Chris Messina

Chris Messina

  • Highest Rated: 96% Argo (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% An Invisible Sign (2011)
  • Birthday: Aug 11, 1974
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A character-oriented actor who specialized in playing American everymen, Chris Messina emerged in the mid-'90s, landing guest appearances on series programs such as Law & Order and mounting supporting parts in Hollywood features including You've Got Mail and Rounders (both 1998). Messina gained even more exposure when he joined the cast of the quirky HBO comedy drama Six Feet Under during that program's fifth and final season. On that series, Messina played Ted Fairwell, a Republican attorney smitten with Claire Fisher (Lauren Ambrose) who (as the program reveals) will eventually marry her. After Six Feet wrapped, Messina hearkened back to feature portrayals, this time as a lead, in director Jennifer Westfeldt's (Kissing Jessica Stein) critically praised sophomore effort Ira & Abby (2006). The actor proved he could hold his own with a multilayered turn as a neurotic therapist's son who rushes headlong into marriage only to watch his confidence fall to pieces when he learns of his new wife's two ex-husbands. In 2008, Messina took on a supporting role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, opposite Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. In the years to come, Messina would enjoy continued success as an established actor, appearing in films like Ruby Sparks and Argo, as well as on TV series like The Mindy Project and The Newsroom.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Victor Zsasz 2020
88% The True Adventures of Wolfboy Denny 2019
80% Blame Jeremy Woods 2018
35% Live By Night Dion Bartolo $10.4M 2017
47% Ordinary World Jake 2016
No Score Yet The Sweet Life Kenny 2016
66% Digging For Fire Billy T. $0.2M 2015
50% Manglehorn Jacob $64.1K 2015
74% Alex of Venice Director George 2015
48% Cake Jason Bennett $1.4M 2015
69% Palo Alto Mitch $0.5M 2014
47% Fairhaven Dave Producer 2013
47% 28 Hotel Rooms Actor $16.5K 2012
96% Argo Malinov $136.1M 2012
71% Celeste and Jesse Forever Paul $3.1M 2012
79% Ruby Sparks Harry $2.6M 2012
70% The Giant Mechanical Man Tim $5.9K 2012
33% The Trouble with Bliss NJ $11.4K 2012
71% Like Crazy Mike Appletree $3.4M 2011
0% An Invisible Sign Ben Smith 2011
48% Monogamy Theo $20.7K 2011
51% Devil Detective Bowden $33.6M 2010
76% Greenberg Phillip Greenberg $2.3M 2010
40% Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #19 2009
77% Julie & Julia Eric Powell $94.2M 2009
68% Away We Go Tom $9.5M 2009
60% Humboldt County Max 2008
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona Doug $23.2M 2008
15% Made of Honor Dennis $46.1M 2008
27% The Pleasure of Being Robbed Actor 2008
68% Ira and Abby Ira Black 2006
40% Road Larry 2005
No Score Yet Bittersweet Place Seymour 2004
17% Ordinary Sinner Silvio 2002
8% Turn It Up Baz $0.8M 2000
69% You've Got Mail Fox Salesperson 1998
44% The Siege Corporal 1998
65% Rounders Higgins 1998

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

92% Sharp Objects
2018
Det. Richard Willis
  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
86% The Mindy Project
2012-2017
Dr. Danny Castellano
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
58% The Newsroom
2012-2014
Reese Lansing
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
91% Damages
2007-2012
Chris Sanchez
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Ted Ted Fairwell
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Don Cushman Tommy Bell Kevin Turner
  • 2003
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Charlie
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Mindy Project
Dr. Danny Castellano

QUOTES FROM Chris Messina CHARACTERS

Paul
No one has ever given a more self-righteous monolog wearing a trash bag.
Paul
No one has ever given a more self-righteous, monolog wearing a trash bag.
Harry
Mindcest?
Detective Bowden
So no, I don't believe in the Devil. You don't need him, people are bad enough by themselves.
NJ
I'll send you some .... buffali hide.
NJ
I'll send you some.... buffali hide.
Mona Gray
Ben Smith: Are you avoiding me, Ms. Gray? Mona Gray: I thought I dropped something out of the window. Ben Smith: Like what? A quadratic equation Mona Gray: More like a decimal point
Ben Smith
Are you avoiding me, Ms. Gray?
Mona Gray
I thought I dropped something out of the window.
Ben Smith
Like what? A quadratic equation.
Mona Gray
More like a decimal point.
Eric Powell
Lobster killer, lobster killer...
Eric Powell
Lobster killer, lobster killer.
Detective Bowden
An apology note left at the site of a hit and run. My wife and son were killed out on Bethlaham Pike five years ago, but that's OK, because whoever did it is *sorry*. You can tell by the heartfelt apology on the back of a carwash coupon.
Eric Powell
Why don't you write a blog about how much you love Queens?
Julie Powell
A short blog.