Chris Meloni is an American actor, best known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz. His most well known films are Man of Steel, Wet Hot American Summer, 12 Monkeys, Runaway Bride and 42.
He is the youngest of three children of Cecile, a homemaker, and Dr. Charles Robert Meloni, an endocrinologist. He studied acting at the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a degree in history in 1983. After graduation, Meloni went to New York where he continued his studies with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, as well as the Center for the Media Arts. Meloni worked as a construction worker prior to getting his acting break. He has also worked as a bouncer, bartender, and personal trainer. Meloni worked his way up the acting ladder with commercials, short-lived TV series, and bit parts in a number of films.
Meloni has been married to production designer Sherman Meloni since July 1, 1995, and they have two children, daughter Sophia Eva Meloni, and son Dante Meloni.