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Chris Messina

Chris Messina

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1974-08-11 (46 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

43 Movies · 9 TV shows

Also Known As: Christopher Messina

Biography

Christopher Messina (born August 11, 1974) is an American actor. He has appeared in supporting roles in films such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Argo, Julie & Julia, Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever, You've Got Mail, and Birds of Prey. He starred in the film The Giant Mechanical Man, and he directed and acted in the film Alex of Venice. On television, he appeared in such roles as Ted Fairwell in Six Feet Under, Chris Sanchez in Damages, Reese Lansing in The Newsroom and as Danny Castellano in The Mindy Project, the latter of which earned him two nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2018, he portrayed detective Richard Willis in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects.

Personal Life

Messina and wife producer Jennifer Todd have two sons, Milo and Giovanni, born in 2008 and 2009, respectively. He was previously married to actress Rosemarie DeWitt for 12 years.

Early Life

Messina was born in Northport, New York. He is of Italian descent. He studied theater in high school, and attended Marymount Manhattan College, but dropped out after one semester.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot

8
2021
A legal guardian learns that her client is not who she thought.

2020.

3 Movies
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

6.31
2020
A young girl who had a hit placed on her after she stole a rare diamond from a crime lord is helped by a singer, an assassin and a police detective.
She Dies Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow

5.5
2020
Amy is devastated by the thought that she is going to die tomorrow. Jane and Amy began strange journeys through what might be the last day of their lives after Amy was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

2020
In post-World War II America, a woman rebuilds her life in the suburbs with her husband and abducts her neighbor to avenge war crimes she believes her husband committed against her.

2019.

1 Movie
The True Adventures of Wolfboy

The True Adventures of Wolfboy

2019
Follows a young boy who runs away from home in the search of his estranged mother.

2018.

1 TV show
TV
Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

6.54
2018
When Preaker returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls, she discovers psychological demons from her past.

2017.

2 Movies
Blame

Blame

2017
A drama teacher's taboo relationship with an unstable student strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to 'T...
The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life

2017
Kenny is an ice cream vendor in Chicago with a crisp white uniform and an apathetic heart. When he encounters Lolita, a sharp-tongued but despondent insurance actuary, their heated conversation, natur...

2016.

2 Movies
Live by Night

Live by Night

6.25
2016
A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Ordinary World

Ordinary World

2016
Perry is a happily married father of two living a comfortable but sedate life in the suburbs. On the occasion of his 40th birthday, he seeks to revisit his former life as the lead singer in a popular ...

2015.

3 Movies
Digging for Fire

Digging for Fire

2015
Tim and Lee have a child. The chance to stay at a fancy home in the Hollywood Hills is complicated by Tim's discovery of a bone and a rusty old gun in the yard. Tim is excited by the idea of a mystery...
Alex of Venice

Alex of Venice

6
2015
After her stay-at-home husband leaves her, a workaholic lawyer finds that she is not completely up to the tasks of caring for her young son, ailing father and household all by herself.
Manglehorn

Manglehorn

2015
AJ Manglehorn is an aging, ordinary guy in a small town. He nurses his sick cat, squeezes out a conversation with the local bank teller every Friday, and eats at the same place every day. But there i...

2014.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
Cake

Cake

2.5
2014
A woman with chronic pain seeks out the widower of a suicide victim after she had visions of a member of her support group killing herself.
Palo Alto

Palo Alto

2014
Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet ...
TV
Off Camera with Sam Jones

Off Camera with Sam Jones

2014
Photographer and director Sam Jones sits down with the myriad professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities (great skateboarders, for example), to discuss their development before fame...
The Oven

The Oven

2014
A young couple get into a fight before a very important party. Little do they know an outsider has tuned into their conversation.
Showing Up

Showing Up

2014
An unprecedented look at the audition, compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell an...

2013.

1 Movie
Fairhaven

Fairhaven

2013
Long-time friends reconnect when one returns to their small Massachusetts town for a funeral.

2012.

