|Birthname||Christopher Peter Meloni|
|born on||2 April 1961 at 01:52 (= 01:52 AM )|
|Place||Washington, District of Columbia, 38n54, 77w02|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||12°18' 24°42 Asc. 15°28'|
American television and film actor, a ruggedly handsome man of Italian and French-Canadian descent whose best-known character is detective Elliot Stabler on TV’s “Law and Order: Special Crimes Unit.” Meloni appeared in 183 episodes from 1999 to 2006, playing the fiercely family-protective sex-crime detective who hates certain criminals so much that he fantasizes about “getting away” with murdering some of them himself. He received his first Emmy nomination in 2006 for this lead role and contracted a $6.5 million salary deal for the 2007-2008 seasons. In 1997 Meloni created quite a stir, especially in the gay community, with his graphic portrayal of a bisexual serial killer, Chris Keller, in the HBO prison drama “Oz”. The movie script required full frontal and rear nudity in the shower as well as kissing between men.
While known primarily for his more dramatic roles, his extensive comedic background includes several short-lived TV sitcoms “The Fanelli Boys(1990), “Misery Loves Company”(1995) and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas(1998). More recent comedy feature films include “Wet Hot American Summer”(2001), “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle”(2004) and “Harold and Kumar 2 (to be released in 2008).
A former history major at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he dropped out in his junior year (1981) to pursue his acting career, but returned 6 weeks later, finishing his B.A. degree in 1983. Following graduation Meloni apprenticed at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of The Theater, studying for 2 years with noted acting coach Sanford Meisner. This training eventually resulted in his first big break as the lead in the NBC sitcom “The Fanelli Boys.”
Christopher Meloni was born to Robert (endocrinologist) and Cecile (homemaker) Meloni in Washington, D.C. and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. The youngest of three siblings, he has a sister, Michele (born in 1955) and a brother, Robert Jr. (born in 1957). He admits to being somewhat of a bully in elementary school who skipped classes a lot, but in high school, he was a “quarterback non-jock” with a B+ average. Meloni distained academics in general and math was his worst subject. History classes, however, captured his full attention. After graduating from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church School, a 12-grade college preparatory school in Alexandria, the athletically built Meloni worked a variety of jobs including construction worker, bouncer, bartender and personal trainer, before getting his big acting break in 1989. Today, he has homes in New York, Connecticut and California with his production designer wife, Doris Sherman Williams (married July 1, 1995 to present). Their first child, Sophia Eva Pietra, was born March 23, 2001 followed by a son, Dante Amadeo, born January 2, 2004. Both children were conceived using a surrogate mother.
In his spare time, Meloni is an accomplished card shark and chess player. He enjoys baseball, football, basketball, water skiing, weight lifting and the martial arts. Raised in a conservative, Republican household, Meloni is a practicing Roman Catholic, but admits to having an intense fascination with Asian spiritualism and decor. He claims to have been a “long-hair”, lost his virginity and had his ear pierced at age 15. Tall and muscular with a charming presence and easy smile, he stands 6’ 1/2” tall. He is often confused with actor Elias Koteas, with whom he shares more than a passing resemblance. Meloni appeared in many public television service announcements in the ‘90s against domestic violence, child, drug and alcohol abuse and for protection of the environment.
- Work : Begin Major Project 1999 (Role on "Law and Order" began)
- Family : Change in family responsibilities 23 March 2001 (Daughter Sophie born via surrogate)
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- Family : Change in family responsibilities 2 January 2004 (Son Dante born via surrogate)
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Sy Scholfield quotes him: "Data from him on his official website in answer to a reader's email about his time of birth....as follows:
LadyLapis Answered Feb 24th  7:56 PM
First & foremost, thank you for the pleasure you've given me with your breath-taking acting (you have truly made me catch my breath on occasion)
and for blessing my eyes with your image. You are very much enjoyed and appreciated in numerous ways. I'm a witch & a professional astrologer & metaphysical store owner, and I've been trying to do a birth horoscope for you. I have your birthdate as 4/2/61 in Wash. D.C., but what time of day were you born? I've "guesstimated" the time to be between 8-10 am which would give you a "rising sign" of Gemini &
give you your beautifully expressive, mercurial face and quick-witted sense of humor as well as make you the flirt I suspect you are. Meloni actually 1:52 AM. And wrong, not really flirty...wanna have a drink
- Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Father a physician)
- Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Youngest of three)
- Family : Parenting : Birthing - Fertility problems (Used surrogate mother)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress