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Giovanni Ribisi

Highest Rated:   100% Meadowland (2015)
Lowest Rated:   4% 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 YEAR
46% The Bad Batch
  • Actor
2017
10% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
  • Denne Bart Petitclerc
2016
100% Meadowland
  • Tim
2015
46% Ted 2
  • Donny
2015
83% Results
  • Paul
2015
99% Selma
  • Lee C. White
2015
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Edward
2014
31% Gangster Squad
  • Officer Conwell Keeler
2013
67% Ted
  • Donny
2012
51% Contraband
  • Tim Briggs
2012
50% The Rum Diary
  • Moburg
2011
40% Middle Men
  • Wayne Beering
2010
No Score Yet Columbus Circle
  • Det. Frank Giardello
  • Executive Producer
2010
83% Avatar
  • Parker Selfridge
2009
68% Public Enemies
  • Alvin Karpis
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
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
2004
72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Dex
2004
No Score Yet Love's Brother
  • Angelo Donnini
2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Junior
2003
95% Lost In Translation
  • John
2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Soldier
2003
21% Basic
  • Kendall
2003
74% Heaven
  • Filippo
2002
No Score Yet Spencer
  • Louis
2001
80% Shot in the Heart
  • Mikal Gilmore
2001
57% The Gift
  • Buddy Cole
2000
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Kip Raines
2000
76% The Virgin Suicides
  • Narrator
2000
27% It's the Rage
  • Sidney Lee
2000
67% Boiler Room
  • Seth
2000
4% 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
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Nick
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Darren
100% Sneaky Pete
2017
  • Pete Marius Josipovic/Peter Murphy
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
50% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
0% Dads
2013-2014
  • Warner Warner Whittemore
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest

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