He is nominated for Outstanding Performance As Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his work on "SVU."
Meloni grew up in the Washington, DC area, and went to college at University of Colorado at Boulder. While there, he became interested in acting.
He landed his first series role in 1984 on HBO's "1st & Ten" where he met his wife Sherman, a production designer on the show.
In the 1990s he appeared in the television movies "In A Child's Name," "Without A Kiss Goodbye" and "Every 9 Seconds," as well as on the big screen in "Bound" and "Runaway Bride."
Meloni joined the cast of "Oz" in 1998 and then "Law & Order: SVU" in 1999, continuing his role in both series until 2003.
He's also shown a flair for over-the-top comedy roles as Gene, the crazed cafeteria guy, in "Wet Hot American Summer" and the aptly named Freakshow in "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle."