Giovanni Ribisi:
• Primetime Emmy-nominated American actor and producer
• Appearances in Hollywood's blockbuster movies such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Avatar"
• On-screen and behind-the-camera work on TV crime drama series "Sneaky Pete"
• Active since 1985, estimated net worth of $25 million
• Married to English model and actress Agyness Deyn from 2012 to 2015

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$34 million
Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1974
SpouseAgyness Deyn, Mariah O'Brien
FactStudied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.

Who is Giovanni Ribisi?

Giovanni Ribisi is a Primetime Emmy-nominated American actor and producer, who is perhaps best known for his appearances in critically acclaimed Hollywood’s blockbuster movies such as the 1998 war drama “Saving Private Ryan”, and the 2009 Sci-Fi movie “Avatar” (2009). Additionally, he is widely recognized for his on-screen as well as behind-the-camera work on the TV crime drama series “Sneaky Pete”.

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Early Life, Childhood and Education

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi was born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius on the 17th December 1974, in Los Angeles, California, one of three children of Gay (née Landrum) who is a talent manager, and Albert Anthony ‘Al’ Ribisi who was a musician. He has a 15-minute-younger twin sister Marissa and a younger sister Gina, who are both actresses. Apart from being of American nationality and white ethnicity, he is also of English and German descent through his mother, and Italian ancestry through his father’s side.

Giovanni attended Milton Katselas’ Beverly Hills Playhouse school of acting.


Ribisi’s acting debut occurred at his age of nine, when he appeared in the Primetime Emmy-nominated TV fantasy drama series “Highway to Heaven” in 1985. Later that year he was cast for the recurring role of Duffy Guthrie in the TV comedy series ‘The New Leave It to Beaver”, in which he occasionally appeared ’til 1989. Additionally, between 1986 and 1987 he starred in the “Sidekicks” TV series while from 1987 to the end of the ‘80s he starred in TV series “Married… with Children” and “My Two Dads”.

Giovanni Ribisi

Through 1991 and 1992 Giovanni starred in the role of Skinner Buckley in the Primetime Emmy-winning TV comedy series “Davis Rules”, followed by recurring roles in television series such as “The Wonder Years”, “The Commish” and “Family Album”. In 1994 he appeared in the Primetime Emmy-nominated TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger”, while in 1995 he made his film debut in the Sci-Fi horror movie “Mind Ripper”. After appearing in movies “The Grave” and “That Thing You Do!”, he landed his first major role in the 1996 critically acclaimed comedy drama film “SubUrbia”.

He then honed his professional skills through a streak of supporting roles. in movies such as “Lost Highway”, “The Postman” and “Scotch and Milk”. In 1998 he was cast for one of his most memorable supporting roles in Steven Spielberg’s five-time Oscar-winning war drama movie “Saving Private Ryan”. Alongside Vin Diesel, Ribisi then starred in the 2000 crime thriller movie “Boiler Room”, after which he appeared opposite Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie in the action thriller film “Gone in 60 Seconds”.

In 2002 he starred opposite Cate Blanchett in the leading role of the crime drama movie “Heaven”, after which he appeared in Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning drama film “Lost in Translation”, followed by the main role in the romantic comedy drama film “Love’s Brother”. In 2005 Giovanni played the main character of the crime drama movie “The Big White”, before landing the recurring role of Ralph Mariano in the TV comedy series “My Name Is Earl”. For this role, which he portrayed through the show’s first three seasons ’til 2008, Ribisi was honored with a nomination for the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award in 2007.

He went on to add a couple of notable appearances to his portfolio, in several AAA titles such as “The Dog Problem”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Middle Men”.

In 2009 he was cast to appear as Parker Selfridge in James Cameron’s three-time Oscar winning Sci-Fi masterpiece “Avatar”, and later that year he starred opposite Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Michael Mann’s 2009 blockbuster film “Public Enemies”. Two years later, he starred opposite Depp again, this time in the 2011 comedy drama movie “The Rum Diary”, after which he guest-starred in the movies “Contraband”, “Columbus Circle”, “Ted” and “Gangster Squad”.

