Jerome Edward Trager "Jerry" Messing is an American actor.

Jerry Messing
Jerome Edward Trager Messing

Years active1997–2003


Messing played Pugsley Addams in the 1998 film Addams Family Reunion, and had a reoccurring role on the short-lived cult NBC dramedy, Freaks and Geeks, as Gordon Crisp, an optimistic geek with trimethylaminuria.[1] He also appeared in five episodes of Even Stevens and two episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David. Messing has not appeared in an acting role since 2003.

In 2011, Messing appeared in a music video for artist Viennie V, playing a contestant on a dating show. To date, the video has over 770,000 views.[2]

"Fedora Guy" MemeEdit

On October 31, 2013 a picture of Messing appeared on Reddit. The photo features Messing wearing a fedora and grinning at the camera. After being widely disseminated online, Messing was labeled "Fedora Guy" and the picture became synonymous with "neckbeard" and "nice guy" stereotypes. Messing has stated in subsequent interviews that the picture was an outtake for a headshot photoshoot he took when attempting to restart his acting career, after briefly attending Florida International University to study psychology.[3][4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Addams Family Reunion Pugsley Addams
2000 Finding Kelly Justin Harold


Year Title Role Notes
1997 George & Leo Boy #1 Episode: "The Halloween Show"[6]
1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David William Van Landingham III/
Willups Brighton's son
Episode: "Show Me Your Weenis!"[7]
Episode: "Sad Songs Are Nature's Onions"[8]
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Gordon Crisp[9] 11 episodes
2000–2003 Malcolm in the Middle Big Boy #2 Episode: "The Bully"[10]
Episode: "Clip Show #2" (archive footage)[11]
2000–2002 Even Stevens Artie Ryan[12] Episode: "Foodzilla"[13]
Episode: "Battle of the Bands"[14]
Episode: "Head Games"[15]
Episode: "Band on the Roof"[16]
Episode: "Snow Job"[17]
2002–2003 The Brothers García Tiny Episode: "Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover"[18]
Episode: "New Man on Campus... Sorta"[19]


  1. ^ "Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Freaks And Geeks". ScreenRant. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  2. ^ Viennie V - For You (Official), retrieved 2019-12-20
  3. ^ "A Freaks And Geeks alum reflects on becoming the face of fedora-tipping gentlemen everywhere". News. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  4. ^ Esposito, Brad. "Meet "The Fedora Guy," One Of The Internet's Most Famous Memes". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  5. ^ Where Is Jerry Messing "Fedora Guy" Now?, retrieved 2019-12-20
  6. ^ The Halloween Show – Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Show Me Your Weenis! – Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Sad Songs Are Nature's Onions – Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Gordon Crisp – Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ The Bully – Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Clip Show #2 – Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Artie Ryan – Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Foodzilla – Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Battle of the Bands – Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ Head Games – Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ Band on the Roof – Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ Snow Job – Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover – Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ New Man on Campus... Sorta – Internet Movie Database

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