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WELCOME to UNABRIDGED ~ CHRISTOPHER MELONI ONLINE @ christopher-meloni.org, your largest source for all things Chris related on the web. Best known for his long-running role as Detective Elliot Stabler on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and for Prisoner #98K514 Christopher Keller on HBO's OZ, Chris's long resume includes playing the starring role on the FOX comedy SURVIVING JACK, recently reprising his role of Gene on the Netflix comedy WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: NEXT DAY OF CAMP, Roman Zimojic on HBO's TRUE BLOOD. Chris also has some impressive films to his credit including WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, SMALL TIME, MAN OF STEEL, 42 and has also starred in TWELVE MONKEYS, BOUND, THE SOULER OPPOSITE, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and two HAROLD & KUMAR films. This site includes an extensive filmography, biography, press section, gallery and much more.
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An amazingly funny clip of Chris from the premiere of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP this Friday on Netflix. This is an irreverent mash up of Chris as Elliot Stabler from LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT‘s seventh season episode Ripped where Elliot handled the case of the beating of a girl by her boyfriend, who ended up by being the son of Stabler’s former partner. Too funny as the part of the “councilor” is Gene’s can of vegetables from the series/film. I’ll be putting up screencaps as soon as I can after the show airs. Stay tuned.

CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Det. Elliot Stabler FILM Gene Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TELEVISION Wet Hot American Summer Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp

“I think that ship has sailed…..” Chris Is Done With “SVU”
christopher meloni online    October 22, 2014    0 comments

Just like the title says, Chris is done with SVU. At the WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD premiere, Chris has more or less confirmed he’s over SVU. While Mariska Hargitay (Det. Olivia Benson) keeps the buzz going, Chris decided to let that part of his life go. I’m glad for him. It’s about time. Considering the lacklustre ratings and the abysmal direction of the show I’d have to say there is no more room for Chris on this disaster. Sorry to have to say this but the original theme this show had has been given up in favour of idiot regurgitations of previous seasons. There’s nothing new to give after 16 seasons. With Warren Leight’s decision to to not bring back fan favourites like Stephanie March (Alexandra Cabot), Diane Neal (Casey Novak) and the departures of Dann Florek (Don Cragen) and Richard Belzer (John Munch) you might as well stick a fork in it. Here’s the article.

‘SVU’: Chris Meloni Reveals If He’ll Return

October 22, 2014 11:29 AM EDT

Chris Meloni giveth, and he taketh away!

After the actor’s former “Law & Order: SVU” co-star Mariska Hargitay told Access Hollywood she thinks Chris should return to the show as Sgt. Benson’s “baby daddy,” Chris Tweeted that he’d be up for it.

However, when we caught up with him in Los Angeles on Tuesday night and asked if any progress had been made on a Det. Stabler “SVU” return, Chris dashed our hopes into a million tiny pieces.

“I think the ship has sailed,” Chris told Access, shaking his head, at the “White Bird in a Blizzard” premiere in Hollywood. “I think that part of my life is done.”

The actor said “SVU” fans get so excited about any hint of a possible Benson/Stabler reunion that he has to be careful what he says.

PHOTOS: ‘Law & Order: SVU’s’ Leading Lady Mariska Hargitay

“I try to joke about it, but obviously I can’t,” he said.

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, during a September appearance on Access Hollywood Live, Mariska said she stays in touch with Chris and that she’s been “trying” to get her ex-partner back on the show.

The actress joked that Stabler could come back as her “baby daddy” for her foster baby Noah this season, and Chris responded via Twitter and Facebook.

“Baby daddy for Benson? Why not, I’ve done it enough times for Hargitay,” the actor Tweeted at the time, along with a link to our Mariska story.

— Erin O’Sullivan


CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Det. Elliot Stabler FILM Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TELEVISION White Bird In A Blizzard

FOX Cancels “Surviving Jack”
christopher meloni online    May 8, 2014    0 comments

Why am I not surprised by this? I knew as soon as I found out SURVIVING JACK was going to be on FOX it didn’t stand a chance. None of the shows I’ve loved that have aired on this network have ever lasted more than a half a season or a full season. A show called New Amsterdam starring Game of Thrones hottie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was cancelled after just eight episodes. It didn’t even get a finale. Now of course the speculation is going to start running rampant that with that cancellation and the renewal of LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT for a sixteenth season, Chris will be returning as Det. Elliot Stabler. While I would like it to happen if not to see Chris on familiar ground, I’d only want it if he wants it. And let’s not forget those idiotic E&O shippers who cannot seem to understand Elliot loves his wife and kids. So go ahead, get all girlie giddy with it.