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Between 2013 and 2014, Giovanni portrayed the leading role of Warner Whittemore in the TV comedy series “Dads”, after which he starred in films such as “Selma”, “Meadowland” and “Papa Hemingway in Cuba”. The real breakthrough in Ribisi’s acting career occurred in 2015, when he was cast for the leading role of Marius Josipović aka Pete Murphy in the TV crime drama series “Sneaky Pete“. The show follows the story of con-man Marius, freshly released from prison, who is being hunted by a vicious gangster from his past, and is forced to take the identity of his cellmate Pete.

Apart from acting, Giovanni also directed and produced a couple of episodes of the show.

Personal Life

Between 1997 and 2001 Giovanni was married to actress Mariah O’Brien, with whom he welcomed a daughter they named Lucia born in December 1997. From 2007 to 2012 he was in a long-term relationship with singer and songwriter Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power.

In June 2012, Ribisi married English model and actress Agyness Deyn, but from whom he divorced in November 2015. Currently he is dating Emily Ward, with whom he welcomed fraternal twins in December 2018.

The 45-year-old American actor is standing 5ft 7ins (1.71m) tall while weighing around 144lbs (65kgs). He is an avid Scientologist.

Net Worth

The total of Giovanni Ribisi’s net worth, as of mid-2020, has been estimated at the sum of $25 million, acquired entirely through his on-screen acting career that is currently spanning nearly 35 years, being active since 1985.

General Info

Full NameGiovanni Ribisi
Net Worth$34 million
Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1974
Height1.71 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor
EducationBeverly Hills Playhouse Acting School


SpouseAgyness Deyn, Mariah O'Brien
ChildrenLucia Santina Ribisi
ParentsAlbert Anthony Ribisi, Gay Ribisi
SiblingsMarissa Ribisi, Gina Ribisi


AwardsOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit: Film, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liar, VGX Awa...
MoviesTed, Avatar, Saving Private Ryan, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ted 2, Gone in 60 Seconds, Gangster Squad, Boiler Room, Contraband, Lost in Translation, The Rum Diary, Perfect Stranger, The Gift, Middle Men, The Other Sister, Selma, Public Enemies, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Heaven,...
TV ShowsDads, Davis Rules, My Two Dads, The New Leave It to Beaver, Family Album

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1(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.
2[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.
3[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.
4[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.
5[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.
6(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.
7(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?
8My 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.
9For 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.


1He is an active Scientologist.
2As 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).
3Attended the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2009]
4Attended the Berlin Film Festival. [February 2002]
5He 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 3D', 'Jurassic Park 3D', 'Marvel's The Avengers', 'Star Trek Into Darkness', and 'Pacific Rim', among others.
6Brother-in-law of Beck and Channing Hansen.
7First appeared, uncredited, on Friends (1994) in Friends: The One with the Baby on the Bus (1995) at the end, as the guy who had dropped a condom in Phoebe's guitar while she was singing in front of Central Perk (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 8 episodes over several seasons.
8His paternal grandfather was of Italian origin. His other ancestry includes German and English.
9Often 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.
10Was born at 8:15pm.
11Was approached to play "Lynch McGraw" in Hero Wanted (2008) but turned it down.
12When he was a child, his family had a pet dachshund named Low-Rider.
13He is 15 minutes older than twin sister Marissa Ribisi.
14Clashed 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.
15Perennially boyish American character actor known for his dark, somber demeanor, stark versatility and bizarre, off-the-wall performances in cutting edge contemporary films.
16Best known on TV in the recurring role of Lisa Kudrow's dim-bulb brother on Friends (1994).
17Made the cover of "Vanity Fair" after receiving critical kudos for Saving Private Ryan (1998).
18Won the ShoWest Newcomer of the Year Award in 1999.
19Once competed on family game show I'm Telling! (1987) with sister Marissa Ribisi.
20Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.
21Family: Son of Gay Ribisi; older brother of Gina Ribisi; twin brother (15 minutes older) of Marissa Ribisi; brother-in-law of Beck.
22Daughter Lucia (born December 1997) is named after the doomed heroine in the Donizetti opera.




