Chris Messina (born August 11, 1974) is an American film and television actor.Messina started his career as a well-received 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 Six Feet Under, playing Claire's (Lauren Ambrose) love interest Ted Fairwell. His film credits include Rounders, The Siege, You've Got Mail and Nothing is Private.Chris starred as Ira in Ira and Abby, a film directed by Robert Cary and written by and co-starring Jennifer Westfeldt. The film was released in August, 2007 by Magnolia Pictures and won best comedy at the HBO Comedy Festival earlier that year.Chris is also starring in an HBO pilot Anatomy of Hope which J.J. Abrams is directing. Simon Callow also stars. In 2008 Chris stars in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona with Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlet Johannsen, and Rebecca Hall. He was named one of the 10 actors to watch by Daily Variety in October 2007. His next film appearances include Julie & Julia where he will star alongside Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Adams and the untitled Sam Mendes film.