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Maria Bello



Born in Pennsylvania c. 1967, Maria Bello attended Villanova University as a political science major, but acting ability - evident from an early drama class - altered her career plans. Following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions before she broke through to the public as one of the leads in the short-lived TV spy comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1996). Bello gained broader primetime exposure as Dr. Anna Del Amico on NBC's blockbuster ER during the 1997 season and segued into films with her performance as recovering junkie Ben Stiller's confidante in the film-a-clef Permanent Midnight (1998), adapted from Jerry Stahl's harrowing book.



Bello scored her first pop hit as Mel Gibson's beautiful cohort in the harsh crime drama Payback (1999). Poised to potentially become one of the select group of actors who transition smoothly from television to film, Bello co-starred as one of the bottle-tossing, bar-stomping babes in charge of the titular drinking establishment in the Bruckheimer-produced hellraiser Coyote Ugly (2000).



When Coyote Ugly failed to live up to box office hopes, Bello starred as Suzi Loomis in Bruce Paltrow's Duets, and as Ruth Harkness in the IMAX feature China: The Panda Adventure (2001), based on her real-life experiences with the eponymous creatures. Bello scored a bona fide critical, if not financial, hit with Paul Schrader's biopic about slain Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane, Auto Focus (2002). As Crane's co-star and second wife Patricia, Bello holds her own opposite Greg Kinnear's bravura performance as the nymphomaniacal Crane, evoking the complex emotions of a spouse who accepts yet ultimately cannot contend with her husband's desires.



A year after Auto Focus, Bello would score even bigger with the critics with a starring role alongside William H. Macy in the gritty Vegas romance The Cooler. As the cocktail waitress who falls for Macy's sadsack ne'er-do-well, Bello brought a sense of extreme realism to her character. The film netted her a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Screen Actors Guild and a runner-up prize from The National Society of Film Critics.



In early 2004, Bello appeared as Johnny Depp's estranged wife in the Stephen King adaptation The Secret Window, and in John Sayles' well-received political thriller Silver City. Though subsequent appearances in the fairly forgettable Assault on Precinct 13, The Dark, and The Sisters followed in 2005, Bello's Golden Globe-nommed performance as an unassuming housewife who married into mystery in A History of Violence, coupled with her prominent performance as a determined alcohol lobbyist in the critically-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, helped to get her back in the good graces of critics and end the year on a decidedly high note.



When 2006 arrived, Bello joined Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, and Maggie Gyllenhall in World Trade Center, Oliver Stone's docudrama/survival picture that recounted the experiences of two Port Authority firefighters trapped beneath the rubble of the destroyed buildings. Bello joins the cast of the same year's Flicka, adapted from the seminal children's novel by Mary O'Hara (and incarnated decades prior as the movie and TV series My Friend Flicka) , alongside Alison Lohman and country singer Tim McGraw.



Bello had a lead part in Alan Ball's feature film directorial debut Towelhead in 2007, and tackled the indie horror film Downloading Nancy the next year. In 2010 she scored a small part in the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups as well as major parts in a couple of dramas - The Company Men and Beautiful Boy.



She next returned to television, taking the lead role in the NBC remake of the British series Prime Suspect in 2011. The show was cancelled after only 13 episodes, but Bello quickly booked another television role, in the second season of Fox's Touch, opposite Kiefer Sutherland. That show was

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
0% Max Steel
  • Molly McGrath
2016
20% The Late Bloomer
  • Actor
2016
76% Lights Out
  • Sophie
2016
91% The Confirmation
  • Bonnie
2016
16% The 5th Wave
  • Sergeant Reznik
2016
No Score Yet Little Girl's Secret
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Journey Is the Destination
  • Kathy
2016
No Score Yet The Journey Is the Destination
  • Actor
2016
80% McFarland USA
  • Cheryl White
2015
33% Demonic
  • Dr. Elizabeth Klein
2014
24% Third Person
  • Theresa
2014
50% Big Driver
  • Tess Thorne
2014
81% Prisoners
  • Gracie Dover
2013
7% Grown Ups 2
  • Sally Lamonsoff
2013
No Score Yet Half The Sky
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Carjacked
  • Lorraine Burton
2011
4% Abduction
  • Mara
2011
69% Beautiful Boy
  • Kate
2011
67% The Company Men
  • Sally Wilcox
2011
10% Grown Ups
  • Sally Lamonsoff
2010
67% The Yellow Handkerchief
  • May
2010
68% The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  • Suky Sarkissian
2009
12% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Evelyn O'Connell
2008
17% Downloading Nancy
  • Nancy Stockwell
2008
65% The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Jocelyn
2007
49% Towelhead
  • Gail
2007
No Score Yet Shattered (Butterfly on a Wheel)
  • Abby Warner
2007
54% Flicka
  • Nell McLaughlin
2006
84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  • Actor
2006
68% World Trade Center
  • Donna McLoughlin
2006
30% The Sisters
  • Marcia Prior Glass
2006
No Score Yet Payback: Straight Up
  • Rosie
2006
86% Thank You for Smoking
  • Polly Bailey
2006
87% A History of Violence
  • Edie Stall
2005
60% Assault on Precinct 13
  • Alex Sabian
2005
No Score Yet Sam the Man
  • Anastasia Powell
2005
33% The Dark
  • Adele
2004
48% Silver City
  • Nora Allardyce
2004
46% Secret Window
  • Amy Rainey
2004
77% The Cooler
  • Natalie Belisario
2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore
  • Actor
2002
72% Auto Focus
  • Patricia Crane
2002
60% 100 Mile Rule
  • Monica
2002
42% China: The Panda Adventure
  • Ruth Harkness
2001
20% Duets
  • Suzi Loomis
2000
22% Coyote Ugly
  • Lil
2000
54% Payback
  • Rosie
1999
60% Permanent Midnight
  • Kitty
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Del Amico Dr. Anna Del Amico Anna DelAmico
64% Touch
2012
  • Lucy Robbins Lucy
77% Goliath
2016
  • Julie McBride
83% Prime Suspect
2011-2012
  • Det. Jane Timoney
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Vivian Arliss
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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