Christopher Peter Meloni
April 2, 1961
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Other names||Chris Meloni|
|Education|| University of Colorado Boulder |
|Known for|| Chris Keller on Oz |
Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit & Law & Order: Organized Crime
Doris Sherman Williams
Christopher Peter Meloni (born April 2, 1961)is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its first 12 seasons and its spin-off Law & Order: Organized Crime , and as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz . In June 2012, he returned to HBO as the vampire Roman on the main cast of True Blood for the series' fifth season. Meloni also starred in and executive produced the Syfy series Happy! from 2017 to 2019. His films include Man of Steel , Wet Hot American Summer , Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle , 12 Monkeys , Runaway Bride , 42 , and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas .
Meloni was born in Washington, D.C., the youngest of three children of Cecile (née Chagnon; 1926–2016),a homemaker, and Charles Robert Meloni (1927–2012), an endocrinologist. He has an older brother and sister. His maternal ancestry is French Canadian, and he is a descendant of Matthias Farnsworth. His paternal ancestry is Italian, with roots in Velva , Castiglione Chiavarese, Genova, and Liguria.
Meloni attended St. Stephen's School(now St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School) in Alexandria, Virginia, and played quarterback on the football team. He studied acting at the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a degree in history in 1983. After graduation, Meloni went to New York where he continued his studies with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre as well as the Center for the Media Arts.
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,short-lived TV series, and bit parts in a number of films.
His first noticeable role was the hotheaded son of a Mafia don in the 1996 thriller Bound . He appeared as Robbie Sinclair's friend Spike in Dinosaurs in the early 1990s. He played criminal Jimmy Liery in eight episodes of NYPD Blue during 1996-1997 and the fiancé of Julia Roberts's character in the 1999 romantic comedy Runaway Bride .
From 1998 to 2003, Meloni portrayed the bisexual criminal Chris Keller on the HBO series Oz .
Law & Order producer Dick Wolf signed Meloni to play Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999. Meloni appeared on both Oz and Law & Order: SVU simultaneously until Oz went off the air in 2003. Meloni was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Elliot Stabler.
In May 2011, Meloni announced that he had been unable to agree on a contract and would not be returning for season 13 of SVU.His character was written out as having put in his retirement papers. After nearly a decade, Meloni announced in March 2020 that he would be reprising his role of Stabler in the Law & Order franchise on a new spin-off show titled Law & Order: Organized Crime . Meloni also appeared in a cross-over event during season 22 of SVU.
Meloni returned to his comedic roots as the character Gene in Wet Hot American Summer in 2001, the puppet-loving pediatrician Dr. Norris in a 2003 episode of Scrubs , and the character of "Freakshow" (albeit in heavy make-up) in the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle . He made a cameo in its sequel, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay , as "The Grand Wizard". In 2005, he appeared on Episode 107 of MTV2's adult puppet show Wonder Showzen in a series of parody public service announcements warning of the threat of cooties. He also had an uncredited role as a gay hotel desk clerk in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas .
In July 2009, Meloni portrayed 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.
In 2012, Meloni joined the cast of True Blood during the series' fifth season as Roman, a "powerful, 500-year-old vampire who sits at the head of the table of the Vampire Authority."
Meloni played Colonel Hardy, a supporting role, in the Superman reboot film Man of Steel , which was released in 2013.That year, he also played Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher in the historical baseball feature 42 . Meloni then starred in the 2014 comedy They Came Together . He also stars as John Taylor in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III .
Meloni starred in and executive produced the Syfy series Happy! , based on the comic book series created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson, which premiered in 2017.The series was canceled on June 4, 2019.
In 2018, Meloni guest starred in two episodes of the FX drama series Pose , opposite Dominique Jackson.He then appeared on the third season of The Handmaid's Tale as Commander Winslow in 2019.
In 2004 and 2006, respectively, Meloni competed in the fourth and the eighth series of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown ; in the eighth series he finished 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. He also appeared on the program's Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational that aired on December 17, 2009. Although defeated by Joshua Malina and Harry Shearer, he won a $25,000 charity prize in the name of Smile Train.
