Apr. 2nd, 1961
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Christopher Meloni's Main TV Roles
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Christopher Peter Meloni is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz.
- Daughter Sophia Eva Pietra, born in Los Angeles on March 23, 2001. Son Dante Amadeo, born in New York on January 2, 2004. Both were born by a surrogate mother.
- Accepted the honors at his old alma mater (St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria) as the 1978 undefeated football team for which he quarterbacked was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- He wears a fake tattoo of the United States Marine Corps emblem (the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor) on his arm for his role in SVU (as seen in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 7 episodes, Season 8, Episode 8: "Underbelly" and Season 6, Episode 5: "Outcry".) He has a real tattoo of a butterfly on his upper thigh, and a cubist representation of the crucifixion of Christ tattooed on his upper left arm.
- An accomplished card shark.
- Used to work as a bouncer, a bartender, and a personal trainer before launching his acting career.
- His two best known characters are on opposite sides of the law. On _"Oz" (1997)_ (qv), he played Chris Keller, a perverted bisexual, sociopathic serial killer who terrorizes his fellow inmates. On _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv) , he plays Elliot Stabler, a sex-crimes investigator so protective of his family and so intense in his hatred of criminals, that like Keller, he fantasizes about getting away with killing them. Ironically, Meloni's acting background is mainly in comedy.
- Signed a deal to continue _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv) for two more seasons in which he will be paid $6.5 million annually (2007).
- Particularly early on in his career, he was often confused for actor 'Elias Koteas' (qv).