Johnny Messner is an American actor. Messner portrays Chuck Chesser on CW dramedy Jane the Virgin.


Messner was born on April 11, 1970 in Syracuse, New York. He lived in Europe for 13 years while his father served in the United States Air Force, mainly in Germany and England. During this time, he developed a love for sports while playing on teams at military bases. He has one brother and one sister. As an actor Messner is probably best known for his work in the films Tears of the SunThe Whole Ten Yards and Hostage, and in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Cold Case. Messner is partnered with Kathryn Morris, whom he met while shooting Cold Case. They have twins: Jameson West Messner and Rocco McQueen Messner.



Year Title Role
2000 Dancing in September Officer Jenkins
2001 Operation Delta Force 4: Deep Fault Vickers
2002 The Sweetest Thing Todd
2003 Tears of the Sun Lake
2003 Finding Home Nick
2004 Spartan Grace
2004 The Whole Ten Yards Zevo
2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Bill Johnson
2004 Our Time is Up Playboy
2005 Hostage Mr. Jones
2006 One Last Thing... Jason O'Malley
2006 Running Scared Tommy "Tombs" Perello
2006 Bottoms Up Tony
2007 Believers David Vaughn
2008 The Art of Travel Christopher Loren
2008 Remarkable Power Doug Wade
2008 Loaded Javon
2008 Ring of Death Burke Wyatt
2008 The Poker Club Bill
2009 Soldier Love Story Sgt. Vince Carerra
2009 Wrong Turn at Tahoe Mickey
2010 Corrado Corrado
2010 Meet My Mom Sgt. Vince Carerra
2011 Arena Kaden
2011 Caught on Tape Tito
2012 She Wants Me John
2012 Kill'em All Gabriel
2013 Officer Down McAlister
2013 The Outsider Ricky
2014 The Equalizer P&E Worker
2015 Condemned Gault
2015 Checkmate Joey
2015 The Good, the Bad and the Dead Brian Barns
2016 The Perfect Weapon Condor
2017 American Violence Paul


Year Title Role
1998 Guiding Light Rob Layne
1999 Rude Awakening Cute Podiatrist
1999 Angel Kevin
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ted Sallanger
2001 Danny Cash
2001 Friends Kash
2001 Men, Women & Dogs Jim
2003 Tarzan Detective Michael Foster
2005 The O.C. Lance Baldwin
2005 Miami Ink Himself
2005–06 Killer Instinct Detective Jack Hale
2007 Burn Notice Harrick
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Lowell Harris
2008 Knight Rider Sean
2009 CSI: Miami Ken Vogel
2010 Chuck Rafe Gruber
2010 Cold Case FBI Agent Ryan Cavanaugh
2010 The Gates Mark Woodbury
2010 Dark Blue Danny
2010 G.I. Joe: Renegades Flint (voice)
2010 Meet My Mom Vince
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Frank Cafferty
2017 Jane the Virgin Chuck Chesser