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Melissa Leo


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September 14, 1960, New York City, New York

Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960, New York City, New York) is an American Academy Award-winning actress who appeared as bartender/waitress Kathleen Gilchrist in the episode "Bad Timing" of the series Miami Vice.


Leo began her career as "Linda Warner" in the daytime soap All My Children, receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination (reportedly beating out Julia Roberts for the role). Her TV career highlights include four seasons on the police drama Homicide: Life on the Street (with Richard Belzer) as Det. Kay Howard, and as "Emma Shannon" on the series The Young Riders, and roles in Spenser: For Hire (with Jimmie Ray Weeks), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (with Paul Guilfoyle), Law and Order: Criminal Intent (with Vincent D'Onofrio), The L Word (with Pam Grier), the cable miniseries Mildred Pierce (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries), Louie (for which she won the Emmy in 2013 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series), Call Me Crazy (with Melanie Griffith), All the Way (with Joe Morton), and I'm Dying Up Here.

Her movie career highlights include her Academy Award-nominated role as "Ray Eddy" in 2008's Frozen River. Other appearances include Always (her debut movie appearance), Streetwalkin' (with Annie Golden and Antonio Fargas), Under the Bridge (with Zach Grenier, Bruce Macvittie, and Olek Krupa), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Frozen River (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), The Fighter, for which Leo won a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe and an Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2011, Flight (with Garcelle Beauvais), Charlie Country (with D'Onofrio), The Ever After (with Tom Bower), The Equalizer and its' sequel The Equalizer 2.

Leo has one son; John Matthew Heard (born 1987), from a relationship with actor John Heard.