Ethan Embry

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Ethan Embry
Embry in 2013
Born (1978-06-13) June 13, 1978 (age 45)
Years active1990–present
  • Amelinda Smith
    (m. 1998; div. 2002)
  • (m. 2005; div. 2012)

    (m. 2015)

Ethan Embry (born June 13, 1978)[1] is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Mark in Empire Records, Preston in Can't Hardly Wait, The Bass Player in That Thing You Do!, and as Bobby Ray in Sweet Home Alabama and For his role in ‘’Brotherhood’’ (2006-2008).

Early life[edit]

Embry was born in Huntington Beach, California,[2] and grew up in Los Angeles. His father was a dental technician and he was homeschooled by his mother. The decision to homeschool Embry was made after a teacher allegedly recommended Ritalin for the kindergartener after his first day of class.[3]

Embry participated in gymnastics from a young age and enjoyed the sport.[3]


Embry (originally credited as Ethan Randall) started acting at the age of 12. After making his debut in Defending Your Life (1991), he starred in several films, including Dutch (1991), All I Want for Christmas (1991), A Far Off Place (1993), Empire Records (1995),[4] That Thing You Do! (1996), Vegas Vacation (1997), and the teen comedy Can't Hardly Wait (1998).[5]

In 2002, Embry appeared as Bobby Ray Bailey opposite Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. The two actors had previously worked together a decade prior in the 1993 live action Disney film A Far Off Place.

Embry had a major role in Showtime's Brotherhood, which premiered in 2006 and in 2013 he had a recurring role as Greg Mendell on the television series Once Upon a Time.[6] In 2015, Embry had a guest role as Carter on The Walking Dead.[7] That same year, Embry began a recurring role as Coyote Bergstein on Grace and Frankie on Netflix.

In 2018, Embry took a small role as a supporting astronaut in the Damien Chazelle film First Man.[8]

Embry has appeared in a recurring role as the real Pete Murphy in Sneaky Pete, an Amazon Video original series.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Embry married actress Amelinda Smith on November 14, 1998; they divorced in 2002. They have one child together.

Embry married actress Sunny Mabrey on July 17, 2005.[10] In 2012, Mabrey filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[11] In 2013, Embry and Mabrey began dating again, and remarried in June 2015.[12] Embry and Mabrey have homes in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

In November 2006, Embry and Mabrey were robbed at gunpoint in their driveway.[13]

