Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

Highest Rated: 100% The Parting Glass (2018)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

Birthday: Sep 14, 1960

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Melissa Leo came to the fore as the lone female in the original cast of one of the most lauded shows in television history, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Holding her own amongst the heavyweight cast of actors like Richard Belzer and Andre Braugher, she was a standout in a show unappreciated in its time. She went on to carve an indie film niche with acclaimed turns in a raft of films, most notably "21 Grams" (2003) and "Frozen River" (2008). The latter film provided the go-to character actress with a career-redefining role which drew nearly universal accolades and earned her the sobriquet of "actor's actor" from The New York Times. Two years later, Leo would once again find herself on the receiving end of universal critical acclaim with her performance as the tough-as-nails mother of a boxer in the lauded biopic, "The Fighter" (2010). Time and again, Leo demonstrated the uncanny ability to render herself nearly unrecognizable as she surrendered herself to the characters she played. While it may not have made her a household name to the average moviegoer, it undoubtedly cemented her reputation as one of the most respected - and sought after - actresses in American film.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
20% 33% Furlough Joan Anderson (Character),
Producer
- 2018
52% 61% The Equalizer 2 Susan Plummer (Character) $102M 2018
81% 75% Unlovable Maddie (Character) - 2018
100% No Score Yet The Parting Glass Al (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 25% The Ashram Chandra (Character) - 2018
36% 39% The Most Hated Woman in America Madalyn Murray O'Hair (Character) - 2017
86% 69% Novitiate Reverend Mother (Character) $556.5K 2017
60% 41% Burn Country Gloria (Character) - 2016
87% 83% All the Way Lady Bird Johnson (Character) - 2016
28% 51% London Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan (Character) $62.5M 2016
61% 70% Snowden Laura Poitras (Character) $21.6M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's the Best Thing In It Herself (Character) - 2015
88% 88% The Big Short Georgia Hale (Character) $70.2M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother's Day Mary (Character) - 2015
9% 30% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Bette Altmann (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 44% Dwegons and Leprechauns Grandma Fitz/Butterfly McDweg/Mrs. Fitzgerald (Voice) - 2014
59% 76% The Equalizer Susan Plummer (Character) $101.5M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ever After Penny (Character) - 2014
27% 49% The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman Katie (Character) $8K 2013
49% 31% A Single Shot Florence (Character) - 2013
49% 66% Olympus Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan (Character) $98.9M 2013
81% 87% Prisoners Holly Jones (Character) $61M 2013
100% 65% The Only Real Game Narrator - 2013
53% 61% Oblivion Sally (Character) $89M 2013
No Score Yet 63% Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Grace (Character) - 2013
33% 40% Bottled Up Fay (Character),
Producer
- 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Persephone Demeter (Character) - 2012
60% 32% Francine Francine (Character) - 2012
25% 28% Why Stop Now? Penny Bloom (Character) $1.6K 2012
78% 75% Flight Ellen Block (Character) $93.7M 2012
33% 62% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Sarah (Character) $50.5K 2011
60% 54% Red State Sara (Character) $1.1M 2011
21% 67% Seven Days in Utopia Lily (Character) $2.7M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea is All I Know Sara (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 54% The Space Between Montine (Character) - 2010
54% 58% Welcome to the Rileys Lois Riley (Character) $152.9K 2010
64% 46% The Dry Land Martha (Character) $7.4K 2010
67% 70% Conviction Nancy Taylor (Character) $6.8M 2010
90% 89% The Fighter Alice Ward (Character) $93.6M 2010
38% 23% Don McKay Marie (Character) - 2009
60% 56% Greta Karen (Character) - 2009
48% 53% Everybody's Fine Colleen (Character) $8.9M 2009
75% 53% True Adolescents Sharon (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephanie's Image Stephanie (Character) - 2009
75% 64% Dear Lemon Lima Mrs. Howard (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 50% Veronika Decides to Die Mari (Character) - 2009
88% 74% Frozen River Ray Eddy (Character) $2.5M 2008
18% 37% Righteous Kill Cheryl Brooks (Character) $40.1M 2008
No Score Yet 22% Lullaby Stephanie (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Santa Mesa Maggie (Character) - 2008
20% 70% Ball Don't Lie Georgia (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Night Wendy (Character) - 2007
64% 48% The Cake Eaters Ceci Kimbrough (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 35% Racing Daylight Sadie Stokes / Anna Stokes (Character) - 2007
38% 68% Hollywood Dreams Aunt Bee (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 60% The Limbo Room KC Collins (Character) - 2006
31% 58% Black Irish Margaret (Character) $6.9K 2006
90% 59% Stephanie Daley Miri (Character) $25.1K 2006
39% 43% American Gun Louise (Character) $24K 2005
85% 81% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Rachel (Character) $5M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Lisa Adler (Character) - 2005
13% 50% Hide and Seek Laura (Character) $51.1M 2005
No Score Yet 22% Confess Agnes Lessor (Character) - 2005
80% 86% 21 Grams Marianne Jordan (Character) $16.2M 2003
86% 74% Homicide: The Movie Sgt. Kay Howard (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear of Fiction Sigrid Anderssen (Character) - 1999
47% 33% The 24-Hour Woman Dr. Suzanne Pincus (Character) $109.1K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Code of Ethics Jo DeAngelo (Character) - 1997
64% 47% Last Summer in the Hamptons Trish Axelrod (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Carol Manning (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Immaculate Conception Hannah (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Venice/Venice Peggy (Character) $5.2K 1992
No Score Yet 67% Carolina Skeletons Cassie (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: Kennonite Rebecca Hecht (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time of Destiny Josie Larraneta (Character) $886.6K 1988
0% 21% Dead Time Stories Unknown (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 31% Always Peggy (Character) $41.8M 1985
No Score Yet 33% City Streets Cookie (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Witness Patti Mullen (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'm Only There... Maggie (Character) - 1984

