Chris Messina

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Chris Messina
Born(1974-08-11) August 11, 1974 (age 39)
Northport, New York, U.S.
Years active1995–present
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Chris Messina
Born(1974-08-11) August 11, 1974 (age 39)
Northport, New York, U.S.
Years active1995–present

Chris Messina (born August 11, 1974) is an American film, television and stage actor. He has appeared in such films as Vicky Christina Barcelona, Argo, Julie & Julia, Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever, and You've Got Mail. On television, he is best known for his roles as Chris Sanchez in Damages and as Danny Castellano in The Mindy Project.

Life and career[edit]

Messina was born in Northport, New York. He started his career as an off-Broadway actor. He has appeared in episodes of the television series Law & Order, Third Watch, and Medium. He had a recurring role in the fifth and final season of the HBO drama Six Feet Under as Ted Fairwell. His film credits include Rounders, The Siege, You've Got Mail and Towelhead.

He starred in an HBO pilot Anatomy of Hope, directed by J. J. Abrams. Simon Callow also starred, but the pilot was not picked up to series. In October 2007, Daily Variety named him as one of 10 actors to watch.[1] He starred in Devil, under the direction of John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, for producer M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures.[2] In April 2010, Monogamy, starring Messina and Rashida Jones, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, won the jury prize for best New York narrative.[citation needed]

Messina joined the cast of Damages for its fourth and fifth seasons.[3] He plays a recurring character on HBO's The Newsroom.[4] Messina is a series regular on the Fox comedy The Mindy Project, playing Dr. Danny Castellano.

Personal life[edit]

Messina has two children with producer Jennifer Todd.[5]



The SiegeCorporal
You've Got MailFox salesperson
2000Turn It UpBaz
2001Ordinary SinnerSilvio[6]
The Crooked CornerNephew[8]
Bittersweet PlaceSeymour[9]
2006Ira and AbbyIra BlackBest Actor (Chris Messina), Vallarta Film Festival (2006).[10]
2007SecurityZellyShort film[11]
TowelheadBarrySupporting role. Film also known as Nothing is Private.
2008Humboldt CountyMax
Made of HonorDennis
Vicky Cristina BarcelonaDoug
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSubject #19
Julie & JuliaEric Powell
Away We GoTom Garnett
2010An Invisible SignBen Smith
DevilDetective BowdenLead role
GreenbergPhilip Greenberg
2011Like CrazyMike Appletree
The Trouble with BlissNJSupporting role
2012The Giant Mechanical ManTim
DeniseBradShort Film
Ruby SparksHarry Weir-FieldsSupporting role
Celeste and Jesse ForeverPaul
28 Hotel RoomsAlso executive producer.
ArgoMalinovScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (2012).
Nominated – Critics Choice Awards for Best Acting Ensemble (2013) [12]
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble (2012).[13]
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance (2012).
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble (2012) [14]
FairhavenDaveAlso writer and executive producer.
2013Showing UpHimselfDocumentary composed of interviews with actors discussing the audition process.


1995Law & OrderTommy Bell1 episode "Rebels". Apparent first screen role. His character, a college student, is murdered at a biker bar within the first few minutes. The remainder of the show focuses on finding his killer.
1996Law & OrderKevin Turner1 episode "Homesick"
2000Third WatchCharlie1 episode "History"
2001Big AppleRicky1 Episode "A Ministering Angel"
2003Law & OrderDon Cushman1 episode "Suicide Box"
2005Six Feet UnderTed Fairwell6 episodes
2007MediumCasey Edward Frank1 episode "The Whole Truth"
2009Anatomy of HopeDr. Gary KaplanLead role in a TV Pilot. Was not picked up to series.
2011–2012DamagesChris Sanchez16 episodes, Season 4 regular; season 5 guest
2012–presentThe NewsroomReese LansingRecurring character
2012–presentThe Mindy ProjectDr. Danny CastellanoSeries regular


