Chris Messina

  • Birth Place: Northport, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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  • Dropped out of college after one semester and planned to drive across the country, à la Jack Kerouac, but by the time he saved enough money for the trip, had decided to pursue an acting career.
  • Made Broadway debut in 2003 in a revival of Oscar Wilde's Salome, starring Al Pacino, David Strathairn, Dianne Wiest and Marisa Tomei.
  • Discouraged by a stalled career in 2005, he was about to return to New York from Los Angeles, but got a break with a role on the final season of Six Feet Under, as Claire's love interest.
  • In 2012, appeared in such feature films as Ruby Sparks, Fairhaven, The Giant Mechanical Man and 28 Hotel Rooms, and three TV series: Damages, The Newsroom and The Mindy Project.
  • Cites Judd Hirsch and Harrison Ford as inspirations for his work on The Mindy Project.


  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Giovanni Messina — Son
  • Jennifer Todd — Significant Other
  • Milo Messina — Son
  • Phyllis Messina — Mother


  • Attended Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York, United States

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