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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Chris Meloni (Law & Order SVU)

Born April 2, 1961, Chris Meloni would go on to become one of the most recognizable and popular stars of the Law & Order franchise. Of course, fans of the HBO series “Oz” probably still can’t get the image of his role as Chris Keller out of their minds. I have to admit I’ve only seen a part of only one episode of Oz, but believe me I have seen my share of Meloni pictures from that series. None of which, by the way, you will see on this blog, because I really want to keep it clean.

Here’s some personal data:

He has a brother (Robert Meloni Jr (born c. 1957), and a sister Michele Meloni (born c. 1955)

His wife’s name is Sherman Williams (born c. 1960; married c. 1995), and they have two children: daughter: Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni (born on March 23, 2001 in L.A.), son Dante Meloni (born January 02, 2004)

He was educated at the following:
St Stephen's High School Alexandria, Virginia
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder Colorado, BA history
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre New York, New York

Here’s some significant milestones for Chris, from Hollywood.com:

2002 Portrayed Mark Fuhrman in TV-movie "Murder in Greenwich" (USA), which is based on the unsolved murder of Martha Moxley

1999 Played the sports-obsessed Coach Bob, opposite Julia Roberts in "Runaway Bride"

1999 Cast as Detective Elliot Stabler on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC); earned an Emmy (2006) nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series

1998 Reteamed with Terry Gilliam for a small role in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

1998 Played a bounty hunter in a two-part episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1998 Along with "Oz" co-star Rita Moreno, acted in the film "Carlo's Wake"

1998 - 2003 Cast as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama "Oz"

1997 Had a recurring role on Steven Bochco's "Brooklyn South" (CBS)

1997 Played the Daryl Hannah's ex-husband in "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (CBS)

1996 Was featured in the crime thriller "Bound"

1996 Had a recurring role on Steven Bochco's "NYPD Blue" (ABC), as Jimmy Leary, the target of an undercover investigation who romanced cop Kim Delaney

1995 Starred in the one-act play "Who Made Robert De Niro King of America"

1995 Appeared in Terry Gilliam's thought-provoking time travel tale "12 Monkeys"
1994 Appeared in the Dana Carvey vehicle "Clean Slate"

1994 Had a supporting role in "Junior", starring a pregnant Arnold Schwartzenegger

1993 Cast in the TV-movie "Without a Kiss Goodbye" (CBS), as the husband of a woman wrongly convicted of poisoning their infant son

1991 Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "In a Child's Name"

1991 - 1994 Voiced the recurring character of Spike on the ABC animated series "Dinosaurs"

1990 Had featured role in the NBC TV-movie "When Will I Be Loved"

1989 - 1990 Was a regular on HBO's "1st & Ten: Do it Again", playing an ex-con turned quarterback

1988 Early TV credit, a small role in an episode of "The Equalizer"

1981 Dropped out of college during his junior year to move to L.A. to pursue acting; returned to Colorado after six weeks

Raised in Washington, DC

Began acting career while in college, appearing with repertory theater companies in Boulder and Denver, Colorado

After college, moved to NYC to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse
Appeared in TV commericals

Had recurring part on the NBC daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow"

Played Frankie, one of the title brothers in the NBC sitcom "The Fanelli Boys"

Happy Birthday Chris!

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samfan said...

Happy B-day Chris!

Anonymous said...

Hey, you forgot Chris' cameo in Harold and Kumar - the best part of the movie!