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Giovanni Ribisi

Facts of Giovanni Ribisi

Date of Birth: 1974 , December-17
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Birth Name Antonino Giovanni Ribisi
Father Albert Anthony Ribisi
Mother Gay Ribisi
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Los Angeles, California
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Actor
Net Worth $25 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Famous for 'Avatar' in role of Parker Selfridge
Girlfriend Emily Ward
Married Twice
Children 3
Divorce Mariah O'Brien (m.1997- div. 2001), Agyness Deyn (m. 2012- div. 2015)
Online Presence Twitter
Movies Saving Private Ryan (1993), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Cold Mountain (2003), Avatar (2009)
TV Show Friends (1995-98), My Name Is Earl (2005- 2008), Sneaky Pete (2015-19)
Siblings 2

Quick Timeline of Giovanni Ribisi

1974 Raised in Los Angeles with twin sister
1985 Acting Debut with Highway to Heaven
2009 Starred in Avatar
1997 Wed first wife Mariah O'Brien
2012 Exchanged vows with Second Wife
2017 Began dating Emily Ward
2020 Owns Millions of Dollars

Detail Timeline of Giovanni Ribisi

December 7 , 1974

Raised in Los Angeles with twin sister

Giovanni was born on December 17, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, to musician father, Abert, and talent manager mother, Gay Ribisi. He has a twin sister Marrisa & another sister's name is Gina.


Acting Debut with Highway to Heaven

Giovanni appeared in TV series Highway to Heaven in 1985, making his on-screen debut. He was 11 at that time. Later, in the late 80, he worked in The New Leave It to Beaver and Sidekicks.


Starred in Avatar

Following TV prominence in Friends (1995-98, 2003) and My Name Is Earl (2005-2008),  Giovanni became was an antagonist cast, Parker Selfridge, in the 2009 film Avatar. It is the film with 2nd highest box-office earning, with $2.79 billion.

March 18 , 1997

Wed first wife Mariah O'Brien

Ribisi was in a marital relationship with Mariah O'Brien for 4 years until their divorce in 2001. Together, they share a daughter, Lucia.

June 15 , 2012

Exchanged vows with Second Wife

After 11 years of his first divorce, Giovanni married second wife Agyness Deynin in 2012. She is an English model. Their relationship turned sour after 3 years resulting in divorce on November 26, 2015.


Began dating Emily Ward

He began dating  Emily Ward, an interior designer in 2017 & welcomed fraternal twins in February 2019. The couple lives together in Los Angeles.


Owns Millions of Dollars

Giovanni has a net worth of $25 million in 2020; mainly earned through an acting career of over 3 decades. He has worked in many box-office hits such has worked in Saving Private Ryan (1993), Lost in Translation (2003), Cold Mountain (2003), and Ted (2012).


Giovanni Ribisi, an American film as well as a TV actor, is widely known for playing Parker Selfridge in the 2009 film Avatarthe 2nd highest-earning movie to date. Throughout the 2020s, Ribisi is set to appear in the other 4 sequels of the sci-fi film series Avatar (2, 3, 4 & 5). Professional since 1985, Ribisi made his acting debut at the age of 11 with an appearance in TV series Highway to Heaven & records 95 acting records so far.

Along with film prominence, Giovanni landed in notable roles in TV series that include The New Leave It to Beaver (1985- 1989), Friends (1995- 1998), My Name Is Earl (2005-2008), and Sneaky Pete (2015- 2019).

Family Background & Early Career: Mother Launched Him Into Acting

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi was born on December 17, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, the United States. His father Albert Anthony Ribisi played keyboard in one-hit-wonder rock band People! and mother Gay Ribisi serves as a talent manager for actors and writers.

Giovanni has 2 sisters: twin sister Marissa Ribisi (born 15 minutes earlier than her) and Gina Ribisi, a voice-actress. His mother and twin sister are both Scientologists. An American by nationality, Ribisi comes from Italian, English, and German descent.

In 1985, his mother launched him into acting, where he played in 2 episodes of Highway to Heaven. It soon grabbed him brief roles in The New Leave It to Beaver (1985- 1989), Sidekicks (1986-1987), and Married... with Children.

