Giovanni Ribisi, (born Antonio Giovanni Ribisi on December 17, 1974) then credited as Vonni Ribisi, was a child actor in the 1980s, probably best known at the time for his supporting role as Nicole's 'wholesome' boyfriend on My Two Dads. He has gone on to appear in over eighty different productions, including numerous runs, and was probably most widely seen as the company hatchet-man Parker Selfridge in Avatar. He appeared once each in Seasons 1 and 3 as Teddy, a schoolfriend of Bud's. Giovanni who has appeared in over 40 films and 25 television shows, currently stars on the Fox sitcom Dads.


Giovanni began his career on television shows as a child with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The New Leave It to Beaver, MWC, The Wonder Years, and My Two Dads. He entered the public eye with a prominent performance in The X-Files episode "D.P.O." (an episode that also starred Jack Black), as well as with his recurring role as Frank, Jr., the brother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on NBC-TV's Friends, but also appeared as an extra earlier on in season 2 "The One with the Baby on the Bus".

Between 2005 and 2008, Giovanni appeared in multiple episodes of NBC's My Name Is Earl as the recurring character Ralph, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance on the series. Ribisi has appeared on the video of British band Keane's single "Crystal Ball", which was released worldwide on August 21, 2006. He appeared with Winona Ryder and John C. Reilly in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's music video "Talk About the Blues". In September 2008, he appeared twice on the HBO comedy series Entourage.

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