Giovanni Ribisi

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Giovanni Ribisi
Ribisi at a ceremony for James Cameron to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2009
Born Antonino Giovanni Ribisi
(1974-12-17) December 17, 1974 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Vonni Ribisi
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Mariah O'Brien (m. 1997; div. 2001)
Agyness Deyn (m. 2012)
Children 1
Relatives Marissa Ribisi (sister)
Gina Ribisi (sister)
Beck (brother-in-law)

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974), better known professionally as Giovanni Ribisi, is an American actor and producer who has appeared in over 40 films and 25 television shows.

Early life[edit]

Ribisi was born in Los Angeles, California. 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 spring 1968), and his mother, Gay (née Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers. 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]


Ribisi in March 2007

Ribisi began his career on television shows as a child with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The New Leave It to Beaver, Married... with Children, The 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 appeared as an extra earlier on in season 2 "The One with the Baby on the Bus".

Between 2005 and 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 with Winona 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.

Personal life[edit]

Marriages and children[edit]

Ribisi married actress Mariah O'Brien in 1997. They had a daughter, Lucia, before divorcing in 2001.[4][5] In 2007, he began a relationship with indie rock singer-songwriter Cat Power. The couple lived together for five years before ending their relationship in 2012.[6]

On June 16, 2012, Ribisi married British model Agyness Deyn.[7][8]


Ribisi is an active Scientologist,[9][10] and participated in the gala opening of Scientology's "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum in December 2005.[11] His twin sister, Marissa, is married to musician Beck, and also practices Scientology.[12] 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mind Ripper Scott Stockton Direct-to-video
Film debut
1996 That Thing You Do! Chad
1996 The Grave Wex
1997 First Love, Last Rites Joey
1997 The Postman Bandit 20
1997 Lost Highway Steve V.
1997 SubUrbia Jeff
1998 Saving Private Ryan T-5 Medic Irwin Wade Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Some Girl Jason
1998 Phoenix Joey Schneider
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMann
1999 The Mod Squad Peter
1999 It's the Rage Sidney
1999 The Virgin Suicides Narrator Voice
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar
2000 The Gift Buddy Cole Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Kip Raines
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo
2003 Basic Kendall
2003 Cold Mountain Junior
2003 I Love Your Work Gray Evans
2003 Lost in Translation John
2003 Masked and Anonymous Soldier
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dexter "Dex" Dearborn Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2004 Flight of the Phoenix Elliott
2004 Love's Brother Angelo Donnini
2005 The Big White Ted
2006 10th & Wolf Joey
2006 The Dead Girl Rudy
2006 The Dog Problem Solo
2007 Gardener of Eden Vic
2007 Perfect Stranger Miles Haley
2008 Spirit of the Forest Cebolo Voice
English version
2009 Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
2009 Avatar Parker Selfridge Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
2009 Middle Men Wayne Beering
2011 The Rum Diary Moburg
2011 The Other Side Sean Splinter
2012 Contraband Tim Briggs
2012 Ted Donny
2012 Columbus Circle Detective Paul Giardello Also executive producer
2013 Gangster Squad Conway Keeler
2014 A Many Splintered Thing N/A Post-Production
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Edward
2014 I Fought the Law Chris Long
2015 Papa Ed Myers Post-Production
2015 Selma Lee C. White filming
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Highway to Heaven Curtis Johnson 2 episodes
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Guest Actor in a Television Series
1985 Simon & Simon Kid #1 Episode: The Skull of Nostradamus
1985 The Twilight Zone Teddy Episode: The Beacon
1985–1989 The New Leave It to Beaver Duffy Guthrie 15 episodes
1986–1987 Sidekicks Travis 4 episodes
1987/89 Married... with Children Teddy 2 episodes
1987–1990 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus 30 episodes
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Younger Actor Starring in a Television Series
1991 Blossom Mitchell Episode: Blossom Blossoms
1991–1992 Davis Rules Skinner Buckley 16 episodes
1993 The Wonder Years Jeff Bilings 15 episodes
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Recurring in a Television Series
1993 The Commish Joey Burke 2 episodes
1993 Family Album Elvis DeMattis 6 episodes
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Pete Reyes Television movie
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston 2 episodes
1994 NYPD Blue Bruce 2 episodes
1994 Ellen Cashier Episode: Pilot
1995 The X-Files Darin Peter Oswald Episode: D.P.O.
1995 Marker Eddie Episode: Dead Man's Marker
1995 Chicago Hope Michael Weber Episode: Every Day a Little Death
1995 Friends Uncredited role Episode: The One with the Baby on the Bus
1996 Tracey Takes On... Dad Episode: Family
Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. 9 episodes
1999 The Hunger Eddie Foden Episode: Sanctuary
2001 Shot in the Heart Mikal Gilmore Television movie
2005–2008 My Name Is Earl Ralph Mariano 6 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2008 Entourage Nick 2 episodes
2010 Memphis Beat Gene Templer Episode: One Night of Sin
2013 Family Guy Randy Voice
Episode: Call Girl
2013–2014 Dads Warner Whittemore 18 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role
2003 I Love Your Work Gray Evans
2003 Call of Duty Lt. Elder
2006 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Kry1
2009 James Cameron's Avatar: The Game Parker Selfridge


  1. ^ "Marissa Ribisi Biography (1974?-)". Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Giovanni Ribisi goes the distance to portray a character". November 1, 2001. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Antinino Giovanni Ribisi family tree". Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Giovanni Ribisi weds model Agyness Deyn". June 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Giovanni Ribisi weds model Agyness Deyn". June 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kandell, Steve (August 27, 2012). "Cat Power: Raw Power". pp. 1–2. 
  7. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (June 21, 2012). "Giovanni Ribisi, Agyness Deyn get married oh so quietly". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ "Giovanni Ribisi Weds Model Agyness Deyn". People. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ NOW Magazine[dead link] Issue April 12–18, 2007, Toronto, CA. Retrieved on April 13, 2007. Quote: "Q: You once said that if it weren't for Scientology you would be in an alley. What did you mean? A: That was probably a while back when I was a teenager and a lot more dramatic. I grew up with Scientology – my parents at one point were clerical. It's a pragmatic philosophy, not merely a belief system. Yeah, it's had media exposure because certain luminaries do Scientology, but millions of people do it who are not celebrities. It's not a threat or some cult."
  10. ^ Religion of Celebrities, quoting ABC News
  11. ^ "CCHR Museum Opening, 2005". Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ ABC News Celebrity Scientologists

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