Fox Cancels ‘Dads,’ ‘Enlisted,’ ‘Surviving Jack’ and ‘Rake’

Fox has given the ax to three freshman comedies: “Dads,” “Surviving Jack” and “Enlisted.”

Drama “Rake,” starring Greg Kinnear, was also formally cancelled on Wednesday, as expected.

The network has ordered four new comedies for the coming season, and is expected to pick up at least one more, “Cabot College,” exec produced by “30 Rock” duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

“Dads” (pictured), from 20th Century Fox TV, bowed with the highest profile, coming from the Seth MacFarlane shop and “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The show had a tough assignment in opening Fox’s Tuesday lineup in the 8 p.m. slot.

“Surviving Jack,” starring Chris Meloni, was a late midseason entry from Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence’s banner.

“Enlisted,” also from 20th TV, had the strongest critical response of the three, drawing praise for its portrayal of the unique pressures on families in the military. Series was created by Kevin Biegel.

So far, Fox has given series greenlights to four new comedies, including and animated entry from MacFarlane, “Bordertown” (20th TV) and an ensembler led by “Saturday Night Live” vet John Mulaney from Universla TV.

“Weird Loners” (20th TV) is about a group of commitment-phobic people who wind up living in the same apartment building. And “Last Man on Earth” (20th TV) stars Will Forte.

Wednesday’s cancellations make “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” the only freshman comedy from Fox’s 2013-14 slate to get a renewal.


CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Det. Elliot Stabler Jack Donlevy Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Surviving Jack TELEVISION

“Surviving Jack” – E1X06 She Drives Me Crazy
christopher meloni online    May 3, 2014    0 comments

Other than the song by The Fine Young Cannibals, anyone live this episodes? I know I did. Each episode gets better and better and Chris is at the top of his game, I think. So nice to see him being funny and original. Not that I didn’t like his more serious side as Stabler, or Keller, or… You get the idea. The screencap I’m providing below from the episode is of that fine Meloni bod still looking not bad at 53. We should all be so lucky.


CHARACTERS Christopher Keller CHRISTOPHER MELONI Det. Elliot Stabler Jack Donlevy Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oz Surviving Jack TELEVISION

New Article on Chris
christopher meloni online    April 25, 2014    0 comments

Here is a Q&A with Chris and his new show SURVIVING JACK. Here Chris talks about the new show, his character on DINOSAURS, SVU and the icon-status of his OZ character Christopher Keller. I love what he has to say in of course, that inimitable Meloni way. Enjoy. Episode five of SURVIVING JACK to follow.

Christopher Meloni on Surviving Jack, Surviving Dinosaurs, and Why His Oz Character Was Revolutionary

By Rose Maura Lorre

The stone-faced countenance of Christopher Meloni peered out at Law & Order: SVU viewers for 12 years, but he’s known to many not for his intense dramatic glares but for his scene-stealing performances in cult comedies like 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer and 2004’s Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (not to mention an appearance on Wonder Showzen as the Cooties Spokesman). Those comedic roles showed that he had a funnier side than what you might expect from watching him on the gritty NBC spinoff and his recurring role on HBO’s brutal Oz. Now both sides of the Meloni persona have mind-melded into his character on his new Thursday night Fox comedy, Surviving Jack. As Jack Dunlevy, an ex-military man turned doctor turned stay-at-home dad, Meloni’s steely gaze is put to use teaching his two teenage kids right from wrong. Vulture recently spoke with the 53-year-old Meloni about his own high school years, David Wain’s genius, and whom he’d nominate for Man of the Year.

I must admit that whenever your name comes up, in my head I always say what I consider to be your full name: “Christopher Meloni is Tony Baloney.”

It’s fun to say and so memorable!
[Laughs.] Yeah. “Anthony Bologna. Hey, who are we kidding? It’s Tony Baloney!”

Surviving Jack takes place in 1991, and around that time, you were doing Dinosaurs.
Wow. That’s a good call. Wow. Yeah, that was cutting-edge.

When you were first going out on auditions, were you being sent out more for comedies or dramas? Were you pigeonholed in one or the other?
Not when I was first being sent out, because they didn’t know where to place me. But I got my first big break in comedy on a sitcom [The Fanelli Boys] and then it took a couple years to let that kind of fall by the wayside, let that image of myself dissipate. And then I just started getting more dramatic stuff: NYPD Blue, Oz. But even then I got cast in Runaway Bride. I did Bound, and I always thought the character I played in that, Johnnie Marzzone — it was a drama, but I thought of him as a buffoonish sort of guy. So to me there was a comedic element to him in that regard.

