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Giovanni Ribisi

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. His film credits include The Other SisterGone in 60 SecondsBoiler Room,Saving Private RyanThe Mod SquadThe GiftSky Captain and the World of TomorrowLost in TranslationPublic EnemiesAvatarTed, and Gangster Squad.

Early life

Ribisi was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Gay (née Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician who had been the keyboard player in People! (a band whose cover version of "I Love You" reached No. 14 on Billboard's Hot 100, in the spring of 1968). Ribisi is the twin brother of actress Marissa Ribisi, and the brother of Gina Ribisi, a voice actress.[1] Ribisi is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), German, and English descent.[2][3]

Career

Ribisi began his career in network television with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The New Leave It to BeaverMarried With ChildrenThe Wonder Years and My Two Dads. He entered the public eye with a prominent performance in The X-Files episode "D.P.O." (an episode that also starred Jack Black), as well as with his recurring role as Frank Jr., the brother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on Friends, but also starred as an extra earlier on in season 2 "The One with the Baby on the Bus". Between 2005-2008, he has appeared in multiple episodes of My Name Is Earl as the recurring character Ralph, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance on the series.

Ribisi has appeared on the video of British band Keane's single "Crystal Ball", which was released worldwide on August 21, 2006. He appeared withWinona Ryder and John C. Reilly in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's music video "Talk About the Blues". In September 2008, he appeared twice on the HBO comedy series Entourage. In 2012, Ribisi was featured in a small article in the magazine, Man of the World[4]

Personal life

Ribisi married actress Mariah O'Brien in 1997. They divorced in 2001. Together they have a daughter, Lucia Santina (born August 6, 1997). On June 16, 2012, Ribisi married his second wife, British model Agyness Deyn.[5][6] Before this marriage, Ribisi was in a relationship starting in 2006 with indie rock singer-songwriter Chan Marshall (Cat Power).

Ribisi is an active Scientologist,[7][8] and participated in the gala opening of Scientology's "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum in December 2005.[9] His twin sister, Marissa, is married to musician Beck; both are also Scientologists.[10] Ribisi's daughter Lucia was featured on Beck's album The Information and two of Sia's albums, Some People Have Real Problems and We Are Born.

Filmography

List of acting credits in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Twilight Zone Teddy TV: 1 Episode
1985-1989 Still the Beaver Duffy Guthrie TV: 15 Episodes
1987–1988 Married...With Children Teddy TV: 2 Episodes
1987–1990 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus TV: 29 Episodes

Nominated: Young Artist Award, Best Young Actor

1990–1991 Blossom Mitchell TV: 2 Episodes
1991–1992 Davis Rules Skinner Buckley TV: 16 Episodes
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Pete Reyes TV
The Wonder Years Jeff Bilings TV: 15 Episodes

Nominated: Young Artist Award, Best Young Actor

The Commish Joey Burke TV: 2 Episodes
Family Album Elvis DeMattis TV: 6 Episodes
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston TV: 2 Episodes
Ellen Cashier TV: 1 Episode
1995 The X-Files Darin Peter Oswald TV: 1 Episode
The Outpost Scott
1996–2004 Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. TV: 9 Episodes
1996 SubUrbia Jeff
That Thing You Do! Chad
1997 First Love, Last Rites Joey
The Postman Bandit 20
Lost Highway Steve V.
1998 Saving Private Ryan T-5 Medic Irwin Wade OSCF Award for Best Cast

Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award, Ensemble Cast (shared)

Some Girl Jason
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMann
The Mod Squad Peter
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis Nominated: Teen Choice Award for Choice Liar
The Gift Buddy Cole Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor

Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Gone in 60 Seconds Kip Raines
The Virgin Suicides Narrator Voice Only
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo Pula Film Festival, Best Actor Award
2003 Basic Kendall
Cold Mountain Junior
I Love Your Work Gray Evans
Lost in Translation John
Masked and Anonymous Soldier
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dexter "Dex" Dearborn Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Flight of the Phoenix Elliott
Love's Brother Angelo Donnini
2005 The Big White Ted
2005-2009 My Name Is Earl Ralph Mariano TV: 6 Episodes
2006 10th & Wolf Joey
The Dead Girl Rudy
The Dog Problem Solo
2007 Gardener of Eden Vic
Perfect Stranger Miles Haley
2008 Entourage Nick TV: 2 Episodes
Spirit of the Forest Cebolo
2009 Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
Avatar Parker Selfridge Nominated: Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit
2010 Middle Men Wayne Beering
Columbus Circle Detective Paul Giardello Also Executive Producer
2011 The Rum Diary Moberg
2012 Contraband Tim Briggs
Ted Donny
2013 Gangster Squad Conway Keeler
The Other Side Sean Splinter in production
Waco David Koresh in production

"Highway to Heaven" was his first role. 2nd season Episode 1 and 2. September 1985.

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