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Also Known As: Christopher Peter Meloni, Chris Meloni Died:
Born: April 2, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, bouncer, personal trainer, construction worker, bartender

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With rugged looks and an imposing presence, Christopher Meloni frequently found himself cast in tough guy roles, but when given the chance the actor displayed surprising range, particularly in comedy. Meloni broke in via television and eventually began landing bit parts in feature films like "Clean Slate" (1994), "Junior" (1994) and "12 Monkeys" (1995). Meloni all but cemented his stature as a Mafia-type thug with his vicious performance in the sexually-charged thriller "Bound" (1996), which was followed by similarly brutish parts in series such as "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and the miniseries "The Last Don" (CBS, 1997). By the end of the decade, however, Meloni took on two equally intense roles as characters who could not have been more diametrically opposed to each other. On "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003), Meloni gave a chilling performance as serial killer Chris Keller, and shortly thereafter he joined the cast of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) as Detective Elliot Stabler, a cop who tirelessly pursued perpetrators of the most heinous sexual crimes. As much as he would be known for his dramatically intense performances, Meloni would prove himself capable of delivering huge belly laughs...

With rugged looks and an imposing presence, Christopher Meloni frequently found himself cast in tough guy roles, but when given the chance the actor displayed surprising range, particularly in comedy. Meloni broke in via television and eventually began landing bit parts in feature films like "Clean Slate" (1994), "Junior" (1994) and "12 Monkeys" (1995). Meloni all but cemented his stature as a Mafia-type thug with his vicious performance in the sexually-charged thriller "Bound" (1996), which was followed by similarly brutish parts in series such as "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and the miniseries "The Last Don" (CBS, 1997). By the end of the decade, however, Meloni took on two equally intense roles as characters who could not have been more diametrically opposed to each other. On "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003), Meloni gave a chilling performance as serial killer Chris Keller, and shortly thereafter he joined the cast of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) as Detective Elliot Stabler, a cop who tirelessly pursued perpetrators of the most heinous sexual crimes. As much as he would be known for his dramatically intense performances, Meloni would prove himself capable of delivering huge belly laughs with gut-busting cameos in films such as "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004). Though he left "SVU" after 12 seasons in 2011, Meloni always found himself in the enviable position of being able to work in both drama and comedy with equal facility.

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 Small Time (2014)
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 Awful Nice (2013)
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 Man of Steel (2013)
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 Dirty Movie (2011)
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 Carriers (2009)
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Raised in Washington, DC
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While still in college, began appearing with repertory theater companies in Colorado
1981:
Dropped out of college during his junior year to move to Los Angeles; returned to Colorado after six weeks
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Moved to NYC to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse
1988:
Early TV credit, a small role on an episode of "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1989:
Cast as an ex-con turned quarterback on the HBO series "1st & Ten"
1990:
Played Frankie, one of the title brothers on the NBC sitcom "The Fanelli Boys"
1990:
Landed featured role in the NBC TV-movie "When Will I Be Loved?"
1991:
Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "In a Child's Name"
1991:
Voiced the recurring character of Spike on the ABC animated series "Dinosaurs"
1993:
Cast in the TV-movie "Without a Kiss Goodbye" (CBS) as the husband of a woman wrongly convicted of poisoning their infant son
1994:
Appeared in the Dana Carvey vehicle "Clean Slate"
1994:
Playing supporting role in "Junior," starring a pregnant Arnold Schwarzenegger
1995:
Starred in the one-act play "Who Made Robert De Niro King of America"
1995:
Appeared in Terry Gilliam's thought-provoking time travel tale "12 Monkeys"
1996:
Featured as the hotheaded son of a Mafia Don in the crime thriller "Bound"
1996:
Landed recurring role on Steven Bochco's "NYPD Blue" (ABC) as Jimmy Leary, the love interest of Kim Delaney
1997:
Cast in a recurring role on Steven Bochco's "Brooklyn South" (CBS)
1997:
Played Daryl Hannah's ex-husband in "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (CBS)
1998:
Re-teamed with Terry Gilliam for a small role in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
1998:
Cast as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama "Oz"
1998:
Played a bounty hunter in a two-part episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)
1998:
Along with "Oz" co-star Rita Moreno, acted in the film "Carlo's Wake"
1999:
Played the sports-obsessed Coach Bob opposite Julia Roberts in "Runaway Bride"
1999:
Cast as Detective Elliot Stabler on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC); earned an Emmy (2006) nomination for Best Actor; left the show after 12 seasons
2001:
Acted in the ensemble comedy "Wet Hot American Summer"
2002:
Portrayed Mark Fuhrman in TV-movie "Murder in Greenwich" (USA Network), which was based on the unsolved murder of Martha Moxley
2004:
Played almost-unrecognizable role of 'Freakshow' in comedy feature "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"
2008:
Co-starred with Diane Lane and Richard Gere in "Nights in Rodanthe"
2009:
Featured in the horror "Carriers"
2012:
Joined the cast of HBO's "True Blood" as 500-year-old vampire Roman
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
St. Stephen's School: Alexandria , Virginia -
University of Colorado at Boulder: Boulder , Colorado - 1983

Notes

"I love to act. I NEED to act. It's the big itch I need to scratch." --Meloni quoted in PEOPLE, September 9, 1999

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wife:
Sherman Williams. Production designer. Born c. 1960; married c. 1995.

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father:
Robert Meloni. Endocrinologist.
mother:
Cecile Meloni.
sister:
Michele Meloni. Social worker. Born c. 1955.
brother:
Robert Meloni Jr. Accountant. Born c. 1957.
daughter:
Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni. Born on March 23, 2001 in L.A.
son:
Dante Meloni. Born January 02, 2004.
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