Meloni has appeared in many public service announcements in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.In 1999, Meloni jokingly kissed Lee Tergesen (who played Tobias Beecher, Meloni's on-screen boyfriend on Oz) at an awards dinner for GLAAD. In 2006, Meloni was given the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award, along with actor Jake Gyllenhaal and director Ang Lee, for his work on behalf of LGBT issues. In addition, in 2011, Meloni appeared in the Human Rights Campaign's "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" video.
Meloni was included in the 2006 edition of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive.
Meloni married Doris Sherman Meloni (née Williams), a production designer, on July 1, 1995. They have two children, daughter Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni (b. March 23, 2001)and son Dante Amadeo Meloni (b. January 2, 2004). Mariska Hargitay, who co-starred with Meloni on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is the godmother to his daughter.
Meloni has a Cubist-inspired representation of the crucifixion of Christ tattooed on his upper left arm, a butterfly tattoo on his left upper thigh, and a Chinese astrological chart of his family on his right lower leg.In 2007, Meloni was inducted into his high school's athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the undefeated 1978 football team, for which he was quarterback.
In 2014, Meloni bought the house famously used in the television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet .
In 2021, on an episode of PBS' Finding Your Roots , it was revealed that Meloni is a distant relative of Nancy Pelosi.
|1995||12 Monkeys||Lt. Halperin|
|1998||Brown's Requiem||Sgt. Cavanah||Uncredited|
|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 Jenkinson|
|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"|
|Nights in Rodanthe||Jack Willis|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||R / Subject #3|
|2010||Green Lantern: First Flight||Hal Jordan / Green Lantern||Voice role|
|2011||National Lampoon's Dirty Movie||Producer Charlie LaRue|
|2013||Awful Nice||Jon Charbineau|
|Man of Steel||Colonel Nathan Hardy|
|White Bird in a Blizzard||Brock Connors|
|Small Time||Al Klein|
|They Came Together||Roland|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Mort|
|2015||The Diary of a Teenage Girl||Pascal MacCorkill|
|2016||I Am Wrath||Dennis|
|Marauders||Agent Jonathan Montgomery|
|1989–1990||1st & Ten||Vito Del Greco / Johnny Gunn||11 episodes|
|1990||When Will I Be Loved?||Ron Weston||TV film|
|1990–1991||The Fanelli Boys||Frankie Fanelli||17 episodes|
|1991||In a Child's Name||Jerry Cimarelli||TV film|
|1991–1994||Dinosaurs||Spike||Voice; recurring role|
|1992||Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story||David||TV film|
|1993||Without a Kiss Goodbye||Ray Samuels||TV film (aka Falsely Accused)|
|The Boys||Doug Kirkfield||6 episodes|
|Golden Gate||Douglas "BW" Carlino||Unsold pilot|
|1995||A Dangerous Affair||Tommy Moretti||TV film|
|Hope and Gloria||Billy||Episode: "Love with an Improper Stranger"|
|Misery Loves Company||Mitch||8 episodes|
|1996–1997||NYPD Blue||Jimmy Liery||5 episodes|
|1997||The Last Don||Boz Skannet||Miniseries|
|Leaving L.A.||Reed Sims||6 episodes|
|Every 9 Seconds||Richard Sutherland||TV film|
|Brooklyn South||Joe||3 episodes|
|1998||Target Earth||Detective Samuel "Sam" Adams||TV film|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||Bounty Hunter Dennis Knoll||2 episodes|
|1998–2003||Oz||Chris Keller||Main role|
|1999–2011, 2021-present||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Elliot Stabler||Main role/Recurring role; 276 episodes|
|2000||Law & Order||Episodes: "Entitled" & "Fools for Love"|
|2002||Murder in Greenwich||Mark Fuhrman||TV film|
|2003||Scrubs||Dr. Dave Norris||Episode: "My White Whale"|
|2004||Sesame Street||Himself||Episode: 4065|
|2005||Wonder Showzen||Cooties Spokesman||Episode: "Health"|
|Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Detective Elliot Stabler||Episode: "Day"|
|2008||Gym Teacher: The Movie||Dave Stewie||TV film|
|2009||Michael & Michael Have Issues||Himself||Episode: "Greg the Intern"|
|2011||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Tony Bologna||Cameo|
|Ice Loves Coco||Himself|
|2012||True Blood||Roman Zimojic||5 episodes|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Dr. Phillip Banhauser||Episode: "Aziz Ansari Wears a Charcoal Blazer"|
|2014||Veep||Ray Whelans||2 episodes|
|Surviving Jack||Jack Dunlevy||8 episodes (including one unaired episode in the US)|
|2015||The Jack and Triumph Show||Agent Ryker||Episode: "Siri"|
|Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Gene Jenkinson / Jonas Jurgenson||Main role; 6 episodes|
