Debra Messing

Debra Messing

  • Highest Rated: 92% Searching (2018)
  • Lowest Rated: 3% McHale's Navy (1997)
  • Birthday: Aug 15, 1968
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • A stunning, New York-born actress who shot to stardom with her role as the latter half of television's Will and Grace, Debra Messing's playful creativity beginning in her youth left her family with little doubt that the talented youngster would seek a career in some aspect of the entertainment industry.Raised in a small community outside Providence, RI, Messing's song and dance routines were the source of endless entertainment for her family throughout her youth, and the precocious youngster frequently attended performing arts camps in order to focus her skills as an actress. Later touring Canada, the U.S., and Mexico before planning her initial bid for stardom, Messing followed her mother's advice and enrolled in Massachusetts' Brandeis University, where she majored in theater arts. Traveling to London late in her schooling to study at the prestigious B.E.S.G.L. program, she was later accepted into New York University's Graduate Acting Program. Early roles such as a stint as sexpot Dana Abandando on television's NYPD Blue garnered much attention for the stunning starlet, and it wasn't long before Messing made her feature debut with A Walk in the Clouds (1995). Jumping back to the small screen for the short-lived Ned and Stacey the following year, she next turned up in the feature Prey (1997) and a subsequent television series based on the film. Launching her career into overdrive in 1998 with her role as Grace Elizabeth Adler in television's Will and Grace brought Messing critical and public praise, and her role as the interior designer living with a homosexual lawyer charmed audiences with its snappy writing and talented cast. With personal interests lending to involvement with such organizations as the Best Friend's Pet Sanctuary, Gay Men's Health Crisis, and AmFAR, the actress uses much of her personal time to encourage social awareness of HIV and AIDS-related issues and encourage people to adopt pets.The massive success of Will & Grace helped Messing gain a foothold in a film career. She tested the waters gingerly at first, taking small but key roles in films as diverse as the thriller The Mothman Prophecies and the Woody Allen comedy Hollywood Ending. She played Ben Stiller's newlywed wife in the hit comedy Along Came Polly in 2004. Although audiences ignored her romantic comedy The Wedding Date, Messing scored her most prestigious post-Will & Grace work yet landing a major role in Curtis Hanson's Lucky You in 2006, the same year as she lent her vocal talents to the animated film Open Season.Over the next several years, Messing would enjoy a number of projects, starring in movies like The Women, and series like The Starter Wife, Smash and The Mysteries of Laura.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

92% Searching Detective Rosemary Vick 2018
No Score Yet The Enchanted Stallion The Queen 2016
53% Like Sunday, Like Rain Barbara $28.1K 2015
No Score Yet Shalom Sesame: Grover Plants A Tree Actor 2011
53% Nothing Like the Holidays Sarah $7.5M 2008
14% The Women Edie Cohen $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Women Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Starter Wife Molly Kagan 2007
29% Lucky You Suzanne Offer $5.8M 2007
No Score Yet Purple Violets Kate Scott 2007
48% Open Season Beth $84.4M 2006
11% The Wedding Date Kat Ellis $32.1M 2005
15% Garfield - The Movie Arlene $75.3M 2004
26% Along Came Polly Lisa Kramer $87.9M 2004
46% Hollywood Ending Lori $4.8M 2002
52% The Mothman Prophecies Mary Klein $35.3M 2002
No Score Yet Jesus Mary Magdalene 2000
41% Celebrity Cameraman at Lupus Office 1998
3% McHale's Navy Lt. Penelope Carpenter 1997
44% A Walk in the Clouds Betty Sutton 1995

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid
2016
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2007
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Grace Adler
  • 2018
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016-2017
Herself
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011-2017
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars
2012
Judge
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
24% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
Laura Diamond
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2015
67% Smash
2012-2013
Julia Houston
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Project Runway
2005
Judge
  • 2012
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004
Judge
  • 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Alicia Harding
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2002
33% Prey
1998
Dr. Sloan Parker
  • 1998
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Beth
  • 1997
  • 1996
64% Ned and Stacey
1995-1997
Stacey Colbert
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Dana Abandando
  • 1995
  • 1994

