Melissa Leo

Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress / Voice Actress | * 09/14/1960 (59) | New York City, New York, USA
Melissa Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Critics' Choice Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. After appearing on several television shows and films in the 1980s, Leo became a regular on the television shows All My Children, which won her a Daytime Emmy Award, and The Young Riders. Her breakthrough role came in 1993 as detective and later sergeant Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1997). Leo received critical acclaim for her performance as Ray Eddy in the 2008 film Frozen River, earning her several nominations and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2010, Leo won several awards for her performance as Alice Eklund-Ward in the film The Fighter, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2013, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for... ()
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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).

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Thriller

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Awards & Nominations for Melissa Leo

Primetime Emmy Award Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Movies with Melissa Leo as Actress(84)

as Joan Anderson2018 Furlough
as Maddie2018 Unlovable
as Chandra2018 The Ashram
as Susan Plummer2018 The Equalizer 2
as Reverend Mother2017 Novitiate
as Madalyn Murray O'Hair2017 The Most Hated Woman in America
as Laura Poitras2016 Snowden
as Lady Bird Johnson2016 All the Way
as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan2016 London Has Fallen
as Gloria2016 Burn Country
as Noda Marra2015 Damnation: The Flashback
as Georgia Hale2015 The Big Short
as Narrator2015 After the Spill
as Penny2015 The Ever After
as Bette Altmann2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
as Susan Plummer2014 The Equalizer
as Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald2014 Dwegons and Leprechauns
as Fay2013 Bottled Up
as Aunt Bee2013 Queen of the Lot
as Kate2013 Charlie Countryman
as Holly Jones2013 Prisoners
as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan2013 Olympus Has Fallen
as Sally2013 Oblivion
as Ellen Block2012 Flight
as Francine2012 Francine
as Penny2012 Why Stop Now?
as Sara2011 Red State
as Montine2011 The Space Between
as Lois Riley2010 Welcome to the Rileys
as Martha2010 The Dry Land
as Alice Eklund-Ward2010 The Fighter
as Nancy Taylor2010 Conviction
as Sharon2009 True Adolescents
as Mrs. Howard2009 Dear Lemon Lima
as Marie2009 Don McKay
as Stephanie2009 Stephanie's Image
as Karen2009 Greta
as Colleen2009 Everybody's Fine
as Stephanie2008 Lullaby
as Maggie2008 Santa Mesa
as Ray Eddy2008 Frozen River
as Cheryl2008 Righteous Kill
as Margaret McKay2007 Black Irish
as Mrs. Howard2007 Dear Lemon Lima
as Miri Daley2007 Stephanie Daley
as Ceci Kimbrough2007 The Cake Eaters
as Sally Jansen2007 Mr. Woodcock
as Wendy2007 One Night
as Rita2007 Midnight Son
as Sadie / Anna2007 Racing Daylight
as Aunt Bee2007 Hollywood Dreams
as Mrs. Miller2006 The House Is Burning
as Lisa Adler2005 Runaway
as Louise2005 American Gun
as Laura2005 Hide and Seek
as Agnes Lessor2005 Confess
as Marianne Jordan2003 21 Grams
as Kay Howard2000 Homicide: The Movie
as Jo DeAngelo1999 Code of Ethics
as Dr. Suzanne Pincus1999 The 24 Hour Woman
as Trish Axelrod1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons
as Beatrice Grey1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
as Peggy1992 Venice/Venice
as Hannah1992 Immaculate Conception
as Cassie1991 Carolina Skeletons
as Mary Margaret1990 The Bride in Black
as Katie Morrissey1989 Nasty Boys
as Josie Larraneta1988 A Time of Destiny
as Judith 'MaMa' Baer1986 Deadtime Stories
as Cookie1985 Streetwalkin'
as Patti Mullen1985 Silent Witness

TV Shows/Series with Melissa Leo as Actress(24)

as Goldie2017 I'm Dying Up Here
as Pam2015 Wayward Pines
as Diane's Mother (voice)2014 BoJack Horseman
as Toni Bernette2010 Treme
2010 Treme
2006 Shark
as Lucy Gessler2005 The Mafia
as Julia Smith2004 Veronica Mars
1998 Legacy
as Alice Sutton1990 Law & Order
as Emma Shannon1989 The Young Riders
as Katie Morrissey1989 Nasty Boys

Movies with Melissa Leo as Crew(2)

Production/Producer2018 Furlough
Production/Producer2013 Bottled Up

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Melissa Leo
Born: Wednesday, 09/14 1960 (September) in Manhattan (current age: 59 years + 329 days)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: State University of New York at Purchase
Other names for Melissa Leo (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Margaret May"
"Melissa Chessington Leo"
Melissa Leo frequently works together with these people:
Patton Oswalt (11x, Actor)
Henry Jaglom (11x, Crew)
Dick Wolf (9x, Crew)
Reed Diamond (7x, Actor)
Nestor Serrano (7x, Actor)
John Rubinstein (7x, Actor)
Lucinda Jenney (7x, Actress)
Kevin Bigley (7x, Actor)
Eric Overmyer (7x, Crew)
Kate Purdy (7x, Crew)
Ed Lauter (6x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:537, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/10/2020