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Melissa Leo (I)

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Melissa Chessington Leo is an American actress. She is known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 2010 film The Fighter (2010). She was born on September 14, 1960, in New York City. Leo starred as the mother of boxer Micky Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both Golden Globe (Best ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 49 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Fighter
The Fighter Alice Ward
(2010)
Conviction
Conviction Nancy Taylor
(2010)
Oblivion
Oblivion Sally
(2013)
21 Grams
21 Grams Marianne Jordan
(2003)

Filmography

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 2018 The Equalizer 2
Susan Plummer
 2017-2018 I'm Dying Up Here (TV Series)
Goldie Herschlag
- Lines Crossed (2018) ... Goldie Herschlag
- Deathbed Confessions (2018) ... Goldie Herschlag
- Now You See Me, Now You Don't (2018) ... Goldie Herschlag
- Call Me a Ham (2018) ... Goldie Herschlag
- Between Us (2018) ... Goldie Herschlag
 2018 Furlough
Joan Anderson
 2018 Unlovable
Maddie
 2018 The Ashram
Chandra
 2017 The View from Up Here (Short)
Claire
 2017 The Most Hated Woman in America
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
 2017 Novitiate
Reverend Mother
 2014-2016 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Diane's Mother
- The BoJack Horseman Show (2016) ... Diane's Mother (voice)
- Live Fast, Diane Nguyen (2014) ... Diane's Mother (voice)
 2016 Snowden
Laura Poitras
 2015-2016 Wayward Pines (TV Series)
Nurse Pam
- Once Upon a Time in Wayward Pines (2016) ... Nurse Pam
- Cycle (2015) ... Nurse Pam
- A Reckoning (2015) ... Nurse Pam
- The Friendliest Place on Earth (2015) ... Nurse Pam
- Betrayal (2015) ... Nurse Pam
 2016 All the Way (TV Movie)
Lady Bird Johnson
 2016 Burn Country
Gloria
 2016 London Has Fallen
Defence Secretary Ruth Macmillan
 2016 Broad City (TV Series)
Lori
- Co-Op (2016) ... Lori
 2015 Damnation: The Flashback (Short)
Noda Marra
 2015 LFE (TV Movie)
Julie
 2015 The Big Short
Georgia Hale
 2015/II Mother's Day (Short)
Mary
 2014 Dwegons and Leprechauns
Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald (voice)
 2014 The Equalizer
Susan Plummer
 2014 The Ever After
Penny
 2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Bette Altmann
 2010-2013 Treme (TV Series)
Toni Bernette
- ... To Miss New Orleans (2013) ... Toni Bernette
- Sunset on Louisianne (2013) ... Toni Bernette
- Dippermouth Blues (2013) ... Toni Bernette
- This City (2013) ... Toni Bernette
- Yes We Can Can (2013) ... Toni Bernette
 2013 Prisoners
Holly Jones
 2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (TV Movie)
Robin
 2013/III Bottled Up
Fay
 2013/I Oblivion
Sally
 2013 Olympus Has Fallen
Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
 2013 Charlie Countryman
Kate
 2012/I Flight
Ellen Block
 2012 Persephone (Short)
Demeter
 2012 Louie (TV Series)
Laurie
- Telling Jokes/Set Up (2012) ... Laurie
 2012 Francine
Francine
 2012 Why Stop Now?
Penny Bloom
 2011 Lost Revolution
Soto
 2011 Seven Days in Utopia
Lily
 2011 The Sea Is All I Know (Short)
Sara
 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
Sara
 2010/I The Fighter
Alice Ward
 2010 Queen of the Lot
Aunt Bee
 2010/II Conviction
Nancy Taylor
 2010/I The Space Between
Montine
 2010 The Dry Land
Martha
 2010 Welcome to the Rileys
Lois Riley
 2009 The Farm (TV Movie)
CO Helen Miller
 2009 According to Greta
Karen
 2009 Everybody's Fine
Colleen
 2009 Dear Lemon Lima
Mrs. Howard
 2009 Don McKay
Marie (as Melissa Chessington Leo)
 2009 True Adolescents
Sharon Mitchell
 2009 Stephanie's Image
Stephanie
 2008 The Alphabet Killer
Kathy Walsh
 2008 Predisposed (Short)
Penny
 2008 Righteous Kill
Cheryl Brooks
 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
Georgia
 2008 Santa Mesa
Maggie
 2008/I Lullaby
Stephanie Armstrong
 2008 Frozen River
Ray Eddy
 2007 One Night
Wendy
