Frank L. Messina


16 Feb 1968


Englewood, New Jersey, USA


Frank Louis Messina


Frank L. Messina (Frank Messina) is an award-winning poet, performing artist and actor who grew up in northern New Jersey. He's the author of four books of poetry including "Disorderly Conduct" and "Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry".

Messina first gained notoriety as a spoken word artist and raconteur by performing on stage in the U.S. and Europe including at Newark Symphony Hall, The Crossing Border Festival and at Symphony Space in New York City. In 2007, the NY Times published a front-page feature on him and his baseball-related writing which garnered him international attention and a book contract.

Messina began making appearances as "The Mets Poet" on SNY, where his dramatic and comedic baseball verse were set to the visual backdrop of glorious (and not so glorious) moments in baseball history. Actor Jerry Stiller saw Messina performing in New York City and afterwards urged him to take up acting.

Messina first appeared as himself in the documentary Jack Kerouac Slept Here (2011). He was featured in the season 2 promo of HBO's Boardwalk Empire (2010) and in a recurring role as bodyguard to Chicago mob boss Al Capone in seasons 3, 4 and 5. Film credits include a starring role as "Ginger Lafferty" in the cult classic Toxic Avenger mockumentary, Toxic Tutu (2015) and the lead role of "Zach" in the Rowan Cinema production, Lawn of the Year.

His directorial debut came in 2015 with the production of Grunt, a short film based on Messina's poem of the same title which was produced by the Manhattan Film Institute.

Actor ( 13 credits )

It's a Wondrous Life (2018) Campaign Manager
Toxic Tutu (2016) Ginger Lafferty
The Transfiguration (2016) Cop 1
Taxi Brooklyn (2014)  Agent Caravaggio (uncredited) (1 episode, 2014)
Blood Ties (2013) John (uncredited)
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013) Court Officer (uncredited)
Jack Kerouac Slept Here (2011) Himself
Boardwalk Empire (2010)  Frankie / ... (10 episodes, 2011-2013)
The Good Wife (2009)  Security Guard (uncredited) (1 episode, 2013)
Mets Weekly (2006)  Mets Poet (1 episode, 2006)
The Big Kahuna (1999) Business Man (uncredited)
Shampoo Horns (1998) Clubber
Hurricane Streets (1997) Park Dweller

Producer ( 1 credit )

Toxic Tutu (2016) producer