Ethan Philan Randall (born June 13, 1978), known by his stage name Ethan Embry, is an American film and television actor.[1] He is known for his role as Pete Murphy in Sneaky Pete, Russell "Rusty" Griswold in Vegas Vacation, Mark in Empire Records, 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.[1] More recently, he has played Coyote in Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Ethan also had a minor role as Carter in AMC’S The Walking Dead.

Early life

Embry was born in Huntington Beach, 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.[2]


Embry started acting at the age of 12. He starred in several film roles, including Dutch (1991), All I Want for Christmas (1991), That Thing You Do! (1996), National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (1997), Empire Records (1995),[3] and the teen comedy Can't Hardly Wait (1998).[4] He had a major role in Showtime's Brotherhood, which premiered in 2006. The show was critically acclaimed and ran for three seasons.[1]

In 2013 Embry had a recurring role as Greg Mendell on Once Upon a Time.[5] In 2015 Embry had a guest role as Carter on The Walking Dead.[6] That same year, Embry began a recurring role as Coyote Bergstein on Grace and Frankie on Netflix, which began its third season on March 24, 2017.

Embry has appeared in a recurring role as the real Pete Murphy in "Sneaky Pete," an Amazon series currently airing its second season.[7]

Personal life

Embry married actress Amelinda Smith on November 14, 1998. They had one child together. They divorced in 2002.[8]

Embry married actress Sunny Mabrey on July 17, 2005.[9] In 2012, Mabrey filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[10] In 2013 Embry and Mabrey started dating again. They have since remarried as of June 2015.[11]

In November 2006, Embry and Mabrey were robbed at gunpoint in their driveway.[12] In 2008, Embry settled a lawsuit with model Angelina Roudeza who had sued him after being thrown from his motorcycle in 2005.[13]


Year Title Role
1991 Defending Your Life Steve
Dutch Doyle Standish
Bad Attitudes Cosmo Coningsby
All I Want for Christmas Ethan O'Fallon
1993 A Far Off Place Harry Winslow
1995 Empire Records Mark
Evolver Kyle Baxter
1996 White Squall Tracy Lapchick
That Thing You Do! T.B. Player
1997 Vegas Vacation Russell "Rusty" Griswold / Nick Pappagiorgio
1998 Montana Jimmy
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Squirrel
Can't Hardly Wait Preston
Disturbing Behavior Allen Clark
1999 Batman Beyond Lee
2000 Freakylinks Derek/Adam Barnes
2001 Ball in the House Bobby
Stealing Time
2002 Manfast Johnny Shore
They Sam Burnside
Sweet Home Alabama Bobby Ray
2003 L.A. Dragnet Frank Smith
Timeline Josh Stern
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Max Dillon / Electro
2004 Life on Liberty Street Rick Spencer
Standing Still Donovan
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Billy Carver
Celeste in the City Kyle Halley
2005 Pizza Matt Firenze
Masters of Horror Bruce
Numbers Blake Gosnell (Episode: Noisy Edge)
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Art Geddens
Kidney Thieves Guy
2006–08 Brotherhood Declan Giggs
2007 Vacancy Mechanic
2008 Eagle Eye Agent Toby Grant
2009 Fear Itself Chance
2010 House Mickey[14]
The Kane Files: Life of Trial Jace Olsen
2011 The Reunion Leo Cleary
Fairly Legal Spencer
CSI: Miami Randy North
2012 Imaginary Friend (TV movie) Brad
Grey's Anatomy David Moore
Drop Dead Diva Mark Baker
2013 Once Upon a Time Greg Mendell[15]
Cheap Thrills Vince[16]
In Security Kevin
2014 Late Phases Will[17]
The Guest Gun dealer
2015 The Walking Dead Carter[18][19]
The Devil's Candy Jesse Hellman[20]
Convergence Daniel
Vacation Young Rusty Griswold (Picture cameo from Vegas Vacation)
2015–present Grace and Frankie Coyote Bergstein[21]
Sneaky Pete Real Pete Murphy
2018 Blindspotting Officer Molina

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actor[22] Cheap Thrills Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Ethan Embry biodata, imdb.com; accessed August 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Ethan Embry profile, filmreference.com; accessed August 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "'90s Flashback: 'Empire Records' Ethan Embry on Rex Manning Day and Playing Lily Tomlin's Son in New Netflix Series". thewrap.com. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ethan Embry never actually liked the hit movie that made him a star in the 1990s until now". businessinsider.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Once Upon a Time Finale Recap: Hello, Peter Pan!". eonline.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "'The Walking Dead' season premiere: Ethan Embry on Carter's big moment". ew.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4200136/
  8. ^ "Ethan Embry". people.com. March 31, 2003. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ethan Embry and Sunny Mabrey to Divorce : People.com Mobile". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "'Can't Hardly Wait' Star Getting Divorced". tmz.com. 24 July 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ . contactmusic.com. October 13, 2015 http://www.contactmusic.com/ethan-embry/news/ethan-embry-remarries-second-wife_4971727. Retrieved January 16, 2018.  Missing or empty title= (help)
  12. ^ "Ethan Embry Held Up & Fires Back?". tmz.com. November 29, 2006. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ethan Embry to Marred Model -- Deal!". tmz.com. March 19, 2008. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ethan Embry guest stars as House returns for the new year". zap2it.com. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Roots, Kimberly (27 October 2012). "Once Upon a Time Exclusive: Ethan Embry Books Mysterious Storybrooke Visit". TVLine. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Interview: Pat Healy And Ethan Embry on 'Cheap Thrills'". screencrave.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Ethan Embry for 'Late Phases'". lrmonline.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "'The Walking Dead' Postmortem: Ethan Embry Talks the Carter Shocker and Starring on One of His Favorite Shows". yahoo.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  19. ^ "'The Walking Dead' director Greg Nicotero on the alternate version of the premiere you DIDN'T see". ew.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "Ethan Embry on Why 'The Devil's Candy' Immediately 'Terrified' Him (Video)". thewrap.com. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ethan Embry on Grace and Frankie and Starring in the Movies We Grew Up With". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "2014 Fright Meter Award Nominations (Winners Announced!)". Goldderby. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 

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