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      Melissa Leo

      Melissa Leo

      Highest Rated: 100% The Only Real Game (2013)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Sep 14, 1960

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Melissa Leo came to the fore as the lone female in the original cast of one of the most lauded shows in television history, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Holding her own amongst the heavyweight cast of actors like Richard Belzer and Andre Braugher, she was a standout in a show unappreciated in its time. She went on to carve an indie film niche with acclaimed turns in a raft of films, most notably "21 Grams" (2003) and "Frozen River" (2008). The latter film provided the go-to character actress with a career-redefining role which drew nearly universal accolades and earned her the sobriquet of "actor's actor" from The New York Times. Two years later, Leo would once again find herself on the receiving end of universal critical acclaim with her performance as the tough-as-nails mother of a boxer in the lauded biopic, "The Fighter" (2010). Time and again, Leo demonstrated the uncanny ability to render herself nearly unrecognizable as she surrendered herself to the characters she played. While it may not have made her a household name to the average moviegoer, it undoubtedly cemented her reputation as one of the most respected - and sought after - actresses in American film.

      Highest rated movies

      The Parting Glass
      The Fighter
      Stephanie Daley
      The Big Short
      Frozen River
      All the Way Novitiate
      Homicide: The Movie

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      Melissa Leo NOVITIATE, MELISSA LEO, 2017. PH: MARK LEVINE/© SONY PICTURES CLASSICS NOVITIATE, MELISSA LEO, 2017. PH: MARK LEVINE/© SONY PICTURES CLASSICS The 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Melissa Leo, 09/21/2013, ©FX The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Melissa Leo, 09/17/1989, ©CBS 21 GRAMS, Melissa Leo, 2003, (c) Focus Features 21 GRAMS, Melissa Leo, 2003, (c) Focus Features 21 GRAMS, Benicio Del Toro, Melissa Leo, 2003, (c) Focus Features TRUE ADOLESCENTS, from left: Melissa Leo, Mark Duplass, 2009. ©Flatiron Film Company SNOWDEN, from left: Melissa Leo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Wilkinson, Zachary Quinto, 2015. ph: Jurgen Olczyk/© Open Road Films TRUE ADOLESCENTS, Melissa Leo, 2009. ©Flatiron Film Company Treme, Melissa Leo (L), India Ennenga (C), Chris Coy (R), 'The Greatest Love', Season 3, Ep. #4, 10/14/2012, ©HBO Wayward Pines, Melissa Leo (L), Toby Jones (R), 'The Friendliest Place on Earth', Season 1, Ep. #8, 07/09/2015, ©FOX FURLOUGH, MELISSA LEO (LEFT), 2018. PH: RICHARD HUTCHINGS/© IFC FILMS Tremé, India Ennenga (L), Melissa Leo (R), ' To Miss New Orleans', Season 4, Ep. #5, 12/29/2013, ©HBO PRISONERS, from left: Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, 2013. ph: Wilson Webb/©Warner Bros. Wayward Pines, Melissa Leo, 'Our Town, Our Law', Season 1, Ep. #3, 05/28/2015, ©FOX Treme, Melissa Leo, 'Knock With Me - Rock With Me', Season 3, Ep. #1, 09/23/2012, ©HBO THE BIG SHORT, Melissa Leo, 2015. ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Paramount Treme, Melissa Leo (L), Chris Coy (R), 'Careless Love', Season 3, Ep. #6, 10/28/2012, ©HBO

