Sep. 14th, 1960
New York City, New York, USA
Melissa Leo's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Welcome to the Rileys
2010 - The Dry Land
2010 - The Fighter
2009 - Don McKay
2009 - Everybody's Fine
2009 - Veronika Decides To Die
2008 - The Alphabet Killer
2008 - Righteous Kill
2008 - Frozen River
2007 - Black Irish
2007 - The Cake Eaters
2007 - Mr. Woodcock
2006 - The House Is Burning
2005 - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
2005 - Runaway
2005 - Hide and Seek
2005 - American Gun
2003 - 21 Grams
Guest TV Roles
- Beat 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv) for the role of Linda Warner on the soap opera _"All My Children" (1970)_ (qv).
- Was the runner-up for the 2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in _21 Grams (2003)_ (qv).
- Attended the State University of New York, Purchase (SUNY Purchase). Other alumni include actors 'Parker Posey' (qv), 'Wesley Snipes' (qv), 'Stanley Tucci (I)' (qv), 'Sherry Stringfield' (qv), 'Adam Trese' (qv), 'Edie Falco' (qv), 'Seth Gilliam' (qv), 'Dwight Ewell' (qv), and 'Steven Weber (I)' (qv); producers 'Bob Gosse' (qv) and 'Todd Baker (I)' (qv); and directors 'Danny Leiner' (qv), 'Nick Gomez (I)' (qv), and 'Hal Hartley' (qv).
- Has a son with former boyfriend 'John Heard' (qv) named John Matthew Heard (born 1987).
- Won the 2008 Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Lead Performance by an Actress for her work in _Frozen River (2008)_ (qv).
- Mother is Peggy Leo, a teacher, and father, Arnold Leo, is an editor and fisherman.
- Melissa studied at State University of New York, Purchase but did not graduate.
- In March 1997, ex-boyfriend 'John Heard' (qv) was charged with harassing Melissa via telephone misuse and trespassing.