Melissa Leo Biography |
  • Melissa Leo Biography

    Born: September 14, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA

    Melissa received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her tour de force performance in The Fighter. She also received Oscar and SAG nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review among countless other accolades Leo shared a Best Ensemble acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 Grams opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. Her most recent films include Conviction, opposite Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell and Welcome to the Rileys opposite James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart. Other notable film work includes The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in which she starred opposite Dwight Yoakam and Tommy Lee Jones, and Hide and Seek in which she starred opposite Robert DeNiro.

    Leo can be seen in the upcoming films Red State written and directed by Kevin Smith and Seven Days in Utopia opposite Robert Duvall and in Mildred Pierce the HBO miniseries directed by Todd Haynes in which Melissa stars opposite Kate Winslet. Leo’s television credits include the current HBO series Treme from executive producer David Simon, and she is known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Streets. Leo studied Drama at Mount View Theatre School in London, England and later at the SUNY Purchase Acting Program.

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