Winner of the ShoWest Newcomer of the Year Award in 1999, GIOVANNI
RIBISI (Donny) has since established himself as a popular screen
presence capable of playing a wide variety of roles.
Ribisi was recently seen in Universal Pictures' Contraband, starring Mark
Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, and 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 finished 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.
Ribisi was also seen in James Cameron's 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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