Christopher Peter Meloni
|April 2, 1961 (age 59)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Other names||Chris Meloni|
|Education||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Known for||Chris Keller on Oz|
|Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit|
Doris Sherman Williams (m. 1995)
|Net Worth||$ 30 Million|
Christopher Meloni is an American actor. Son of an endocrinologist (a doctor specializing in the management of hormone-related diseases), and a housewife mother, Christopher Meloni was born on April 2, 1961, in Washington. He is the youngest of three siblings, he grew up in Virginia. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in college, where he studied history.
Christopher Meloni very quickly developed his interest in comedy and sports activities (he was a quarterback in the team high school football). During his graduate studies, he familiarized himself with the scene and obtained a degree in history. The apprentice actor then decides to go to New York and is trained with the famous Sanford Meisner, one of the most important theater teachers of the 20th century who taught, Steve McQueen and Gregory Peck.
After doing several different jobs (worker, bouncer, personal trainer) and a few appearances in commercials, Christopher finds his first role in the 1st & Ten football comedy series, where he plays a quarterback.
He followed this performance by obtaining recurring roles in the sitcoms "The Fanelli Boys" (1990-1991) centered on a stereotypical Italian family and "Misery Loves Company" (1995). In the meantime, he gives voice for the animated series Dinosaurs (1991-1993), then tends to specialize in police series like New York Police Blues (1996-1997), Brooklyn South (1997) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1998), where he showed his performance in a few episodes.
At the same time, this actor with the power of an athlete is illustrated, through small roles, on the big screen. Thus, he participated in particular in Junior (1994), 12 Monkeys (1995), and the excellent thriller Bound (1996), in which he played a fairly important character and where he found Joe Pantoliano (from the series "The Fanelli Boys"). Even if he is above all a series actor, Christopher will continue, throughout his career, to act in films for the cinema: in the crazy comedy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the romantic comedy Just married (or almost) and the horror film Infected.
1997 was a defining year in his career: he was chosen to lend his features to inmate Christopher Keller in the cult prison series of HBO Oz, from the second season (and until the end of the program, from 1998 to 2003). A sexual predator as charismatic as he is dangerous, this Keller is so sophisticated that he easily fits into the history of the best characters in the history of American series, alongside Tony Soprano, Walter "Breaking Bad" White, Dexter and many others.
His notoriety exploded even more in 1999 when he joined the crime series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the guise of Inspector Elliot Stabler. A role utterly opposite to the one he plays in Oz (since he is a policeman with integrity and a father), but which is just as memorable. Responsible for investigating sex crimes in New York City in the company of Mariska Hargitay, the character of Christopher carries 272 episodes (between 1999 and 2011) of this quality series.
Meloni then plays a vampire in a few episodes of season 5 of True Blood, a successful vampiric series. Hungry for new experiences, the actor goes behind the camera directing, writing, producing, and performing the Dirty comedy Movie, before joining the cast of the superheroic blockbuster. Man of Steel by Zack Snyder, in the role of Colonel Hardy.
He played the lead role of Nicklaus Sax in a Sci-fi Series Happy. Ex-cop turned hitman and alcoholic; Nick Sax thinks he's losing his mind when an animated unicorn he's the only one to see pushes him to save a girl kidnapped by Santa Claus.
On the heart, he married on July 1, 1995, the producer Sherman Williams. Together they have two children, born to a surrogate mother: Sophia, born March 23, 2001, and Dante, born January 2, 2004.