How Old Is Giovanni Ribisi?

As of September 2020, Ribisi is 45 years old and has a height of 5 ft. 7.5 inches (171 cm).

TV Career Journey: Earned Primetime Emmy Nomination

From 1987 to 1990, Giovanni worked in the TV series My Two Dads (30 episodes) that became his breakthrough to a TV career. Thereafter, he worked in Davis Rules (1991-92), The Wonder Years (1992- 93), and appeared in 2 episodes of NYPD Blue (1994). 

The LA-born actor portrayed Frank Buffay, Jr. in 10 episodes of the TV sitcom Friends (1995-98, 2003) starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc. Then, in 2005, he became a recurring cast Ralph Mariano in My Name Is Earl (2005- 2008); it earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

Following appearances in Entourage (2008), Memphis Beat (2010), and Dads (2013-14), Ribisi worked in the crime drama Sneaky Pete in 2015. There he portrayed Pete Murphy / Marius Josipovic until 2019 in all 3 seasons (30 episodes) sharing the screen with Marin Ireland and Shane McRae.

Worked In 2nd Highest-Grossing Film 'Avatar'

In 2009, Giovanni Ribisi portrayed the role of Parker Selfridge in the film Avatar starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang. The movie collected $2.79 billion in the box-office, being the highest-grossing Hollywood movie in the world but later dropped a step down to Avengers: Endgame (2019) with $2.798 billion.

Giovanni CAPTION: Giovanni as Parker Selfridge in the film Avatar SOURCE: TV Overmind

Starting his film career with the direct-to-DVD film Mind Ripper in 1995, the American actor has a total of 51 movie credits in 2020. Some of his critically acclaimed films include That Thing You Do! (1996), Shot in the Heart (2001, TV film), Heaven (2002), The Dead Girl (2006), Public Enemies (2009), Selma (2014), and Meadowland (2015).

Check out Giovanni's commercially hit films:

Movies Budget Box-Office Collection
Saving Private Ryan (1993) $70 million $482.3 million
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) $90-103.3 million $237.2 million
Lost in Translation (2003) $4 million $118.7 million
Cold Mountain (2003) $79 million $173 million
Ted (2012) $50 million $549.4 million
Ted 2 (2015) $68 million $216.7 million


Upcoming Films

Giovanni is set to appear in the 2022 film Avatar 2. As per IMDB, the American actor's upcoming projects Avatar 3 (2024), Avatar 4 (2026), and Avatar 5 (2028) are filming.


Married Twice But Divorced With Both: Does He Have Children?

Giovanni Ribisi already married twice in his life, but divorce twice. First, he was in a marital relationship with Mariah O'Brien; they exchanged vows on March 18, 1997, but divorced on November 3, 2001. The now-former couple welcomed daughter Lucia in December 1997.

Then on June 15, 2012, the Sneaky Pete actor married his second wife Agyness Deyn, an English model. But after 3 years of relationship, they filed for divorce in January 2015, which finalized on November 26.

Since February 2017, Giovanni is in a relationship with his girlfriend Emily Ward, the co-founder of interior design firm Pierce & Ward. The duo welcomed fraternal twins, Enzo and Maude in December 2018. 

Giovanni CAPTION: Giovanni Ribisi and his girlfriend Emily Ward with their twin children SOURCE: Angle News

Formerly, in 2007, he dated indie rock singer-songwriter Chan Marshall and broke up in 2012.

Net Worth In 2020

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ribisi has a net worth of $25 million as of September 2020. Mainly, he earns from acting; and thanks to his professional career of over 3 decades. He reportedly has over 95 acting credits including TV series and films.

In 2004, he bought a Silver Lake bachelor pad spread on 1,600 sq.ft. for $700,000 & later sold it in July 2012 for $989,000. Reportedly, the actor purchased Los Angeles‘ Atwater Village residence for $1.41 million in summer 2012 and then a new pad in the Hollywood Hills for $3 million in October 2012.