Melissa Leo

Biography: A chameleon-like character actress who, by her own admission, enjoys burying herself totally into roles and not being a recognizable face Melissa Leo has turned in some great performances on television and in film. Leo was born in New York City in 1960 and graduated from SUNY Purchase before entering television. Her first break came in 1985 when she was cast as Linda Warner on the ABC soap All My Children, a role which won her a Daytime Emmy nod as "Best Young Female/Ingenue." After her year on AMC she did guest shots before landing her second big role as cook Emma Shannon on The Young Riders, also on ABC. She is best remembered as Sgt. Kay Howard on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street for five seasons. Leo's character was very believeble as a tough, no-nonsense police veteran. To her credit Leo refused to "glam it up" and appeared with her natural and atypical beauty, heavy freckles and a shock of orange-red hair, unchanged. That look plus legal and personal troubles with ex-lover John Heard, with whom she has a son, led to her being let go from that show. Since then, she has contributed gues shots to shows such as CSI, Law & Order and Showtime's The L word in addition to some well-received film work. Expand

Melissa Leo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 55
Highest Metascore: 82 Frozen River
Lowest Metascore: 30 Fear of Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
30 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Judge Oct 10, 2014 Margaret Stevens tbd
tbd The Equalizer Sep 26, 2014 Cast tbd
tbd The Angriest Man in Brooklyn May 23, 2014 Bette Altmann tbd
tbd The Only Real Game Mar 7, 2014 Narrator tbd
43 Bottled Up Feb 28, 2014 Fay 10
75 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nov 22, 2013 Mags 8.0
31 Charlie Countryman Nov 15, 2013 Kate / Katie 6.6
74 Prisoners Sep 20, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Holly Jones 8.1
53 A Single Shot Sep 20, 2013 Florence / Florence 5.7
66 Lee Daniels' The Butler Aug 16, 2013 Mamie Eisenhower / Mamie Eisenhower 6.5
54 Oblivion Apr 19, 2013 Sally / Sally 7.0
41 Olympus Has Fallen Mar 22, 2013 Cast / Ruth McMillan / Secreatary Of Defense Ruth McMillan / Secretary Of Defense Ruth McMillan / United States Secretary Of Defense 5.8
76 Flight Nov 2, 2012 Cast / Ellen Block 7.2
54 The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Sep 21, 2012 Sarah 10
65 Francine Sep 14, 2012 Francine 4.0
36 Why Stop Now Aug 17, 2012 Penny 6.8
50 Red State Oct 19, 2011 Sarah 6.4
37 Seven Days in Utopia Sep 2, 2011 Lily 5.8
57 True Adolescents Jul 29, 2011 Sharon 7.0
tbd Dear Lemon Lima Mar 11, 2011 Mrs. Howard 7.8
79 The Fighter Dec 10, 2010 Alice 8.2
50 Welcome to the Rileys Oct 29, 2010 Lois Riley / Lois Riley 8.5
61 Conviction Oct 15, 2010 Principal Cast / Nancy Taylor 7.0
47 The Dry Land Jul 30, 2010 Martha 5.0
50 Don McKay Apr 2, 2010 Marie 1.0
47 Everybody's Fine Dec 4, 2009 Colleen 7.3
60 The Cake Eaters Mar 13, 2009 Ceci 5.6
tbd The Alphabet Killer Nov 7, 2008 Kathy Walsh 4.7
36 Righteous Kill Sep 12, 2008 Cheryl Brooks 4.8
82 Frozen River Aug 1, 2008 Ray Eddy 8.1

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