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Melissa Leo was born on September 14, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA as Melissa Chessington Leo. She is an actress and producer, known for The Fighter (2010), Prisoners (2013) and Oblivion (2013). See full bio »

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 2015 Reds and Grays (pre-production)
Martha (voice)
 2015 Snowden (filming)
Laura Poitras
 2015 London Has Fallen (filming)
Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
 2015 Wayward Pines (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
Nurse Pam
- Cycle (2015) ... Nurse Pam
- A Reckoning (2015) ... Nurse Pam
- Choices (2015) ... Nurse Pam
- Betrayal (2015) ... Nurse Pam
 2014/II Mother's Day (Short) (completed)
 2014 Dwegons and Leprechauns
Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald (voice)
 2014 The Equalizer
Susan Plummer
 2014 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Diane's Mother
- Live Fast, Diane Nguyen (2014) ... Diane's Mother (voice)
 2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (TV Movie)
 2013/III Bottled Up
 2013/I Oblivion
 2012/I Flight
Ellen Block
 2012 Persephone (Short)
 2012 Louie (TV Series)
 2011 Lost Revolution
 2011 Seven Days in Utopia
 2011 The Sea Is All I Know (Short)
 2011 Mildred Pierce (TV Mini-Series)
Lucy Gessler
- Part Five (2011) ... Lucy Gessler
- Part Four (2011) ... Lucy Gessler
- Part Three (2011) ... Lucy Gessler
- Part Two (2011) ... Lucy Gessler
- Part One (2011) ... Lucy Gessler
 2011 Red State
 2010 Queen of the Lot
Aunt Bee
 2010/I The Space Between
 2009 The Farm (TV Movie)
CO Helen Miller
 2009 Don McKay
Marie (as Melissa Chessington Leo)
 2009 True Adolescents
Sharon Mitchell
 2009 Stephanie's Image
 2008 Predisposed (Short)
 1993-2008 Law & Order (TV Series)
Donna Cheponis / Sherri Quinn / Alice Sutton
- Personae Non Grata (2008) ... Donna Cheponis
- Who Let the Dogs Out? (2001) ... Sherri Quinn
- Sweeps (1993) ... Alice Sutton
 2008 Ball Don't Lie
 2008 Santa Mesa
 2008/I Lullaby
 2007 One Night
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series)
Tayna Raymes '94-'07
- Thrill Kill (2007) ... Tayna Raymes '94-'07
 2007 Lost Revolution
 2007 Racing Daylight
Sadie / Anna
 2007 The Cake Eaters
Ceci Kimbrough
 2007 Midnight Son (Short)
 2007/I Bomb (Short)
 2007 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Georgia Davis
- No Way Out (2007) ... Georgia Davis
 2006 Shark (TV Series)
Elizabeth Rourke
- Pilot (2006) ... Elizabeth Rourke
 2006 Falling Objects (Short)
 2006 The House Is Burning
Mrs. Miller
 2006 Hollywood Dreams
Aunt Bee
 2006 The Limbo Room
KC Collins
 2006 Stephanie Daley
Miri Daley
 2005 Confess
Agnes Lessor
 2005 American Gun
 2005 The L Word (TV Series)
Winnie Mann
- Lacuna (2005) ... Winnie Mann
- Loyal (2005) ... Winnie Mann
- Luminous (2005) ... Winnie Mann
 2005 Patch (Short)
 2005 No Shoulder (Short)
 2005 Runaway
Lisa Adler
 2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Maureen Curtis
- The Good Child (2005) ... Maureen Curtis
 2004 From Other Worlds
 2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Sybil Perez
- Harvest (2004) ... Sybil Perez
 2004 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Julia Smith
- Meet John Smith (2004) ... Julia Smith
 2004 First Breath (Short)
Detective Waxman
 2000 Fear of Fiction
Sigrid Anderssen
 1999 Code of Ethics
Jo DeAngelo
 1998 Legacy (TV Series)
Emma Bradford
- The Search Party (1998) ... Emma Bradford
- Emma (1998) ... Emma Bradford
 1997 Under the Bridge
 1993-1997 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Kay Howard / Carrie Howard (as Margaret May)
- Narcissus (1997) ... Kay Howard
- Deception (1997) ... Kay Howard
- Double Blind (1997) ... Kay Howard
 1995 In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice (TV Movie)
Carol Manning
 1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons
Trish Axelrod
 1994 Garden (Short)
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Beatrice Grey
 1992 Venice/Venice
 1992 Immaculate Conception
 1991 Carolina Skeletons (TV Movie)
Cassie (as Melissa Chessington Leo)
 1990 The Bride in Black (TV Movie)
Mary Margaret
 1990 Against the Law (TV Series)
- Where the Truth Lies (1990) ... Jill
 1989-1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
Katie Morrissey
- Nasty Boys (Pilot) (1990) ... Katie Morrissey
- Nasty Boys (Original Pilot) (1989) ... Katie Morrissey
 1989 Nasty Boys (TV Movie)
Katie Morrissey
 1989 Gideon Oliver (TV Series)
Rebecca Hecht
- Kennonite (1989) ... Rebecca Hecht
 1988 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Kathleen Gilfords
- Bad Timing (1988) ... Kathleen Gilfords
 1988 A Time of Destiny
Josie Larraneta
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Mary Hamilton
- Mary Hamilton (1987) ... Mary Hamilton
 1986 Deadtime Stories
Judith 'MaMa' Baer
 1985 Silent Witness (TV Movie)
Patti Mullen
 1985 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Irina Dzershinsky
- The Defector (1985) ... Irina Dzershinsky
 1985 Streetwalkin'
 1985 Always
 1984 I'm Only There... (Short)
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Other Works:

Narrates audio-book versions of James Patterson's "1st to Die" and "Second Chance" and Tami Hoag's "Ashes to Ashes". See more »

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1 Interview | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Melissa Chessington Leo | Margaret May II


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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Personal Quote:

An actor has to be very, very careful, as one of the most wonderful props - and actors love props - is a cigarette. There's so much to do with it: you can bring it up to your face, play with the smoke. It's just the greatest - ever since I was 16 and in acting school in England, I've been playing around with cigarettes. See more »


In March 1997, ex-boyfriend John Heard was charged with harassing Melissa via telephone misuse and trespassing. See more »

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