|Drunk History||Othniel Marsh||Episode: "New Jersey"|
|2016–2017||Underground||August Pullman||Main role; 15 episodes|
Directed episode: "Auld Acquaintance"
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Gene Jenkinson||4 episodes|
|At Home with Amy Sedaris||Ranger Russell||Episode: "Nature"|
|2017–2019||Happy!||Nick Sax||Main role; 18 episodes|
|2018||Pose||Dick Ford||Episodes: "The Fever", "Pink Slip"|
|2019||American Dad!||Voice, episode: "Twinanigans"|
|The Handmaid's Tale||Commander Winslow||4 episodes|
|2019–present||Harley Quinn||Commissioner James Gordon, Two-Face Goon 2, Bouncer||Voice; 16 episodes|
|2020||Family Guy||George Townshend||Voice; episode: "Short Cuts"|
|Maxxx||Don Wild||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|Rick and Morty||Jesus Christ, Unnamed Rick disguise||Voice, episode: "Never Ricking Morty"|
|The Twilight Zone||Robert||Episode: "A Human Face"|
|Helpsters||Detective Dudley||Episode: "Camper Cortez/Artist Andrew & Detective Dudley"|
|2021–present||Law & Order: Organized Crime||Detective Elliot Stabler||Lead role|
|2021||Bless the Harts||Detective Voccola||Voice; 1 episode|
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Commander John Taylor|
|1999||OFTA Television Awards||Best Guest Actor in a Cable Series||Oz||Won|
|2004||Prism Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nominated|
|2006||OFTA Television Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
|2008||Prism Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode|
|2014||Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actor||Veep|
|2019||Best Drama Guest Actor||Pose|
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American crime drama television series created by Dick Wolf's own production company Wolf Entertainment for NBC. The first spinoff of Law & Order, it stars Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, the commanding officer of the Special Victims Unit in a fictionalized version of the New York City Police Department. Christopher Meloni was the main star SVU as Det. Elliot Stabler, until departing from the series in 2011 after 12 seasons. Meloni reprised his role as Stabler in 2021 in the spin-off series in Law & Order: Organized Crime. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit follows the style of the original Law & Order in that some episodes are loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention; these episodes are referred to as having been "ripped from the headlines".
Richard Anthony Wolf is an American television producer, best known as the creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise. Since 1990, the franchise has included six police/courtroom dramas and four international spinoffs. He is also creator and executive producer of the Chicago franchise, which since 2012 has included four Chicago-based dramas, and the creator and executive producer of FBI, which has also become a franchise after spinning off two additional series.
Law & Order is a media franchise composed of a number of related American television series created by Dick Wolf and produced by Wolf Entertainment. They were originally broadcast on NBC, and all of them deal with some aspect of the criminal justice system. Together, the original series, its various spin-offs, the TV film, and crossover episodes from other shows constitute over 1,000 hours of programming.
Elliot Stabler Sr. is a fictional character, played by Christopher Meloni and one of the lead characters on the NBC police procedural series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Olivia Margaret Benson is a fictional character on the NBC police procedural drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portrayed by Mariska Hargitay. Benson holds the rank and pay-grade of Captain and is the Commanding Officer of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, which operates out of the 16th Precinct. She investigates sexual offenses such as rape and child sexual abuse.
Zareh Nicholas Chinlund is an American actor.
The eighth season of the television series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered September 19, 2006 and ended May 22, 2007 on NBC. The series remained in its 10pm/9c Tuesday timeslot. With the introduction of a new partner for Detective Stabler, early episodes of season 8 took on a significantly different focus when compared to those of previous seasons.
The seventh season of the television series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered September 20, 2005 and ended May 16, 2006 on NBC. It aired on Tuesday nights at 10pm/9c. Critically the show's most successful season, both lead actors received nominations at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards with a win by Mariska Hargitay.
