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Melina Kanakaredes Net Worth

Melina Eleni Kanakaredes net worth is

$10 Million

Melina Eleni Kanakaredes Wiki Biography

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.

Full Name Melina Kanakaredes
Net Worth $10 Million
Date Of Birth April 23, 1967
Place Of Birth 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
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/therealmelinak
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IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005074/
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Movies Snitch, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Into the Fire, 15 Minutes, Rounders, Dangerous Beauty, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Bleeding Hearts
TV Shows CSI: NY, Providence, Guiding Light, Leaving L.A., New York News
# Quote
1 Don’t be embarrassed of who you are, they’re gonna judge you no matter what you do.
# Fact
1 Met her husband when they were both students at Ohio State University.
2 Attended high school with Angie Everhart.
3 Starring as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” on Broadway in Studio 54. [July 2003]
4 Announced 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.
5 Cousin to Alexandra Marinos.
6 At 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.
7 She competed as “Miss Columbus” in The 1986 Miss Ohio Pageant (Miss America).
8 While 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).
9 Is 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.
10 Her 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.
11 Graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio.
12 Spokeswoman for Maybelline New York (2001)
13 January 25, 2003: welcomed second daughter, Karina Eleni, born in Los Angeles.
14 Was considered for the lead for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), but was pregnant at the time.
15 Speaks fluent Greek.
16 Graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in theatre from Point Park College in Pittsburgh. Family owns and runs a candy factory in Akron.
17 Graduated From Point Park College In Pittsburgh.
18 Her husband, Peter, is a chef and restaurateur.
19 Competed in Synchronized Swimming while at Ohio State, famous for its college Synchronized Swimming program.
20 Daughter Zoe born 23 May 2000, weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz.


Title Year Status Character
Wake pre-production June
Notorious 2016 TV Series Dana Hartman
Extant 2015 TV Series Dorothy
Hawaii Five-0 2015 TV Series Kathy Millwood
Snitch 2013/I Sylvie Collins
CSI: NY 2004-2010 TV Series Stella Bonasera
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 Athena
CSI: NY 2008 Video Game Det. Stella Bonasera (voice)
Into the Fire 2005 TV Movie Catrina Sabrina Hampton
CSI: Miami 2004 TV Series Stella Bonasera
Providence 1999-2002 TV Series Dr. Sydney Hansen
15 Minutes 2001 Nicolette Karas
Saint Maybe 1998 TV Movie Rita
Rounders 1998 Barbara
Oz 1998 TV Series A.D.A. Marilyn Crenshaw
Dangerous Beauty 1998 Livia
The Practice 1997 TV Series Andrea Wexler
Leaving L.A. 1997 TV Series Libby Galante
The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 Trin
NYPD Blue 1995 TV Series Benita Alden
Due South 1995 TV Series Victoria Metcalf
Guiding Light 1992-1995 TV Series Eleni Andros Cooper
New York News 1995 TV Series Angela Villanova
Bleeding Hearts 1994 Daphne
Carts 1987 Short


Title Year Status Character
Providence 2002 TV Series 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
CSI: NY 2009 TV Series written by – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2015 TV Series Herself
Olympia Dukakis: Undefined 2013 Documentary Herself
Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good 2011 Documentary Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2010 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2008-2010 TV Series Herself – Guest
Rachael Ray 2007-2010 TV Series Herself – Guest
CBS Cares 2004-2010 TV Series Herself
The Promise of Tomorow 1940-1960 2009 Documentary Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004-2009 TV Series Herself – Guest
Head Case 2009 TV Series Herself
Séries express 2009 TV Series Himself
Stand Up to Cancer 2008 TV Movie Herself
The View 2005-2007 TV Series Herself – Co-Host / Herself – Guest
The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2007 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Curtains
2007 Muppet Presentation Pilot 2007 Video short Herself
The Megan Mullally Show 2006 TV Series Herself – Guest
Square Off 2006 TV Series Herself
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Herself – Co-Presenter: Best Television Series [Drama]
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2004 TV Series Herself – Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly 2004 TV Series Herself – Guest
NBC’s Funniest Outtakes 2002 TV Special Herself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Special Herself
MADtv 2002 TV Series Herself
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Best TV-Series Drama
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1999-2000 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1999-2000 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 26th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2000 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture / Favorite Motion Picture
The Daily Show 1999 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 TV Special Herself – Nominee
50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration 1994 TV Movie Herself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Herself

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Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2000 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Actress in a Drama Providence (1999)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2001 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Actress of the Year in a Drama Series Providence (1999)
1995 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Guiding Light (1952)
1994 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series The Guiding Light (1952)
1994 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Hottest Female Star The Guiding Light (1952)
1992 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime The Guiding Light (1952)

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