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Ethan Embry
General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: June 13, 1978
Age: 39
Birthplace: Huntington Park, California, U.S.
Nationality: English
Other Information
Height: 5'10"
Occupation(s): Actor
Talents: Acting
Interests: Photography
Family & Friends
Family: Cogeian (son)
Karen (mother)
H. Charles Randall (father)
Aaron Embry (brother)
Kessia Embry (sister)
Relationships: Amelinda Smith (ex-wife)
Sunny Mabrey (current wife)
Series Information
Character: Greg Mendell
First appearance: In the Name of the Brother
Last appearance: The Heart of the Truest Believer

Ethan Philan Randall, known by his stage name Ethan Embry, is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as Russell "Rusty" Griswold in Vegas Vacation, Agent Toby Grant in Eagle Eye, Preston Meyers in Can't Hardly Wait, Greg Mendell in Once Upon a Time and as Declan Giggs on the Showtime television series Brotherhood. Most recently, he played Coyote in Grace and Frankie on Netflix.

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Early life

Embry was born in Huntington Park, California, the son of Karen, a screenwriter/talent manager, and H. Charles Randall, a dental technician. He has an elder brother, Aaron, a music producer and musician, and a younger sister, Kessia, a photographer.


Embry started acting at the age of 12. After making his debut in Defending Your Life (1991), he starred in several films, including Dutch (1991), All I Want for Christmas (1991), A Far Off Place (1993) co-starring Reese Witherspoon, That Thing You Do! (1996), National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (1997), Empire Records (1995), and the teen comedy Can't Hardly Wait (1998).

In 2002, Embry appeared as Bobby Ray opposite Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. He had a major role in Showtime's Brotherhood, which premiered in 2006.

In 2013 Embry had a recurring role as Greg Mendell on the television series Once Upon a Time. In 2015 Embry had a guest role as Carter on The Walking Dead. That same year, Embry began a recurring role as Coyote Bergstein on Grace and Frankie on Netflix.

Embry has appeared in a recurring role as the real Pete Murphy in Sneaky Pete an Amazon Video original series.

Personal life

Embry married actress Amelinda Smith on November 14, 1998. They have one child together and divorced in 2002.

Embry married actress Sunny Mabrey on July 17, 2005. In 2012, Mabrey filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. In 2013 Embry and Mabrey began dating again, and remarried in June 2015.

In November 2006, Embry and Mabrey were robbed at gunpoint in their driveway.

In 2008, Embry settled a lawsuit with former Deal or No Deal model Angelina Roudeza, who had sued him after being scarred over her torso when thrown from his motorcycle in 2005.

Embry and Mabrey have homes in Los Angeles and Atlanta.


Year Title Type Role
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story TV Mini-Series
1991 Defending Your Life Steve (as Ethan Randall)
1991 Dutch Doyle Standish (as Ethan Randall)
1991 Bad Attitudes TV Movie Cosmo Coningsby (as Ethan Randall)
1991 All I Want for Christmas Ethan O'Fallon (as Ethan Randall)
1993 A Far Off Place Harry Winslow (as Ethan Randall)
1993 - 1994 Harts of the West TV Series Randy
1994 Season of Change Bobby Bascomb (as Ethan Randall)
1994 - 1995 Murder, She Wrote TV Series Mike Seresino / Jimmy Taylor
1995 Evolver Kyle Baxter (as Ethan Randall)
1995 Empire Records Mark (as Ethan Randall)
1996 White Squall Tracy Lapchick
1996 That Thing You Do! The Bass Player
1997 Vegas Vacation Rusty Griswold
1998 Montana Jimmy
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Dillger
1998 The Prophecy II Video Young Coroner
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Squirrel
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Preston Meyers
1998 Disturbing Behavior Allen Clark
1998 Hercules TV Series Melampus
1999 The Wild Thornberrys TV Series Ned Fervel
1999 Rocket Power TV Series short TV Announcer
1999 - 2000 Work with Me TV Series Sebastian
1999 - 2000 Batman Beyond TV Series Terrapin / Lee
2000 The Independent Bert
2000 Get Real TV Series Wade Kostick
2000 - 2001 FreakyLinks TV Series Derek Barnes / Adam Barnes
2001 The Zeta Project TV Series Bodhi
2001 Rennie's Landing Trevor Logan
2001 Ball in the House Bobby
2001 Male Order Short Actor #2
2001 Who Is A.B.?
2001 Silicon Follies TV Movie
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Bobby Ray
2002 The Twilight Zone TV Series Zack Walker
2002 They Sam Burnside
2003 Manfast Johnny Shore
2003 Dragnet TV Series Det. Frank Smith
2003 Spider-Man TV Series Max Dillon / Electro
2003 Timeline Josh Stern
2004 Celeste in the City TV Movie Kyle Hadley
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Billy Carver
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