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5 Roles You May Have Seen Chris Messina in Before You Knew How Awesome He Is as Danny on "The Mindy Project"

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | May 11, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | May 11, 2013 |

We’ve been quietly tooting Chris Messina’s horn long before he became the boyishly likable but surly male lead in the rapidly improving “The Mindy Project.” The 38 year old is one of those guys who has been around for years (15, to be exact), but that has never been given his due, but now that you’re completely in love with him, I thought we could take a look back at five roles — besides the more obvious ones from Julie & Julia and Ira & Abby — you may have blinked and missed him in.

His debut acting role, in Rounders


As “Fox Salesman” in You’ve Got Mail


Claire’s Frat-Boy Republican/Christian Boyfriend on “Six Feet Under”

Away We Go, as the husband of a woman who can’t have kids in a weirdly depressing section of the film

As the best reason to watch the last two seasons of “Damages,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy, which is saying something because John Goodman — who was in one of those seasons with Messina — was not.

Sorry, ladies: He’s also “married” to Jennifer Todd (I put “married” in quotation marks because both Wikipedia and IMDB say that he has two kids with the producer, but don’t say he’s married. However, in an interview on “Conan” he told a story in which he referred to his “wife”).