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.