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Winner of the ShoWest Newcomer of the Year Award in 1999, GIOVANNI RIBISI (Tim Briggs) has since established himself as a popular screen presence capable of playing a wide variety of roles.

Ribisi was recently seen in GK Films' The Rum Diary, based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel. It is the story of a journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in Puerto Rico. He tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amongst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction.

Ribisi is currently shooting the ensemble feature Gangster Squad, starring opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. The film is set in the '50s and chronicles the LAPD's fight to keep the east coast Mafia out of Los Angeles.

In summer 2012, Ribisi will be seen in the Universal Pictures comedy Ted, directed by Seth MacFarlane, which is about a man who wishes his teddy bear to life. Ribisi was recently seen in the James Cameron feature Avatar, winner of three Academy Awards® and two Golden Globes, and has gone on to be the highest-grossing film of all time.

Among his best-known films are Michael Mann's Public Enemies; Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan; Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation; Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain; and David Lynch's Lost Highway. Ribisi's other credits include The Dead Girl; Perfect Stranger; Flight of the Phoenix; Boiler Room; Gone in Sixty Seconds; The Other Sister; Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow; SubUrbia; Heaven; First Love, Last Rites; That Thing You Do!; The Mod Squad; Masked and Anonymous; and The Big White. Ribisi received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance in Sam Raimi's The Gift. In addition to his numerous film credits, Ribisi also has an impressive list of television guest-starring roles on his resume. In 2007, he gained an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for My Name Is Earl. Ribisi also made guest appearances on The X-Files and Friends.

Ribisi and his twin sister, Marissa, were born and raised in Los Angeles, where he still resides. Beginning his acting career at the age of nine, he studied theater under the prestigious acting coach Milton Katselas.

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