Debra Messing

Actor
A vivacious performer with a knack for verbal and physical comedy, actress Debra Messing was a Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress who dominated the sitcom scene for eight years as lovelorn interior ... Read more »
Born: 08/14/1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

The Mysteries of Laura 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

A Toast to 2014! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Like Sunday, Like Rain 2015 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Project Runway All Stars 2014 (Tv Show)

Judge

Smash 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Project Accessory 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Starter Wife 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Like the Holidays 2008 (Movie)

Sarah Rodriguez (Actor)

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rachel Zoe Project 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Edie Cohen (Actor)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

Suzanne Offer (Actor)

Open Season 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Beth (Actor)

Project Runway 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Purple Violets 2006 (Movie)

Kate Scott (Actor)

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Starter Wife 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 1998 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace: Backstage Pass 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wedding Date 2005 (Movie)

Kat Ellis (Actor)

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

Lisa Kramer (Actor)

Garfield 2004 (Movie)

Arlene (Actor)

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

Hollywood Ending 2002 (Movie)

Lori (Actor)

King of the Hill 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mothman Prophecies 2002 (Movie)

Mary Klein (Actor)

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stars Come Out: The GLAAD Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

T V Reporter at Lupus Office (Actor)

Prey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mchale's Navy 1997 (Movie)

Lt Penelope Carpenter (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ned and Stacey 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fox Fall Preview Party 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

Betty Sutton (Actor)

Jesus (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Tony Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

Biography

A vivacious performer with a knack for verbal and physical comedy, actress Debra Messing was a Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress who dominated the sitcom scene for eight years as lovelorn interior designer Grace Adler on "Will and Grace" (ABC, 1998-2006). It was during this masterful run as the ditzy Adler that Messing received the ultimate compliment for any comedienne, an oft-cited comparison to Lucille Ball. During and after the show's run, Messing found time to make her mark in feature films like "Hollywood Ending" (2002), "Along Came Polly" (2004) and "The Wedding Date" (2005), while even voicing characters in animated films like "Garfield: The Movie" (2004) and "Open Season" (2006). She earned considerable acclaim as a spurned wife and mother on the popular summer miniseries, "The Starter Wife" (USA Network, 2007), which earned her more awards recognition. Though the series based on "The Starter Wife" failed to catch on with audiences in 2008, Messing returned to the fore with a leading role on the popular musical drama "Smash" (NBC, 2012-13). Regardless of the project, the red-haired beauty always delivered a quality performance that more often than not brought her both critical and commercial success.

Relationships

Brian Messing

Father
Worked for a jewelry company

Sandy Messing

Mother

Brett Messing

Brother
Older

Daniel Zelman Writer

Husband
Met as students at NYU Began dating in 1992 Married on Sept. 3, 2000 Couple announced separation in December 2011 Messing filed for divorce in June 2012

Roman Zelman

Son
Born April 7, 2004; father, Daniel Zelman

EDUCATION

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Studied acting during her junior year at Brandeis

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Studied acting during her junior year at Brandeis

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2014

Began starring as Laura Diamond in the NBC show "The Mysteries of Laura"

2014

Made her Broadway debut in the John Patrick Shanley play "Outside Mullangar" alongside in January 2014; the show was nominated for Best Play in the 2014 Tony Awards.

2012

Co-starred as a songwriter and creator of a Broadway musical on NBC's "Smash"

2010

Executive produced and starred in the ABC comedy film "Wright vs. Wrong"

2008

Reprised the role of Molly Kagan in the USA Network series "The Starter Wife"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009

2008

Featured in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce

2007

Played Molly Kagan, the ex-wife of a Hollywood studio executive in the USA Network miniseries "The Starter Wife"; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress

2007

Cast in a supporting role opposite Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore in "Lucky You"

2006

Voiced forest ranger Beth in the animated comedy "Open Season"

2005

Starred with Dermot Mulroney in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Date"

2004

Voiced Arlene, Garfield's girlfriend in "Garfield: The Movie"

2004

Cast as Ben Stiller's cheating wife in "Along Came Polly"

2002

Appeared opposite Woody Allen in "Hollywood Ending"

2002

Cast opposite Richard Gere in "The Mothman Prophecies"

2000

Starred as Mary Magdalene in the CBS miniseries "Jesus"

1998

Replaced Sherilyn Fenn on the short-lived ABC series "Prey"

1998

Cast in a small role as a journalist in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"

1998

Co-starred opposite Eric McCormack as roommates on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"; earned Emmy (2000, 2001, 2006), Golden Globe (2002, 2003, 2004) and SAG (2004) nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy

1997

Made a guest appearance as Jerry's unavailable crush on an episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)

1996

Played the female lead in "McHale's Navy" opposite Tom Arnold

1995

Feature film debut in "A Walk in the Clouds"

1995

Starred as Stacey Colbert, a liberal journalist who enters into a marriage of convenience on the Fox sitcom "Ned and Stacey"

1994

Landed recurring role of scheming Dana Abandando on "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

1994

Appeared off-Broadway in "Four Dogs and a Bone" and "The Naked Truth"

1986

Was named Junior Miss for Rhode Island in 1986 and competed that year in the national Junior Miss pageant in Mobile, Alabama

Born in Brooklyn and moved to Rhode Island as a child

Made professional stage debut in production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Seattle's Intiman Theatre

Gained attention of entertainment industry as Harper Pitt in student workshop production of "Angels in America: Perestroika"

Bonus Trivia

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According to Messing, "Ned & Stacey" executive producer Michael J. Wiethorn told her: "You are totally wrong for this. You're too wholesome. [Stacey's] this neurotic Jew from New York." To which Messing replied: "Hello, hello, hello! Neurotic Jew from New York sitting right here! Just give me a shot. Let me show you what I think you want." – Messing to Venice, April 1997

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"My mom's philosophy has always been just do what makes you happy, and when it doesn't make you happy anymore, you don't do it anymore. Hence her careers." – Messing quoted in Us, January 1999

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