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Giovanni Ribisi portrayed the recurring character Frank Buffay Jr., half-brother of Phoebe Buffay.

Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor.

Early life[]

Ribisi was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Gay (née Landrum), is a manager of actors and writers, and his father, Al Ribisi, is a musician. He is of Italian/Sicilian descent and is the twin brother of actress Marissa Ribisi, and the brother of Gina Ribisi, a voice actress.


Ribisi began his career in network television with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The New Leave It to Beaver, The Wonder Years, and My Two Dads. He entered the public eye with a prominent performance in The X-Files episode "D.P.O.," as well as with his recurring role as Frank Jr., the brother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on Friends. He actually first appears as an unnamed character in "The One With The Baby On The Bus" asking for his condom back from Phoebe after throwing it with some change in her guitar case. More recently, he has appeared in four episodes of My Name Is Earl, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance on the series. His film credits include Perfect Stranger, Heaven, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Saving Private Ryan, That Thing You Do!, Boiler Room, subUrbia, The Gift, Basic, Lost in Translation, Flight of the Phoenix and Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow.

Ribisi has also appeared on the video of British band Keane's single "Crystal Ball", which was released worldwide on August 21, 2006. He also appeared with Winona Ryder and John C. Reilly in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's music video "Talk About The Blues".

Personal life[]

Ribisi was married to Mariah O'Brien from March 18, 1997 to November 3, 2001; the couple had a daughter, Lucia, born in December 1997 and named after the doomed heroine in the Donizetti opera, Lucia di Lammermoor. His twin sister, Marissa, is also a Scientologist and is married to Scientologist indie-rocker Beck.

Religious beliefs[]

Ribisi is an active Scientologist, and participated in the gala opening of Scientology's controversial "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum in December 2005.

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