Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

  • Born on
    • September 14th, 1960
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).

Starring Melissa Leo on Plex


Acting (64 Credits)

2021Ida Red as Ida ‘Red’ Walker
2021Thunder Force as Allie
2021Body Brokers as Dr. White
2020I Know This Much Is True as Concettina Ipolita Tempesta 'Ma' Birdsey
2018Furlough as Joan Anderson
2018The Ashram as Chandra
2018Unlovable as Maddie
2018The Equalizer 2 as Susan Plummer
2017The Most Hated Woman in America as Madalyn Murray O'Hair
2017Novitiate as Reverend Mother
2017I'm Dying Up Here as Goldie
2016Burn Country as Gloria
2016Snowden as Laura Poitras
2016All the Way as Lady Bird Johnson
2016London Has Fallen as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
2015After the Spill as Narrator
2015The Big Short as Georgia Hale
2014The Angriest Man in Brooklyn as Bette Altmann
2014The Equalizer as Susan Plummer
2013Call Me Crazy: A Five Film as Robin
2013Oblivion as Sally
2013Prisoners as Holly Jones
2013Charlie Countryman as Kate
2013Olympus Has Fallen as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
2012Why Stop Now? as Penny
2012Flight as Ellen Block
2011Red State as Sara
2011Seven Days in Utopia as Lily
2011Mildred Pierce as Lucy Gessler
2010The Space Between as Montine
2010Welcome to the Rileys as Lois Riley
2010Conviction as Nancy Taylor
2010The Fighter as Alice Eklund-Ward
2010The Dry Land as Martha
2010Treme as Toni Bernette
2009True Adolescents as Sharon
2009Don McKay as Marie
2009Veronika Decides to Die as Mari
2009Everybody's Fine as Colleen
2009According to Greta as Karen
2009Dear Lemon Lima as Mrs. Howard
2008Frozen River as Ray Eddy
2008Righteous Kill as Cheryl
2008The Alphabet Killer as Kathy Walsh
2007Black Irish as Margaret McKay
2007Mr. Woodcock as Sally Jansen
2007The Cake Eaters as Ceci Kimbrough
2006Hollywood Dreams as Aunt Bee
2006Stephanie Daley as Miri Daley
2005The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada as Rachel
2005Hide and Seek as Laura
2005American Gun as Louise
200321 Grams as Marianne Jordan
2000Homicide: The Movie as Kay Howard
1999The 24 Hour Woman as Dr. Suzanne Pincus
1995Last Summer in the Hamptons as Trish Axelrod
1993The Ballad of Little Jo as Beatrice Grey
1992Venice/Venice as Peggy
1991Carolina Skeletons as Cassie
1989The Young Riders as Emma Shannon
1986Deadtime Stories as Judith 'MaMa' Baer
1985Streetwalkin' as Cookie
1985Always as Peggy


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