Character: Ralph Mariano
Actor: Giovanni Ribisi
Played by Giovanni Ribisi, played as a child by Tanner Maguire — Former partner in crime of Earl's, who goes in and out of jail on an almost weekly basis. He and Earl have been friends since childhood, when Earl first taught Ralph how to steal. He isn't the smartest person in the world, doesn't quite get the whole karma thing. Following in Earl's footsteps, he attempts to go legit by getting a job at a lamp store, only to go back to stealing the same day because he didn't win the lottery. A dedicated criminal, he will do anything for $200. He has a sister who dances at Club Chubby. He also once started a short-lived rock band along with Earl and Randy. He has several tattoos, including a Yin Yang on his forearm (which was put there because he thought it was ‚two tadpoles doin‘ it') and ‚two cougars doin‘ it' on his ankle. He only has nine toes following an incident where he cut his pinky toe off to put in a hotdog, forcing a huge hotdog franchise pay a settlement, which was used to rebuild the local hotdog stand that he was once paid by them to burn down in the episode 1×13 Stole P'S Hd Cart. After learning that Earl had once slept with his mother, Ralph makes him marry her to „make an honest woman“ out of her in the episode 2×05 Van Hickey. When Earl is sentenced 2 years in Camden County Prison, Ralph is his cellmate, who recently got in trouble with a skinhead for spitting in his eye. Apparently the skinhead will come after Ralph at the yard with a pipegun.
Ribisi was born in Los Angeles, California to Gay Landrum, a talent agent, and Albert Ribisi, a musician. He is the twin brother of actress Marissa Ribisi, and has another sister, Gina.
Ribisi began his career in network television with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including 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. More recently, he has appeared in four episodes of My Name Is Earl. His film credits include 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 a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion music video.
Ribisi was married to Mariah O'Brien from March 18, 1997 through 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
Ribisi was recently painted by noted contemporary artist Vanessa Prager and featured in her art exhibit Polyestor
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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