Melissa may be best remembered for her starring role as Detective Kay Howard on the award-winning NBC series “Homicide: Life On The Street.” She reprised the role in the TV Movie “Homicide: The Movie.” She was nominated for a daytime Emmy Award as Linda Warner on ABC’s “All My Children.”
Audiences worldwide took notice of Melissa Leo for her fine portrayal of Rachel in Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. She appeared in “Stephanie’s Image,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “I Believe in America,” a Wim Wenders production “The House is “Burning,” “Black Irish,” co-starring Brendan Gleeson and “Mr. Woodcock,” co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon. She also appeared in the political thriller “Confess,” and Henry Jaglom’s “Hollywood Dreams.” Among Leo’s many other film credits are: “Patch,” “Runaway,” “Hide and Seek,” and Barry Strugatz’s “From Other Worlds.” In one of director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s first American drama’s “21 Grams,” Melissa portrayed Marianne Jordan, (Benicio Del Toro’s suffering, yet supportive wife), to much critical acclaim.