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Melissa Leo

1960-09-14 New York City, New York, USA

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Melissa Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. She 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).


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The Ever After Penny 2015-02-13
Damnation: The Flashback Noda Marra 2015-10-19
The Big Short Georgia Hale 2015-12-11
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Dwegons and Leprechauns Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald 2014-01-24
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Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Narrator (voice) 2013-06-19
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Charlie Countryman Kate 2013-02-09
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Francine Francine 2012-09-12
The Space Between Montine 2011-09-11
Red State Sara 2011-08-19
The Sea Is All I Know Sara 2011-06-24
Seven Days in Utopia Lily 2011-09-02
The Dry Land Martha 2010-07-30
Conviction Nancy Taylor 2010-09-11
The Fighter Alice Eklund-Ward 2010-12-17
Queen of the Lot Aunt Bee 2010-11-19
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Don McKay Marie 2009-04-24
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True Adolescents Sharon 2009-03-14
According to Greta Karen 2009-11-25
Everybody's Fine Colleen 2009-12-04
Santa Mesa Maggie 2008-03-15
The Alphabet Killer Kathy Walsh 2008-11-07
Lullaby Stephanie 2008-02-24
Righteous Kill Cheryl 2008-09-11
Frozen River Ray Eddy 2008-03-26
Mr. Woodcock Sally Jansen 2007-09-14
Hollywood Dreams Aunt Bee 2007-05-25
Midnight Son Rita 2007-02-02
Racing Daylight Sadie / Anna 2007-07-31
Stephanie Daley Miri Daley 2007-04-20
Black Irish Margaret McKay 2007-04-20
One Night Wendy 2007-01-01
Dear Lemon Lima Mrs. Howard 2007-04-28
I Believe in America Soto 2007-07-02
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Runaway Lisa Adler 2005-04-26
Hide and Seek Laura 2005-01-27
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Rachel 2005-11-17
Confess Agnes Lessor 2005-01-01
American Gun Louise 2005-01-01
21 Grams Marianne Jordan 2003-09-06
Homicide: The Movie Kay Howard 2000-02-13
The 24 Hour Woman Dr. Suzanne Pincus 1999-01-29
Code of Ethics Jo DeAngelo 1999-09-07
Who Is Henry Jaglom? Self 1997-07-08
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Carol Manning 1995-10-05
Last Summer in the Hamptons Trish Axelrod 1995-11-22
The Ballad of Little Jo Beatrice Grey 1993-08-20
Immaculate Conception Hannah 1992-09-11
Venice/Venice Peggy 1992-04-10
Carolina Skeletons Cassie 1991-09-30
The Bride in Black Mary Margaret 1990-10-21
Nasty Boys Katie Morrissey 1989-09-22
A Time of Destiny Josie Larraneta 1988-04-22
Deadtime Stories Judith 'MaMa' Baer 1986-04-13
Streetwalkin' Cookie 1985-09-20
Silent Witness Patti Mullen 1985-10-14
Always Peggy 1985-10-04
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