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A native of Washington, D.C., Christopher Meloni returns to the cast of Wolf Films/Studios USA's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for his third season as Detective Elliot Stabler. In addition to his starring role on the Law & Order spin-off, Meloni, can be seen in his role as the duplicitous inmate Chris Keller on the fourth season of the hard-hitting, critically praised HBO series Oz.

Meloni makes a move to the right side of the law as 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 Detective Elliot Stabler. "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." Meloni is familiar with difficult work, spending a few years in construction before beginning his acting career.

Meloni has appeared in a series of memorable guest-starring roles on some of television's acclaimed series such as Homicide: Life on the Street as well as NYPD Blue, in which Meloni played Jimmy Liery, the volatile undercover target of Emmy Award winner Kim Delaney's Detective Russell. Meloni also starred in the series Leaving L.A., several miniseries including In A Child's Name and Mario Puzo's The Last Don, and the telefilm Shift.

Meloni appeared as Julia Roberts' fiancÚ in Runaway Bride with Richard Gere. He has also been seen in such diverse films as Bound, 12 Monkeys, Junior and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Most recently, Meloni appeared in the independent feature Wet Hot American Summer co-starring Janeanne Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce.

An avid traveler, Meloni has explored from Turkey to Bali and is searching for points in-between to visit. He also enjoys weightlifting, playing basketball, football, and chess and is a martial arts enthusiast. Meloni resides in New York with his wife and daughter.

Bio courtesy USA Network (01-Jan-2000)


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