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Born Dec. 17, 1974, in Los Angeles, Giovanni Ribisi is known for the quirky characters he plays on television and in film. He began his acting career at age 11 on the series "Highway to Heaven" and continued to work steadily in television with guest spots on "My Two Dads," "The X-Files," "The Wonder Years," "NYPD Blue" and perhaps most notably as Lisa Kudrow's dim-bulb brother on "Friends."

His big film break came with a critically acclaimed role in the ensemble war picture Saving Private Ryan (1998), which landed him on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Demonstrating his versatility and range, Ribisi played a mentally challenged young man in The Other Sister (1999), an ambitious stockbroker in Boiler Room (2000) and a troubled mechanic in The Gift (2000).

Other film credits include Lost in Translation (2003), Cold Mountain (2003) and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).

Giovanni Ribisi in Avatar

Avatar

2009 PG-13

Disabled Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) travels to planet Pandora to become an avatar, ingratiate himself with the natives and help Americans mine lucrative unobtainium. But he finds himself in an interstellar conflict after falling for Na'vi warrior Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). James Cameron writes and directs this Golden Globe-winning CGI odyssey that has broken box office records. Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang co-star.

  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Gift The Gift
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Papa: Hemingway in Cuba Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Selma Selma
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Lost in Translation Lost in Translation
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Contraband Contraband
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Lost Highway Lost Highway
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Public Enemies Public Enemies
  • Giovanni Ribisi in That Thing You Do! That Thing You Do!
  • Giovanni Ribisi in A Million Ways to Die in the West A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Postman The Postman
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Gone in 60 Seconds Gone in 60 Seconds
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Ted Ted
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Cold Mountain Cold Mountain
  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Rum Diary The Rum Diary
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Boiler Room Boiler Room
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Basic Basic
  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Flight of the Phoenix The Flight of the Phoenix
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Columbus Circle Columbus Circle
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Masked & Anonymous Masked & Anonymous
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Phoenix Phoenix
  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Other Sister The Other Sister
  • Giovanni Ribisi in It's the Rage It's the Rage
  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Big White The Big White
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Middle Men Middle Men
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Results Results
  • Giovanni Ribisi in My Two Dads My Two Dads
  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Best of Friends: Season 4 The Best of Friends: Season 4
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Some Girl Some Girl
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Doomed Flight Doomed Flight
  • Giovanni Ribisi in According to Spencer According to Spencer
  • Giovanni Ribisi in I Love Your Work I Love Your Work
  • Giovanni Ribisi in The Dog Problem The Dog Problem
  • Giovanni Ribisi in 10th & Wolf 10th & Wolf
  • Giovanni Ribisi in Meadowland Meadowland