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:
82 Frozen River Aug 1, 2008 Ray Eddy 8.1
79 The Fighter Dec 10, 2010 Alice 8.2
77 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Dec 16, 2005 Rachel 7.6
77 Stephanie Daley Apr 20, 2007 Miri 6.9
76 Flight Nov 2, 2012 Cast / Ellen Block 7.2
75 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nov 22, 2013 Mags 8.0
74 Prisoners Sep 20, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Holly Jones 8.1
70 21 Grams Nov 21, 2003 Marianne Jordan 8.0
66 Lee Daniels' The Butler Aug 16, 2013 Mamie Eisenhower / Mamie Eisenhower 6.5
65 Francine Sep 14, 2012 Francine 4.0
61 Conviction Oct 15, 2010 Principal Cast / Nancy Taylor 7.0
60 The Cake Eaters Mar 13, 2009 Ceci 5.6
57 True Adolescents Jul 29, 2011 Sharon 7.0
54 Oblivion Apr 19, 2013 Sally / Sally 7.0
54 The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Sep 21, 2012 Sarah 10
53 A Single Shot Sep 20, 2013 Florence / Florence 5.7
52 Hollywood Dreams May 18, 2007 Aunt Bee 10
50 Red State Oct 19, 2011 Sarah 6.4
50 Don McKay Apr 2, 2010 Marie 1.0
50 Welcome to the Rileys Oct 29, 2010 Lois Riley / Lois Riley 8.5
47 The Dry Land Jul 30, 2010 Martha 5.0
47 Everybody's Fine Dec 4, 2009 Colleen 7.3
tbd The Alphabet Killer Nov 7, 2008 Kathy Walsh 4.7
43 Bottled Up Feb 28, 2014 Fay 10
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
37 Seven Days in Utopia Sep 2, 2011 Lily 5.8
36 Righteous Kill Sep 12, 2008 Cheryl Brooks 4.8
36 Why Stop Now Aug 17, 2012 Penny 6.8
35 Hide and Seek Jan 28, 2005 Laura 6.2
31 Charlie Countryman Nov 15, 2013 Kate / Katie 6.6

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