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Giovanni Ribisi

Highest Rated:   100% Meadowland (2015)
Lowest Rated:   3% The Mod Squad (1999)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
Born September 17, 1974, in Los Angeles, Giovanni Ribisi began his career in network television, with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The Wonder Years. As a teenager, he was typecast for several years as a dimwitted slacker in films and on television, with a memorable guest spot in an episode of The X-Files and a recurring role as Lisa Kudrow's brother on Friends. Ribisi was eventually able to break the grunge mold, first with a secondary role in Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! (1996) and then in Richard Linklater's SubUrbia (1997). It was his role in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) that caused many critics to dub him one of the leading actors of his generation, a status confirmed by his appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair with a number of fellow up-and-comers. Ribisi was given further opportunities to showcase his sleepy-eyed versatility in such films as 1999's The Mod Squad and The Other Sister. If Ribisi's best roles had been unfairly weighed down by an overabundance of commendable but little seen roles in the previous years, all this would change as the young actor began to focus increasingly on roles that were not only high quality, but high profile as well. His role in the high stakes 2000 drama The Boiler Room may have went largely unseen in theaters, but healthy word of mouth combined with an impressive cast of up and comers found the film an enduring shelf life on cable and DVD. After burning rubber in the fast and furious Nicolas Cage action thriller Gone in Sixty Seconds, Ribisi's memorable performance in director Sam Raimi's southern gothic flavored chiller The Gift preceded a touching turn in the affecting made-for-television drama Shot in the Heart. Ribisi's subsequent role as a conflicted police officer in the 2002 drama Heaven may have been a well-intended commentary on the state of crime and terrorism, but audiences largel dismissed the effort as pretentious tripe and the actor took a brief turn into blockbuster territory with Basic before a turn as an aloof, celebrity obsessed photogapher in director Sophia Coppola's art-house hit Lost in Translation. If his turn as a celebrity who turns convention in its head by stalking a fan in I Love Your Work didn't strike home with viewers, an appearance in the same year's Cold Mountain offered him the chance to flex his dramatic skills alongside an impressive cast that included Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. Of course Ribisi never was one to be predictable with his choice of roles, and following the romantic comedy Love's Brother he essayed a supporting role in the 2004 sci-fi thriller Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow. A handful of largely forgettable roles followed, and on the heels of recurring television roles in My Name is Earn and Entourage, Ribisi dove back into sci-fi with a role as villainous Chief Administrator Parker Selfridge in James Cameron's phenominally successful Avatar. And if Ribisi's performace in that film failed to make your skin crawl, his turn as a psychotic, heavily-tattooed drug dealer in the fast paced 2012 action thriller Contraband was sure to do the trick. He continued his villainous run as a stalker in the surprise hit film Ted (2012). Ribisi later re-teamed with his Ted director, Seth MacFarlane, in 2014's A Million Ways to Die in the West. He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Selma that same year.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
42% The Bad Batch
  • The Screamer
$0.2M 2017
10% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
  • Denne Bart Petitclerc
$1.2M 2016
100% Meadowland
  • Tim
2015
45% Ted 2
  • Donny
$63.9M 2015
83% Results
  • Paul
2015
99% Selma
  • Lee C. White
2015
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Edward
$37.4M 2014
32% Gangster Squad
  • Officer Conwell Keeler
$46M 2013
67% Ted
  • Donny
$218.2M 2012
51% Contraband
  • Tim Briggs
$66.5M 2012
50% The Rum Diary
  • Moburg
$13.1M 2011
40% Middle Men
  • Wayne Beering
$0.8M 2010
No Score Yet Columbus Circle
  • Det. Frank Giardello
  • Executive Producer
2010
84% Avatar
  • Parker Selfridge
$749.8M 2009
68% Public Enemies
  • Alvin Karpis
$97M 2009
No Score Yet Spirit of the Forest (Espíritu del bosque)
  • Cebolo
2008
63% The Dog Problem
  • Solo
2007
No Score Yet The Gardener of Eden
  • Actor
2007
11% Perfect Stranger
  • Miles Haley
$23.8M 2007
75% The Dead Girl
  • Rudy
2006
19% 10th & Wolf
  • Joey
2006
30% The Big White
  • Ted
2005
22% I Love Your Work
  • Gray Evans
2005
31% Flight of the Phoenix
  • Elliott
$21M 2004
72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Dex
$37.6M 2004
No Score Yet Love's Brother
  • Angelo Donnini
2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Junior
2003
95% Lost In Translation
  • John
$44.6M 2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Soldier
$0.2M 2003
21% Basic
  • Kendall
$26.6M 2003
74% Heaven
  • Filippo
$0.7M 2002
No Score Yet Spencer
  • Louis
2001
80% Shot in the Heart
  • Mikal Gilmore
2001
57% The Gift
  • Buddy Cole
$11.2M 2000
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Kip Raines
$101M 2000
76% The Virgin Suicides
  • Narrator
2000
27% It's the Rage
  • Sidney Lee
2000
67% Boiler Room
  • Seth
2000
3% The Mod Squad
  • Pete
1999
29% The Other Sister
  • Danny
1999
50% Phoenix
  • Joey Schneider
1998
40% First Love, Last Rites
  • Joey
1998
92% Saving Private Ryan
  • T/4 Medic Wade
1998
No Score Yet Some Girl
  • Jason
1998
No Score Yet Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan'
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Doomed Flight
  • Actor
1998
9% The Postman
  • Bandit No. 20
1997
60% Lost Highway
  • Steve `V'
1997
64% Suburbia
  • Jeff
1997
93% That Thing You Do!
  • Chad
1996
No Score Yet Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper
  • Scott
1995
No Score Yet Promised a Miracle
  • Wesley
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
100% Sneaky Pete
2017
  • Pete Marius Josipovic/Peter Murphy
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
0% Dads
2013-2014
  • Warner Warner Whittemore
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2010
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2013
50% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Nick
  • 2008
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2001
0% The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Darren
  • 1995
No Score Yet NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Bruce Mackie
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
  • Jeff Billings
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988

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