Melissa Leo

63, from New York City, New York, USA

Artwork for OblivionImage of Melissa Leo


Melissa Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in 1985, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in the Drama Series “All My Children”. Her most notable role as was as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Street” for the show's first five seasons from 1993–1997.

Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the critically acclaimed film, “The Fighter” (2010). For this role Leo won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo currently appears on the television series Treme. 

Leo currently resides in Stone Ridge, New York and two sons John Matthew Heard (born 1987), and Adam (adopted - born 1984).


2024Future projects

2023Aged 63

  • Poster for The Equalizer 3

    Susan Plummer

2022Aged 62

  • Poster for Measure of Revenge


  • Poster for Coast


  • Poster for Alone Together


  • Poster for Jane

    Principal Rhodes

  • Poster for Bonnie


2021Aged 61

  • Poster for Body Brokers

    Dr. White

  • Poster for Thunder Force


  • Poster for Ida Red

    Ida ‘Red’ Walker

2018Aged 58

  • Poster for The Ashram


  • Poster for Furlough

    Joan Anderson

  • Poster for Mabel, Mabel Tiger Trainer


  • Poster for The Parting Glass


  • Poster for The Equalizer 2

    Susan Plummer

  • Poster for Unlovable


2017Aged 57

  • Poster for The Most Hated Woman in America

    Madalyn Murray O'Hair

  • Poster for The View from Up Here


  • Poster for Novitiate

    Reverend Mother

2016Aged 56

  • Poster for London Has Fallen

    Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan

  • Poster for Burn Country


  • Poster for All the Way

    Lady Bird Johnson

  • Poster for Snowden

    Laura Poitras

2015Aged 55

2014Aged 54

  • Poster for Dwegons and Leprechauns

    Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald

  • Poster for The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

    Bette Altmann

  • Poster for The Equalizer

    Susan Plummer

2013Aged 53

  • Poster for Charlie Countryman


  • Poster for Olympus Has Fallen

    Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan

  • Poster for Oblivion


  • Poster for Bottled Up


  • Poster for Call Me Crazy: A Five Film


  • Poster for Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Prisoners

    Holly Jones

2012Aged 52

  • Poster for Why Stop Now?


  • Poster for Francine


  • Poster for Flight

    Ellen Block

2011Aged 51

2010Aged 50

  • Poster for The Dry Land


  • Poster for Conviction

    Nancy Taylor

  • Poster for Welcome to the Rileys

    Lois Riley

  • Poster for Queen of the Lot

    Aunt Bee

  • Poster for The Fighter

    Alice Ward

2009Aged 49

2008Aged 48

  • Poster for Lullaby


  • Poster for Santa Mesa


  • Poster for Frozen River

    Ray Eddy

  • Poster for Righteous Kill


  • Poster for The Alphabet Killer

    Kathy Walsh

2007Aged 47

  • One Night


  • Bomb


  • Poster for Midnight Son


  • Poster for Stephanie Daley

    Miri Daley

  • Poster for Dear Lemon Lima

    Mrs. Howard

  • Poster for The Cake Eaters

    Ceci Kimbrough

  • Poster for Hollywood Dreams

    Aunt Bee

  • Poster for I Believe in America


  • Poster for Racing Daylight

    Sadie / Anna

  • Poster for Mr. Woodcock

    Sally Jansen

  • Poster for Black Irish

    Margaret McKay

2006Aged 46

  • Poster for The Limbo Room

    KC Collins

  • Poster for The House Is Burning

    Mrs. Miller

2005Aged 45

  • Poster for Confess

    Agnes Lessor

  • Poster for Hide and Seek


  • Poster for Runaway

    Lisa Adler

  • Poster for American Gun


  • Poster for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada


2004Aged 44

  • Poster for From Other Worlds


2003Aged 43

  • Poster for 21 Grams

    Marianne Jordan

2000Aged 40

1999Aged 39

1997Aged 37

  • Poster for Who Is Henry Jaglom?


1995Aged 35

  • Poster for In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice

    Carol Manning

  • Poster for Last Summer in the Hamptons

    Trish Axelrod

1993Aged 33

  • Poster for The Ballad of Little Jo

    Beatrice Grey

1992Aged 32

  • Poster for Venice/Venice


  • Poster for Immaculate Conception


1991Aged 31

  • Poster for Carolina Skeletons


1990Aged 30

  • Poster for The Bride in Black

    Mary Margaret

1989Aged 29

  • Poster for Nasty Boys

    Katie Morrissey

1988Aged 28

  • Poster for A Time of Destiny

    Josie Larraneta

1986Aged 26

  • Poster for Deadtime Stories

    Judith 'MaMa' Baer

1985Aged 25

  • Poster for Streetwalkin'


  • Poster for Always


  • Poster for Silent Witness

    Patti Mullen

1984Aged 24

  • Poster for I'm Only There...


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