Antonino Giovanni Ribisi is an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents both have careers in the entertainment industry. His mother, Gay Ribisi (née Landrum), is a talent manager for actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. He has a twin sister, actress Marissa Ribisi, and another sister, Gina. Giovanni is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English, and German descent. His mother helped to launch his acting career, which began with an appearance on two episodes of the TV show Highway to Heaven (1984). This followed with numerous roles on television. In 1996, he gained the role of Phoebes half-brother on the high profile Friends (1994), which boosted his career. He became involved in films, which included roles in Tom Hanks That Thing You Do! (1996) and Steven Spielbergs Saving Private Ryan (1998). In 2012, he is appearing in Contraband (2012), _Ted (2012_) and Gangster Squad (2013).