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Giovanni Ribisi

Ribisi in December 2009
Born Antonino Giovanni Ribisi
December 17, 1974 (1974-12-17) (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Mariah O'Brien (1997–2001)

Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. His film credits include Gone in 60 Seconds, Boiler Room, Saving Private Ryan, The Mod Squad, The Gift, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Lost in Translation and more recently, Public Enemies and Avatar. He is also known for his role as Phoebe Buffay's brother Frank on the sitcom, Friends.

Ribisi is often known for portraying cynical and cocky characters in films, often with villainous traits.


Early life

Ribisi was born Antonino Giovanni Ribisi in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Gay (born Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. (Albert Ribisi was the keyboard player in the band People, whose record "I Love You" reached #14 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the spring of 1968.) He is the twin brother of actress Marissa Ribisi, and the brother of Gina Ribisi, a voice actress.[1] Ribisi's paternal grandfather was the son of farmers from Sicily.[2][3]


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 August 1997 and named after the doomed heroine in the Donizetti opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ribisi is an active Scientologist,[4][5] and participated in the gala opening of Scientology's controversial "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum in December 2005.[6] His twin sister, Marissa, is also a Scientologist and is married to Beck, who is also a Scientologist.[7]


Year Film/TV Role Notes
1983 Still the Beaver Duffy Guthrie TV
1988-1990 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus TV
Nominated: Young Artist Award, Best Young Actor
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
Nominated: Young Artist Award, Best Young Actor
The Commish Joey Burke TV
Family Album Elvis DeMattis TV
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston TV
Ellen Cashier TV
1995 The X-Files Darin Peter Oswald TV
The Outpost Scott
1996-2004 Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. TV
1996 SubUrbia Jeff
That Thing You Do! Chad
1997 First Love, Last Rites Joey
The Postman Bandit 20
Lost Highway Steve V.
1998 Saving Private Ryan T-5 Medic Irwin Wade OSCF Award for Best Cast
Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award, Ensemble Cast (shared)
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMann
The Mod Squad Peter
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis Nominated: Teen Choice Award
The Gift Buddy Cole Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Gone in 60 Seconds Kip Raines
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo Pula Film Festival, Best Actor Award
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 Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Flight of the Phoenix Elliott
Love's Brother Angelo Donnini
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 Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
Avatar Parker Selfridge
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?-)". Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ "Giovanni Ribisi goes the distance to portray a character". 2001-11-01. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Antinino Giovanni Ribisi family tree". Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  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". Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ ABC News Celebrity Scientologists

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