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Chris Meloni Shares Rare Baby Pics of Mini-Me Son Dante for His 20th Birthday

The Law & Order: Organized Crime star is clearly proud of his son! 

By Jackie Manno

Christopher Meloni's mini-me son, Dante, has officially been alive for two decades!

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On January 2, 2024, the Law & Order: Organized Crime star dedicated a thoughtful Instagram to Dante on his 20th birthday. The snapshots show Meloni holding Dante as a baby, as well as a recent picture of the two hanging outside together. 

"20 years," Meloni sentimentally captioned the post. 

Happy birthday, Dante!

See the tribute post here

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Last year, Meloni also gave an Instagram shoutout to Dante when he turned 19. The father-son duo got sick right before the celebration, so Meloni posted pictures of the two humorously looking deadpan into the camera with the caption, “Celebrating the flu with the 19 yo." 

Christopher Meloni's relationship with his son, Dante 

Meloni and Dante clearly enjoy spending father-son time together. For one, they're workout buddies. In April 2023, Meloni shared pictures of himself and Dante hitting the gym together, while they FaceTimed Meloni's 22-year-old daughter, Sophia. In the post, we also catch a glimpse of Meloni's longtime wife, Sherman, smiling in a kitchen.

"So this was my day: I worked out with this one @dante_melonii The other one @sophiaemeloni face timed Then I arrived home to be greeted by this beauty that was baked by the greater/greatest beauty @sherman.meloni Grateful for health Grateful for my family Grateful for the time I have Grateful for the ppl that surround me Grateful for all the well wishes #Gratitude #thegiftsthatmatter," Meloni captioned the post.

Chris Meloni at the 74th Emmy Awards.

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In a 2014 interview with USA Today, the actor opened up about his parenting style. 

“I think my kids would call me a little crazy. I’m very physical, very affectionate. I’m also very disciplined and focused on education. That’s one thing that was instilled in me, one place in life where there’s no compromise," he told the outlet.

He continued, "What works for me is empowering my kids. I remember not having any power when I was growing up. Power helps kids mature, and it requires critical thinking on their part. They feel engaged in a decision, which makes them feel engaged in the family process.”

In 2022, he opened up to People about how Dante and Sophia's personalities differ. "One is more of an old soul. I never used that term until they came out of the womb and I looked in their eyes. I was like, 'Holy cow, look at you. You're here to teach me.' As well as the other one, who's a young soul. It's ever-evolving and a complete fulfillment of my life," he said.