Melissa Leo

Birthday:

09/14/1960

Place of birth:

New York City, New York, USA:

Biography:

American actress Melissa Chessington Leo made her acting debut in 1985, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in the Drama Series “All My Children”. Her most notable role as was as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Street” for the show's first five seasons from 1993–1997. Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the critically acclaimed film, “The Fighter” (2010). For this role Leo won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo currently appears on the television series Treme.  Leo currently resides in Stone Ridge, New York and two sons John Matthew Heard (born 1987), and Adam (adopted - born 1984).


Film Credits

The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)
as Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Novitiate (2017)
as Reverend Mother
Snowden (2016)
as Laura Poitras
All the Way (2016)
as Lady Bird Johnson
Burn Country (2016)
as Gloria
London Has Fallen (2016)
as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
The Big Short (2015)
as Georgia Hale
Damnation: The Flashback (2015)
as Noda Marra
She's The Best Thing in It (2015)
as Herself
The Ever After (2015)
as
The Equalizer (2014)
as Susan Plummer
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
as Bette Altmann
Dwegons (2014)
as Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald
Queen of the Lot (2013)
as Aunt Bee
Prisoners (2013)
as Holly Jones
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy (2013)
as Narrator (voice)
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
as Robin
Bottled Up (2013)
as Fay
Oblivion (2013)
as Sally
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Charlie Countryman (2013)
as Kate
Flight (2012)
as Ellen Block
Francine (2012)
as Francine
Why Stop Now? (2012)
as Penny
The Space Between (2011)
as Montine
Seven Days in Utopia (2011)
as Lily
Red State (2011)
as Sara
The Sea Is All I Know (2011)
as Sara
Mildred Pierce (2011)
as Lucy Gessler
The Fighter (2010)
as Alice Eklund-Ward
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
as Lois Riley
Conviction (2010)
as Nancy Taylor
The Dry Land (2010)
as Martha
Everybody's Fine (2009)
as Colleen
According to Greta (2009)
as Karen
Dear Lemon Lima (2009)
as Mrs. Howard
Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
as Mari
Don McKay (2009)
as Marie
True Adolescents (2009)
as Sharon
Stephanie's Image (2009)
as Stephanie
Righteous Kill (2008)
as Cheryl
Frozen River (2008)
as Ray Eddy
Santa Mesa (2008)
as Maggie
Lullaby (2008)
as Stephanie
Racing Daylight (2007)
as Sadie / Anna
I Believe in America (2007)
as Soto
Hollywood Dreams (2007)
as Aunt Bee
The Cake Eaters (2007)
as Ceci Kimbrough
Black Irish (2007)
as Margaret McKay
Midnight Son (2007)
as Rita
One Night (2007)
as Wendy
The House Is Burning (2006)
as Mrs. Miller
Stephanie Daley (2006)
as Miri Daley
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
as Rachel
Runaway (2005)
as Lisa Adler
Hide and Seek (2005)
as Laura
Confess (2005)
as Agnes Lessor
American Gun (2005)
as Louise
21 Grams (2003)
as Marianne Jordan
Homicide: The Movie (2000)
as Kay Howard
Code of Ethics (1999)
as Jo DeAngelo
The 24 Hour Woman (1999)
as Dr. Suzanne Pincus
Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995)
as Trish Axelrod
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice (1995)
as Carol Manning
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
as Beatrice Grey
Immaculate Conception (1992)
as Hannah
Carolina Skeletons (1991)
as Cassie
The Bride in Black (1990)
as Mary Margaret
Nasty Boys (1989)
as Katie Morrissey
A Time of Destiny (1988)
as Josie Larraneta
Deadtime Stories (1986)
as Judith 'MaMa' Baer
Always (1985)
as Peggy
Streetwalkin' (1985)
as Cookie
Venice/Venice ()
as Peggy

Production Credits

Bottled Up (2013)
Producer