Chris Messina, 'The Mindy Project'

You know him as: Dr. Danny Castellano, the conceited guy's guy who clashes with girly-girl colleague Dr. Mindy Lahiri. Why we like him: The second best part of "Mindy" after creator-star Mindy Kaling herself, Messina has somewhat unexpectedly found the ideal weekly showcase for his significant comedic gifts. Whether he's breaking it down on a nightclub dancefloor or freaking out over a driving test, Dr. Castellano is an alpha male who keeps revealing surprising new sides. Where else you've seen him: It's more like where haven't you seen him. Messina has been ubiqitous in 2012, popping up in major guest roles on "The Newsroom" and "Damages," co-starring in indies "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and "Ruby Sparks" and playing a key role opposite Bryan Cranston in Ben Affleck's hit historical thriller "Argo." He previously played Amy Adams' boyfriend in "Julie & Julia," Rebecca Hall's boyfriend in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and Lauren Ambrose's boyfriend on the final season of "Six Feet Under." -- Geoff Berkshire, Zap2it
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