TV

Credit
74% 89% I Know This Much Is True Ma (Character) 2020
50% 93% Dolly Parton's Heartstrings Amelia Meegers (Character) 2019
51% 95% I'm dying up here Goldie Herschlag (Character) 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2017
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2017
60% 67% Wayward Pines Nurse Pam (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2015-2016
99% 85% Broad City Lori (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2013-2014 2011
97% 93% Treme, New Orleans Toni Bernette (Character) 2010-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2012
No Score Yet 95% Louie Laurie (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mildred Pierce Unknown (Character) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2008 2001 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 88% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
52% No Score Yet Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 84% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
92% 79% Veronica Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
57% No Score Yet Legacy Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
91% No Score Yet Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Character) 1993-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scarlett Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1985

QUOTES FROM Melissa Leo CHARACTERS

Susan Plummer says: He didn't come for help. He came for permission.

Brian Plummer says: Can you help him?

Susan Plummer says: He didn't come for help. He came for permission.

Sally says: Tower 49, this is Mission Control, how ya'll doing this lovely morning?

Victoria "Vika" Olsen says: Another day in paradise Sally!

Mallory says: Hey, you know me and Doug, we don't fool around or anything like that. I'm just sayin' that I mean nothin' like that.

Lois Riley says: I believe you

Mallory says: Because, I mean, he's completely old school. It's crazy.

Lois Riley says: I believe you.

Jack Harper says: How can a man die better…

Sally says: You don't have to die, Jack. She doesn't have to die.

Jack Harper says: Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.

Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan says: How's my hair?

Speaker Allan Trumbull says: Not a hair out of place!

President Benjamin Asher says: Not a hair out of place!

Sadie Stokes says: There have always been Stokes'in Cedarsville.

Sadie Stokes says: Part of losing your mind is freeing it.

Sadie Stokes says: The crazy mind creates it's own order.

Sadie Stokes says: Everything I have belonged to someone else before me.

Mallory says: Hey you know me and Doug, we don't fool around or anything like that. I'm just saying I mean nothing like that.

Lois Riley says: I believe you.

Mallory says: Because, I mean, he's completely old school. It's crazy.

Sarah Cooper says: "How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a thankless child?"! You get down on your knees and pray for God's forgiveness!

Sarah Cooper says: How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a thankless child?! You get down on your knees and pray for God's forgiveness!

Lois Riley says: You can leave me if you have to, but I will never leave you.

Sarah Cooper says: I don't let no man near me unless he's got at least two beers in him.