One of your performances I’ve always loved was as Gene, the sweater-fondling camp chef in Wet Hot American Summer. And you also appear in Michael Showalter and David Wain’s new movie, They Came Together. Clearly those guys see a funny side of you and have found this absurdist, comedic vein for you to work in.
Look, let’s be honest. It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s just a fact that David Wain and Michael Showalter are MENSA members. I mean, they’re exceedingly intelligent and have great taste and a great eye for comedic genius. You can’t blame other people who don’t see that comedic side of me. Those guys are just superhuman.

It does seem that the through line in the characters you play, whether it’s comedy or drama, is their intensity. You often get these really intense guys to play.
Yeah, that I agree with. I don’t play normal very well, I don’t think, in real life or on-camera. It’s almost as if I disappear or something. It just doesn’t happen.

Doing Surviving Jack, does it wake up certain sitcom acting muscles? Are there certain habits, certain things you’re returning to that you first used when you did The Fanelli Boys?
No, because Surviving Jack is a one-camera show and the Fanellis was a four-camera, live, taped show. So it’s a different beast.

Is there more of a sense of goofiness when you’re on the set of a sitcom and you want to stay loose for the sake of your performance, or when you’re shooting a drama and you want to sort of lighten the mood between takes?
That happens for sure. Doing drama, there seems to be a lot more riotous humor just to relieve the darkness of the material. Now I’m always kind of thinking about the comedy of the scene and where the beats are or where the comedy lives, whether it’s in the words or the behavior or the rhythm or the physicality. And also, I’m starting a new show, so I’m trying to find what the relationships are between me, my wife, my son, my daughter. So it’s actually been a little more serious.

You moved your family across the country to L.A. to take this part. Did that take a lot of convincing from the producers? What was that process like?
We hired a wagon train out of Saint Lou… It took three months, so I was late to the first filming of the show. No, you know, we were actually in the process of moving anyway, so that wasn’t that big of a deal. Things just kind of fell into place.

Anything you miss about New York?
I miss the change of seasons; that’s a no-brainer. What’s upsetting to me is to go back and to see the landscape, the skyline, to see it change without me having seen it. To go back and say, “Oh, oh, what happened? You weren’t allowed to go up without me witnessing it.” It’s very strange to see transformation just hit me without warning.

What’s it like to work with Justin Halpern? What is he like in person that someone who only knows him as the author of Shit My Dad Says might be surprised by?
He’s a lot like my son. There’s a shyness to him but there’s also an openness. He laughs easily. He’s a wonderful collaborator. He knows exactly what he wants, but nothing is set in stone. I just think it’s a very unique and beautiful thing how — without being maudlin about it or mawkish — he is honoring his father and their relationship. I don’t know if I’ve seen that done, doing it with humor and doing it without trying to tug on heartstrings. It’s a sweet relationship that he has with his dad. It’s just unique and nice to be a part of, nice to witness.

On a recent episode of Surviving Jack, you help your son get ready for baseball tryouts. And you were —
Was it funny?

It was funny, yes!
You don’t have to tell me that. You don’t have to tell me that just to make me feel good. You could’ve just said, “Meh.”

No, no! But I was going to say, you were actually the star quarterback at your high school.
Yeah. [Laughs.]

Do you disagree with the “star” assessment?
Look — yeah, I do. I don’t know if “star” fits. I was the quarterback. I was co-captain. It’s what I dedicated my life to in that moment. That’s all I wanted in life. I wanted an undefeated season and I wanted to be captain and those things happened. I focused all of my energies towards that goal and I felt like I bent the spoon. Through mind manipulation, the spoon bent.

Now you’re starting to sound a little bit like Jack.
Ha-ha! Well, I think it’s a little too hocus pocus for Jack. You can think all you want, long and hard, but at the end of the day, when people aren’t looking, press your thumb down on that spoon and bend it yourself.

Do shooting episodes like that bring back memories for you?

When I see all the kids and we shoot these at-school, on-campus scenes, it brings back that stuff. Like, oh my God, all the personalities and all of the tribal rules — spoken, unspoken, written, unwritten. You’re of the same tribe yet you break off into your different little sub-tribes, sub-cliques. It brings back memories in that regard. I spent my career acting with adults and all of a sudden I’m acting with younger actors, either my kids or my kids’ friends. That’s been very … [laughs] interesting, going back to high school now.

