Giovanni Ribisi

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Giovanni Ribisi
Ribisi in December 2009
Antonino Giovanni Ribisi

(1974-12-17) December 17, 1974 (age 48)
Other namesVonni Ribisi
Years active1985–present
[citation needed]
RelativesMarissa Ribisi (twin sister)

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (Italian pronunciation: [antoˈniːno dʒoˈvanni riˈbiːzi]; born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is known for his starring roles in the TV series Sneaky Pete (2015–2019) and the films Lost in Translation (2003), Gardener of Eden (2007), Avatar (2009), Ted (2012) and its sequel Ted 2 (2015), Contraband (2012), Selma (2014), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014). He also had recurring roles in television series such as The Wonder Years (1992–1993), Friends (1995–1998, 2003) and My Name Is Earl (2005–2008).

Early life[edit]

Ribisi was born in Los Angeles on December 17, 1974.[1] His father, Al Ribisi, is a musician who had been the keyboard player in People!, and his mother, Gay, is a manager of actors and writers.[2] He is the twin brother of actress Marissa Ribisi and the brother of voice actress Gina Ribisi.[3][4]


Ribisi began acting when he was young, and was in the 1980s sitcom My Two Dads and in films during the 1990s.[5] He had a prominent part as a recurring character in the popular 1990s sitcom Friends, playing the half brother of Phoebe Buffay. Later, for My Name Is Earl, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Ribisi starred in James Cameron's Avatar.

In 2016, Ribisi directed a music video for "Siberian Nights", the third single from Ash & Ice by The Kills.[6][7][8][9]

Ribisi starred as Marius/“Pete” in the Amazon series Sneaky Pete over its three seasons.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ribisi married actress Mariah O'Brien in 1997[11] and together they have a daughter.[12] The couple divorced in 2001. 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.[13] Ribisi married English model Agyness Deyn on June 16, 2012, and filed for divorce in January 2015.[14][15][16] He announced the birth of his fraternal twins with girlfriend Emily Ward in December 2018.[17]

Ribisi is an active Scientologist.[18] He participated in the gala opening of Scientology's Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum in December 2005.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mind Ripper Scott Stockton Direct-to-video
1996 The Grave Wex
That Thing You Do! Chad
SubUrbia Jeff
1997 Lost Highway Steve V.
First Love, Last Rites Joey
The Postman Bandit 20
1998 Some Girl Jason written by sister Marissa Ribisi
Phoenix Joey Schneider
Saving Private Ryan T-4 Medic Irwin Wade
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMahon
The Mod Squad Peter
The Virgin Suicides Narrator (voice)
It's the Rage Sidney
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis
Gone in 60 Seconds Kip Raines
The Gift Buddy Cole
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo
2003 Masked and Anonymous Soldier
Basic Kendall
Lost in Translation John
I Love Your Work Gray Evans
Cold Mountain Junior
2004 Love's Brother Angelo Donnini
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dexter "Dex" Dearborn
Flight of the Phoenix Elliott
2005 The Big White Ted
2006 10th & Wolf Joey
The Dog Problem Solo
The Dead Girl Rudy
2007 Perfect Stranger Miles Haley
Gardener of Eden Vic
2008 Spirit of the Forest Cebolo (voice) English dub
2009 Middle Men Wayne Beering
Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
Avatar Parker Selfridge
2011 The Other Side Sean Splinter
The Rum Diary Moburg
2012 Contraband Tim Briggs
Columbus Circle Detective Frank Giardello Executive producer
Ted Donny
2013 Gangster Squad Officer Conway Keeler
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Edward
Selma Lee C. White
2015 Results Paul
Meadowland Tim
Ted 2 Donny
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Ed Myers
2016 The Bad Batch Bobby
2018 A Million Little Pieces John
2022 Avatar: The Way of Water[20] Parker Selfridge Cameo
2024 Avatar 3 Not yet released Parker Selfridge[20] Post-production
2026 Avatar 4 Not yet released Parker Selfridge[20] Filming
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Highway to Heaven Curtis Johnson 2 episodes
Simon & Simon Kid #1 Episode: "The Skull of Nostradamus"
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; 1989 Married... with Children Teddy 2 episodes
1987–1990 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus 30 episodes
1991 Blossom Mitchell Episode: "Blossom Blossoms"
1991–1992 Davis Rules Skinner Buckley 16 episodes
1992–1993 The Wonder Years Jeff Billings 15 episodes
1993 The Commish Joey Burke 2 episodes
Family Album Elvis DeMattis 6 episodes
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Pete Reyes Television film
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston 2 episodes
NYPD Blue Bruce 2 episodes
Ellen Cashier Episode: "Pilot"
1995 The X-Files Darin Peter Oswald Episode: "D.P.O."
Marker Eddie Episode: "Dead Man's Marker"
Chicago Hope Michael Weber Episode: "Every Day a Little Death"
1995–1998, 2003 Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. 10 episodes
1996 Tracey Takes On... Dad Episode: "Family"
1999 The Hunger Eddie Foden Episode: "Sanctuary"
2001 Shot in the Heart Mikal Gilmore Television film
2005–2008 My Name Is Earl Ralph Mariano 6 episodes
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
2014 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise The Joker / Two-Face (voices) Television film
2015 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship The Joker / Two-Face (voices) Television film
2015–2019 Sneaky Pete Pete Murphy / Marius Josipovic 30 episodes; also producer
Also directed the episode "Inside Out"
2021 On the Verge Jerry 11 episodes
2022 The Offer Joe Colombo Miniseries

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2003 Call of Duty Pvt. Elder
2006 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Kry1
2009 James Cameron's Avatar: The Game Parker Selfridge

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Notes
1998 Talk About the Blues Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Actor
2006 Crystal Ball Keane Actor
2016 Siberian Nights The Kills Director[21]
2020 Exhale Jónsi Co-Director[22]
2020 Cannibal Jónsi, Elizabeth Fraser Co-Director[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1986 Young Artist Award Best Younger Guest Actor in a Television Series Highway to Heaven Nominated
1989 Young Artist Award Best Actor in a Television Film[24] Promised a Miracle Nominated
1989 Young Artist Award Best Actor Starring in a Television Series My Two Dads Nominated
1990 Young Artist Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series My Two Dads Nominated
1999 Online Film Critics Society Best Cast Saving Private Ryan Won
1999 Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble Cast Saving Private Ryan Nominated
2001 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor The Gift Nominated
2002 American Film Institute Award Best Actor in a Television Film Shot in the Heart Nominated
2002 Golden Arena Award Best Actor — Foreign Film Heaven Won
2005 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series My Name is Earl Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Hissy Fit Avatar Nominated


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