Giovanni Ribisi

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (Italian pronunciation: [antoˈniːno dʒoˈvanni riˈbiːzi]; born December 17, 1974) is an American film and television actor known for his roles in the TV series Sneaky Pete, and the films Saving Private Ryan, Avatar, A Million Ways to Die in the West[1] and Ted. He also had recurring roles in My Name Is Earl and Friends.

Giovanni Ribisi
Ribisi in December 2009
Antonino Giovanni Ribisi

(1974-12-17) December 17, 1974
Other namesVonni Ribisi
Years active1985–present
Mariah O'Brien
(m. 1997; div. 2001)

Agyness Deyn
(m. 2012; div. 2015)
RelativesMarissa Ribisi (sister)
Beck (brother-in-law)

Early life

His father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is an 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.[2] He is of Italian, English and German descent.[3][4]


Ribisi began acting when he was young, and was on the 1980s sitcom, "My Two Dads" and on films during the 1990s.[5] For My Name Is Earl, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Ribisi starred in James Cameron's acclaimed highest-grossing film Avatar.

In 2016, Ribisi directed a music video for "Siberian Nights", the third single from Ash & Ice by The Kills.[6][7][8][9]

Ribisi played Marius in the Amazon series Sneaky Pete. The pilot was created and produced by David Shore and Bryan Cranston, who also starred in the series. It was added to Amazon in 2015 and was picked up for ten episodes in 2016. The series premiered on January 13, 2017.[10]

Personal life

Ribisi married actress Mariah O'Brien in 1997[11] and together they have one daughter, Lucia.[12][13] The couple divorced in 2001. In 2007, he began a relationship with indie rock singer-songwriter Chan Marshall. The couple lived together for five years before ending their relationship in 2012.[14] Ribisi married English model Agyness Deyn on June 16, 2012, and filed for divorce in January 2015.[15][16][17]

Ribisi is an active Scientologist.[18][19] He participated in the gala opening of Scientology's Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum in December 2005.[20] His twin sister, Marissa, is also a Scientologist. She was married to musician Beck.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mind Ripper Scott Stockton Direct-to-video
1996 The Grave Wex
1996 That Thing You Do! Chad
1996 SubUrbia Jeff
1997 Lost Highway Steve V.
1997 First Love, Last Rites Joey
1997 The Postman Bandit 20
1998 Some Girl Jason written by sister Marissa Ribisi
1998 Phoenix Joey Schneider
1998 Saving Private Ryan T-4 Medic Irwin Wade
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMahon
1999 The Mod Squad Peter
1999 The Virgin Suicides Narrator (voice)
1999 It's the Rage Sidney
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Kip Raines
2000 The Gift Buddy Cole
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo
2003 Masked and Anonymous Soldier
2003 Basic Kendall
2003 Lost in Translation John
2003 I Love Your Work Gray Evans
2003 Cold Mountain Junior
2004 Love's Brother Angelo Donnini
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dexter "Dex" Dearborn
2004 Flight of the Phoenix Elliott
2005 The Big White Ted
2006 10th & Wolf Joey
2006 The Dog Problem Solo
2006 The Dead Girl Rudy
2007 Perfect Stranger Miles Haley
2007 Gardener of Eden Vic
2008 Spirit of the Forest Cebolo (voice) English dub
2009 Middle Men Wayne Beering
2009 Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
2009 Avatar Parker Selfridge
2011 The Other Side Sean Splinter
2011 The Rum Diary Moburg
2012 Contraband Tim Briggs
2012 Columbus Circle Detective Frank Giardello Executive producer
2012 Ted Donny
2013 Gangster Squad Officer Conway Keeler
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Edward
2014 Selma Lee C. White
2015 Results Paul
2015 Meadowland Tim
2015 Ted 2 Donny
2015 Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Ed Myers
2016 The Bad Batch Bobby
2018 A Million Little Pieces John
2021 Avatar 2[22] Parker Selfridge Filming
2023 Avatar 3[22] Parker Selfridge Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Highway to Heaven Curtis Johnson 2 episodes
1985 Simon & Simon Kid #1 Episode: "The Skull of Nostradamus"
1985 The Twilight Zone Teddy Episode: "The Beacon"
1985–89 The New Leave It to Beaver Duffy Guthrie 15 episodes
1986–87 Sidekicks Travis 4 episodes
1987; 1989 Married... with Children Teddy 2 episodes
1987–90 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus 30 episodes
1991 Blossom Mitchell Episode: "Blossom Blossoms"
1991–92 Davis Rules Skinner Buckley 16 episodes
1992–93 The Wonder Years Jeff Bilings 15 episodes
1993 The Commish Joey Burke 2 episodes
1993 Family Album Elvis DeMattis 6 episodes
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Pete Reyes Television film
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston 2 episodes
1994 NYPD Blue Bruce 2 episodes
1994 Ellen Cashier Episode: "Pilot"
1995 The X-Files Darin Peter Oswald Episode: "D.P.O."
1995 Marker Eddie Episode: "Dead Man's Marker"
1995 Chicago Hope Michael Weber Episode: "Every Day a Little Death"
1995–98, 2003 Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. 10 episodes
1996 Tracey Takes On... Dad Episode: "Family"
1999 The Hunger Eddie Foden Episode: "Sanctuary"
2001 Shot in the Heart Mikal Gilmore Television film
2005–08 My Name Is Earl Ralph Mariano 6 episodes
2008 Entourage Nick 2 episodes
2010 Memphis Beat Gene Templer Episode: "One Night of Sin"
2013 Family Guy Randy (voice) Episode: "Call Girl"
2013–14 Dads Warner Whittemore 18 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise The Joker / Two-Face (voices) Television film
2015 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship
2015–19 Sneaky Pete Pete Murphy / Marius Josipovic Also directed the episode "Inside Out"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2003 Call of Duty Pvt. Elder
2006 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Kry1
2009 James Cameron's Avatar: The Game Parker Selfridge

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2016 Siberian Nights The Kills Director[23]
2006 Crystal Ball Keane Actor
1998 Talk About the Blues Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Actor[24]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1986 Young Artist Award Best Younger Guest Actor in a Television Series Highway to Heaven Nominated
1989 Young Artist Award Best Actor in a Television Film[25] Promised a Miracle Nominated
1989 Young Artist Award Best Actor Starring in a Television Series My Two Dads Nominated
1990 Young Artist Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series My Two Dads Nominated
1999 Online Film Critics Society Best Cast Saving Private Ryan Won
1999 Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble Cast Saving Private Ryan Nominated
2001 Saturn Award Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor The Gift Nominated
2002 American Film Institute Award Best Actor in a Television Film Shot in the Heart Nominated
2002 Golden Arena Award Best Actor — Foreign Film Heaven Won
2005 Saturn Award Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Guest Actor in a Comedy Series My Name is Earl Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Hissy Fit Avatar Nominated


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