In 2008, Embry settled a lawsuit with former Deal or No Deal model Angelina Roudeva, who had sued him after being scarred over her torso when thrown from his motorcycle in 2005.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Defending Your Life Steve Credited as Ethan Randall
Dutch Doyle Standish Credited as Ethan Randall
All I Want for Christmas Ethan O'Fallon Credited as Ethan Randall
1992 A Dog and His Boy Short film (Producer/Assistant Director)
1993 A Far Off Place Harry Winslow Credited as Ethan Randall
1994 Season of Change Bobby Bascomb Credited as Ethan Randall
1995 Evolver Kyle Baxter Credited as Ethan Randall
Empire Records Mark Credited as Ethan Randall
1996 White Squall Tracy Lapchick
That Thing You Do! The Bass Player
1997 Vegas Vacation Rusty Griswold/Nick Papagiorgio
1998 Montana Jimmy
How to Make the Cruelest Month Dillger
The Prophecy II Young Coroner Direct-to-video
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Squirrel
Can't Hardly Wait Preston Meyers
Disturbing Behavior Allen Clark
2000 The Independent Bert
2001 Rennie's Landing Trevor Logan also known as "Stealing Time"
Ball in the House Bobby
Male Order Actor #2 Short film
Who Is A.B.? unknown role
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Bobby Ray
They Sam Burnside
2003 Manfast Johnny Shore
Timeline Josh Stern
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Billy Carver
2005 Pizza Matt Firenze
Standing Still Donovan
2006 A Slice of 'Pizza' Matt Firenze Short film
Escape Hollywood Agent #1 Short film
Kidney Thieves Guy Short film
2007 Vacancy Mechanic
Order Up Man Short film
2008 Player 5150 Joey
Heart of a Dragon Lee
Eagle Eye Agent Toby Grant
2010 You're So Vain Boyfriend Short film
The Kane Files: Life of Trial Jace Olsen
2011 The Reunion Leo Carey
2012 Dorothy and the Witches of Oz Frick
Ordinary Man Jason Watts
2013 Cheap Thrills Vince
The House Across the Street Tom
Armed Response Kevin
2014 The Guest Higgings
Late Phases Will
2015 Bereave Tommy
Echoes of War Seamus Riley
Covergence Daniel
White Cops and Unarmed Black Civilians Playset! unknown role Short film
The Devil's Candy Jesse Hellman
2016 Fashionista Eric
Those Eyes Son Short film
2017 The Feminist Short film (Cinematographer)
2018 Blindspotting Officer Molina
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: You Worry Me Husband Short film
First Man Pete Conrad
2022 Last Seen Alive Knuckles
TBA Alma and the Wolf TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story unknown role Miniseries (3 episodes)
1991 Bad Attitudes Cosmo Consingsby Credited as Ethan Randall
1993–1994 Harts of the West Randy 2 episodes, credited as Ethan Randall
1994 Murder, She Wrote Jimmy Taylor Episode: "The Trouble with Seth"
1995 Mike Seresino Episode: "School for Murder"
1998 Hercules Melampus Voice, 2 episodes
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Ned Fervel Voice, episode: "Chimp Off the Old Block"
Rocket Power TV Announcer Voice, episode: "Rocket Girls/Father's Day Off"
Batman Beyond Lee Voice, episode: "Joyride"
1999–2000 Work with Me Sebastian Series regular (10 episodes)
2000 Get Real Wade Kostick Episode: "Saved"
Batman Beyond Terrapin Voice, episode: "April Moon"
2000–2001 FreakyLinks Derek Barnes / Adam Barnes Series regular (13 episodes)
2001 The Zeta Project Bodhi Voice, episode: "His Maker's Name"
Silicon Follies unknown role Television film
2002 The Twilight Zone Zack Walker Episode: "Time Lapse"
2003 L.A. Dragnet Detective Frank Smith Series regular (12 episodes)
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Max Dillon / Electro Voice, 3 episodes
2004 Celeste in the City Kyle Halley Television film
Life on Liberty Street Rick Spencer Television film
2005 Numb3rs Blake Cosnell Episode: "Noisy Edge"
Masters of Horror Bruce Episode: "Incident on and Off a Mountain Road"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Art Geddons Episode: "Watch"
2006–2008 Brotherhood Declan 'Decko' Griggs Series regular (20 episodes)
2009 Fear Itself Chance Miller Episode: "Chance"
2010 House M.D. Mickey Episode: "The Down Low"
Biography Himself (Interviewee) Episode: "Ed O'Neill"
2011 Fairly Legal Spencer Reed 3 episodes
CSI: Miami Randy North 2 episodes
Thunderballs unknown role Television film
2012 Imaginary Friend Brad Television film
Drop Dead Diva Mark Baker Episode: "Jane's Getting Married"
Dark Wall Man Episode: "6:14"
Grey's Anatomy Dr. David Moore Episode: "I Saw Her Standing There"
The Frontier D.J. Jackson Television film
2013 Once Upon a Time Greg Mendell Recurring role (Season 2–3; 10 episodes)
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jefferson Nalley Episode: "Keep Calm and Carry-On"
Hawaii Five-0 Shawn Hutten Episode: "Pale 'la"
2015 The Walking Dead Carter Episode: "First Time Again"
2015–2019 Sneaky Pete Pete Murphy / Real Pete Recurring role (11 episodes)
2015–2022 Grace and Frankie Coyote Bergstein Series regular (53 episodes)
2017 A Bunch of Dicks Mick Miniseries
Idiotsitter unknown role Episode: "Girls Gone Wild"
2020 The Twilight Zone Harry Pine Episode: "The Who of You"
2021 Stargirl Johnny Thunder 2 episodes
2021 Creepshow Hank Episode: "Mums"
2023 Gotham Knights Arthur Brown 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Modesto Bee. The Associated Press. June 13, 2022. p. 2A. Actor Ethan Embry is 44.
  2. ^ "Ethan Embry". Allmovie. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (April 8, 2015). "'90s Flashback: 'Empire Records' Ethan Embry on Rex Manning Day and Playing Lily Tomlin's Son". TheWrap. Retrieved September 10, 2023.
  4. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 8, 2015). "'90s Flashback: 'Empire Records' Ethan Embry on Rex Manning Day and Playing Lily Tomlin's Son in New Netflix Series". TheWrap. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (September 16, 2015). "Ethan Embry never actually liked the hit movie that made him a star in the 1990s until now". Business Insider. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Bricker, Tierney (May 12, 2013). "Once Upon a Time Finale Recap: Hello, Peter Pan!". E! News. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Ross, Dalton (October 11, 2015). "'The Walking Dead' season premiere: Ethan Embry on Carter's big moment". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Olson, J. (September 30, 2018). "Armstrong Pic First Man Is Subdued, Sensational".
  9. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (March 9, 2018). "Giovanni Ribisi Has Been Conned. So Have You". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Coughlan, Maggie (July 25, 2012). "Ethan Embry and Sunny Mabrey to Divorce". People. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "'Can't Hardly Wait' Star Getting Divorced". TMZ. July 24, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  12. ^ Staff writers (October 13, 2015). "Actor Ethan Embry Has Confirmed Reports He And Ex-wife Sunny Mabrey Have Remarried". World Entertainment News Network. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  13. ^ Staff writers (November 29, 2006). "Ethan Embry Held Up & Fires Back?". TMZ. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  14. ^ Staff writers (March 19, 2008). "Ethan Embry to Marred Model -- Deal!". TMZ. Retrieved May 29, 2014.

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