Chris Messina

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Chris Messina
Born(1974-08-11) August 11, 1974 (age 40)
Northport, New York, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the actor. For the open source advocate, see Chris Messina (open source advocate).
Chris Messina
Born(1974-08-11) August 11, 1974 (age 40)
Northport, New York, U.S.
Years active1995–present

Chris Messina (born August 11, 1974) is an American 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 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 series 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 ten 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, directed by Dana Adam Shapiro and starring Messina and Rashida Jones, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where the film won the jury prize for Best New York Narrative.[3]

Messina joined the cast of Damages for its fourth and fifth seasons.[4] He played a recurring character on HBO's The Newsroom.[5] Messina is a series regular on the Fox sitcom The Mindy Project, playing Dr. Danny Castellano.

Personal life[edit]

Messina and producer Jennifer Todd have children.[6]


1995When Dating Turns DangerousZachEducational film
1998Siege, TheThe SiegeCorporal
1998You've Got MailFox salesperson
2000Turn It UpBaz
2001Ordinary SinnerSilvio
2005Bittersweet PlaceSeymour
2005Crooked Corner, TheThe Crooked CornerNephew
2006Ira & AbbyIra Black
2007SecurityZellyShort film
2008Humboldt CountyMax
2008Made of HonorDennis
2008Vicky Cristina BarcelonaDoug
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSubject #19
2009Away We GoTom Garnett
2009Julie & JuliaEric Powell
2010GreenbergPhilip Greenberg
2010DevilDetective Bowden
2010Invisible Sign, AnAn Invisible SignBen Smith
2011Like CrazyMike Appletree
2011Trouble with Bliss, TheThe Trouble with BlissNJ
2012Celeste and Jesse ForeverPaul
201228 Hotel RoomsManAlso executive producer
2012Giant Mechanical Man, TheThe Giant Mechanical ManTim
2012FairhavenDaveAlso writer and executive producer
2012DeniseBradShort film
2012Ruby SparksHarry Weir-Fields
2012ArgoMalinovScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble[7]
2013Palo AltoMitch
2014Oven, TheThe OvenNarratorShort film
2014Showing UpHimselfDocumentary
2014Alex of VeniceGeorgeAlso director
2014Digging for FireBilly TIn post-production
1995Law & OrderTommy BellEpisode: "Rebels"
1996Law & OrderKevin TurnerEpisode: "Homesick"
2000Third WatchCharlieEpisode: "History"
2001Big AppleRickyEpisode: "A Ministering Angel"
2003Law & OrderDon CushmanEpisode: "Suicide Box"
2005Six Feet UnderTed Fairwell6 episodes
2007MediumCasey Edward FrankEpisode: "The Whole Truth"
2011–2012DamagesChris Sanchez16 episodes
2012–2013Newsroom, TheThe NewsroomReese Lansing10 episodes
2012–presentMindy Project, TheThe Mindy ProjectDr. Danny CastellanoMain cast


YearTitleRoleRunTheater and productionNotes
1997American Clock, TheThe American ClockSidney Margolies/
Charley/ Ralph/
October 19, 1997 –
Signature Theatre Company at
The Peter Norton Space
1999Group, TheThe GroupDirectorAugust 9–20, 1999All Seasons Theatre Group at
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
1999RefugeNatNovember 18 – December 12, 1999Playwright's Horizon Studio Theater[13]
2000Hologram Theory, TheThe Hologram TheoryJoe BuckMarch 27 – April 9, 2000McGinn/Cazale Theater[14][15][16]
2000Light Outside, TheThe Light OutsideFrankieNovember 5 – December 16, 2000The Flea Theater[17][18]
2001TamicanflyC.J.January 17 – February 4, 2001McGinn/Cazale Theater[19]
2001BlurJoey D'AmicoMay 17 – June 24, 2001Manhattan Theater Club at
New York City Center Stage II
2001–2002Good ThingBobbyDecember 16, 2001 – January 6, 2002The New Group at
The Theater at St. Clements Church
2002This Thing of DarknessAbbey/ ReefMay 30 – June 16, 2002Atlantic Theater Company at
Linda Gross Theater
2002FasterSkramSeptember 8 – October 13, 2002Rattlestick Theater[26][27]
2002–2003Far AwayToddNovember 11, 2002 –
January 18, 2003
New York Theater Workshop[28]
2003Salome by Oscar Wilde:
The Reading
The Young Syrian
(Captain of the
April 30 – June 12, 2003Ethel Barrymore TheaterBroadway debut
for Messina[29][30]
2003St. ScarletDirectorJune 13 – July 12, 2003Ontological Theater at
St. Mark's Church
2004Motel Blues: ManagementMikeMarch 25 – April 11, 2004Apartment 929 at
Greenwich Street Theatre
2004Seagull, TheThe SeagullTreplevMay 24–29, 2004White Heron Theater company at
Second Stage Theatre
2004Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry OrchardTrofimovAugust 11–22, 2004Williamstown Theatre Festival at
Adams Memorial Theater
2004Late Night, Early MorningOctober 21–31, 20042004 Tribeca Theatre Festival[39]


