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      Chris Messina

      Chris Messina

      Highest Rated: 96% Argo (2012)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Aug 11, 1974

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Chris Messina began his career on the off-Broadway stage before becoming a familiar character actor on film and in television, bringing a relatable, everyman quality to his roles despite also being devastatingly handsome, a harder trick to pull off than one might think. Born on August 11, 1974 in Westport, NY. He first became interested in acting as a teenager, and eventually attended Marymount Manhattan College, but dropped out after just one semester. After studying privately with a number of acting coaches in New York City, Messina began appearing in off-Broadway shows, before following in the footsteps of many Manhattan thespians before him and appearing on an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010). In 1998 Messina broke into film, appearing in the poker drama "Rounders" (1998), the military thriller "The Siege" (1998) and the romantic comedy "You've Got Mail" (1998). Following a few more years of cameo appearances, he landed his first series regular gig, playing Ted Fairwell on the final season of "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-2005). Messina continued to work regularly in independent film as well, co-starring in the romantic comedy "Ira & Abby" (2006), the domestic drama "Towelhead" (2007) which was written and directed by "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball, Woody Allen's erotic dramedy "Vicky Christina Barcelona" (2008), and Noah Baumbach's midlife crisis drama "Greenberg" (2010), alongside more mainstream fare like the romantic comedy "Made of Honor" (2008), the box office hit "Julie & Julia" (2009), and the horror chiller "Devil" (2010). In the 2010s, Messina became a much more familiar face on television, thanks to starring roles on series like "Damages" (FX/Audience Network, 2007-2012), "The Newsroom" (HBO, 2012-14), "The Mindy Project" (FOX/Hulu, 2012-17) and "Sharp Objects" (HBO, 2018). He also became a favorite of director Ben Affleck, appearing in his films "Argo" (2012), and "Live By Night" (2016). Messina could next be seen in the DC superhero movie "Birds of Prey" (2020) and on the third season of "The Sinner" (USA Network, 2017-).

      Highest rated movies

      96% Argo 93% Air 90% Dreamin' Wild 84% She Dies Tomorrow 82% Call Jane 80% Blame
      80% Vicky Cristina Barcelona
      79% I Care a Lot

