Chris Messina

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Chris Messina
Chris Messina at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Messina at PaleyFest 2013's panel for The Mindy Project
Born (1974-08-11) August 11, 1974 (age 40)
Northport, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Children 2

Chris Messina (born August 11, 1974) is an American actor. He has appeared in such films as Vicky Cristina 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.[citation needed]

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.

In 2014, Messina is a jilter in the video for Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One".

Personal life[edit]

Messina and producer Jennifer Todd have two children.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 When Dating Turns Dangerous Zach Educational film
1998 Rounders Higgins
1998 Siege, TheThe Siege Corporal
1998 You've Got Mail Fox salesperson
2000 Turn It Up Baz
2001 Ordinary Sinner Silvio
2005 Road Larry
2005 Bittersweet Place Seymour
2005 Crooked Corner, TheThe Crooked Corner Nephew
2006 Ira & Abby Ira Black
2007 Security Zelly Short film
2007 Towelhead Barry
2008 Humboldt County Max
2008 Made of Honor Dennis
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Doug
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #19
2009 Away We Go Tom Garnett
2009 Julie & Julia Eric Powell
2010 Greenberg Philip Greenberg
2010 Monogamy Theo
2010 Devil Detective Bowden
2010 Invisible Sign, AnAn Invisible Sign Ben Smith
2011 Like Crazy Mike Appletree
2011 Trouble with Bliss, TheThe Trouble with Bliss NJ
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Paul
2012 28 Hotel Rooms Man Also executive producer
2012 Giant Mechanical Man, TheThe Giant Mechanical Man Tim
2012 Fairhaven Dave Also writer and executive producer
2012 Denise Brad Short film
2012 Ruby Sparks Harry Weir-Fields
2012 Argo Malinov Screen 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]
2013 Palo Alto Mitch
2014 Oven, TheThe Oven Narrator Short film
2014 Showing Up Himself Documentary
2014 Alex of Venice George Also director
2014 Manglehorn Jacob
2014 Cake Jason
2015 Digging for Fire Billy T In post-production
2015 Geezer Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Law & Order Tommy Bell Episode: "Rebels"
1996 Law & Order Kevin Turner Episode: "Homesick"
2000 Third Watch Charlie Episode: "History"
2001 Big Apple Ricky Episode: "A Ministering Angel"
2003 Law & Order Don Cushman Episode: "Suicide Box"
2005 Six Feet Under Ted Fairwell 6 episodes
2007 Medium Casey Edward Frank Episode: "The Whole Truth"
2011–12 Damages Chris Sanchez 16 episodes
2012–14 Newsroom, TheThe Newsroom Reese Lansing 12 episodes
2012–present Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Dr. Danny Castellano Main cast


Year Title Role Run Theater and production Notes
1997 American Clock, TheThe American Clock Sidney Margolies/
Charley/ Ralph/
October 19, 1997 –
Signature Theatre Company at
The Peter Norton Space
1999 Group, TheThe Group Director August 9–20, 1999 All Seasons Theatre Group at
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
1999 Refuge Nat November 18 – December 12, 1999 Playwright's Horizon Studio Theater [13]
2000 Hologram Theory, TheThe Hologram Theory Joe Buck March 27 – April 9, 2000 McGinn/Cazale Theater [14][15][16]
2000 Light Outside, TheThe Light Outside Frankie November 5 – December 16, 2000 The Flea Theater [17][18]
2001 Tamicanfly C.J. January 17 – February 4, 2001 McGinn/Cazale Theater [19]
2001 Blur Joey D'Amico May 17 – June 24, 2001 Manhattan Theater Club at
New York City Center Stage II
2001–02 Good Thing Bobby December 16, 2001 – January 6, 2002 The New Group at
The Theater at St. Clements Church
2002 This Thing of Darkness Abbey/ Reef May 30 – June 16, 2002 Atlantic Theater Company at
Linda Gross Theater
2002 Faster Skram September 8 – October 13, 2002 Rattlestick Theater [26][27]
2002–03 Far Away Todd November 11, 2002 –
January 18, 2003
New York Theater Workshop [28]
2003 Salome by Oscar Wilde:
The Reading
The Young Syrian
(Captain of the
April 30 – June 12, 2003 Ethel Barrymore Theater Broadway debut
for Messina[29][30]
2003 St. Scarlet Director June 13 – July 12, 2003 Ontological Theater at
St. Mark's Church
2004 Motel Blues: Management Mike March 25 – April 11, 2004 Apartment 929 at
Greenwich Street Theatre
2004 Seagull, TheThe Seagull Treplev May 24–29, 2004 White Heron Theater company at
Second Stage Theatre
2004 Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry Orchard Trofimov August 11–22, 2004 Williamstown Theatre Festival at
Adams Memorial Theater
2004 Late Night, Early Morning October 21–31, 2004 2004 Tribeca Theatre Festival [39]


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  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. 
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  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. 
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  17. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. "Review: The Light Outside". 
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  24. ^ Finkle, David. "Review: Good Thing". 
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  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. 

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