Melissa Leo Biography (1960-)

Born September 14, 1960, in New York, NY; daughter of Arnold (an editor and fisherman) and Peggy (a teacher) Leo; children: (with John Heard, an actor) John Matthew Leo. Addresses: Agent: Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069-3604.

Birth Details
September 14, 1960
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Linda Warner, All My Children, ABC, 1984-1985
  • Emma Shannon, The Young Riders, ABC, 1989-1990
  • Detective (later Sergeant) Kay Howard, Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1993-1997
  • Movies
  • Patti Mullen, Silent Witness, NBC, 1985
  • Rebecca Hecht, Kennonite, ABC, 1989
  • Nasty Boys, NBC, 1989
  • Mary Margaret, The Bride in Black, ABC, 1990
  • (As Melissa Chessington Leo) Cassie, Carolina Skeletons, NBC, 1991
  • Carol Manning, In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice (also known as In the Line of Duty: Trackdown), NBC, 1995
  • Sergeant Kay Howard, Homicide: The Movie, NBC, 2000
  • Miniseries
  • Suellen O'Hara Benteen, Scarlett, CBS, 1994
  • Episodic
  • Irina, "The Defector," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985
  • Mary Hamilton, "Mary Hamilton," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1986
  • Kathleen Gilfords, "Bad Timing," Miami Vice, NBC, 1988
  • Gideon Oliver (also known as The ABC Monday Mystery Movie),ABC, 1989
  • Alice Sutton, "Sweeps," Law & Order, NBC, 1993
  • Emma Bradford, "Emma," Legacy, UPN, 1998
  • Emma Bradford, "The Search Party," Legacy, UPN, 1998
  • Sherri Quinn, "Who Let the Dogs Out?," Law & Order, NBC, 2001
  • Film Appearances
  • Cookie, Streetwalkin' (also known as City Streets and Cookie), Concorde, 1984
  • Peggy, Always (But Not Forever) (also known as Always), Samuel Goldwyn, 1985
  • Ladykiller, 1986
  • Judith "Mama" Baer, Deadtime Stories (also known as Freaky Fairytales and Freaky Film Tales), Cinema Group, 1987
  • Josie Larraneta, A Time of Destiny, Columbia, 1988
  • By a Thread, 1991
  • Hannah, Immaculate Conception, Barcino Barcino, 1992
  • Peggy, Venice/Venice, Rainbow Releasing, 1992
  • Mrs. Grey, The Ballad of Little Jo, Fine Line, 1993
  • Elizabeth, The Garden, 1994
  • Kathy, Under the Bridge, Athos, 1995
  • Trish Axelrod, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Rainbow Releasing, 1995
  • Herself, Who Is Henry Jaglom?, 1996
  • Code of Ethics, 1997
  • Dr. Suzanne Pincus, The 24 Hour Woman, Artisan Entertainment/The Shooting Gallery, 1999
  • Sigrid Anderssen, Fear of Fiction, Pow Wow, 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • Understudy and leading role, Will Mr. Meriwether Return from Memphis?, Key West, FL, 1981
  • Don Juan, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1982
  • Cinders, Public Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Myst, Out of Gas on Lover's Leap, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Annie Ilchak, Today I Am a Fountain Pen, American Jewish Theatre,New York City, 1985-1986
  • Sophie Scholl, The White Rose, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, 1991
  • Sara Melody, A Touch of the Poet, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1991-1992
  • L'il Bit, How I Learned to Drive, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD, 1998
  • Dessa, Tongue of a Bird, Martinson Hall, Public Theatre, New YorkCity, 1999
  • Audio Books
  • ... And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano, the Deadly Seducer, Simon& Schuster Audio, 1999
  • Ashes to Ashes, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1999
  • (With Jeremy Piven) 2nd Chance, Time Warner AudioBooks, 2001

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, December 4, 1995, pp. 101-102; December 9, 1996, p.159

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