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Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

A native of Washington, D.C., Christopher Meloni plays Detective Elliot Stabler. Meloni was nominated for his first Emmy Award in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Meloni is recognized as one of the most versatile actors today, taking on challenging and diverse roles in both television and film. He is well known for his portrayal of the duplicitous inmate Chris Keller on HBO's critically praised series Oz. He moved to the right side of the law however, on "Law & Order: SVU" playing Detective Elliot Stabler.

"Stabler and I are alike in that we're focused on our job and couldn't see doing anything else with our lives," says Meloni about his character. "He's a rock solid guy, with a great capacity for compassion, the ironic, and the absurd. He can relish the small triumphs when they come and doesn't allow the horrors of his job to infect him."

His additional work in television includes guest appearances on "NYPD Blue," and "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Scrubs." He also starred in the series "Leaving L.A." and in several miniseries, including "In a Child's Name" and "Mario Puzo's The Last Don."

Meloni received much critical praise for his theatrical work last summer at the prestigious Gate Theater in Dublin for his starring role in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" in which he played Eddie Carbone. The Irish Times called him "…the real thing, tremendously forceful presence with all the confidence fame brings and none of the self-indulgence."

On the big screen, Meloni was seen in the New Line comedy "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" with an ensemble that includes Anthony Anderson, Jamie Kennedy and Ryan Reynolds. He also appeared in the independent film "Wet Hot American Summer," which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring opposite Janeane Garafolo and David Hyde Pierce, Meloni was singled out for his performance as a temperamental chef working at a summer camp. His other film credits include "Runaway Bride," in which he starred opposite Julia Roberts as her sports-enthusiast fiancé, as well as in "Twelve Monkeys," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Junior" and "Bound." He got his first big break as the lead in NBC's comedy "The Fanelli Boys."