Oz was there first. From feeding glass to foes and setting enemies aflame, Oz characters pull no punches. Yet even the worst offenders — neo-Nazi Vern Schillinger J. Debuting in an era of procedural cop dramas — and tough-on-crime legislation— Oz portrayed the other side of the criminal justice equation. Creator Tom Fontana spent two years researching, deliberately visiting prisons without taking notes. The intense love affair between drunk driver Tobias Beecher Lee Tergesen and sociopathic killer Chris Keller Christopher Meloni is the stuff of legend.
Throwback Thursday: Christopher Meloni Is a Seducer of Oz
In , Christopher Meloni was pulling double duty on TV. Fresh off his first season as Dr. Female, male, it's irrelevant. It's just a way of getting what he wants," Meloni said of Keller in the June issue. A modern-day beefcake, the actor was winning over gay fans for a role that balanced intense rivalries with tender moments and plenty of sexual tension. And like now — when he went on Conan to admit that gay men loving checking him out at the gym — Meloni knew back then what was a major part of his appeal: his ass. Since his early days of working at the Body Center, a gay gym, the actor has learned firsthand of his assets, knowing exaclty what certain men appreciate about his physique.
He played Champion gladiator Crixus. He quickly became an integral part of later seasons beyond being the antagonist of the first season. The series frequently had fights in the shower, graphic nude scenes, and a uniquely naked approach to solitary confinement. As Olyver the sly male prostitute he has been the object of affection for quite a few characters.
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