Chris Messina

As a young actor working in New York City, Chris Messina grew accustomed to playing a variety of characters, and showed a particular penchant for playing dangerous, untrustworthy sorts, despite a long run of good guy ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1974 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

The Mindy Project 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Alex of Venice 2015 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Digging for Fire 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Manglehorn 2015 (Movie)

Jacob (Actor)

Cake 2014 (Movie)

Jason Bennett (Actor)

Palo Alto 2014 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

The Newsroom 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fairhaven 2013 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

28 Hotel Rooms 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Argo 2012 (Movie)

Malinov (Actor)

Celeste and Jesse Forever 2012 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Damages 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Giant Mechanical Man 2012 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

The Trouble With Bliss 2012 (Movie)

N J (Actor)

An Invisible Sign 2011 (Movie)

Ben Smith (Actor)

Like Crazy 2011 (Movie)

Mike Appletree (Actor)

Monogamy 2011 (Movie)

Theo (Actor)

Devil 2010 (Movie)

Detective Bowden (Actor)

Greenberg 2010 (Movie)

Phillip Greenberg (Actor)

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men 2009 (Movie)

Subject #19 (Actor)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

Eric Powell (Actor)

Humboldt County 2008 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Made of Honor 2008 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Ira Black (Actor)

Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bittersweet Place 2004 (Movie)

Seymour (Actor)

Law & Order 1995 - 1996, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Apple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Turn It Up 2000 (Movie)

Baz (Actor)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Higgins (Actor)

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

Corporal (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Fox Salesperson (Actor)
Producer (1)

Fairhaven 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Alex of Venice 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As a young actor working in New York City, Chris Messina grew accustomed to playing a variety of characters, and showed a particular penchant for playing dangerous, untrustworthy sorts, despite a long run of good guy roles once he arrived in Hollywood. Messina first came to national attention as Ted Fairwell, the upstanding Republican boyfriend of Lauren Ambrose's Claire on HBO's "Six Feet Under" (2001-05), and would reprise the type in a variety of successful films by talented directors, including Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), Sam Mendes' "Away We Go" (2009) and Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia" (2009), in which he co-starred as the dutifully hungry husband of Amy Adams' Julia Childs-obsessed chef. Messina would dramatically and decisively break out of type with a guest role on "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012) as a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who turns whistleblower in a case against a private security firm. A sharp contrast to the parts for which he had come to be known, Messina's work on "Damages" hearkened back to his grittier, more complex theater roles, and kicked off a new phase in the actor's career, one which included Messina writing and executive producing his own projects to ensure new and exciting roles to come. Whether playing the amiable supporting part or the edgy, complex character role, Chris Messina was a proven talent with a passion for performing beyond expectations.

Relationships

Milo Messina

Son
Born May 31, 2008; mother, Jennifer Todd

Giovanni Messina

Son
Born Oct. 15, 2009; mother, Jennifer Todd

Jennifer Todd Producer

Companion
Lived together in Los Angeles, CA

Milestones

2012

Cast as gynecologist Danny Castellano opposite Mindy Kaling on "The Mindy Project" (Fox)

2012

Re-teamed with Rashida Jones in "Celeste & Jesse Forever"

2012

Appeared as a network suit on HBO drama series "The Newsroom"

2012

Cast in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck

2011

Guest starred on FX crime drama "Damages"

2010

Co-starred with Ben Stiller and Greta Gerwig in "Greenberg"

2010

Co-starred with Rashida Jones in romantic drama "Monogamy"

2009

Played the husband of food blogger Julie Powell (Amy Adams) in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"

2008

Joined ensemble cast of Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

2006

Co-starred with writer Jennifer Westfeldt in the romantic comedy "Ira & Abby"

2005

Cast as Claire's (Lauren Ambrose) love interest on HBO drama "Six Feet Under"

1998

Made feature acting debut with minor roles in "Rounders," "The Siege," and "You've Got Mail"

1995

Made TV debut on NBC's "Law & Order"; returned to play various characters in 1996 and 2003

Began his career as an off-Broadway actor

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