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Actor Christopher Meloni starred as Detective Elliot Stabler in the hit television crime drama Law & Order: SVU for twelve seasons from 1999 to 2011.
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Meloni also appeared in 2009's independent film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, directed by John Krasinski.
In 2011, Meloni announced that he would be leaving Law & Order: SVU at the end of its twelfth season. His co-star Hargitay, like many of the show's fans, was saddened by news. She said in a statement: "For the past 12 years, Chris Meloni has been my partner and friend, both on screen and off. He inspired me every day with his integrity,
his extraordinary talent and his commitment to the truth. I love him deeply and will miss him terribly -- I'm so excited to see what he'll do next."
Since his departure from Law & Order: SVU, Meloni has landed a role on the supernatural drama True Blood. On the popular series, he plays "an ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of" the show's two lead vampires (Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard) "in his hands," explained True Blood creator Alan Ball. Meloni is also slated to appear in the latest film version of the Superman saga, Man of Steel, set to be released in 2013. Other film projects include the independent drama Small Time and a Jackie Robinson biopic entitled 42.
Meloni is married to production designer Sherman Williams. They have two children, Sophia and Dante. Mariska Hargitay -- who became very good friends with Meloni while working on Law & Order: SVU -- is Sophia's godmother.
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