Yani Gellman

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Yani Gellman
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Born (1985-09-02) September 2, 1985 (age 33)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Years active1998–present

Yani Gellman (born September 2, 1985) is a Canadian film and television actor, known for playing Paolo Valisari in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Garrett Reynolds in Pretty Little Liars and Diego Flores in 90210.

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

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 and the main antagonist of 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.

In 2017, Gellman appeared in the underwater survival thriller film 47 Meters Down which was released in theaters on 16 June 2017.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Rob
2002 Jason X Stoney
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Paolo Valisari
2013 Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Himself Documentary film
2017 47 Meters Down Louis


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Goosebumps Young Man 2 episodes
1998 Animorphs Brad Episode: "The Forgotten"
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson JB Follower Episode: "What You Wish For"
2001 Blue Murder Patrick Lee Episode: "All Saints"
2001 Sex, Lies & Obsession Romeo Television film
2001 Boss of Bosses Young Paul Castellano Television film
2002 The Matthew Shepard Story Pablo Television film
2002 Mentors King Tutankhamen Episode: "Cursed"
2002 Tru Confessions Billy Television film
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 Documentary series
2008–2011 The Young and the Restless Rafael Torres 86 episodes
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood The Shores Boy Television film
2009 Lincoln Heights Marco Gutierrez 2 episodes
2010 Greek Pete / Omega Chi 3 episodes
2011–2012 Pretty Little Liars Officer Garrett Reynolds Recurring role (23 episodes)
2012 90210 Diego Flores 7 episodes
2012 The Mentalist Julian Gallego Episode: "Devil's Cherry"
2012 Beauty & the Beast Sam Episode: "All In"
2013 Criminal Minds Mitchell Ruiz Episode: "Broken"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Doug Lasky Episode: "Ghosts of the Past"
2013 The Client List Diego Shankman Episode: "I Miss Back Then"
2013 Category 5 Pete Keller Television film
2014 Castle Manny Castro Episode: "Law & Boarder"
2014 Major Crimes Dante Episode: "Major Crimes"
2015 Trigger Point Jared Church Television film
2015 Blood & Oil A.J. Menendez Episode: "Pilot"
2015 iZombie Gabriel 2 episodes
2015 CSI: Cyber Jackson Richmond Episode: "Shades of Grey"
2017 The Psycho She Met Online Tyler Hexley Television film
2017 The Saint Doyle Cosentino Television film
2018 Dynasty Manuel 3 episodes
2019 Bosch Jose Esquivel Jr.


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Pretty Dirty Secrets Garrett Reynolds Episode: "I'm a Free Man"


  1. ^ "Yani Gellman on working with Burt Reynolds and growing up in North York - Do - June 2014 - Toronto". Postcity.com. Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  2. ^ Alachua Today Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Solzman, Danielle (June 18, 2015). "47 Meters Down: A Shark-Thrilling Tale of Survival". solzyatthemovies. Retrieved December 15, 2017.

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