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Who is Christopher Peter Meloni ?

Who is Christopher Peter Meloni?  The entertainment and acting world knows him as Christopher Meloni. Meloni is an American actor. He is best known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz.

Early life

Meloni was born April 2, 1961  the youngest of three children in Washington, D.C., the son of Carol, a homemaker, and Robert Meloni, an endocrinologist.[1] His maternal ancestry is French Canadian and his paternal ancestry is Sardinian. 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.

From 1998-2003, Meloni portrayed the bisexual criminal Chris Keller on the HBO series Oz; the role with its numerous full frontal nude scenes won him a great deal of media attention, particularly within the gay community in which he became considered a sex symbol. Meloni has publicly stated when asked that he "embraces being a gay icon" and that he finds it "flattering." 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.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order producer Dick Wolf, impressed by Meloni's acting abilities, signed him up for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999, where he has remained ever since. From 1999 to 2003, he appeared on both shows simultaneously.
Meloni wears a fake tattoo of the United States Marine Corps emblem (the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor) on his arm for the role (as seen in Season 8, Episode 8, "Underbelly").
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.
Christopher has announced that the 12th season of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit will be his last and he would be departing the cast.[4]
Other work
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".
In July 2009, Meloni portrayed renowned 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.
Public appearances
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.

Personal life

Meloni is married to production designer Doris Meloni (née Williams) and they have two children, daughter Sophia Eva Meloni (b. March 23, 2000), and son Dante Meloni (b. January 2, 2004).[citation needed]
He has a real tattoo of a cubist representation of the crucifixion of Christ tattooed on his upper left arm. He also has two other tattoos, a butterfly on his left upper thigh and a Chinese astrological chart of his family on his right lower leg.[5] The edge of it can be seen in the L&O: SVU episode "Wildlife" when Elliot is sleeping on the couch.

Filmography

Film
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1994 Clean Slate Bodyguard
1994 Junior Mr. Lanzarotta
1995 12 Monkeys Lt. Halperin
1996 Bound Johnnie Marzzone
1997 The Small Hours FL
1998 Apt Pupil Unnamed Homeless Man Uncredited Role
1998 Brown's Requiem Sgt. Cavanah Uncredited Role
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Sven, Clerk at Flamingo Hotel
1998 The Souler Opposite Barry Singer
1999 Carlo's Wake Bennetto Torello
1999 Runaway Bride Bob Kelly
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Gene
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"
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Jack Willis
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men R / Subject #3
2009 Carriers Frank
2010 Green Lantern: First Flight Hal Jordan/Green Lantern Voice
2011 National Lampoon's Dirty Movie Producer Charlie LaRue Direct to video
2012 The Lords of Salem Whitey
Television
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1989
-1990
1st & Ten Vito Del Greco/Johnny Gunn 11 episodes
1990 When Will I Be Loved? Ron Weston TV film on NBC
1990
-1991
The Fanelli Boys Frankie Fanelli 17 episodes
1991 In a Child's Name Jerry Cimarelli TV film on CBS
1991
-1994
Dinosaurs Spike 11 episodes
1992 Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story David ABC television film
1993 Without a Kiss Goodbye Ray Samuels also known as Falsely Accused
CBS television film
1993 The Boys Doug Kirkfield
1993 Golden Gate Douglas 'BW' Carlino Unsold pilot
1995 A Dangerous Affair Tommy Moretti ABC television film
1995 Hope and Gloria Billy Episode: "Love with an Improper Stranger"
1995 Misery Loves Company Mitch 8 episodes
1996
-1997
NYPD Blue Jimmy Liery 5 episodes
1997 The Last Don Boz Skannet Miniseries
1997 Leaving L.A. Reed Sims 6 episodes
1997 Every 9 Seconds Richard Sutherland NBC television film
1997 Brooklyn South Joe Episode: "Wild Irish Woes"
Episode: "McMurder One"
Episode: "Dublin or Nothin'
1998 Target Earth Det. Samuel 'Sam' Adams ABC television film
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Bounty Hunter Dennis Knoll Episode: "Wanted Dead or Alive 1"
Episode: "Wanted Dead or Alive 2"
1998
-2003
Oz Chris Keller 38 episodes
1999 Shift Louis Television film
1999
-2011
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Elliot Stabler Lead character
2000 Law & Order Det. Elliot Stabler Episode: "Entitled"
Episode: "Fools For Love"
2002 Murder in Greenwich Mark Fuhrman Television film
2003 Scrubs Dr. Dave Norris Episode: "My White Whale"
2005 Wonder Showzen Cooties Spokesman Episode: "Health"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Det. Elliot Stabler Episode: "Day"
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Dave Stewie Nickelodeon television film
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

 












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