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Melina Kanakaredes Biography and Filmography
Melina Kanakaredes
Birthday: April 23, 1967
Birth Place: Akron, Ohio, USA
Height: 5' 7"
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Melina Kanakaredes starred for five seasons as Dr. Sydney Hansen on the NBC-TV critically acclaimed series "Providence." For her performance, Melina received the 2000 TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Drama (as voted by more than one million TV viewers) and was nominated for the same award in 2001. In 2003, she gave birth to her second child, took to the stage as Sally Bowles in the Broadway play Cabaret and shot the indie film "Into the Fire" which will debut at the 2004 Tribecca Film Festival. In the fall of 2004, she will return to television in the much anticipated CBS series CSI: New York opposite Gary Sinise.In 2001 she appeared on the big screen co-starring opposite Robert De Niro in the film "15 Minutes." Other film credits include "Rounders," "Dangerous Beauty" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight." In the same year, she became a celebrity spokesperson for Maybelline as featured in their national television and print campaigns.Melina Kanakaredes is a second-generation Greek-American who was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Her love of musical theater, especially the work of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, inspired her as a child. She began performing locally; singing with her sisters and making her acting debut at age eight in the community theater production of "Tom Sawyer."Kanakaredes attended Ohio State University to study music, dance and theater, later transferring to Point Park College in Pittsburgh. She appeared in commercials, industrial films and on stage in the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Pittsburgh Public Theater. Upon graduation, Kanakaredes moved to New York City where she supported her acting dreams by working in off-Broadway plays.Kanakaredes' previous television credits include a recurring role as Jimmy Smits' reporter-girlfriend in "NYPD Blue." She starred in the drama series "New York New"" and "Leaving L.A." and guest-starred on "The Practice" and "Oz." She also received two Emmy nominations for her work on "The Guiding Light."Away from the set, Kanakaredes enjoys, reading, swimming, working out with the Pilates system, traveling (especially to Greece), listening to James Taylor, and is a sports fan of the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Bulls. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.
Heroes (2006)
[ Anna Belknap ]
Stealing Home (2006)
[ Anna Belknap ]
All Access (2006)
[ Anna Belknap ]
Run Silent, Run Deep (2006)
[ Anna Belknap ]
Into the Fire (2005)
[ Jo Beth Williams ][ Talia Balsam ]
15 Minutes (2001)
[ Charlize Theron ][ Kim Cattrall ][ Vera Farmiga ][ Sophia Crawford ][ Toni Kalem ]
Saint Maybe (1998)
[ Mary Louise Parker ][ Blythe Danner ][ Hallee Hirsh ][ Glynnis O'Connor ]
Rounders (1998)
[ Famke Janssen ][ Gretchen Mol ][ Joan Jett ][ Penny Ellington ]
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
[ Naomi Watts ][ Moira Kelly ][ Catherine McCormack ][ Jaqueline Bisset ][ Joanna Cassidy ]
First Degree (1997)
[ Lisa Eichhorn ]
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
[ Geena Davis ]
Victoria's Secret: Part 1 (1995)
Victoria's Secret: Part 2 (1995)
Bombs Away (1995)
A Murder with Teeth in It (1995)
[ Debra Messing ]
Large Mouth Bass (1995)
Vishy-Vashy-Vinny (1995)
Bleeding Hearts (1994)
[ Frances McDormand ][ Meredith Scott Lynn ]
Carts (1987)
  • Daughter Zoe born 23 May 2000, weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz.
  • Competed in Synchronized Swimming while at Ohio State, famous for its college Synchronized Swimming program.
  • Her husband, Peter, is a chef and restaurateur.
  • Graduated From Point Park College In Pittsburgh.
  • Graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in theatre from Point Park College in Pittsburgh Family owns and runs a candy factory in Akron.
  • Speaks fluent Greek.
  • Was considered for the lead for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), but was pregnant at the time.
  • January 25, 2003: welcomed second daughter, Karina Eleni, born in Los Angeles.
  • Spokeswoman for Maybelline New York (2001)
  • Graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio.
  • Her first TV commercial was for Semicid contraceptive. Her agent (who she still uses as a result of this) worked an "embarrassment clause" into her contract for the commercial, which has become standard for her ever since.
  • Is currently one of the stars on "CSI: NY" (2004), which was introduced in the "CSI: Miami" (2002) cross-over episode "MIA/NYC Nonstop." "Miami" star David Caruso was a popular cast member of "NYPD Blue" (1993), a series in which Melina made numerous guest appearances.
  • While most of the "CSI: NY" (2004) cast is from New York, Kanakaredes is one of three exceptions. The others are Gary Sinise (who was born in Illinois) and Anna Belknap (who was born in Maine).

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