Hailing from Syracuse, New York, Messner attended college at San Diego State University where he studied communications. He developed a love for sports while playing on teams at military bases, turning to acting after initially planning to be a sportscaster. Messner started his training at David Mamet and Bill Macy’s Atlantic Theater Company.
Known for such films as Spartan (directed by David Mamet), Running Scared and The Sweetest Thing starring Cameron Diaz, he also starred as Detective Jack Hale in the Fox crime drama “Killer Instinct” and as Bill Johnson in the 2004 movie “Anacondas”. Other TV credits include “Chuck”, “The Gates”, “Dark Blue”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Cold Case” and “The O.C.”. Messner went on to work alongside Bruce Willis on three films, Tears of the Sun (directed by Antoine Fuqua), Hostage and The Whole Ten Yards. Recent film credits include She Wants Me starring Hillary Duff and Charlie Sheen, Arena starring Kellen Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson and the upcoming Officer Down with Steven Dorff. Messner is currently starring in the feature The Outsider with James Caan and Jason Patrick.
He is producing several projects through his production company Johnny B Goode productions and resides in Los Angeles.