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Also Known As: Maria Elana Bello Died:
Born: April 18, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, writer, theater director, waitress

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Making the difficult transition from television to film, actress Maria Bello gained widespread acclaim for her convincing portrayals of complex, smart, often damaged female characters. As a fresh new face on television in 1997, she more than held her own amidst the strong cast of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), so much so, that film work soon beckoned, prompting her departure after one full season. Gritty roles in "Permanent Midnight" (1998) and "Payback" (1999), followed by a turn as a sexy bartender in "Coyote Ugly" (2000) made Bello an actress to watch. It was, however, performance as Bob Crane's girlfriend in "Auto Focus" (2002) and her daring performance as an emotionally-torn Vegas cocktail waitress in the lauded independent drama "The Cooler" (2003) that established Bello as a premiere talent. She cemented her growing reputation with her award-winning supporting role in director David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" (2005). She balanced out work in smaller films with mass appeal projects as "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008) and the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups" (2010), followed by a return to television as the star of the police drama "Prime Suspect" (NBC, 2011- ). A rare...

Making the difficult transition from television to film, actress Maria Bello gained widespread acclaim for her convincing portrayals of complex, smart, often damaged female characters. As a fresh new face on television in 1997, she more than held her own amidst the strong cast of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), so much so, that film work soon beckoned, prompting her departure after one full season. Gritty roles in "Permanent Midnight" (1998) and "Payback" (1999), followed by a turn as a sexy bartender in "Coyote Ugly" (2000) made Bello an actress to watch. It was, however, performance as Bob Crane's girlfriend in "Auto Focus" (2002) and her daring performance as an emotionally-torn Vegas cocktail waitress in the lauded independent drama "The Cooler" (2003) that established Bello as a premiere talent. She cemented her growing reputation with her award-winning supporting role in director David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" (2005). She balanced out work in smaller films with mass appeal projects as "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008) and the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups" (2010), followed by a return to television as the star of the police drama "Prime Suspect" (NBC, 2011- ). A rare combination of beauty, brains, strength and talent, Bello shone consistently in each new endeavor she undertook.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Strings (2015)
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 Third Person (2014)
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 Big Driver (2014)
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 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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 Prisoners (2013)
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 House of Horror (2012)
8.
 Beautiful Boy (2011)
9.
 Abduction (2011)
10.
 Company Men, The (2010)
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Shot a few commercials in NYC, including one for Amstel Light
1992:
Co-founded Harlem's Dream Yard Drama Project, a nonprofit arts and education program for urban kids
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Appeared in stage productions in NYC
1995:
TV debut as a guest on the Fox comedy "Misery Loves Company"
1995:
Made TV-movie debut in "The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows"
1996:
Co-starred with Scott Bakula on the short-lived CBS series "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
1997:
Landed recurring role of Dr. Anna Del Amico on NBC medical drama "ER"; made regular for the 1997-98 season
1998:
Played leading role opposite Ben Stiller in "Permanent Midnight"
1999:
Co-starred with Mel Gibson in Brian Helgeland's "Payback"
2000:
Portrayed the bar owner in "Coyote Ugly"
2000:
Cast as a sexy waitress who enjoys karaoke in "Duets"
2001:
Starred in the IMAX movie "China: The Panda Adventure"
2001:
Cast in the dark comedy "100 Mile Rule"
2002:
Cast as Bob Crane's second wife Patricia in director Paul Schrader's "Auto Focus"
2003:
Played a Las Vegas casino waitress who falls for William H. Macy in "The Cooler"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Supporting Actress
2004:
Cast opposite Johnny Depp in "The Secret Window"
2004:
Cast in John Sayles¿ political satire "Silver City"
2005:
Starred with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in "Assault on Precinct 13"
2005:
Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actress
2006:
Joined Aaron Eckhart in the ensemble cast of "Thank You for Smoking"; the directorial debut of Jason Reitman
2006:
Played the wife of a rescued Port Authority officer in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"
2007:
Cast in "The Jane Austen Book Club," as Jocelyn an independent, 50-something dog-breeder and organizer of the Club
2008:
Cast in the fantasy action film "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"
2009:
Starred in the indie drama "Downloading Nancy"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead
2009:
Played Robin Wright Penn's bipolar mother in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," written and directed by Rebecca Miller
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider
2010:
Cast alongside Ben Affleck in the recession drama "The Company Men"; directed by John Wells
2011:
Cast as brilliant but abrasive homicide detective Jane Timoney (played by Helen Mirren on the original British production) on NBC's adaptation of "Prime Suspect"
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Education

Villanova University: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

Notes

A lover of the outdoors, Bello has hiked and camped all over the world.

Bello has written and directed several plays and has visited Tanzania and Botswana gathering material for a book she plans to write about children around the world.

"I'm the same exact person I was when I worked at Tartine, but a lot less bitchy, probably. Did you know I got pegged the worst waitress in the city? Some magazine wrote that in a review of the restaurant. Her recommendation? 'The beef au poivre.'"---Maria Bello to Time Out New York September 25-October 2, 1997

"When I was pregnant I gained 70 pounds, and I made 'The Cooler' when Jack [Bello's son] was only a year old, so my body was quite different than it usually is. And for woman to come up to me and say things like 'Thank you for putting a real ass on the screen' meant so much to me. As much as we don't like to admit it sometimes, I think we have a responsibility in Hollywood to young woman. They see us as role models, and I'm happy that my butt was a role model for some.---Bello to Interview Magazine April 2004

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husband:
Dan McDermott. Screenwriter, former executive. Born c. 1963; until November 2001, was head of DreamWorks Television; left to pursue screenwriting career.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Chris Bello. Born c. 1971.
son:
Jackson Blue McDermott. Born on March 5, 2001.

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