Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi

  • Highest Rated: 99% Selma (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 3% The Mod Squad (1999)
  • Birthday: Dec 17, 1974
  • 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

32% A Million Little Pieces Actor 2019
47% The Bad Batch The Screamer $0.2M 2017
12% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Denne Bart Petitclerc $1.2M 2016
96% Meadowland Tim 2015
45% Ted 2 Donny $63.9M 2015
84% Results Paul 2015
99% Selma Lee C. White 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West Edward $37.4M 2014
32% Gangster Squad Officer Conwell Keeler $46M 2013
68% Ted Donny $218.2M 2012
51% Contraband Tim Briggs $66.5M 2012
51% The Rum Diary Moburg $13.1M 2011
38% Middle Men Wayne Beering $0.8M 2010
No Score Yet Columbus Circle Det. Frank Giardello Executive Producer 2010
82% Avatar Parker Selfridge $749.8M 2009
68% Public Enemies Alvin Karpis $97.1M 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
10% 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
30% Flight of the Phoenix Elliott $21M 2004
71% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dex $37.7M 2004
No Score Yet Love's Brother Angelo Donnini 2004
71% Cold Mountain Junior 2003
95% Lost In Translation John $44.6M 2003
25% 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
83% Shot in the Heart Mikal Gilmore 2001
57% The Gift Buddy Cole $11.2M 2000
25% 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
66% 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
93% 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

96% Sneaky Pete
2017
Pete Marius Josipovic/Peter Murphy
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 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 Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2010
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2013
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2010
53% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Nick
  • 2008
82% My Name Is Earl
2005-2009
Ralph
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Hunger
1997-1999
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Darren
  • 1995
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
Cashier
  • 1994
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Bruce Mackie
  • 1994
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Commish
1991-1996
Joey Burke
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
Jeff Billings
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Teddy
  • 1989
  • 1987
57% Davis Rules
1991-1992
Skinner

QUOTES FROM Giovanni Ribisi CHARACTERS

Tim Briggs
What's up, Houdini? Got somethin' for me?
Edward
So should I bring her back around 6?
Millie
We really don't keep a schedule around here. He'll just be in when he feels like putting his penis in an asshole.
Edward
So we'll say 6, then.
Edward
Oh, hey, look! It's the ice!
Edward
Ice is so big!
Albert
So it doesn't melt. Actually, it's really interesting how they do it. It's this one company out in Boston that- OOAH! That went so, so fast! Ah!
Albert
So it doesn't melt. Actually, it's really interesting how they do it. It's this one company out in Boston that- OOAH! That went south so fast! Ah!
Edward
Please don't shoot us on sex night.
Polly Perkins
A man came to see me today, a scientist. He was terrified. Said someone was coming for him. I asked him who he was so afraid of and he repeated one name: Totenkopf. He nearly went white when he said it.
Dex Dearborn
Totenkopf. Who is he?
Polly Perkins
He's the invisible man. I've been through every library record twice, looking for anything. I've called every contact I have from Paris to Bangkok. This is the only thing I could dig up. He ran some kind of secret science unit outside of Berlin before the start of World War I. Something called Unit 11. It's been more than 30 years since anyone has spoken his name. Until today.
Dex Dearborn
I thought you said this thing was big? Can I have it?
Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan
You find out where it came from and I'll buy you one for Christmas.
Donny
You're mine, Ted!
Ted
Screw you, pal! I belong to John Bennett.
Donny
But I can give you love, and rocking horses, and dancing!
Ted
I think we're very far apart on this.
Donny
Hi, Ted.
Ted
Fuck!
Donny
Are you out here all alone?
Ted
Uh, no, no I'm not. Uh, you're never alone, when you're with Christ, so no, I'm not alone
Ted
Uh, no, no I'm not. Uh, you're never alone, when you're with Christ, so no, I'm not alone.
Donny
(to Ted) I'll give you love, rocking horses and dancing
Donny
[to Ted] I'll give you love, rocking horses and dancing.
Bandit #20
A Postal Carrier from the Restored Republic of California. Who are you? Postmaster Ford Lincoln Mercury. It's an Honor sir!
Elliott
I'm glad you finally see the light, Mr. Towns.
Capt. Frank Towns
Let's get one thing strait: I'm not taking orders from you.
Elliott
Everyone here is dispensable except me.
Elliott
(shoots injured smuggler) Well, that settles that.
Elliott
[shoots injured smuggler] Well, that settles that.
Capt. Frank Towns
What the h*ll is the matter with you?!
Elliott
Oh, shut up. He would have lasted three days, drinking all of our water.
Capt. Frank Towns
You murdered him, *sshole!
Elliott
No, no, no. The great Captain Towns murdered him. In his infinite wisdom, he told you to go out there, and I told you not to! And now, we're one man short! You made the wrong decisions! You could have killed us all, again! I told you the plane was too heavy!
Capt. Frank Towns
If we turned back we would have had to refuel! You remember!
Elliott
If it weren't for you, we wouldn't be here at all!
Capt. Frank Towns
(punches Elliot) Get up!
Capt. Frank Towns
[punches Elliot] Get up!
Kelly
Will you help us build this plane?
Elliott
Say please.
Kelly
You're kidding.
Elliott
Say please!
Capt. John Miller
You're the doctor! Tell us what you need!
T/4 Medic Wade
I... could use... some more... of those painkillers...
T/4 Medic Wade
Momma... I'm comin' home... Momma... Momma... (dies)
T/4 Medic Wade
Momma... I'm comin' home... Momma... Momma... [dies]
Moburg
If the Bible´s God´s book, why didn´t he give it to everyone?
Kelly
Ok, listen, I'm under Evelyn Waugh, okay? Okay, Arigato Arigato!
John
Muchi Muchi!
Charlotte
Evelyn Waugh?
John
What?
Charlotte
Evelyn Waugh was a man.
Tim Briggs
Tell him not to dump it in the water!
Moburg
"Is it the clap?"
Moburg
Is it the clap?
Paul Kemp
"It's a standing ovation."
Paul Kemp
It's a standing ovation.
Parker Selfridge
What the hell have you people been smoking out there? There just goddamn trees!
Parker Selfridge
[after a stunned pause] What the HELL have you people been smoking out there? [beginning to laugh]
Parker Selfridge
They're just. Goddamn. Trees.
Wayne Beering
If I've learned one thing, it's that business is a lot like sex. Getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.
Private Richard Reiben
You wanna explain the math of this to me? I mean, where's the sense of riskin' the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?
Capt. John Miller
Twenty degrees. Anybody wanna answer that?
T/4 Medic Wade
Reiben, think about the poor bastard's mother.
Private Richard Reiben
Hey, Doc, I got a mother, all right? I mean, you got a mother. Sarge's got a mother. I mean, [he turns and looks at Miller, who has a bemused expression on his face] shit, I bet even the captain's got a mother.
Private Richard Reiben
Well, maybe not the captain, but the rest of us got mothers.
Parker Selfridge
What have you been smoking? They're just trees for godsakes!