 1989-09-22
Series Nasty Boys Katie Morrissey 1989-09-21
Movie A Time of Destiny Josie Larraneta 1988-04-22
Movie Deadtime Stories Judith 'MaMa' Baer 1986-04-13
Series The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Movie Streetwalkin' Cookie 1985-09-20
Series Spenser: For Hire Unknown 1985-09-20
Movie Silent Witness Patti Mullen 1985-10-14
Movie Always Peggy 1985-10-04
Series Miami Vice 1984-09-16