YearTitleRoleRunTheater and ProductionNotes
1997The American ClockSidney Margolies/
Charley/ Ralph/
October 19, 1997-
Signature Theatre Company at
The Peter Norton Space
1999The GroupDirectorAugust 9, 1999-
August 20, 1999
All Seasons Theatre Group at
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
RefugeNatNovember 18, 1999-
December 12, 1999
Playwright's Horizon Studio Theater[20]
2000The Hologram TheoryJoe BuckMarch 27, 2000-
April 9, 2000
McGinn/Cazale Theater[21][22][23]
The Light OutsideFrankieNovember 5, 2000-
Dec, 16, 2000
The Flea Theater[24][25]
2001TamicanflyC.J.January 17, 2001-
February 4, 2001
McGinn/Cazale Theater[26]
BlurJoey D'AmicoMay 17, 2001-
June 24, 2001
Manhattan Theater Club at
New York City Center Stage II
Good ThingBobbyDecember 16, 2001-
January 6, 2002
The New Group at
The Theater at St. Clements Church
2002This Thing of DarknessAbbey/ ReefMay 30, 2002-
June 16, 2002
Atlantic Theater Company at
Linda Gross Theater
FasterSkramSeptember 8, 2002-
October 13, 2002
Rattlestick Theater[33][34]
Far AwayToddNovember 11, 2002-
January 18, 2003
New York Theater Workshop[35]
2003Salome by Oscar Wilde:
The Reading
The Young Syrian
(Captain of the
April 30, 2003-
June 12, 2003
Ethel Barrymore TheaterBroadway debut for Messina [36][37]
St. ScarletDirectorJune 13, 2003-
July 12, 2003
Ontological Theater at
St. Mark's Church
2004Motel Blues: ManagementMikeMarch 25, 2004-
April 11, 2004
Apartment 929 at
Greenwich Street Theatre
The Cherry OrchardTrofimovAugust 11, 2004-
August 22, 2004
Williamstown Theatre Festival at
Adams Memorial Theater
Late Night, Early MorningOctober 21, 2004-
October 31, 2004
2004 Tribeca Theatre Festival[45]


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  2. ^ Messina goes to the DEVIL for Shyamalan and the Dowdles
  3. ^ "Chris Messina Joins Damages". Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chris Messina on Starring in What Seems Like Everything". Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ Christopher Rosen (August 3, 2012). "Chris Messina, 'Celeste And Jesse Forever' Star, On His Crazy Year". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Internet Movie Database listing for "Ordinary Sinner"". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Internet Movie Database listing for "Road"". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Internet Movie Database listing for "Crooked Corner"". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Internet Movie Database listing for "Bittersweet Place"". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "List of Awards for Ira & Abby". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Internet Movie Database listing for "Security'"". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Critics Choice Awards for best Acting Ensemble (2013)". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble (2012)". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards list (2012)". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "The American Clock"". 
  16. ^ "The American Clock". The Commonwealth Foundation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review: The American Clock". Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
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  20. ^ Goldberg, Jessica. Refuge. Dramatists Play Service Inc. p. 3. 
  21. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: Those Credible Aliens, Not Quite Adult and Well Beyond Reason". The Hologram Theory. New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "PHOTO CALL: Colors Come Out At Hologram Theory Opening March 27". Hologram Theory. Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  23. ^ Finkle, David. "Review: The Hologram Theory". 
  24. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. "Review: The Light Outside". 
  25. ^ "The Light Outside: Ticket information". 
  26. ^ VanGelder, Lawrence (January 20, 2001). "THEATER REVIEW; Got the Horse Right Here, Its Name Is Tamicanfly". New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet off-Broadway Database listing for "Blur"". 
  28. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: Through the Eyes of the Beholder". Blur. New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "Good Thing"". 
  30. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: A Competition in Squalor From Adjoining Kitchens". Good Thing. New york Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  31. ^ Finkle, David. "Review: Good Thing". 
  32. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "This Thing of Darkness"". 
  33. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "Faster"". 
  34. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Legit Reviews: Faster". Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off Broadway Database listing for "Far Away"". 
  36. ^ "IBDB listing for "Salome"". 
  37. ^ "Who's Who in the Cast: Salome". Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  38. ^ "OffOffOff Theater Review of "St. Scarlet"". 
  39. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: Siblings at Odds, A Stranger Uninvited". St. Scarlet. New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Motel Blues: Show information". 
  41. ^ "CurtainUp Review of "Motel Blues"". 
  42. ^ Brantley, Ben. "THEATER REVIEW; Conflicting Impulses Of Chekhov's Last Play". The Cherry Orchard. New York Times. 
  43. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Legit Reviews: The Cherry Orchard". Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Williamstown Theatre Festival webpage". 
  45. ^ Willis, John; Ben Hodges. Theatre World, Vol 61, 2004-2005. p. 231. 

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