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Giovanni Ribisi: Don't Make It About 'Getting The Role'

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So how did movie actor Giovanni Ribisi end up on a sitcom.

It turns out he was on a movie set, making the upcoming movie "A Million Ways To Die In The West" for writer/director Seth McFarlane when McFarlane offered him a starring role on his upcoming TV show, "Dads."

Working on a multi-camera TV show "was the furthest thing from my mind," Giovanni tells Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.  "This was something that in an almost kind-of experimental way, sight unseen, I just said yeah."

The stellar cast also helped Giovanni make up his mind.  His co-star is Seth Green and they both play 30-something best friends whose fathers decide to move in with them.  The dads are played by Martin Mull -- "a legend," says Green -- and Peter Riegert.

Fun Facts About Giovanni Ribisi:

  • Ribisi began his career in network television with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The New Leave It to Beaver, Married... with Children, 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 Friends, but also appeared as an extra earlier on in season 2 "The One with the Baby on the Bus".
  • Between 2005-2008, he has appeared in multiple episodes of 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.
  • In September 2008, he appeared twice on the HBO comedy series Entourage. In 2012, Ribisi was featured in a small article in the magazine, Man of the World.

(Source: Wikipedia)

"Dads" premieres Tuesday night, September 17th at 8:00pm on FOX.

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