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 was an American actor and director who started 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

Argo She Dies Tomorrow Blame
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Ruby Sparks
I Care a Lot The True Adventures of Wolfboy

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
63% 39% The Secrets We Keep Lewis (Character) $207.9K 2020
79% 78% Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Victor Zsasz (Character) $84.1M 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Is Love Is Love Jack (Character) - 2020
83% 23% She Dies Tomorrow Jason (Character) - 2020
78% 35% I Care a Lot Dean Ericson (Character) - 2020
78% 62% The True Adventures of Wolfboy Denny (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moon Rock City Screenwriter - 2017
81% 66% Blame Jeremy (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 48% The Sweet Life Kenny Parker (Character) - 2016
34% 42% Live by Night Dion Bartolo (Character) $10.4M 2016
47% 46% Ordinary World Jake (Character) - 2016
74% 43% Alex of Venice George (Character),
Director
- 2014
48% 44% Cake Jason (Character) $1.9M 2014
49% 24% Manglehorn Jacob (Character) $132.1K 2014
69% 49% Palo Alto Unknown (Character) $750.1K 2013
71% 62% Celeste and Jesse Forever Paul (Character) $3.1M 2012
70% 65% The Giant Mechanical Man Tim (Character) $5.4K 2012
79% 75% Ruby Sparks Harry (Character) $2.5M 2012
96% 90% Argo Malinov (Character) $136.0M 2012
47% 31% Fairhaven Dave (Character),
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
- 2012
47% 38% 28 Hotel Rooms Man (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2012
72% 61% Like Crazy Mike Appletree (Character) $3.4M 2011
33% 28% The Trouble With Bliss NJ (Character) $10.9K 2011
0% 33% An Invisible Sign Ben Smith (Character) - 2010
48% 27% Monogamy Theo (Character) $20.2K 2010
76% 42% Greenberg Phillip Greenberg (Character) $4.2M 2010
49% 43% Devil Det. Bowden (Character) $33.6M 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
81% 74% Vicky Cristina Barcelona Doug (Character) $23.2M 2008
16% 55% Made of Honor Dennis (Character) $46.0M 2008
68% 62% Ira and Abby Ira Black (Character) $220.2K 2006
17% 83% Ordinary Sinner Silvio (Character) - 2002
8% 26% Turn It Up Baz (Character) $1.2M 2000

TV

Credit
90% 72% The Sinner Nick (Character) 2020-2021
92% 82% Sharp Objects Richard Willis (Character) 2018
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017
86% 83% The Mindy Project Danny (Character),
Unknown (Guest Voice)
2012-2016
58% 91% The Newsroom Reese Lansing (Guest Star) 2012-2014
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2013
91% 91% Damages Chris Sanchez (Character) 2011
81% 97% Six Feet Under Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Apple Unknown (Guest Star) 2001