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 withA 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

Average career score: 83
Highest Metascore: 94 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 66 Wayward Pines: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
4 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
66 Wayward Pines: Season 1 May 14, 2015 Nurse Pam 7.5
84 Treme: Season 2 Apr 24, 2011 Toni Bernette 7.4
88 Treme: Season 1 Apr 11, 2010 Toni Bernette 7.8
tbd All My Children: Season 36 Jan 5, 2005 Linda Warner (1984-1985) tbd
tbd All My Children: Season 35 Jan 5, 2004 Linda Warner (1984-1985) tbd
tbd All My Children: Season 34 Jan 6, 2003 Linda Warner (1984-1985) tbd
tbd All My Children: Season 33 Jan 7, 2002 Linda Warner (1984-1985) tbd
tbd All My Children: Season 32 Jan 5, 2001 Linda Warner (1984-1985) tbd
tbd Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 7 Sep 25, 1998 Kay Howard (Seasons 1-5, TVM) 8.3
tbd Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 5 Sep 20, 1996 Kay Howard 8.4
tbd Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 4 Oct 20, 1995 Kay Howard/Carrie Howard 7.5
tbd Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 3 Oct 14, 1994 Kay Howard (Seasons 1-5, TVM) 8.0
tbd Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 2 Jan 6, 1994 Kay Howard 8.0
94 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 1 Jan 31, 1993 Kay Howard 8.5

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