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
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 AwardsÂ® 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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