Giovanni Ribisi –

Ribisi in Columbus Circle.

About Giovanni Ribisi (1974 – ____)

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician who had been the keyboard player in People!, and his mother, Gay (née Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers. He is the twin brother of actress Marissa Ribisi and the brother of voice actress Gina Ribisi. He is of Italian, English and German descent.

Ribisi began his career as a child on television shows, such as 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.", and his recurring role as Frank, Jr. on Friends. He had previously appeared in a bit part in the episode "The One with the Baby on the Bus". In 2004 he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, playing Dex in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Between 2005 and 2008, Ribisi played Ralph in multiple episodes of My Name Is Earl, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance. He appeared in the music video for Keane's single "Crystal Ball" in 2006. He also appeared in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's music video "Talk About the Blues". In September 2008, he appeared twice on the HBO comedy series Entourage.

In 2016, Ribisi directed a music video for "Siberian Nights", the third single from Ash & Ice by The Kills.

In 2017, Ribisi stars as Marius/Pete in the Amazon series Sneaky Pete. The pilot was created and produced by Bryan Cranston, who also stars in the series. It was added to Amazon in 2015 as a potential new series and was picked up by Amazon for a full ten episodes in 2016. The series premiered on January 13, 2017.

Ribisi married actress Mariah O'Brien in 1997 and together they have one daughter, Lucia. 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. Ribisi married English model Agyness Deyn on June 16, 2012, and filed for divorce in January 2015.

Ribisi is an active Scientologist member.

Giovanni Ribisi's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1988Promised a MiracleWesley Parker
1993The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering MomPete Reyes
1995Mind RipperScott Stockton
1996That Thing You Do!Chad
1996The GraveWex
1997First Love, Last RitesJoey
1997The PostmanBandit 20
1997Lost HighwaySteve V.
1998Saving Private RyanT-5 Medic Irwin Wade
1998Some GirlJason
1998PhoenixJoey Schneider
1999The Other SisterDaniel McMann
1999The Mod SquadPeter
1999It's the RageSidney
1999The Virgin SuicidesNarrator
2000Boiler RoomSeth Davis
2000The GiftBuddy Cole
2000Gone in 60 SecondsKip Raines
2001Shot in the HeartMikal Gilmore
2001According to SpencerLouis
2003Cold MountainJunior
2003I Love Your WorkGray Evans
2003Lost in TranslationJohn
2003Masked and AnonymousSoldier
2004Sky Captain and the World of TomorrowDexter "Dex" Dearborn
2004Flight of the PhoenixElliott
2004Love's BrotherAngelo Donnini
2005The Big WhiteTed
200610th & WolfJoey
2006The Dead GirlRudy
2006The Dog ProblemSolo
2007Gardener of EdenVic
2007Perfect StrangerMiles Haley
2008Spirit of the ForestCebolo (voice)
2009Public EnemiesAlvin Karpis
2009AvatarParker Selfridge
2009Middle MenWayne Beering
2011The Rum DiaryMoburg
2011The Other SideSean Splinter
2012ContrabandTim Briggs
2012Columbus CircleDetective Paul Giardello
2013Gangster SquadConway Keeler
2014Playing It Cool
2014A Million Ways to Die in the WestEdward
2014I Fought the LawChris Long
2014SelmaLee C. White
2015Papa: Hemingway in CubaEd Myers
2015Ted 2Donny
2016The Bad BatchBobby

Giovanni Ribisi's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1985Highway to HeavenCurtis Johnson
1985Simon & SimonKid #1
1985The Twilight ZoneTeddy
1985–1989The New Leave It to BeaverDuffy Guthrie
1987–1989Married... with ChildrenTeddy
1987–1990My Two DadsCory Kupkus
1991–1992Davis RulesSkinner Buckley
1992–1993The Wonder YearsJeff Bilings
1993The CommishJoey Burke
1993Family AlbumElvis DeMattis
1994Walker, Texas RangerTony Kingston
1994NYPD BlueBruce
1995The X-FilesDarin Peter Oswald
1995Chicago HopeMichael Weber
1995FriendsFrank Buffay, Jr.
1996Tracey Takes On...Dad
1996–1998, 2003FriendsFrank Buffay, Jr.
1999The HungerEddie Foden
2005–2008My Name Is EarlRalph Mariano
2010Memphis BeatGene Templer
2013Family GuyRandy (voice)
2013–2014DadsWarner Whittemore
2015–presentSneaky PetePete / Marius