Your own kids, meanwhile, are almost as old as your kids on the show.
They’re lagging behind by three years. They still think that what comes out of my mouth is mildly of import, mildly wise. My 13-year-old, that’s beginning to get a little challenging, but that’s the way that goes. I will say it’s odd being on a show that does kind of mirror my own personal life at this juncture. Older daughter, younger son. My daughter thinks she knows more than she really does and my son, he’s a little bit shy and awkward and is a good athlete.

When you play Jack, are you channeling your own dad? Are there any parts of yourself as a parent in there?
Jack, to me, is a third Justin’s dad — whom I haven’t met, but that I’ve kind of downloaded through all these things I’ve seen online and in the book — and a third my dad and a third me and how I interact with my kids. Justin’s dad was that kind of guy who treated everybody the same. It’s like that old expression about Vince Lombardi, one of his players said, “Yeah, Coach treats everybody the same. He treats us all like dogs.” I think that’s the way Jack is. He just looks at each person as an individual. It’s kind of a sweet aspect of his character. He is the guy who — and he’ll never admit it — takes in the stray dogs. Metaphorically speaking.

I also love how Jack’s so clearly in love with his wife. How’s working with Rachael Harris?
I love Rachael Harris. She’s a comedic genius, so fun to play with, brings her own style, her own ideas, which are invaluable and always wanted. She works and plays well with others. And I think that’s one of the most important aspects of the show; it’s not two strong-willed people battling it out to see who’s right or wrong. It’s not everybody rolling their eyes at how inept Jack is now that he’s stay-at-home Mr. Mom. None of that stuff. They’re two people who absolutely love each other, and if anything, Jack needs his wife. He needs his wife in order to operate. I think that Jack would be lost without his wife, and I think that’s kind of an endearing aspect of his character. Because outwardly, he’s the guy who doesn’t need anybody. He’s an ex-military guy; he knows what’s what. But there’s that child within him who needs this — no, I take that back. Not a child, a man who needs the love of his wife and he’s unapologetic about it, as he is in every other aspect of his life.

Even though everyone knows your character from Law & Order: SVU, it seems that your most iconic role to date is Chris Keller on Oz.
I think for the gay community, that was a character that was revolutionary. He wasn’t the closeted, wink-wink gay character or gay sidekick. He wasn’t the effeminate-stereotype gay. This was a guy who was absolutely free with his sexuality, who had this kind of unabashedly here-I-am-motherfucker-what-about-it attitude. I think the gay community was like, “Oh finally, they’re not making us a sissy.” And you know, God bless them, I think my gay fans have kind of stayed with me. Obviously not all of them, everyone moves on, but I still get a lot of love and a lot of fond remembrances.

Do you think there’s been progress made since then, as far as the representations of gay characters and gay culture that are on TV today?
think the biggest impact has been all of these athletes coming out, these active athletes. To me, Michael Sam — I would make him man of the year, personally. To me, it’s a Martin Luther King moment: This is the reality, this is the truth, this is what’s right. That’s all, it’s what’s right. Gay or anything, it’s just pro-what’s right.

What can you tell us about characteu t the play in r yoThey Came Together?
I play the evil CEO of a candy corporation trying to crush Amy Poehler’s tiny little sweets shop.

That’s awesome!
It is awesome.

But you’re not also the one romantically pursuing her? That’s Paul Rudd?
Yeah, which is bullshit, but whatever. They made their choice, they made that bed — they’ll have to lie in it. I saw the film; it really was fantastic. David Wain found a really funny angle and voice. I was watching it going, “Oh my God, he’s the new Mel Brooks.” He’s bringing this absurd homage-farce — because you know, it’s an homage to every romantic comedy you’ve ever seen.

Are there any Runaway Bride references in there?
[Pauses.] Shit, I don’t think so. And you know — goddamn it, I wish I was smarter. I wish I’d brought that up.


CHARACTERS Christopher Keller CHRISTOPHER MELONI Det. Elliot Stabler FILM Freakshow Gene Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanmo Bay Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle Jack Donlevy Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oz Surviving Jack TELEVISION They Came Together Wet Hot American Summer

“Surviving Jack” Episode Screencaps
christopher meloni online    April 24, 2014    0 comments

I finally have gotten around to capping up Chris’ scenes in his new show SURVIVING JACK. How are you liking it so far? I know I am. He’s playing a lot like a cross between Gene from WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and a teeny bit of Freakshow from HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE. I can truly say there isn’t a hint of Elliot Stabler about him. That’s how good Chris is though. So here are the first four episodes for you. Enjoy.


CHRISTOPHER MELONI FILM Freakshow Gene Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle Jack Donlevy Surviving Jack Wet Hot American Summer

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