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Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an Americanmarker actor. His film credits include Perfect Stranger, Heaven, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Saving Private Ryan, That Thing You Do!, Boiler Room, subUrbia, The Gift, Basic, Lost in Translation, Flight of the Phoenix, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, I Love Your Work, The Dead Girl and most recently, Public Enemies.


Early life

Ribisi was born Antonino Giovanni Ribisi in Los Angeles, Californiamarker. His mother, Gay (born Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. He is the twin brother of actress Marissa Ribisi, and the brother of Gina Ribisi, a voice actress. Ribisi's paternal grandfather was the son of farmers from Sicily.


Ribisi began his career in network television with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including 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." (an episode that also starred Jack Black), as well as with his recurring role as Frank Jr., the brother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on Friends. More recently, he has appeared in multiple episodes of My Name Is Earl, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance on the series.

Ribisi has appeared on the video of British band Keane's single "Crystal Ball", which was released worldwide on August 21, 2006. He appeared with Winona Ryder and John C. Reilly in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's music video "Talk About the Blues". In September 2008, he appeared twice on the HBO comedy series Entourage.

Personal life

Ribisi was married to Mariah O'Brien from March 18, 1997 through November 3, 2001; the couple had a daughter, Lucia, born in December 1997 and named after the doomed heroine in the Donizetti opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ribisi is an active Scientologist, and participated in the gala opening of Scientology's controversial "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum in December 2005. His twin sister, Marissa, is also a Scientologist and is married to Scientologist indie-rocker Beck.



Year Film/TV Role Notes
1983 Still the Beaver Duffy Guthrie TV
1988-1999 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus TV
1990-1991 Blossom Mitchell TV
1991-1992 Davis Rules Skinner Buckley TV
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Pete Reyes TV
The Wonder Years Jeff Bilings TV
The Commish Joey Burke TV
Family Album Elvis DeMattis TV
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston TV
Ellen Cashier TV
1995 The Outpost Scott
1996-2004 Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. TV
1996 SubUrbia Jeff
1997 First Love, Last Rites Joey
The Postman Bandit 20
1998 Saving Private Ryan T-5 Medic Irwin Wade
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMann
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis
The Gift Buddy Cole
Gone in Sixty Seconds Kip Raines
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo
2003 Basic Kendall
Cold Mountain Junior
I Love Your Work Gray Evans
Lost in Translation John
Masked and Anonymous Soldier
2004 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 Dead Girl Rudy
The Dog Problem Solo
2007 Gardener of Eden Vic
Perfect Stranger Miles Haley
2008 Spirit of the Forest Cebolo
2009 Avatar (post-production) Parker Selfridge
Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
2010 Columbus Circle (post-production) Detective Paul Giardello
Middle Men Wayne Beering
The Other Side (in production) Sean Splinter
The Rum Diary (post-production) Moberg


  1. Marissa Ribisi Biography (1974?-)
  2. Giovanni Ribisi goes the distance to portray a character
  3. Antinino Giovanni Ribisi family tree
  4. NOW Magazine Issue April 12-18, 2007, Toronto, CA. Retrieved on 2007-04-13. Quote: "Q: You once said that if it weren't for Scientology you would be in an alley. What did you mean? A: That was probably a while back when I was a teenager and a lot more dramatic. I grew up with Scientology – my parents at one point were clerical. It's a pragmatic philosophy, not merely a belief system. Yeah, it's had media exposure because certain luminaries do Scientology, but millions of people do it who are not celebrities. It's not a threat or some cult."
  5. Religion of Celebrities, quoting ABC News
  6. CCHR Museum Opening, 2005
  7. . ABC News Celebrity Scientologists

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