Memorable Quotes by Giovanni Ribisi

“ For me, acting is all about the aesthetic. I just want to keep honing my craft. Not that I'm taking myself too seriously, but every artist should consider himself Picasso. Otherwise, you're doing yourself an injustice. ”

“ My mother told me I was begging her to be an actor when I was four. My father and my grandfather saw at least one or two movies a week; they were film buffs, so I guess it just rubbed off on me. And now it's kind of become a way of life for me. I could almost say it is my religion. I guess that sounds pretentious. But I want to live and breathe cinema. ”

“ I did "Friends" usually always while I was doing another movie. I would literally have to get off the set and rush to Warner Bros. and look at the script and have to do it right there in front of an audience. It's like a blip in my memory where I was stressed out, trying to remember lines. So people come up and say, 'The guy who melts stuff!' and I don't even remember it. Like, what are you talking about? ”

[On getting into character] “ I do have a certain technique that varies from part to part because everybody is different. But I don't want to have a viewpoint in terms of fame or being a leading man. I feel like I'm on a certain path as far as my technique and I'm trying to get better and better and better. I want to maintain that and be more committed every time out and learn more about myself. ”

“ I just consider myself a committed actor. If a movie is a success, that's great; I'm happy for that. But I've learned just to concentrate on my job and do the best that I can. ”

“ I really think a film's success doesn't have that much to do with how good-looking the leading man is. It's about the quality of the film and the performances. I think I'm more leading man than 50 percent of the leading men out there. What I do is more about me and my choices than about what hole Hollywood might think about putting me into. ”

Things You May Not Know About Giovanni Ribisi

He made the cover of "Vanity Fair" after receiving critical kudos for Saving Private Ryan.

He clashed with filmmakers on the Basic set because of the inclusion of a female Special Forces operative. Women are not eligible for combat in the US military. He felt it compromised the integrity of the story.

He is 15 minutes older than twin sister Marissa Ribisi.

When he was a child, his family had a pet dachshund named Low-Rider.

He often eats at Los Feliz restaurant Little Doms. Sandra Oh, Hannah Telle, Michael Cera, Drew Barrymore, Bo Barrett, and Katherine Heigl also frequent this local hot spot.

He went to school for many years, studying computer graphics, and during production of Avatar, he partnered with Stereo D, a company that converts 2D images into stereoscopic 3D images. Giovanni helped spearhead his company's efforts to win bids to do some of the images for 'Avatar', unknown to James Cameron at the time. Stereo D has since gone on to do the 3D post-conversion on such films as 'Titanic 3D', 'Jurassic Park 3D', 'Marvel's The Avengers', 'Star Trek Into Darkness', and 'Pacific Rim', among others.

Giovanni Ribisi and Karen Lorre in The X-Files (1995).
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Ribisi in The Rum Diary (2011)... top picture with
Richard Jenkins... bottom two pictures with Johnny Depp and Michael Rispoli.
Ribisi in The Mod Squad (1999)... top two pictures with
Omar Epps and Claire Danes... third picture with Danes.
With Lynn Collins in The Dog Problem (2006).
In The Dead Girl (2006).
In Selma (2014).
With Barry Pepper, Tom Sizemore, Adam Goldberg,
Edward Burns, and Leland Orser in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Ribisi in Perfect Stranger (2007).
With Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee in My Name is Earl (2005-2008).
In Middle Men (2009)... bottom picture with Gabriel Macht.
In Masked and Anonymous (2003).
With Anna Faris and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation (2003).
Ribisi with Nicolas Cage, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones,
and Chi McBride in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).
With Josh Brolin, Robert Patrick, Ryan Gosling,
Michael Peña, and Anthony Mackie in Gangster Squad (2013).
Ribisi in Friends (1996-1998, 2003)... top picture with Lisa Kudrow... second picture with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Leblanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Debra Jo Rupp... third picture with Lisa Kudrow and Sam Anderson... bottom picture with Kudrow, Rupp, and Cindy Katz.
Ribisi in Dads (2013-2014)... top picture with Seth Green...
bottom picture with Martin Mull and Brenda Song.
In Contraband (2012).
In Boiler Room (2000)... first and fourth pictures with Vin Diesel.
Ribisi playing the corporate villain in James Cameron's
Avatar (2009)... top picture with Sigourney Weaver.
In A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)... top picture with
Seth MacFarlane... next two pictures with Sarah Silverman.
Giovani Ribisi and James Marsden in 10th & Wolf (2006).