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.
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.
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
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
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
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
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.
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When Preaker returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls, she discovers psychological demons from her past.
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
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...
Live by Night
A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
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 ...
Digging for Fire
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
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.
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...
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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 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 ...
Off Camera with Sam Jones
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...
A young couple get into a fight before a very important party. Little do they know an outsider has tuned into their conversation.
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...
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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...
The Mindy Project
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
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
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...
A girl helps a guy untangle his web of lies.
The Giant Mechanical Man
An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.
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.
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...
The Trouble with Bliss
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 ...
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.
An Invisible Sign
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.
A group of people are trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, and one of them is the devil.
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.
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 ...
Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia
Behind the scenes of 'Julie & Julia'.
Away We Go
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
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
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 ...
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
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
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...
A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.
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...
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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...
Ira & Abby
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...
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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....
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Six Feet Under
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...
Turn It Up
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....
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
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.
A young man is a reformed gambler who needs to return to playing big stakes poker to help his friend pay off loan sharks.
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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...
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Law & Order
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, it follows a murder.
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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