Ethan Embry is the stage name of American actor Ethan Randall. With a career spanning over 2 decades, he has divided his time equally between film and TV productions. He is a talented actor and has already bagged an impressive number of films, commercials, and TV shows in his early 20s. He has also worked as a producer and a director. He was just 13 when he made his directorial debut. Ethan's vocal skills have been displayed in a few projects, including the animated series 'Batman Beyond.' He has also been featured in Feeder’s music video for the song 'High.’ Ethan has taken some drastic personal and professional decisions at an early age. He was quite young when he got married for the first time and fathered a child.
Childhood & Early Life
Ethan was born Ethan Philan Randall, on June 13, 1978, in Huntington Beach, California, to H Charles Randall, a dental technician, and Karen, a screenwriter and talent manager. His elder brother, Aaron, is a music producer and musician, while his younger sister, Kessia, is a photographer. Ethan is of English descent, with a tinge of Irish and German ethnicity.
Ethan was homeschooled for the majority of his growing years. He, however, did go to a public school, but just for a day. He did not like the environment there and thought public schools lacked variety. At the age of 10, Ethan was placed sixth in a California gymnastics tournament.
By the time Ethan began his career as an actor, he had already worked in over 100 TV and radio commercials. He was just 13 when he had three film roles to his credit.
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Ethan ventured into the entertainment industry at the age of 12. In 1990, he appeared in three episodes of the miniseries 'Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.' The following year, he made his film debut as ‘Steve’ in the romantic comedy–fantasy 'Defending Your Life' and subsequently appeared in two more movies, 'Dutch' (as ‘Doyle Standish’) and 'All I Want for Christmas' (as ‘Ethan O’Fallon’).
Ethan became a producer and an assistant director with the 1992 short film 'A Dog and His Boy.' He appeared as ‘Randy’ in two episodes (1993–1994) of the 'CBS' western/comedy–drama 'Harts of the West.' Ethan then appeared in the starring role of ‘Harry Winslow’ in the adventure–drama film 'A Far Off Place.'
In 1995, Ethan worked in two different genres: the horror/science-fiction B-movie 'Evolver,' in which he played the lead, computer expert ‘Kyle Baxter,’ and the coming-of-age comedy–drama 'Empire Records,' which featured him as ‘Mark.’ He played two different characters in two different episodes of the 'CBS' crime drama 'Murder, She Wrote.'
In 1996, Ethan appeared as ‘Tracy Lapchic’ in the natural disaster survival feature 'White Squall.' He performed all his stunts in the movie. He displayed his gymnastic skills in the 1998 teen comedy 'Can't Hardly Wait.' The following year, Ethan became a regular in the 'CBS' sitcom 'Work with Me.’ He filmed 10 episodes of the series, but unfortunately, due to its low ratings, the show was canceled after four episodes.
Similarly, in 2000, Ethan filmed 13 episodes of the science-fiction series 'FreakyLinks,' but the show was later canceled. He had a starring role in the 2002 supernatural horror 'They.' Ethan has worked in a bunch of shorts, too, such as 'A Slice of ‘Pizza’' (2006), 'Order Up' (2007), and 'You're So Vain' (2010).
In 2003, Ethan was seen as ‘Detective Frank Smith,’ a series regular, in the radio, TV, and motion-picture series 'Dragnet.' Following this, he lent his voice to the fictional supervillain ‘Electro’ in the animated series 'Spider-Man.' He had regular and recurring roles in series such as 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Sneaky Pete,' and 'Grace and Frankie.' Ethan played ‘Leo Carey,’ a bail bondsman, in the 2011 action film 'The Reunion.' Critics panned the film, and even Ethan considers it one of his worst films.
Ethan co-produced a movie titled 'Taken,' which never got released. A music enthusiast, too, he plays in a band titled 'Southern Comfort Colonic.' He appeared in the play 'Pinocchio,' staged at the 'Pasadena Playhouse.' He featured in the TV commercial titled 'Vacation,' opposite Christie Brinkley.
Family & Personal Life
Ethan married actor Amelinda Smith on November 14, 1998. Their child, Cogeian, was born in 1999. The name “Cogeian” originated from the Latin word “cogeo,” meaning "to think over." Amelinda had auditioned for the role of ‘Stacy’ in 'Work with Me,' a role that later went to Emily Rutherfurd. Ethan and Amelinda got divorced in 2002.
Ethan married for the second time on July 17, 2005, to actor Sunny Mabrey. In 2012, Sunny filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. However, they reconciled in 2013. They later remarried in June 2015. In November 2006, the two were robbed at gunpoint in their driveway.
In 2005, model Angelina Roudeza accused Ethan of throwing her from his motorbike. The case was settled 3 years later.
Ethan bought a home in 1998 and had five cats and eight dogs back then. He often plays the guitar. Etan is left-handed when he writes, but is right-handed when he plays the guitar. He loves photography, too.
Ethan loves to get inked. His interest in tattoos developed when 'Empire Records' released. The actor has a few designs inked on his body. There is a Chinese character on his wrist, and most of his other tattoos reflect Southern Californian designs. Most of them are monochrome except the huge American traditional-style tattoo on his chest, which he got done in Rhode Island while filming for a TV show. Ethan’s stage surname, “Embry,” is his grandfather's last name.
Ethan has struggled with opiate addiction in the past. He consumed drugs such as prescription painkillers and black tar heroin for years. Ethan first revealed about his addiction in May 2017, after federal prosecutors were ordered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to build an effective penal structure for drug addicts.
Actor and comedian Ed O'Neill is a father figure to Ethan. Ethan credits the actor for teaching him everything. He appeared with the actor in the documentary TV series 'Biography.' Ethan’s all-time favorite movie is 'Midnight Express.'