Sneaky Pete2015-2017TV SeriesPete Murphy Marius Josipovic
The Bad Batch2016The Screamer
Papa Hemingway in Cuba2015Ed Myers
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship2015TV MovieTwo-Face (voice)
Ted 22015Donny
Selma2014Lee White
Dads2013-2014TV SeriesWarner Whittemore
A Million Ways to Die in the West2014Edward
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise2014TV MovieThe Joker Two-Face (voice)
Family Guy2013TV SeriesRandy
Gangster Squad2013Officer Conwell Keeler
Loom2012ShortTommi Galvan
Columbus Circle2012Detective Frank Giardello
Contraband2012Tim Briggs
The Rum Diary2011Moberg
Memphis Beat2010TV SeriesGene Templer
Avatar2009Parker Selfridge
Avatar: The Game2009Video GameParker Selfridge (voice)
Public Enemies2009Alvin Karpis
Middle Men2009Wayne Beering
Entourage2008TV SeriesNick
Espíritu del bosque2008Cebolo (English version, voice)
My Name Is Earl2005-2008TV SeriesRalph Mariano
Gardener of Eden2007Vic
Perfect Stranger2007Miles Haley
The Dead Girl2006Rudy
The Dog Problem2006Solo
10th & Wolf2006Joey
Untitled Jason Lee Short2006Short
Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure2005Video GameKry1 (voice)
The Big White2005Ted Waters
Flight of the Phoenix2004Elliott
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow2004Dex
Love's Brother2004Angelo Donnini
Cold Mountain2003Junior
Call of Duty2003Video GamePrivate Elder (English version, voice)
Friends1995-2003TV SeriesFrank Buffay Jr. / Condom Boy
I Love Your Work2003Gray Evans
Lost in Translation2003John
Masked and Anonymous2003Soldier
According to Spencer2001Louis
Shot in the Heart2001TV MovieMikal Gilmore
Black of Life2001TV SeriesMatt
The Gift2000Buddy Cole
Gone in Sixty Seconds2000Kip Raines
Boiler Room2000Seth Davis
All the Rage1999Sidney
The Hunger1999TV SeriesEddie Foden
The Virgin Suicides1999Narrator (voice)
The Mod Squad1999Pete
The Other Sister1999Danny
Saving Private Ryan1998T-4 Medic Wade
Phoenix1998Joey Schneider
Alptraum im Airport1998TV MovieStudent
Some Girl1998Jason
Scotch and Milk1998Marty
The Postman1997Bandit 20
First Love, Last Rites1997Joey
Lost Highway1997Steve 'V'
That Thing You Do!1996Chad
Tracey Takes On...1996TV SeriesDad
Out of Order1996TV Series short
The Grave1996Wex
Chicago Hope1995TV SeriesMichael Weber
The X-Files1995TV SeriesDarin Peter Oswald
Mind Ripper1995Scott
Marker1995TV SeriesEddie
NYPD Blue1994TV SeriesBruce Mackie
Ellen1994TV SeriesCashier
Walker, Texas Ranger1994TV SeriesTony Kingston
Family Album1993TV SeriesElvis DeMattis
The Commish1993TV SeriesJoey Burke
The Wonder Years1992-1993TV SeriesJeff Billings
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom1993TV MoviePete Reyes
Davis Rules1991-1992TV SeriesSkinner Buckley
Blossom1991TV SeriesMitchell
My Two Dads1987-1990TV SeriesCory Kupkus
Married with Children1987-1989TV SeriesTeddy
The New Leave It to Beaver1985-1989TV SeriesDuffy Guthrie
Promised a Miracle1988TV MovieWesley (as Vanni Ribisi)
Sidekicks1986-1987TV SeriesTravis
The Twilight Zone1985TV SeriesTeddy (segment "The Beacon")
Simon & Simon1985TV SeriesKid #1
Highway to Heaven1985TV SeriesCurtis Johnson