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      73% 70% Jane Principal Rhodes (Character) $13.1K 2022
      30% 44% Alone Together Unknown (Character) - 2022
      12% 53% Measure of Revenge Lillian (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonnie Self - 2022
      33% 31% Ida Red Ida "Red" Walker (Character) - 2021
      22% 23% Thunder Force Allie (Character) - 2021
      61% 66% Body Brokers Dr. White (Character) - 2021
      71% No Score Yet Coast Olivia (Character) - 2021
      100% No Score Yet The Parting Glass Al (Character) - 2018
      82% 71% Unlovable Maddie (Character) - 2018
      52% 61% The Equalizer 2 Susan Plummer (Character) $102.0M 2018
      No Score Yet 33% The Ashram Chandra (Character) - 2018
      20% 32% Furlough Joan Anderson (Character),
      Producer
      - 2018
      86% 68% Novitiate Reverend Mother (Character) $556.5K 2017
      36% 40% The Most Hated Woman in America Madalyn Murray O'Hair (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The View From Up Here Claire (Character) - 2017
      60% 40% Burn Country Gloria (Character) - 2016
      61% 70% Snowden Laura Poitras (Character) $21.6M 2016
      87% 83% All the Way Lady Bird Johnson (Character) - 2016
      27% 50% London Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan (Character) $62.5M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's the Best Thing In It Self - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet After the Spill Unknown (Voice) - 2015
      89% 88% The Big Short Georgia Hale (Character) $70.2M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother's Day Mary (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 62% Dwegons and Leprechauns Grandma Fitz/Butterfly McDweg/Mrs. Fitzgerald (Voice) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ever After Penny (Character) - 2014
      61% 77% The Equalizer Susan Plummer (Character) $101.5M 2014
      9% 30% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Bette Altmann (Character) - 2014
      100% 65% The Only Real Game Narrator - 2013
      No Score Yet 62% Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Grace (Character) - 2013
      33% 40% Bottled Up Fay (Character),
      Producer
      - 2013
      27% 49% The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman Katie (Character) $8.0K 2013
      47% 31% A Single Shot Florence (Character) - 2013
      81% 87% Prisoners Holly Jones (Character) $61.0M 2013
      54% 61% Oblivion Sally (Character) $89.0M 2013
      50% 66% Olympus Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan (Character) $98.9M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Persephone Demeter (Character) - 2012
      60% 32% Francine Francine (Character) - 2012
      77% 75% Flight Ellen Block (Character) $93.7M 2012
      25% 28% Why Stop Now? Penny Bloom (Character) $1.6K 2012
      33% 62% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Sarah (Character) $50.5K 2011
      61% 54% Red State Sara (Character) $1.1M 2011
      23% 67% Seven Days in Utopia Lily (Character) $2.7M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea is All I Know Sara (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 55% The Space Between Montine (Character) - 2010
      91% 89% The Fighter Alice Ward (Character) $93.6M 2010
      54% 58% Welcome to the Rileys Lois Riley (Character) $152.9K 2010
      68% 70% Conviction Nancy Taylor (Character) $6.8M 2010
      64% 46% The Dry Land Martha (Character) $7.4K 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephanie's Image Stephanie (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 50% Veronika Decides to Die Mari (Character) - 2009
      75% 53% True Adolescents Sharon (Character) - 2009
      75% 64% Dear Lemon Lima Mrs. Howard (Character) - 2009
      38% 23% Don McKay Marie (Character) - 2009
      60% 56% Greta Karen (Character) - 2009
      47% 53% Everybody's Fine Colleen (Character) $8.9M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Santa Mesa Maggie (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 26% Lullaby Stephanie (Character) - 2008
      18% 37% Righteous Kill Cheryl Brooks (Character) $40.1M 2008
      88% 74% Frozen River Ray Eddy (Character) $2.5M 2008
      20% 64% Ball Don't Lie Georgia (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Night Wendy (Character) - 2007
      64% 48% The Cake Eaters Ceci Kimbrough (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 35% Racing Daylight Sadie Stokes / Anna Stokes (Character) - 2007
      39% 68% Hollywood Dreams Aunt Bee (Character) - 2006
      31% 58% Black Irish Margaret (Character) $6.9K 2006
      90% 59% Stephanie Daley Miri (Character) $25.1K 2006
      No Score Yet 60% The Limbo Room KC Collins (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 22% Confess Agnes Lessor (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Lisa Adler (Character) - 2005
      39% 43% American Gun Louise (Character) $24.0K 2005
      85% 81% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Rachel (Character) $5.0M 2005
      12% 50% Hide and Seek Laura (Character) $51.1M 2005
      81% 86% 21 Grams Marianne Jordan (Character) $16.2M 2003
      86% 74% Homicide: The Movie Sgt. Kay Howard (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear of Fiction Sigrid Anderssen (Character) - 1999
      50% 33% The 24-Hour Woman Dr. Suzanne Pincus (Character) $109.1K 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Code of Ethics Jo DeAngelo (Character) - 1997
      64% 44% Last Summer in the Hamptons Trish Axelrod (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Carol Manning (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Venice/Venice Peggy (Character) $5.2K 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Immaculate Conception Hannah (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 67% Carolina Skeletons Cassie (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet By a Thread Unknown (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: Kennonite Rebecca Hecht (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time of Destiny Josie Larraneta (Character) $886.6K 1988
      0% 21% Dead Time Stories Unknown (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 31% Always Peggy (Character) $41.8M 1985
      No Score Yet 38% City Streets Cookie (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Witness Patti Mullen (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I'm Only There... Maggie (Character) - 1984

      TV

      Credit
      74% 88% I Know This Much Is True Ma (Character) 2020
      54% 94% Dolly Parton's Heartstrings Amelia Meegers (Character) 2019
      51% 95% I'm dying up here Goldie Herschlag (Character) 2017-2018
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
      60% 67% Wayward Pines Nurse Pam (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2015-2016
      99% 87% Broad City Lori (Guest Star) 2016
      97% 87% Treme Toni Bernette (Character) 2010-2013
      93% 95% Louie Laurie (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
      81% 88% Mildred Pierce Unknown (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1993 2001 2008
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      52% 50% Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      91% 78% Veronica Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      57% No Score Yet Legacy Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      91% 90% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Character) 1993-1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scarlett Suellen O'Hara Benteen (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Riders Emma Shannon (Guest Star) 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Kathleen Gilfords (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Irina Dzershinsky (Guest Star) 1985