The first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, premiered on September 20, 1999 on NBC and concluded on May 19, 2000. Created by Dick Wolf, it is the first spin-off of Law & Order and follows the detectives of a fictionalized version of the New York City Police Department's Special Victims Unit, which investigates sexually based offenses. SVU originally aired on Monday nights at 9pm/8c EST, but it was moved to Friday nights at 10pm/9c after the ninth episode. Showrunner Robert Palm felt too disturbed by the subject matter and left after the season's conclusion.
The fourth season of the television series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered September 27, 2002 and ended May 16, 2003 on NBC. This was the last season of the series to air on Friday nights at 10pm/9c.
"911" is the third episode of the seventh season of the police procedural television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It originally aired on October 4, 2005 in the United States. The episode focuses on the search for a nine-year-old girl who claims to be locked in a room and calls the police for help. When it becomes clear that the phone call is not what it seems, most of the detectives in the unit become suspicious of the girl's story but Detective Olivia Benson remains convinced, believing that she is a victim of child pornography.
The ninth season of the police procedural/legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered September 25, 2007 and ended May 13, 2008 on NBC. It aired on Tuesday nights at 10pm/9c. Mariska Hargitay, having won a Golden Globe Award in 2005, received her second Golden Globe nomination for her work in the ninth season.
The tenth season of the police procedural/legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered September 23, 2008, and ended June 2, 2009, on NBC. It was the last season of the show to occupy the Tuesday 10pm/9c timeslot.
"Zebras" is the twenty-second episode and season finale of the tenth season of the police procedural television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the show's 224th episode overall. It originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in the United States on June 2, 2009. In the episode, an open-and-shut case against a mentally disturbed murderer, played by Nick Stahl, is blown when a forensics technician makes a technical error. As Elliot and Olivia investigate additional murders believed to be the work of the same killer, they uncover a plot within their own department.
The eleventh season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered on September 23, 2009 and concluded on May 19, 2010. It was moved from Tuesdays to Wednesdays at 9 pm/8c ET for the NBC broadcast. On March 3, 2010, SVU returned to its previous time slot of 10pm/9c ET. On January 22, 2010, in the wake of the conflict between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, NBC announced that they would order two additional episodes to fill in the gaps of the departing The Jay Leno Show.
"Smoked" is the twelfth season finale of the police procedural television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the 272nd overall episode. It originally aired on NBC on May 18, 2011. In the episode, Detectives Elliot Stabler, Olivia Benson, and Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) investigate the murder of a rape victim who was scheduled to testify in a high-profile rape case. After the suspects are arrested, the victim's daughter opens fire in the squad room, killing several people inside before Detective Stabler fatally shoots her.
"Authority" is the seventeenth episode of the ninth season of the American police procedural Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the 200th overall. "Authority" first aired on April 29, 2008, on NBC in the United States. The episode's plot sees Detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson investigating a caller who impersonates a police officer and asks people to perform criminal acts. The detectives learn that the caller is audio engineer Merritt Rook, a man who opposes authority due to a tragic event in his past. After Rook seizes an opportunity to kidnap Benson, he asks Stabler to inflict pain on her or watch him do it.
Law & Order: Organized Crime is an American crime-drama television series that premiered on April 1, 2021, on NBC. A spin-off of the long-running series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU), and the seventh series in the Law & Order franchise, the series stars Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler, reprising his role from SVU. The show features a "single-arc" storyline that will take multiple episodes to resolve. In May 2021, the series was renewed for a second season which will consist of 24 episodes. The second season premiered on September 23, 2021.
The twenty-second season of the American crime-drama television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was ordered on February 27, 2020, by NBC. Set to air during the 2020–2021 television season, the season is produced by Wolf Films and Universal Television; the showrunner is Warren Leight. The season premiered on November 12, 2020 and consists of only 16 episodes due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, making it the shortest in the series. The season ended on June 3, 2021.
The twenty-third season of the American crime-drama television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was ordered on February 27, 2020, by NBC. Set to air during the 2021–22 television season, the season will be produced by Wolf Films and Universal Television; the showrunner is Warren Leight. The season premiered on September 23, 2021. The series' milestone 500th episode will air this season as the sixth episode which will include the return of Detective Nick Amaro. This is the last season for Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes as they departed in the premiere episode.
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