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Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni in New York City, 2006
Born Christopher Peter Meloni
April 2, 1961 (1961-04-02) (age 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Other name(s) Chris Meloni
Clyde Stanky
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989 – present
Spouse(s) Doris Sherman Williams (1995 - present)

Christopher Peter Meloni (born April 2, 1961) is an American actor known for his roles as Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as Chris Keller on HBO's Oz.


Early life

Meloni was born the youngest of three children in Washington, D.C., the son of Cecile, a homemaker, and Robert Meloni, an endocrinologist.[1] His maternal ancestry is French Canadian and his paternal ancestry is Italian. Meloni is a typical and widely diffused Sardinian surname.[2] He attended St. Stephen's School (now St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he first studied acting, graduating 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.

Acting career

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,[3] 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' fiance in Runaway Bride.

Meloni in Wilmington, North Carolina while filming Nights in Rodanthe

From 1998-2003, Meloni portrayed bisexual serial killer Chris Keller on the HBO series Oz; the role won him a great deal of media attention, particularly within the gay community, in which he is considered a sex symbol. 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 is currently working on his last season of SVU, season 12. He 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. In July 2009, Meloni portrayed renowned DC Comics character Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the DC Universe Original Animated Movie Green Lantern: First Flight. He briefly appeared in the first episode of the Comedy Central show Michael & Michael Have Issues portraying himself for a fake movie starring Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.

It was reported Friday, February 5, 2010 that Chris Meloni (Elliot Stabler) told Australia's Daily Mail Newspaper that he would be leaving the cast of "SVU" after the 12th season. [4] However, the story was promptly removed from the Daily Mail's website. Later that same day,"SVU" executive producer Neal Baer tweeted that Christopher Meloni would not be leaving the show. [5] Sunday, February 7, 2010; the article was reposted back by the Australian Courier-Mail, leaving SVU fans in confusion.[6]

Personal life

Meloni is married to Doris Sherman Williams (a production designer). The couple have two children daughter Sophia Eva Pietra (b. March 23, 2001), and son Dante Amadeo (b. January 2, 2004).

He wears a fake tattoo of the United States Marine Corps emblem (the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor) on his arm for his role in SVU (as seen in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 7 episodes, Season 8, Episode 8: "Underbelly" and Season 6, Episode 5: "Outcry".) He has a real tattoo of a butterfly on his upper thigh, and a cubist representation of the crucifixion of Christ tattooed on his upper left arm. He is also a friend and wine drinking buddy of Maynard James Keenan of the progressive rock band Tool.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Clean Slate Bodyguard
Junior Mr. Lanzarotta
1995 Twelve Monkeys Lt. Halperin
1996 Bound Johnnie Marzzone
1997 The Small Hours FL
1998 Brown's Requiem Sgt. Cavanah Uncredited Role
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
2002 That Brief Moment Ken Short film
Murder in Greenwich Mark Fuhrman
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
Carriers Frank
Green Lantern: First Flight Hal Jordan/Green Lantern Voice
National Lampoon's Dirty Movie The Producer completed


Year Film Role Notes
1989-90 1st & Ten Vito Del Greco/Johnny Gunn Episode: "Surprise, Surprise"
Episode: "The Con"
Episode: "All's Fair in Love and Football"
Episode: "False Start"
Episode: "Heaven Help Me"
Episode: "Mind Games"
Episode: "Clean and Sober"
Episode: "Vindication"
Episode: "Gunn and Bullette"
Episode: "Earn This One for Ernie"
Episode: "Who Stole Johnny Gunn"
1990 When Will I Be Loved? Jessie TV film on NBC
1990-91 The Fanelli Boys Frankie Fanelli 17 episodes
1991 In a Child's Name Jerry Cimarelli TV film on CBS
1991-94 Dinosaurs Spike 11 episodes
1992 Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story David TV film on ABC
1993 Without a Kiss Goodbye (widely known as Falsely Accused) Ray Samuels TV film on CBS
The Boys Doug Kirkfield
Golden Gate Douglas 'BW' Carlino Unsold pilot
1995 A Dangerous Affair Tommy Moretti TV film on ABC
Hope & Gloria Billy Episode: Love with an Improper Stranger
Misery Loves Company Mitch Episode: "Wu's Company"
Episode: "Advice and Dissent"
Episode: "Uneasy Rider"
Episode: "That Book by Nabokov"
Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "The Witches of East 6th"
Episode: "The Streak"
Episode: "Joe DeMarco, Boy Wonder"
1996-97 NYPD Blue Jimmy Liery Episode: "Where'd the Van Gogh?"
Episode: "Ted and Carey's Bogus Adventure"
Episode: "Unembraceable You"
Episode: "Caulksmanship"
Episode: "My Wild Irish Nose"
1997 The Last Don Boz Skannet Miniseries
Leaving L.A. Reed Sims Episode: "Intermissio"
Episode: "Give Them Names"
Episode: "The Eyes of the City"
Episode: "The Black Widower"
Episode: "Now?"
Episode: "Dead Elvis"
Every 9 Seconds Richard Sutherland TV film on NBC
Brooklyn South Joe Episode: "Wild Irish Woes"
Episode: "McMurder One"
Episode: "Dublin or Nothin'
1998 Target Earth Det. Samuel 'Sam' Adams TV film on ABC
Homicide: Life on the Street Bounty Hunter Dennis Knoll Episode: "Wanted Dead or Alive 1"
Episode: "Wanted Dead or Alive 2"
1998-03 Oz Chris Keller 38 episodes
1999 Shift Louis TV film
1999-present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Elliot Stabler Regular character
2000 Law & Order Det. Elliot Stabler Episode: "Entitled 2"
Episode: "Fools For Love"
2002 Murder in Greenwich Mark Fuhrman TV film
2003 Scrubs Dr. Dave Norris Episode: "My White Whale"
2005 Wonder Showzen Cooties Spokesman Episode: "Health"
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Det. Elliot Stabler Episode: "Day"
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Dave Stewie TV film on Nickelodeon
2009 Michael & Michael Have Issues. Episode: "Greg the Intern"

Awards and nominations

Emmy Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

PRISM Awards

  • 2004: Nominated, "Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2008: Nominated, "Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


  1. ^ Christopher Meloni Biography (1961-)
  2. ^ Cognomi Sardi
  3. ^ McDonald's Commercial
  4. ^ "This Just In: Is This Christopher Meloni's Last Season on SVU?!". 
  5. ^ "‘Law & Order’ Exec Producer: Christopher Meloni Not Leaving ‘SVU’". 
  6. ^ "Chris Meloni to leave Law and Order SVU after season 12 - The Courier-Mail".,23739,26688981-5003422,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 

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