A successful South African export with over three decades of compelling award winning performances in a wide range of cinematic, television, & theater roles. A student of Robert X. Modica, Deborah Kampmeier, William Alderson, Don Bloomfield, & Diane Venora, his training is deeply rooted in theater & improvisation. Attained his first pilot role guest starring opposite Jim Breuer in Comedy Central's Pulp Comics, following it up with a recurring comedic character on Late Night With Conan O' Brien, supporting recurring roles in Guiding Light & All My Children, a supporting role in Nick Efteriades' drama Astoria, winning awards at Santa Barbara & River Run film festivals, a role in the Off Broadway premier of Dan Gordon's Murder In The First, a small guest star role on the second season of Sopranos, and a scene opposite Russell Crowe in Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind. Was acknowledged by Al Pacino, F. Murray Abraham & several NY theater critics for his lead performance in the play Mortal Coils, directed by the Actor's Studio Ed Setrakian at the Mint Theater.But his breakthrough role came in Law & Order Special Victim's Unit in 2005. Starring opposite Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, Bradley Cooper, Angela Lansbury & Alfred Molina as the chilling yet engaging fundamentalist Milan Zergin. His performance attracted New York talent manager Estelle Lasher. With Lasher's support, he continued to thrive. Landing a guest star lead opposite Annabella Sciorra & Christopher Noth on Law & Order Criminal Intent, a comedic supporting role opposite Eddie Izzard, Luke Wilson, Rainn Wilson & Uma Thurman in Twentieth Century Fox's My Super Ex Girlfriend, an ensemble lead in Sony's Starship Troopers Marauder produced by David Lancaster, & nabbing a coveted recurring role on the Emmy award winning Ugly Betty for which he received a SAG nomination along with the lead cast.Has been a steady product of critically acclaimed art-house films distributed worldwide & lauded at Berlin, AFI, Palm Springs, Raindance, Hong Kong, Seattle, San Diego, the Black Reel Awards & the American Movie Awards where Stelio won best actor in 2015. Known additionally for a staple of well received recurring & guest star roles including on J.J. Abrams & Duplass Bros series, & fifteen years of high end New York stage credits that include favorable reviews from the NY Times. Received critical praise for his recurring portrayal of real life mafia boss Joe 'The Boss' Masseria in AMC's The Making Of The Mob: New York with Previously TV's Sarah Bunting stating 'Stelio is reminiscent of James Gandolfini, I liked a certain gravitas-emblance to the Fini that I saw in Stelio'. His portrayal was also hailed by The Examiner's Diane Zoller Ciatto. Has also been critically acclaimed for his roles as a ruthless policeman in the South African film Colors Of Heaven, as a tormented hit-man with a conscience in Pronoia & for his role as a rebellious Jewish prisoner in Once We Were Slaves; winning Best Actor at the above mentioned prestigious American Movie Awards & the SOFIE Awards. Was nominated for a Teddy Award (as ensemble lead cast) at Berlin film festival in Peter Greenaway's Golden Bear nominated Eisenstein In Guanajuato which released theatrically in several dozen countries. His performance as Hunter Kimbrough noted as memorable by Film Journal's David Noh. Further...Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner praised his understatedly powerful performance as Howard Boston in TV One's Media directed by Craig Ross Jr.Will next be seen starring opposite Matt Dillon & Jim Caviezel in David Cunningham's Jo, The Medicine Runner, & as Dino in the upcoming season of Tyler Perry's The Haves And The Have Nots for Own Network.A popular voice over artist, he recurred in Call Of Duty's IW7 and DLC as the 'FTL Soldier' or 'Faster Than Light' character. Was inducted into the Alpha Psi Omega honors society for his achievement in American collegiate theater at the University of West Alabama and in 2014 served on the actor's panel of the San Diego film festival with Josh Duhamel, Tom Berenger and Dennis Haysbert, hosted by Variety and film critics Jeffrey Lyons and Ben Lyons. Is a board member of the River Street Theater Company, alongside Matthew Carnahan, Robert Carnegie, Jeff Goldblum, David Mamet, Jon Voight and his acting teacher William Alderson who serves as president.Stelio frequently volunteers his time simultaneously performing & producing Sarah Tuft's "110 Stories" to raise money for Operation Gratitude, The Red Cross, & The New York Says Thank You Foundation . His fellow casts have included Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Katie Holmes, Cynthia Nixon, Robert Forster, John Hawkes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Sal Masekela, Jeremy Piven, Mira Sorvino, Susan Sarandon, Tamara Tunie, Kathleen Turner, John Turturro, Nick Turturro & Diane Venora.