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series)
Tayna Raymes '94-'07
- Thrill Kill (2007) ... Tayna Raymes '94-'07
 2007 Mr. Woodcock
Sally Jansen
 2007 I Believe in America
Soto
 2007 Racing Daylight
Sadie / Anna
 2007 The Cake Eaters
Ceci Kimbrough
 2007 Dear Lemon Lima (Short)
Mrs. Howard
 2007 Black Irish
Margaret McKay
 2007 Midnight Son (Short)
Rita
 2007/I Bomb (Short)
Sharon
 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)
Helga
 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
Louise
 2005 The L Word (TV Series)
Winnie Mann
- Lacuna (2005) ... Winnie Mann
- Loyal (2005) ... Winnie Mann
- Luminous (2005) ... Winnie Mann
 2005 Patch (Short)
Maelynn
 2005 No Shoulder (Short)
Ruth
 2005 Runaway
Lisa Adler
 2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Maureen Curtis
- The Good Child (2005) ... Maureen Curtis
 2005 Hide and Seek
Laura
 2004 From Other Worlds
Miriam
 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
 2003 21 Grams
Marianne Jordan
 2000 Fear of Fiction
Sigrid Anderssen
 2000 Homicide: The Movie (TV Movie)
Sgt. Kay Howard
 1999 The 24 Hour Woman
Dr. Suzanne Pincus
 1998 Code of Ethics
Jo DeAngelo
 1998 Legacy (TV Series)
Emma Bradford
- The Search Party (1998) ... Emma Bradford
- Emma (1998) ... Emma Bradford
 1993-1997 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Kay Howard / Carrie Howard (as Margaret May)
- Strangers and Other Partners (1997) ... Kay Howard
- Partners and Other Strangers (1997) ... Kay Howard
- Narcissus (1997) ... Kay Howard
- Deception (1997) ... Kay Howard
- Double Blind (1997) ... Kay Howard
 1996 Under the Bridge
Kathy
 1995 In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice (TV Movie)
Carol Manning
 1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons
Trish Axelrod
 1994 Garden (Short)
Elizabeth
 1994 Scarlett (TV Mini-Series)
Suellen O'Hara Benteen
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Suellen O'Hara Benteen
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Suellen O'Hara Benteen
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Beatrice Grey
 1992 Venice/Venice
Peggy
 1992 Immaculate Conception
Hannah
 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)
Jill
- Where the Truth Lies (1990) ... Jill
 1989-1990 The Young Riders (TV Series)
Emma Shannon
- Gathering Clouds: Part 2 (1990) ... Emma Shannon
- Gathering Clouds: Part 1 (1990) ... Emma Shannon
- Then There Was One (1990) ... Emma Shannon
- Man Behind the Badge (1990) ... Emma Shannon
- Matched Pair (1990) ... Emma Shannon
 1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
Katie Morrissey
- Nasty Boys (Pilot) (1990) ... 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
 1984-1988 All My Children (TV Series)
Linda Warner
- Episode #1.4818 (1988) ... Linda Warner
- Episode #1.4799 (1988) ... Linda Warner
- Episode #1.4798 (1988) ... Linda Warner
- Episode #1.4797 (1988) ... Linda Warner
- Episode #1.4789 (1988) ... Linda Warner
 1988 A Time of Destiny
Josie Larraneta
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Mary Hamilton
- Mary Hamilton (1987) ... Mary Hamilton
 1986 Ladykiller (Short)
The Woman
 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 Always
Peggy
 1985 Streetwalkin'
Cookie
 1984 I'm Only There... (Short)
Maggie
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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 »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Melissa Chessington Leo | Margaret May II

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You know, when I got started on television in the '80s, you would go to the costume department, and if you were a female they put you into a skirt. And you had a pocketbook, usually a shoulder bag. See more »

Trivia:

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 26, a son John Matthew Heard on June 17, 1987. Child's father is her [now ex] boyfriend, John Heard. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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