  1. ^ Champagne, Christine (October 19, 2007). "10 Actors To Watch : Chris Messina : 'Six Feet Under' Actor Emerges With Full Slate". Variety. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Messina goes to the DEVIL for Shyamalan and the Dowdles
  3. ^ Duboff, Josh (April 29, 2010). "When We Leave Scores Top Honors At Tribeca Film Festival". Vulture. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chris Messina Joins Damages". Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chris Messina on Starring in What Seems Like Everything". Vulture. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Christopher Rosen (August 3, 2012). "Chris Messina, 'Celeste And Jesse Forever' Star, On His Crazy Year". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards list (2012)". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "The American Clock"". 
  9. ^ "The American Clock". The Commonwealth Foundation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review: The American Clock". Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Daniels, Robert L. (October 25, 1997). "Legit Reviews: The American Clock". Variety. 
  12. ^ McGrath, Sean. "All Seasons Group at NYC's E.S.T., Aug. 9-20". The Group. Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Jessica. Refuge. Dramatists Play Service Inc. p. 3. 
  14. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: Those Credible Aliens, Not Quite Adult and Well Beyond Reason". The Hologram Theory. New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ "PHOTO CALL: Colors Come Out At Hologram Theory Opening March 27". Hologram Theory. Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ Finkle, David. "Review: The Hologram Theory". 
  17. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. "Review: The Light Outside". 
  18. ^ "The Light Outside: Ticket information". 
  19. ^ VanGelder, Lawrence (January 20, 2001). "THEATER REVIEW; Got the Horse Right Here, Its Name Is Tamicanfly". New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet off-Broadway Database listing for "Blur"". 
  21. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: Through the Eyes of the Beholder". Blur. New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "Good Thing"". 
  23. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: A Competition in Squalor From Adjoining Kitchens". Good Thing. New york Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  24. ^ Finkle, David. "Review: Good Thing". 
  25. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "This Thing of Darkness"". 
  26. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off-Broadway Database listing for "Faster"". 
  27. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Legit Reviews: Faster". Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Lortel Archives: Internet Off Broadway Database listing for "Far Away"". 
  29. ^ "IBDB listing for "Salome"". 
  30. ^ "Who's Who in the Cast: Salome". Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  31. ^ "OffOffOff Theater Review of "St. Scarlet"". 
  32. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review: Siblings at Odds, A Stranger Uninvited". St. Scarlet. New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Motel Blues: Show information". 
  34. ^ "CurtainUp Review of "Motel Blues"". 
  35. ^ Isaac, Dan. "Review: The Seagull". 
  36. ^ Brantley, Ben. "THEATER REVIEW; Conflicting Impulses Of Chekhov's Last Play". The Cherry Orchard. New York Times. 
  37. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Legit Reviews: The Cherry Orchard". Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Williamstown Theatre Festival webpage". 
  39. ^ Willis, John; Ben Hodges. Theatre World, Vol 61, 2004-2005. p. 231. 

External links[edit]