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Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
Name: Melissa Chessington Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S
Birthdate: September 14, 1960
Active: 1984–present
Films appeared in: Olympus Has Fallen
London Has Fallen
The Equalizer
Role: Ruth McMillan
Susan Plummer

Melissa Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress who portrayed Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan in Olympus Has Fallen and its upcoming sequel London Has Fallen.


Leo appeared in a variety of films and television shows. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2010 sports film The Fighter. Her other film appearances include 21 Grams, Hide and Seek, Frozen River (which nominated for the Best Actress Category in the Academy Awards), Oblivion (with Morgan Freeman) and Prisoners. She recently appeared in The Equalizer (directed by Antoine Fuqua), the remake of a TV show Leo once guest starred in.

Leo also starred for five seasons in the NBC show Homicide: Life on the Street. She currently stars in the HBO drama Treme. She also made guest appearances in various shows, such as Miami Vice, Law & Order, Veronica Mars, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds and Cold Case.

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