April 2, 1961 (62)
Christopher Meloni is an American actor. He is known for his roles in films Man of Steel, Wet Hot American Summer, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, 12 Monkeys, Runaway Bride, 42, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He also had a lead role in the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its first 12 seasons and its spin-off Law & Order: Organized Crime. He also starred in the Syfy series Happy! from 2017 to 2019.
Meloni made significant strides through his career that has left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry. Notably, his breakthrough arrived when Dick Wolf saw his potential, casting him as the iconic Detective Elliot Stabler in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” opposite Mariska Hargitay. Together, they brought a potent, complex chemistry that painted a vivid picture of crime-fighting in New York City.
Branching into the realm of comedy, Meloni worked with David Wain on the cult-classic “Wet Hot American Summer” franchise alongside Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Ken Marino, and more. As the quirky and unhinged camp cook Gene, his eccentric performance showed off a comedic range that left audiences in stitches, and further amplified his reputation as a versatile actor. Later, his collaboration with creator Alan Ball took him to the supernatural world of HBO’s “True Blood.” As Roman Zimojic, the enigmatic and powerful vampire authority leader, Meloni embraced the character’s charisma, proving his knack for fitting seamlessly into a range of genres.
Continuing to diversify his acting portfolio, Meloni teamed up with Shonda Rhimes for a memorable guest appearance in the highly acclaimed series “Grey’s Anatomy.” His portrayal of a grief-stricken father showcased his dramatic prowess, further consolidating his position as a commanding force on the small screen. Later, Meloni ventured into animation, lending his distinctive voice to Spike TV’s “Underground,” developed by Matt Harrigan. As the larger-than-life character Zorak, his vocal work demonstrated a whole new dimension to his talents.