Quick Facts of Melissa Chessington Leo

  • Full NameMelissa Chessington Leo
  • Net Worth$9 Million
  • Date of Birth14 September, 1960
  • NicknameMelissa Leo
  • Marital Status Single
  • BirthplaceManhattan, New York, U.S.
  • Ethnicity White
  • ProfessionActress
  • Nationality American
  • Active Year1984–present
  • Eye colour Black
  • Hair colour Brown
  • Height5 feet and 4 inches i.e. 1.63m
  • Weight60 Kg (approx.)
  • Body Measurement34-24-35 inches
  • EducationBellows Falls High School
  • Online PresenceTwitter
  • Children1; son, Jack Heard
  • Horoscope Virgo

The Emmy-Award winner, Melissa Leo successfully established her professional career as an American actress, best known for her roles in the 2008 film, Frozen River, 2010 movie, The Fighter and the American comedy-drama TV series, Louie.

The 5 feet and 4 inches Leo is single at present, however, shares a son named Jack Matthew with her former boyfriend. If so, then with whom she was in a relationship before? As she has appeared in many hit movies and TV series, she has maintained a net worth of $9 Million. So, how is her lifestyle?

If you want to find in detail about her life, then scroll down until the end. Stay tuned with us.

Melissa Leo’s Bio, Wiki

Melissa Leo was born as Melissa Chessington Leo in 1960 in Manhattan, New York, the United States. She celebrates her birthday on every 14th of September. Born in the U.S., she holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity.

Her father, Arnold Leo III is famous as an editor at Grove Press, fisherman and used to work for the East Hampton Baymen’s Association as a spokesperson. Whereas, her mother, Margaret Chessington is an American teacher.


Similarly, Leo’s parents got divorced when she was in her twenties. She grew up along with her brother, Erik Leo. Also, she has an aunt named Christine Leo Roussel, an American author, photographer, and historian.

Since an early age, Melissa was so much interested in participating in acting scenes and plays as well. She also performed with the Beard and Puppet Theatre Company. Following, she attended Bellows Falls High School in Vermont and later joined acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. However, she didn’t graduate from college.

Melissa Leo’s Career (Movies)

Following the dream of getting established in the film industry, Melissa Leo made her first acting debut in 1984 in the American soap opera, All My Children. During the 2000s, she appeared in the film, Hide and Seek alongside Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, and Robert De Niro.

Similarly, Leo won the Bronze Wrangler for her performance in French-American film, The Three of Melquiades Estrada. After playing in over 20 films, she shocked the mass with her role of Ray Eddy in the American crime-drama film, Frozen River.

Her other film credits are Welcome to the Rileys, The Dry Land, The Space Between, Conviction, Red State, Whey Stop Now, Prisoners, The Equalizer, Novitiate, The Ashram and so on. Also, she made her appearances in TV series such as Miami Vice, Nasty Boys, Law & Order, Shark, Louie, Broad City, Heartstrings and many others.

Who is Melissa Leo’s Boyfriend? Her Children

As of 2019, Melissa Leo is leading a single life with her son. Yes, she was in a beautiful relationship with her former boyfriend, John Heard. Her ex-partner, Heard is an American film and TV actor, best known for his roles in Deceived, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cat People, Awakenings, and Home Alone Too.


Melissa Leo and her former boyfriend, John Heard

The couple was together in the late 1980s. After dating for a long time, they got blessed with a son named John Mattew “Jack” Heard. However, the couple didn’t stay for a long together. In 1991, her former partner, Heard was arrested for physically assaulting Melissa. After six years, John found to be guilty.

Currently, Melissa is living happily with her son. She has not disclosed any information about getting involved in any relationship or extramarital affairs. On the other hand, her former partner, John married thrice in his life.

Melissa Leo with her son, Jack Heard

He first married to Margot Kidder in 1979, however, ended their relationship within six days. After his separation from Melissa, he tied the knot with Sharon Heard. The same thing happened again and they got separated. They shared two children together named Annika Rose and Maxwell John (died on 6th December 2016). Then, John exchanged his wedding vows with his former-wife, Lana Pritchard, with whom he shares two children. The couple divorced in the same year of their marriage.

At present, Melissa is free of rumors and controversies.

Melissa Leo’s Age, Body Measurement (Height)

As of 2019, Melissa Leo is in her 58-years of age. She will soon enter her sixties. Her zodiac sign (birth sign) is Virgo.

Similarly, Melissa stands at a height of 5 feet and 4 inches i.e. 1.63m. She weighs approximately 60Kg i.e. 132 lbs. Talking about her body measurements, her breast, waist, and hips size 34-24-35 inches respectively. Besides, she has light brown hair color with dark brown eyes.

Melissa Leo’s Net Worth

The famous American actress, Melissa has appeared in over 120 movies and TV series included. So, she has surely collected a hefty amount of money out of her works in different movies. As per the Celebrity Net Worth, she has a capital of $9 Million in 2019. Her 2005 movie, Hide and Seek grossed $122.7 Million on the box office collection where the total budget for the film was just $25 Million. Hence, Leo is living a lavish life with no doubt.