'Wet Hot American Summer' All-Star Roll Call: Then and Now

How the comedy MVP cast became huge since making the 2001 cult hit

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Christopher Meloni
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Christopher Meloni

Character: Gene, a PTSD-afflicted Vietnam veteran and camp cook
Pre-WHAS: Perhaps the movie's most oddball addition, Meloni was best-known at the time for his intense performances in the HBO prison drama Oz and the NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But it was just that kind of edginess that the Wet Hot team was looking for in the hallucinating, fridge-humping Gene.
Post-WHAS: Meloni stayed busy with SVU until he left that show in 2011, and since then has had a few memorable supporting movie roles: as an army officer in Man of Steel, as Hall of Fame baseball manager Leo Durocher in 42, and as a dad with dark secrets in White Bird in a Blizzard.

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