Chris Messina was born August 11, 1974, in New York City, New York. His acting career began when he acted in several off-Broadway productions. Messina's debut film appearance was in the 1998 film Rounders. He has also guest-starred on several TV sitcoms including Law & Order, Third Watch, Anatomy of Hope and Medium. Messina has also had recurring roles on the TV sitcoms Six Feet Under and Damages. Other films that Messina has starred in include The Siege, You've Got Mail, Towelhead, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, An Invisible Sign of My Own, The Giant Mechanical Man, The Crooked Corner and Julie & Julia. In 2006, Messina won the Richard Burton Award for Best Actor at the 2006 Vallarata Film Festival for his performance in the film Ira & Abby. In 2007, Daily Variety listed Messina as one of the actors on their "Ten Actors To Watch" list. Messina has never married, but has two children with his producer girlfriend, Jennifer Todd.