QUOTES FROM Debra Messing CHARACTERS

Edie Cohen
I wanna keep going until I get a boy.
Alex Fisher
Don't we have enough of those?
Sylvie Fowler
Weren't you taking some puppet-making class?
Edie Cohen
Let me tell you something. Weird crowd of people, the puppet people.
Boog
Elliot, catch!
Elliot
Got it!
Boog
Fire!
Elliot
Boog, It's working!
Boog
Ha ha ha ha, yeah! Look at them run!
McSquizzy
Send out, Mr. Happy!
Boog
Who?
Park Ranger Beth
Gordy, I'm taking home!
McSquizzy
Oh...Mr. Happy didn't go off.
Boog
Whoa whoa, we were just supposed to run them into town!
Elliot
That's right, keep running.
Park Ranger Beth
I'm so proud of you.
Park Ranger Beth
Oh. [Chuckles] You are home. [Hugs Boog] I'm so proud of you.
Park Ranger Beth
[To Boog] What am I gonna do with you?
Park Ranger Beth
[to Boog] What am I gonna do with you?
Gordy
Beth, you're not his mother.
Park Ranger Beth
I'm not mothering him!
Boog
[Taps on the window and smiles while waving at Beth]
Park Ranger Beth
Excuse me. [Yelling] Go to bed, Boog!
Park Ranger Beth
Excuse me. [yelling] Go to bed, Boog!
Boog
[Gets startled and throws up on the window]
Boog
[gets startled and throws up on the window]
Park Ranger Beth
[Referring to Shaw] That guy really chaps my khakis.
Park Ranger Beth
[When the audience runs off and think Boog is killing Elliot] Stay calm! STAY CALM!!!
Park Ranger Beth
[When the audience runs off and think Boog is killing Elliot] Stay calm! STAY CALM!
Park Ranger Beth
[About Boog ransacking the Puni Mart] I am so sorry. It's my fault. It won't happen again.
Gordy
What if he had hurt somebody?
Park Ranger Beth
Gordy, please. We're talking about Boog here.
Park Ranger Beth
[After telling Boog it's his bedtime] Boog. Mr. Dinkleman's waiting.
Park Ranger Beth
We rocked that house, didn't we, Boog?
Gordy
You know, the longer you wait, the harder it's gonna be for him to adapt.
Park Ranger Beth
Oh, I'm sure he'll... that is, I think he'll--
Gordy
And the harder it's gonna be for you to leave him.
Park Ranger Beth
[whispering] Good night, Boog.
Park Ranger Beth
Morning, Gordy.
Gordy
Mornin', Beth.
Park Ranger Beth
You're in big trouble, mister!
Boog
Shush!
Park Ranger Beth
[seeing that Boog and the wilds are attacking the hunters] Gordy, I'm bringing him home.
Park Ranger Beth
You're a sick, sick, twisted puppy, Shaw!
Park Ranger Beth
Now that's a roar, Boog.
Park Ranger Beth
You are home.
Park Ranger Beth
You know what sugar does to you, Boog! Straight to bed! Now!
Park Ranger Beth
Cuff him, Gordy!
Shaw
Oh, the girl scouts are here!
Park Ranger Beth
He's at it again!
Gordy
Shaw, hunting season doesn't start for 3 days. What are ya doin' with that buck on your hood?
Shaw
What? It ain't my fault. He ran right in front of my truck.
Gordy
Where? On the interstate?
Shaw
[having a flashback of him hitting Elliot with his truck] Heh heh heh. Sort of.
Park Ranger Beth
[annoyed] Ugh...
Gordy
Beth, you're not his mother.
Park Ranger Beth
I'm not mothering him.
Shaw
Tree hugger!
Park Ranger Beth
Knuckle dragger!
Shaw
Veggie burger!
Gordy
Alright, alright. That's enough, you two.
Park Ranger Beth
Shaw! That guy really chaps my khakis!