      Photos

      Chris Messina Chris Messina at arrivals for VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA Premiere, Mann''s Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, August 04, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for ALEX OF VENICE Premiere, The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA April 8, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for RUBY SPARKS Premiere, The Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, CA July 19, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for ALEX OF VENICE Premiere, The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA April 8, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for HBO''s SHARP OBJECTS Screening and Conversation, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY June 28, 2018. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for ALEX OF VENICE Premiere at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, New York, NY April 18, 2014. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for The Premiere of VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, Mann''s Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, August 04, 2008. Photo by: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for ARGO Premiere, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Beverly Hills, CA October 4, 2012. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina at arrivals for ALEX OF VENICE Premiere, The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA April 8, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Chris Messina at arrivals for Third Annual Baby2Baby Gala, The Book Bindery, Culver City, CA November 8, 2014. Photo By: Xavier Collin/Everett Collection Don Johnson, Katie Nehara, Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead at arrivals for ALEX OF VENICE Premiere, The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA April 8, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Chris Messina, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen, Rebecca Hall at arrivals for The Premiere of VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, Mann''s Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, August 04, 2008. Photo by: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection The Mindy Project, Chris Messina (L), Mindy Kaling (R), 'Wiener Night', Season 2, Ep. #5, 10/15/2013, ©FOX The Mindy Project, Chris Messina (L), Mindy Kaling (R), 'Wiener Night', Season 2, Ep. #5, 10/15/2013, ©FOX THE MINDY PROJECT, Chris Messina, 'Mindy's Minute', Season 1, Ep. #15, 02/19/2013, ©FOX The Mindy Project, Chris Messina (L), Ike Barinholtz (R), 'Triathlon', Season 1, Ep. #22, 04/30/2013, ©FOX The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling (L), Chris Messina (R), 'Wiener Night', Season 2, Ep. #5, 10/15/2013, ©FOX The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling (L), Chris Messina (R), 'Wiener Night', Season 2, Ep. #5, 10/15/2013, ©FOX The Mindy Project, Bill Hader (L), Chris Messina (R), 'The Other Dr. L', Season 2, Ep. #2, 09/24/2013, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      60% 43% I.S.S. Gordon Barrett (Character) $6.6M 2023
      60% 66% The Boogeyman Will Harper (Character) $43.2M 2023
      93% 98% Air David Falk (Character) $52.4M 2023
      90% 65% Dreamin' Wild Matt Sullivan (Character) $294.4K 2022
      82% 87% Call Jane Will (Character) $512.8K 2022
      63% 50% The Aviary Unknown (Character) - 2022
      18% 17% Love Is Love Is Love Jack (Character) - 2020
      79% 36% I Care a Lot Dean Ericson (Character) - 2020
      63% 43% The Secrets We Keep Lewis (Character) $207.9K 2020
      84% 24% She Dies Tomorrow Jason (Character) - 2020
      79% 78% Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Victor Zsasz (Character) $84.1M 2020
      78% 65% The True Adventures of Wolfboy Denny (Character) - 2019
      80% 65% Blame Jeremy (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moon Rock City Screenwriter - 2017
      No Score Yet 50% The Sweet Life Kenny Parker (Character) - 2016
      35% 42% Live by Night Dion Bartolo (Character) $10.4M 2016
      50% 46% Ordinary World Jake (Character) - 2016
      50% 25% Manglehorn Jacob (Character) $132.1K 2014
      74% 43% Alex of Venice George (Character),
      Director
      - 2014
      49% 44% Cake Jason (Character) $1.9M 2014
      70% 49% Palo Alto Unknown (Character) $750.1K 2013
      47% 30% Fairhaven Dave (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2012
      47% 39% 28 Hotel Rooms Man (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2012
      96% 90% Argo Malinov (Character) $136.0M 2012
      70% 62% Celeste and Jesse Forever Paul (Character) $3.1M 2012
      79% 75% Ruby Sparks Harry (Character) $2.5M 2012
      70% 65% The Giant Mechanical Man Tim (Character) $5.4K 2012
      33% 28% The Trouble With Bliss NJ (Character) $10.9K 2011
      71% 62% Like Crazy Mike Appletree (Character) $3.4M 2011
      0% 33% An Invisible Sign Ben Smith (Character) - 2010
      48% 27% Monogamy Theo (Character) $20.2K 2010
      50% 43% Devil Det. Bowden (Character) $33.6M 2010
      77% 42% Greenberg Phillip Greenberg (Character) $4.2M 2010
      40% 32% Brief Interviews With Hideous Men Subject 19 (Character) $27.9K 2009
      77% 70% Julie & Julia Eric Powell (Character) $94.1M 2009
      67% 74% Away We Go Tom (Character) $9.4M 2009
      60% 59% Humboldt County Max (Character) $81.4K 2008
      80% 74% Vicky Cristina Barcelona Doug (Character) $23.2M 2008
      16% 55% Made of Honor Dennis (Character) $46.0M 2008
      69% 62% Ira and Abby Ira Black (Character) $220.2K 2006
      17% 83% Ordinary Sinner Silvio (Character) - 2002
      10% 25% Turn It Up Baz (Character) $1.2M 2000

      TV

      Credit
      76% 78% Based on a True Story Nathan Bartlett (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2023
      92% 74% The Sinner Nick (Character) 2020
      92% 83% Sharp Objects Richard Willis (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017
      86% 83% The Mindy Project Danny (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Voice)
      2012-2016
      No Score Yet 91% The Newsroom Reese Lansing (Guest Star) 2012-2014
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2013
      91% 88% Damages Chris Sanchez (Character) 2011
      81% 96% Six Feet Under Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Apple Unknown (Guest Star) 2001