6 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Newsroom

The Newsroom

5.79
2012
There is a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable news program. The series focuses on a network anchor, his new executive producer, the newsroom staff, and their boss, as well a...
TV
The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project

5.5
2012
In a small medical practice in New York City, Obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers.
Celeste & Jesse Forever

Celeste & Jesse Forever

7.33
2012
In high school, Jesse and Celeste met and got married. They finish each other's sentences while laughing at the same jokes. They are seen by their friends as the perfect couple, she a high-powered bus...
28 Hotel Rooms

28 Hotel Rooms

2012
While traveling for work in a city far from their homes, a novelist and a corporate accountant find themselves in bed together. Although she’s married, and he’s seeing someone, their intense attractio...
Denise

Denise

2012
A girl helps a guy untangle his web of lies.
The Giant Mechanical Man

The Giant Mechanical Man

2012
An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.
Argo

Argo

6.46
2012
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist comes up with a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Ruby Sparks

Ruby Sparks

3.5
2012
Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career, but is now struggling with his writing as well as his romantic life. He made a breakthrough and created a character call...

2011.

2 Movies
The Trouble with Bliss

The Trouble with Bliss

2011
35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall) is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with ...
Like Crazy

Like Crazy

9.5
2011
A British college student falls in love with an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. After she overstayed her visa.

2010.

4 Movies
An Invisible Sign

An Invisible Sign

6
2010
After her father became ill, she turned to math for salvation and is now a 20-year-old woman. As an adult, she has to help her students through their own crises.
Devil

Devil

6.5
2010
A group of people are trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, and one of them is the devil.
Greenberg

Greenberg

2010
A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.
Monogamy

Monogamy

2010
Exhibitionism, voyeurism, jealousy, lust. Brooklyn wedding photographer Theo’s side business shooting surveillance-style photos of clients on the sly takes an unexpected turn—and creates a rift with ...

2009.

4 Movies
Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia

Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia

2009
Behind the scenes of 'Julie & Julia'.
Away We Go

Away We Go

6
2009
With Veronica expecting their first child, Burt's parents decide to move to Belgium, leaving them in a place they hate and without a support structure in place. They embark on a tour of disparate loca...
Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

6.39
2009
Julia Child and Julie Powell both wrote memoirs, and their lives are intertwined. Both women are at loose ends, even though they are separated by time and space. Until they discover that with the righ...
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

2009
After her boyfriend mysteriously leaves her with little explanation, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at a prestigious East Coast university Sara Quinn is left looking for answers as to what went ...

2008.

4 Movies
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3.5
2008
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Made of Honor

Made of Honor

2008
For the past 10 years, Tom and Hannah have been friends. She wants to marry but hasn't found Mr, he's a serial dater. Right, that is correct. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is in a relations...
Towelhead

Towelhead

2008
A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.
Humboldt County

Humboldt County

2008
Peter is going to start his residency after graduating from medical school. When his professor fails him, he ends up in bed with an actress and a singer named Bogart. He encounters her eccentric famil...

2007.

1 TV show
TV
Damages

Damages

6
2007
Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. The plot revolves around the brilliant, ruth...

2006.

1 Movie
Ira & Abby

Ira & Abby

2006
A neurotic, young psychology student, with low self-esteem, has a chance encounter with a free-spirited, extremely gregarious woman who works at the Paris Health Club in New York City, and who suggest...

2005.

1 TV show
TV
Medium

Medium

6
2005
Allison Dubois works in the District Attorney's office and uses her intuition to solve crimes by communicating with the dead. She often gets clues to the location of missing people through her dreams....

2001.

1 TV show
TV
Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

6.14
2001
A darkly comic look at a group of people. When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challe...

2000.

1 Movie
Turn It Up

Turn It Up

2000
Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time....

1998.

3 Movies
The Siege

The Siege

5.79
1998
A wave of terrorist attacks in New York were caused by the secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist from his homeland in the Middle East. An FBI senior agent and his team attempt to locate and dec...
You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail

7.24
1998
Both Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly were unaware that he was trying to put her out of business when they fell in love with the anonymity of the Internet.
Rounders

Rounders

4
1998
A young man is a reformed gambler who needs to return to playing big stakes poker to help his friend pay off loan sharks.

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are currently being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertai...

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.77
1990
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, it follows a murder.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
ISS

ISS

At any given moment, there are roughly six astronauts living on the International Space Station and the thriller follows the actions they take after receiving distressing information from Earth that t...
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