Dec. 17th, 1974
Los Angeles, California, USA
Giovanni Ribisi's Main TV Roles
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Ribisi was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Albert Anthony Ribisi is a musician who had been the keyboard player in People! (a band whose cover version of "I Love You" reached No. 14 on Billboard's Hot 100, in spring 1968) and his mother, Gay (née Landrum) is a manager of actors and writers. Ribisi is the twin brother of actress 'Marissa Ribisi' and the brother of Gina Ribisi, a voice actress.
Ribisi is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), German, and English descent.
Ribisi began his career on television shows as a child 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, but also appeared as an extra earlier on in season 2 "The One with the Baby on the Bus".
Between 2005 and 2008, he has appeared in multiple episodes of My Name Is Earl as the recurring character Ralph, 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.
- 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.
- Perennially boyish American character actor known for his dark, somber demeanor, stark versatility and bizarre, off-the-wall performances in cutting edge contemporary films.
- Was approached to play Lynch McGraw in "Hero Wanted" but turned it down.
- When he was a child, his family had a pet dachshund named Low-Rider.
- Best known on TV in the recurring role of Lisa Kudrow's dimbulb brother on "Friends."
- He is 15 minutes older than twin sister Marissa.
- Was born at 8:15pm.
- Made the cover of "Vanity Fair" after receiving critical kudos for "Saving Private Ryan."