Yani Gellman

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Yani Gellman
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Born (1985-09-02) September 2, 1985 (age 30)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor

Yani Gellman (born September 2, 1985) is a Canadian film and television actor, known for playing Paolo Valisari in The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Garrett Reynolds in Pretty Little Liars.

Life and career[edit]

Gellman was born in Miami, Florida to a Canadian father and an Australian mother. He is of Jewish heritage.[1] He was named after a family friend, writer Jan Joors. His father was a reporter, and the family frequently moved during Gellman's childhood, living in Australia, Spain, and Texas before settling in Toronto.[2]

Gellman's acting debut was in a 1998 episode of the television series, Animorphs. After appearing in several more television productions, he was cast in supporting roles in the 2000 film, Urban Legends: Final Cut and in 2002's Jason X. In both films, his characters eventually became victims of serial killers. He appeared in 2002's The Matthew Shepard Story as Pablo, the love interest of the title character. Gellman became known among teenage audiences after playing the part of Paolo Valisari, an Italian pop singer, in 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Most recently, he has been cast in the Canadian series Monster Warriors. He plays a lawyer, Rafe Torres, in the long-running soap opera, The Young and the Restless. In April 2009 it was revealed that the character of Rafe Torres was gay. Gellman has also appeared as a model in numerous print ads, including Omega watches. He made a cameo in Degrassi Goes Hollywood, as well as playing Pete in multiple episodes of "Greek". He has recently played the role of police officer, Garrett Reynolds in hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. He has also starred as Diego in the hit TV show 90210.

Gellman speaks Spanish, having learned it during his time living in Spain. He has a university degree in political science.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Children of My Heart Mederic TV Movie
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Rob
2001 Sex, Lies & Obsession Romeo TV Movie
2001 Boss of Bosses Young Paul Castellano TV Movie
2001 Jason X Stoney
2002 The Matthew Shepard Story Pablo TV Movie
2002 Tru Confessions Billy TV Movie
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Paolo Valisari
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood The Shores Boy
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Goosebumps Young Man Two episodes (season 4: episodes: 73 and 74)
1998 Animorphs Brad "The Forgotten" (season 1: episode 13)
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson JB Follower "What You Wish For" (season 2: episode 26)
2001 Blue Murder Patrick Lee "All Saints" (season 1: episode 8)
2002 Mentors King Tutankhamen "Cursed" (season 4: episode 9)
2002 Guinevere Jones Michael Medina Lead Role, 26 episodes
2003-2004 Wild Card Ryder Recurring role, 8 Episodes
2006-2007 Monster Warriors Antonio Lead Role
2007 Trapped Carlitos (TV series documentary)
2008-2011 The Young and the Restless Rafael Torres 86 episodes
2009 Lincoln Heights Marco Gutierrez Two episodes, (season 4: episodes 4 and 5)
2010 Greek Pete/Omega Chi Three episodes (season 3: episodes 13, 14 and 16)
2011-2012 Pretty Little Liars Officer Garrett Reynolds Recurring role, 23 episodes
2012 90210 Diego Flores 7 episodes
2012 The Mentalist Julian Gallego "Devil's Cherry" (season 5: episode 2)
2012 Beauty & the Beast Sam "All In" (season 1: episode 3)
2013 Criminal Minds Mitchell Ruiz "Broken" (season 8: episode 15)
2014 Castle Manny Castro "Law & Boarder" (season 6: episode 21)
2015 Blood & Oil A.J. Menendez Original polot


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