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Net Worth:
$4 Million
Date of Birth:
Aug 11, 1974 (49 years old)
Place of Birth:
5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
United States of America
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Chris Messina is an American actor, producer, writer, and director who has a net worth of $4 million. Chris Messina is probably best known for his television roles, such as Ted Fairwell on "Six Feet Under" (2005), Chris Sanchez on "Damages" (2011–2012), Reese Lansing on "The Newsroom" (2012–2014), Dr. Daniel Castellano on "The Mindy Project" (2012–2017), and Detective Richard Willis on "Sharp Objects" (2018). Messina has more than 70 acting credits to his name, including the films "Ira & Abby" (2006), "Made of Honor" (2008), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), "Away We Go" (2009), "Julie & Julia" (2009), "Devil" (2010), "The Giant Mechanical Man" (2012), "Argo" (2012), "Alex of Venice" (2014), "Birds of Prey" (2020), and "Call Jane" (2022) and the television series "The Sinner" (2020) and "Gaslit" (2022). He directed "Alex of Venice," and he is credited as a writer and executive producer on the 2012 comedy "Fairhaven." Chris has also performed on Broadway, playing The Young Syrian in a 2003 production of Oscar Wilde's "Salome."

Early Life

Chris Messina was born Christopher Messina on August 11, 1974, in New York City. He grew up on Long Island, and he studied theater at Northport High School. After graduation, Chris enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College, but he left after his first semester.


Messina made his film debut in 1998 when he appeared in "Rounders," "The Siege," and "You've Got Mail." "The Siege" and "You've Got Mail" each grossed more than $100 million at the box office. Chris guest-starred on "Law & Order" (1995; 1996; 2003), "Third Watch" (2000), "Big Apple" (2001), and "Medium" (2007), and in 2005, he had a recurring role as Ted Fairwell on HBO's "Six Feet Under." He appeared in the films "Turn It Up" (2000), "Ordinary Sinner" (2001), "Road" (2005), "Ira & Abby" (2006), "Towelhead" (2007), "Humboldt County" (2008), "Made of Honor" (2008), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (2009), "Away We Go" (2009), and "Julie & Julia" (2009), and in 2007, he was named one of "10 Actors to Watch" by "Daily Variety." Messina played Chris Sanchez on the FX legal thriller "Damages" (2011–2012) and Reese Lansing on the HBO political drama "The Newsroom" (2012–2014), and around this time, he appeared in films such as "Greenberg" (2010) "Monogamy" (2010), "Devil" (2010), "Like Crazy" (2011), "Celeste and Jesse Forever" (2012), "The Giant Mechanical Man" (2012), "Ruby Sparks" (2012), "Palo Alto" (2013), and "Cake" (2014).

Chris executive produced and starred in the 2012 films "28 Hotel Rooms" and "Fairhaven," and that year he also appeared in the Academy Award-winning drama "Argo" alongside Ben Affleck (who also directed the film), Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. "Argo" grossed $232.3 million against a $44.5 million budget, and it was named one of the year's top 10 films by more than 20 publications. From 2012 to 2017, Messina played Dr. Daniel "Danny" Castellano on the Fox/Hulu series "The Mindy Project," which was created by the show's star Mindy Kaling. Chris was a series regular during the first four seasons, a guest star during the fifth season, and recurring during the sixth season. He earned nominations from the Critics' Choice Television Awards, Gold Derby Awards, and Satellite Awards for his performance. In 2014, Messina narrated the short film "The Oven" and appeared in the documentary "Showing Up," and he directed and starred in the film "Alex of Venice." Chris then appeared in the films "Digging for Fire" (2015), "Ordinary World" (2016), "Live by Night" (2016), "The Sweet Life" (2016), "Blame" (2017), and "The True Adventures of Wolfboy" (2019).

In 2018, Messina starred as Detective Richard Willis on the HBO miniseries "Sharp Objects," which was based on the 2006 Gillian Flynn novel of the same name and earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. In 2020, he played Nick Haas on the USA Network anthology series "The Sinner" and villain Victor Zsasz in the DC Comics film "Birds of Prey." He said of the film "I've played too many nice guys in my career. So it was like just really a lot of fun to let loose." Chris appeared in the films "She Dies Tomorrow" (2020), "Love Is Love Is Love" (2020), "I Care A Lot" (2020), "The Secrets We Keep" (2020), "Call Jane" (2022), "The Aviary" (2022), and "Dreamin' Wild" (2022), and in 2022, he had a recurring role as Agent Angelo Lano on the Starz political thriller "Gaslit."


Personal Life

Chris married actress Rosemarie DeWitt in 1995, and they divorced in 2006. Messina is married to producer Jennifer Todd, and they have two sons, Milo (born May 31, 2008) and Giovanni (born October 15, 2009).

Awards and Nominations

In 2011, Messina won a CinEuphoria Award for Best Supporting Actor – International Competition for "Away We Go." The "Argo" cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture as well as a Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award, and they received nominations from the Awards Circuit Community Awards, Central Ohio Film Critics Association, Gold Derby Awards, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, and San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. Chris also earned Gold Derby Award nominations for Drama Guest Actor for "Damages" (2012), Comedy Lead Actor for "The Mindy Project" (2014), and Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor for "Sharp Objects" (2019). He received Critics Choice Television Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "The Mindy Project" in 2014 and 2015, and the show earned him a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical in 2016. In 2014, Messina received a New American Cinema Award nomination for "Alex of Venice" at the Seattle International Film Festival, and in 2019, the "Sharp Objects" cast earned an Online Film & Television Association Award nomination for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Limited Series.

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