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Also Known As: Melina Elena Kanakaredes Died:
Born: April 23, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Akron, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer, model

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Born in 1967 and raised in Akron, Ohio, Melina Kanakaredes was a performer even as a child. She attended Ohio State University before transferring to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, she performed in the local theaters while earning a BA in Theater Arts. Her first onscreen role came on the daytime soap opera "Guiding Light" (CBS, 1952-2009). She was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Eleni Andros Cooper on the show. Her first primetime series experience was a series regular role on "New York News" (CBS, 1995), starring Mary Tyler Moore and Madeleine Kahn. After that series ended, she played a recurring role on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and was a series regular on the short-lived "Leaving LA" (ABC, 1997) an office comedy about the Los Angeles coroner. Kanakaredes had her biggest success to date with "Providence" (NBC, 1999-2002). She played the leading role on the show about a big city plastic surgeon who returns to her small hometown. The series ended its run in 2002, after five seasons, but Kanakaredes did not stop to take a break, appearing in a supporting roles before returning to a spot as a series regular on "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004-2013). After...

Born in 1967 and raised in Akron, Ohio, Melina Kanakaredes was a performer even as a child. She attended Ohio State University before transferring to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, she performed in the local theaters while earning a BA in Theater Arts. Her first onscreen role came on the daytime soap opera "Guiding Light" (CBS, 1952-2009). She was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Eleni Andros Cooper on the show. Her first primetime series experience was a series regular role on "New York News" (CBS, 1995), starring Mary Tyler Moore and Madeleine Kahn. After that series ended, she played a recurring role on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and was a series regular on the short-lived "Leaving LA" (ABC, 1997) an office comedy about the Los Angeles coroner. Kanakaredes had her biggest success to date with "Providence" (NBC, 1999-2002). She played the leading role on the show about a big city plastic surgeon who returns to her small hometown. The series ended its run in 2002, after five seasons, but Kanakaredes did not stop to take a break, appearing in a supporting roles before returning to a spot as a series regular on "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004-2013). After six seasons, Kanakaredes left the series and continued to appear in supporting roles before returning to series TV in the medical drama "The Resident" (Fox 2018- ).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Snitch (2013)
3.
 Into the Fire (2005)
4.
 15 Minutes (2001)
5.
 Dangerous Beauty (1998)
6.
 Rounders (1998) Barbara
9.
 Bleeding Hearts (1994) Daphne
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1997:
Co-starred on short-lived ABC drama "Leaving L.A."
1998:
Landed small role in John Dahl's "Rounders"
1989:
Moved to NYC to pursue career
1995:
Played a woman from Mountie Benton Fraser's past on two-part season finale of "Due South" (CBS)
1995:
Series debut as regular, portrayed journalist Angela Villanova on short-lived CBS drama "New York News"
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Was runner-up in Miss Ohio beauty pageant
1998:
Played a Courtesan in "Dangerous Beauty"
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Began performing at age eight in local community theater
2005:
Co-starred with Sean Patrick Flanery and JoBeth Williams in Michael Phelan's "Into the Fire"
2010:
Cast as Athena, goddess of wisdom and Battle Strategies in the adaptation "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
2000:
Played a TV journalist opposite Robert De Niro in "15 Minutes"
2004:
Starred opposite Gary Sinise on "CSI: NY" (CBS) as the show's lead female forensic investigator
2013:
Cast opposite Dwayne Johnson in action drama "Snitch"
1995:
Played recurring role of Jimmy Smits' journalist girlfriend on ABC's "NYPD Blue"
1994:
Made feature film debut in "Bleeding Hearts"
1999:
Played Dr. Sydney Hansenas, a surgeon who returns to her New England home on NBC's "Providence"
1991:
Portrayed Greek immigrant Eleni Andros on CBS' "Guiding Light"
2018:
Co-starred on "The Resident"
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Education

Ohio State University: Columbus, Ohio - 1985
Point Park College: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 1989
Point Park College: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 1989

Notes

Voicing no regrets about her work in soap operas, Kanakaredes told SOAP OPERA DIGEST (October 13, 1998): "What's so nice is that a daytime fan is fan forever, which is sweet."

"Not everybody can deal with what happens as the rocket sled takes off. Melina's unaffected demeanor has not changed," --"Providence" producer-director Mike Fresco quoted in US, April 1999

". . . part of what I love about living in New York so much--there's such a mix of people and cultures. Here, it's such a one-business town. You try to keep your own identity as long as you can." --Melina Kanakaredes quoted in US, April 1999

Kanakaredes has become noted for the research she does before filming. For "Leaving L.A.", she visited the Los Angeles Coroner's Office and for "Providence", she visited with several L.A.-based plastic surgeons. "That's the cool part of being an actor. Just finding yourself in situations you've never thought you'd be in. What possesses me to make this research intense? You learn from that stuff. It certainly makes your characters more interesting." --From NEW YORK VUE, DAILY NEWS, January 3-9, 1999

Canice Kennedy, a casting director from Pittsburgh recalled to the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL (Janaury 3, 1999): "She's breathtaking, and the talent is obvious. But what is not obvious is that she is so genuine. She comes from an extraordinary family. She has remained a wonderful human being. That's what I find so attractive."

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husband:
Peter Constantinides. Chef. Met while attending Ohio State University; married c. 1992.

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father:
Harry Kanakaredes. Retired insurance salesman.
mother:
Connie Kanakaredes. Ran candy company.
sister:
Aretta Kanakarides. Lawyer. Older.
sister:
Lia Kanakarides. Older; works at an insurance company.
daughter:
Zoe Constantinides. Born on May 23, 2000.
daughter:
Karina Eleni. Born on January 25, 2003.
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