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Melina Eleni Kanakaredes was born on the 23rd April 1967, in Akron, Ohio USA, and is a film, television and theater actress, probably best known for her role as Detective Stella Bonasera in the spin-off of the popular crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, entitled “CSI: NY” (2004-2010). Her career in acting started in 1994, with the romantic drama movie “Bleeding Hearts”.

Have you ever wondered how rich Melina Kanakaredes is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Kanakaredes’s net worth is as high as $10 million, earned largely through her successful career in acting.

Melina Kanakaredes Net Worth $10 Million

Melina Kanakaredes is the daughter of Greek-American couple, Connie (nee Tamo) and Harry Kanakaredes. Her mother is one of the owners of a candy store in Akron, called “Temo’s Candy Company”, which is run by the other two owners, Melina’s maternal uncles. Her father was an insurance agent. The family has always been close-knit, and in touch with their Greek roots and culture, which is why she speaks fluent Greek. Melina dabbed her toes in acting at the age of eight, in a stage production of “Ton Sawyer” at their community theatre. Having fallen in love with the arts, she decided to pursue a degree in music, dance, and theatre at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed in several roles at Pittsburgh Musical Theater, including the part of Mary Magdalene in the production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Melina also a beauty pageant contestant, a move she undertook in order to secure money for college. She was declared Miss Columbus, and then finished as the first runner-up for Miss Ohio. She graduated with honors in 1989.

Before her big break in film in “Bleeding Hearts” (1994), she went through several TV roles, most notable being that of Eleni Andros Cooper in “Guiding Light” (1992-1995), a soap opera for which she was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award. The series is famous for being the longest running soap opera in American history, lasting from 1952 to 2009. She also had a few guest-starring roles, in television series such as “New York News” (1995), and “NYPD Blue” (1995), in both of which she played a journalist. In the later ‘90s, she also secured a couple of big screen credits: in 1996 she appeared in “The Long Kiss Goodnight” with Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson, and then in 1998 she starred in two movies – the crime drama “Rounders” with Mat Damon and Edward Norton, and period drama “Dangerous Beauty” with Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell, all adding steadily to her net worth.

However, all of her career-defining roles were on the small screen. The first was her performance as Dr. Sydney Hansen in the television drama “Providence” from 1999 to 2002, and for this role, Melina won the TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Drama in 2000. Afterwards, she did a brief stint on Broadway, starring as Sally Bowles in the musical “Cabaret” (2003). Next came perhaps her most memorable role to date, that of Detective Stella Bonasera in “CSI: NY” (2004-2010), with co-stars including Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Anna Belknap, and Eddie Cahill. She played the outspoken, and at times rash detective for six seasons of this successful TV series, which increased her net worth significantly.

After she left the show in 2010, Melina starred in two movies, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010) in which she played Greek goddess Athena, and “Snitch” (2013), with Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Pepper. She also appeared as a guest-star in “Hawaii 5-0” (2015), and the short-lived science fiction series “Extant” (2015). Her most recent project is the film called “Wake”, which is currently in pre-production.

Regarding her personal life, Melina resides in Los Angeles with her family, husband Peter Constantinides and their two daughters. Her family upholds the dedication to their Greek ancestry by travelling to Greece once a year, and visiting their relatives and friends. In her free time, Melina enjoys Pilates, reading, swimming, and listening to music, particularly James Taylor.

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 23, 1967
Birth place: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height:5' 7" (1.7 m)
Profession:Actress
Education:Firestone Community Learning Center, Point Park University, Ohio State University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Peter Constantinides
Children:Karina Eleni Constantinides, Zoe Constantinides
Parents:Harry Kanakaredes, Connie Temo
Siblings:Cornelia Kanakaredes, Aretta Kanakaredes
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Met her husband when they were both students at Ohio State University.
2Attended high school with Angie Everhart.
3Starring as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" on Broadway in Studio 54. [July 2003]
4Announced July 12, 2010 that she will not be reprising her role as "Detective Stella Bonasera" on the TV series, CSI: NY (2004), for the seventh season.
5Cousin to Alexandra Marinos.
6At the 1986 Miss Ohio Pageant, she won a talent award in a three-way tie, and was eventually named first runner up to Miss Ohio 1986.
7She competed as "Miss Columbus" in The 1986 Miss Ohio Pageant (Miss America).
8While 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).
9Is 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.
10Her first TV commercial was for Semicid contraceptive. Her agent (whom 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.
11Graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio.
12Spokeswoman for Maybelline New York (2001)
13January 25, 2003: welcomed second daughter, Karina Eleni, born in Los Angeles.
14Was considered for the lead for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), but was pregnant at the time.
15Speaks fluent Greek.
16Graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in theatre from Point Park College in Pittsburgh. Family owns and runs a candy factory in Akron.
17Graduated From Point Park College In Pittsburgh.
18Her husband, Peter, is a chef and restaurateur.
19Competed in Synchronized Swimming while at Ohio State, famous for its college Synchronized Swimming program.
20Daughter Zoe born 23 May 2000, weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz.


Quotes

#Quote
1Don't be embarrassed of who you are, they're gonna judge you no matter what you do.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actress in a DramaProvidence (1999)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsActress of the Year in a Drama SeriesProvidence (1999)
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Guiding Light (1952)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Guiding Light (1952)
1994Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsHottest Female StarThe Guiding Light (1952)
1992Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Female Newcomer: DaytimeThe Guiding Light (1952)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wakepre-productionJune
Notorious2016TV SeriesDana Hartman
Extant2015TV SeriesDorothy
Hawaii Five-02015TV SeriesKathy Millwood
Snitch2013/ISylvie Collins
CSI: NY2004-2010TV SeriesStella Bonasera
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief2010Athena
CSI: NY2008Video GameDet. Stella Bonasera (voice)
Into the Fire2005TV MovieCatrina Sabrina Hampton
CSI: Miami2004TV SeriesStella Bonasera
Providence1999-2002TV SeriesDr. Sydney Hansen
15 Minutes2001Nicolette Karas
Saint Maybe1998TV MovieRita
Rounders1998Barbara
Oz1998TV SeriesA.D.A. Marilyn Crenshaw
Dangerous Beauty1998Livia
The Practice1997TV SeriesAndrea Wexler
Leaving L.A.1997TV SeriesLibby Galante
The Long Kiss Goodnight1996Trin
NYPD Blue1995TV SeriesBenita Alden
Due South1995TV SeriesVictoria Metcalf
Guiding Light1992-1995TV SeriesEleni Andros Cooper
New York News1995TV SeriesAngela Villanova
Bleeding Hearts1994Daphne
Carts1987Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Providence2002TV Series 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CSI: NY2009TV Series written by - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2006-2015TV SeriesHerself
Olympia Dukakis: Undefined2013DocumentaryHerself
Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good2011DocumentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rachael Ray2007-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS Cares2004-2010TV SeriesHerself
The Promise of Tomorow 1940-19602009DocumentaryHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Head Case2009TV SeriesHerself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2008TV MovieHerself
The View2005-2007TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Guest
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Curtains
2007 Muppet Presentation Pilot2007Video shortHerself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Square Off2006TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Television Series [Drama]
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
NBC's Funniest Outtakes2002TV SpecialHerself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHerself
MADtv2002TV SeriesHerself
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best TV-Series Drama
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture / Favorite Motion Picture
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration1994TV MovieHerself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Canada A.M.2006TV Series

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