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Born April 18, 1967, in Norristown, Pa., Maria Bello was a cheerleader at Archbishop John Carroll High School for Girls in Philadelphia. She attended Villanova University with designs on a law degree, but a drama class turned her to acting instead.

Bello's work in off-Broadway plays landed her roles in numerous TV series of the early 1990s: "The Commish," "Nowhere Man," "Due South" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (in which she played the lead). Next for Bello was a three-episode appearance on "ER" that was extended into a regular character for the fourth season. She made her film debut in 1998's Permanent Midnight, followed by Coyote Ugly and Payback.

Bello's performances in The Cooler, A History of Violence and The Sisters (2005) have earned critical raves, award nominations and a legion of admirers. Her star continues to rise with films such as Thank You for Smoking and World Trade Center.

Maria Bello in Max Steel

Max Steel

2016 PG-13

After teenager Max McGrath's body begins generating powerful and uncontrollable surges of energy, he's saved from death by an alien named Steel. The two soon learn that they can harness superhuman power -- but only if they operate together.

  • Maria Bello in Prisoners Prisoners
  • Maria Bello in The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
  • Maria Bello in A History of Violence A History of Violence
  • Maria Bello in McFarland, USA McFarland, USA
  • Maria Bello in The Late Bloomer The Late Bloomer
  • Maria Bello in The Confirmation The Confirmation
  • Maria Bello in Grown Ups Grown Ups
  • Maria Bello in Third Person Third Person
  • Maria Bello in Sin City Sin City
  • Maria Bello in World Trade Center World Trade Center
  • Maria Bello in Payback Payback
  • Maria Bello in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Maria Bello in Abduction Abduction
  • Maria Bello in Payback: Straight Up: The Director's Cut Payback: Straight Up: The Director's Cut
  • Maria Bello in The Company Men The Company Men
  • Maria Bello in Secret Window Secret Window
  • Maria Bello in Coyote Ugly Coyote Ugly
  • Maria Bello in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  • Maria Bello in Grown Ups 2 Grown Ups 2
  • Maria Bello in Big Driver Big Driver
  • Maria Bello in This Film Is Not Yet Rated This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  • Maria Bello in The Jane Austen Book Club The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Maria Bello in Thank You for Smoking Thank You for Smoking
  • Maria Bello in Shattered Shattered
  • Maria Bello in Permanent Midnight Permanent Midnight
  • Maria Bello in Duets Duets
  • Maria Bello in Auto Focus Auto Focus
  • Maria Bello in Flicka Flicka
  • Maria Bello in Towelhead Towelhead
  • Maria Bello in Downloading Nancy Downloading Nancy
  • Maria Bello in Beautiful Boy Beautiful Boy
  • Maria Bello in China: The Panda Adventure: IMAX China: The Panda Adventure: IMAX
  • Maria Bello in The Cooler The Cooler
  • Maria Bello in Silver City Silver City
  • Maria Bello in The Dark The Dark
  • Maria Bello in Assault on Precinct 13 Assault on Precinct 13
  • Maria Bello in Bravetown Bravetown
  • Maria Bello in Sam the Man Sam the Man
  • Maria Bello in The Sisters The Sisters
  • Maria Bello in Touch Touch
  • Maria Bello in Carjacked Carjacked