Giovanni Ribisi Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameAntonino Giovanni Ribisi
Nicknames Vanni
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi is an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents both have careers in the entertainment industry. His mother, Gay Ribisi (née Landrum), is a talent manager for actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. He has a twin sister, actress Marissa Ribisi, and another sister, Gina. Giovanni is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English and German ancestry.

His mother helped to launch his acting career, which began with an appearance on two episodes of the television series Highway to Heaven (1984). This followed with numerous roles on television. In 1996, he gained the role of Phoebe Buffay's half-brother on the high profile sitcom Friends (1994), which boosted his career. He became involved in films, which included roles in Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! (1996) and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998). He appeared in James Cameron's Avatar (2009), Contraband (2012), Gangster Squad (2013), Ted (2012) and Ted 2 (2015).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Family (4)

Spouse Agyness Deyn (15 June 2012 - 26 November 2015)  (divorced)
Mariah O'Brien (18 March 1997 - 3 November 2001)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Ribisi, Lucia
Parents Ribisi, Albert Anthony
Gay Ribisi
Relatives Gina Ribisi (sibling)
Marissa Ribisi (sibling)

Trivia (21)

Daughter Lucia (born December 1997) is named after the doomed heroine in the Donizetti opera. The child's mother is his ex-wife Mariah O'Brien.
Family: Son of Gay Ribisi; older brother of Gina Ribisi; twin brother of Marissa Ribisi.
Studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.
Once competed on family game show I'm Telling! (1987) with sister Marissa Ribisi.
Won the ShoWest Newcomer of the Year Award (1999).
Made the cover of "Vanity Fair" after receiving critical kudos for Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Best known in the recurring role of Lisa Kudrow's dim-bulb half-brother on Friends (1994).
Perennially boyish American character actor known for his dark, somber demeanor, stark versatility and bizarre, off-the-wall performances in cutting edge contemporary films.
Clashed with filmmakers on the Basic (2003) 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.
Was approached to play Lynch McGraw in Hero Wanted (2008), which he turned down. The role went to the late Steven Kozlowski.
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.
His paternal grandfather was of Italian origin. His other ancestry includes German and English.
First appeared (uncredited) in the ending of the episode Friends: The One with the Baby on the Bus (1995), as the guy who had dropped a condom in Phoebe's guitar while she was singing in front of Central Perk Coffee Shop (because the manager hired a professional musician). Later that season, he came back in Friends: The One with the Bullies (1996) as Frank Buffay Jr., Phoebe's younger half-brother, a character that stayed for eight episodes over several seasons.
Brother-in-law of Beck and Channing Hansen.
He went to school for many years, studying computer graphics, and during production of Avatar (2009), he partnered with Stereo D, a company who 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 (1997), Jurassic Park (1993), The Avengers (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Pacific Rim (2013), among others.
Attended the Berlin Film Festival. [February 2002]
Attended the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2009]
As of 2015, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Lost in Translation (2003), Avatar (2009) and Selma (2014).
He and twin sister Marissa Ribisi are active Scientologists.

Personal Quotes (9)

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. - Reel Interview, 2000.
[on being recognized for his Friends (1994) episodes] 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.
[2007] 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.
[on auditions] It's not necessarily me auditioning for them. It's them auditioning for me as well, and really seeing how the rapport will be with the director. The work starts immediately there.
[2007] I'm really happy with where I am, the movies in my life. Not satisfied, necessarily. But I won't put it on somebody else, blame anybody else for my position in the business. It's the choices I have made.
[2007] 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.
[2011, on landing The Rum Diary (2011)] I had worked on a movie called Public Enemies (2009) with Johnny Depp, and then I heard that he was doing this. So I actually wrote him a little note saying if he needed any help with craft service or anything like that, that would be wonderful, I'm around, I'm available. Next thing I know, I was sitting in front of (director) Bruce Robinson and we spoke about the character for a couple of hours. And then we all found ourselves down in Puerto Rico.

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