My Name Is Earl2006TV Series 1 episode
Boiler Room2000"Things Done Changed"
Some Girl1998performer: "She Silenced You" / writer: "She Silenced You"


Beck: Heart Is a Drum2014Video short


Face in the Crowd2013Short executive producer
Columbus Circle2012executive producer


Drift2014/IIShort story

Camera Department

Phoenix Diaries2005Video documentary short additional camera operator


Side by Side2012Documentary special thanks


Today2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
WGN Morning News2017TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2012-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
E! News2014TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2006-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2013TV SeriesHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fox Fall Preview2013TV SpecialHimself
The Hour2013TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Fast Lane2013TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2013TV SeriesHimself
Reality Factor: The Stunts and Action of 'Contraband'2012ShortHimself
Under the Radar: The Making of 'Contraband'2012Video shortHimself
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
ES.TV HD2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
SAG Foundation Conversations2011TV SeriesHimself
Capturing Avatar2010Video documentaryHimself - 'Parker Selfridge'
KTLA Morning News2010TV SeriesHimself
Avatar: Creating the World of Pandora2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Going to Whatstock?2008Documentary
Fashion News Live2007TV SeriesHimself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2007TV SeriesHimself
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Lightfield's Home Videos2006VideoHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesHimself
Dinner for Five2005TV SeriesHimself
Phoenix Diaries2005Video documentary shortHimself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHimself
Climbing 'Cold Mountain'2004Video documentaryHimself
'Saving Private Ryan': Boot Camp2004Video documentary shortHimself
Tussen de sterren2003TV Series documentaryHimself
'Masked & Anonymous' Exposed2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Gift: A Look Inside2001Video documentary shortHimself
American Experience2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Reader
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2000TV SeriesHimself
Gone in 60 Seconds: Stars on the Move2000Video shortHimself
Gone in 60 Seconds: Wild Rides2000Video shortHimself
Gomorron2000TV SeriesHimself
Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan'1998Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look1998TV Series documentary shortHimself
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Circus of the Stars #141989TV Special documentaryHimself (as Vonni Ribisi)
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy
I'm Telling!1987TV SeriesHimself - Contestant

Archive Footage

Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesEdward in 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'
Brave New World2005Video documentaryHimself / Dex
Friends: The One Before the Last One - Ten Years of Friends2004TV MovieFrank Jr. (uncredited)
Basic: A Director's Design2003Video documentary shortHimself
Gomorron1998TV SeriesHimself
My Two Dads1989TV SeriesCory Kupkus


Won Awards

2014BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest EnsembleSelma (2014)
2002Golden ArenaPula Film FestivalBest Actor - Foreign FilmHeaven (2002)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Cinematic MomentSaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAMale Star of Tomorrow

Nominated Awards

2015GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best EnsembleSelma (2014)
2014SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleSelma (2014)
2014WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleSelma (2014)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Hissy FitAvatar (2009)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesMy Name Is Earl (2005)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesMy Name Is Earl (2005)
2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorSky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
2004Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastCold Mountain (2003)
2003ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleCold Mountain (2003)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAActor of the Year - Male - TV Movie or Mini-SeriesShot in the Heart (2001)
2001Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Gift (2000)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleThe Gift (2000)
2000Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice LiarBoiler Room (2000)
1999ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastSaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice Actor
1999Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Mod Squad (1999)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Recurring in a Television SeriesThe Wonder Years (1988)
1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a Television SeriesMy Two Dads (1987)
1989Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor, Featured, Co-starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy or Drama Series or SpecialMy Two Dads (1987)
1989Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor in a Special, Pilot, Movie of the Week or Mini-SeriesPromised a Miracle (1988)
1986Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor - Guest in a Television SeriesHighway to Heaven (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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