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Yani Gellman is is an American film and television actor. He has appeared in various films and series, his first being Goosebumps, a television series in 1998. He is best known for playing Paolo Valisari in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Garrett Reynolds in Pretty Little Liars and Diego Flores in 90210.
Gellman was born in Miami, Florida, to a Canadian father and an Australian mother. He is of Jewish heritage. He was named after a family friend, writer Jan Joors. His father was a reporter, and the family frequently moved during Gellman's childhood, living in Australia, Spain, and Texas before settling in Toronto. Gellman speaks Spanish, having learned it during his time living in Spain. He has a university degree in political science.
Gellman's acting debut was in a 1998 episode of the television series, Animorphs. After appearing in several more television productions, he was cast in supporting roles in the 2000 film, Urban Legends: Final Cut and in 2002's Jason X. In both films, his characters eventually became victims of serial killers. He appeared in 2002's The Matthew Shepard Story as Pablo, the love interest of the title character. Gellman became known among teenage audiences after playing the part of Paolo Valisari, an Italian pop singer and the main antagonist of 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
Most recently, he has been cast in the Canadian series Monster Warriors. Where he played a lawyer, Rafe Torres, in the long-running soap opera, The Young and the Restless. In April 2009 it was revealed that the character of Rafe Torres was gay. Gellman has also appeared as a model in numerous print ads, including Omega watches. He made a cameo in Degrassi Goes Hollywood, as well as playing Pete in multiple episodes of Greek. He also played the role of police officer, Garrett Reynolds in hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. He has also starred as Diego in the hit TV show 90210.
In 2017, Gellman appeared in the underwater survival thriller film 47 Meters Down which was released in theaters on 16 June 2017.
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||Rob|
|2003||The Lizzie McGuire Movie||Paolo Valisari|
|2013||Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th||Himself||Documentary film|
|2017||47 Meters Down||Louis|
|1998||Goosebumps (TV series)||Young Man||2 episodes|
|1998||Animorphs||Brad||Episode: "The Forgotten"|
|2000||The Famous Jett Jackson||JB Follower||Episode: "What You Wish For"|
|2001||Blue Murder (Canadian TV series)||Patrick Lee||Episode: "All Saints"|
|2001||Sex, Lies & Obsession||Romeo||Television film|
|2001||Boss of Bosses||Young Paul Castellano||Television film|
|2002||The Matthew Shepard Story||Pablo||Television film|
|2002||Mentors||King Tutankhamen||Episode: "Cursed"|
|2002||Tru Confessions||Billy||Television film|
|2002||Guinevere Jones||Michael Medina||Lead role (26 episodes)|
|2003–2004||Wild Card (TV series)||Ryder||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2006–2007||Monster Warriors||Antonio||Lead role|
|2007||Trapped||Carlitos||Documentary series on the National Geo Channel|
|2008–2011||The Young and the Restless||Rafael Torres||86 episodes|
|2009||Degrassi Goes Hollywood||The Shores Boy||Television film|
|2009||Lincoln Heights (TV series)||Marco Gutierrez||2 episodes|
|2010||Greek (TV series)||Pete / Omega Chi||3 episodes|
|2011–2012||Pretty Little Liars (TV series)||Officer Garrett Reynolds||Recurring role (23 episodes)|
|2012||90210 (TV series)'||Diego Flores||7 episodes|
|2012||The Mentalist||Julian Gallego||Episode: "Devil's Cherry"|
|2012||Beauty & the Beast (2012 TV series)||Sam||Episode: "All In"|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Mitchell Ruiz||Episode: "Broken"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Doug Lasky||Episode: "Ghosts of the Past"|
|2013||The Client List (TV series)||Diego Shankman||Episode: "I Miss Back Then"|
|2013||Category 5||Pete Keller||Television film|
|2014||Castle (TV series)||Manny Castro||Episode: "Law & Boarder"|
|2014||Major Crimes||Dante||Episode: "Major Crimes"|
|2015||Trigger Point||Jared Church||Television film|
|2015||Blood & Oil||A.J. Menendez||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015||iZombie \||Gabriel||2 episodes|
|2015||CSI: Cyber||Jackson Richmond||Episode: "Shades of Grey"|
|2017||The Psycho She Met Online||Tyler Hexley||Television film|
|2017||The Saint (2017 film)||Doyle Cosentino||Television film|
|2018||Dynasty (2017 TV series)||Manuel||3 episodes|
|2019||Bosch (TV series)||Jose Esquivel Jr.|
|2012||Pretty Dirty Secrets||Garrett Reynolds||Episode: "I'm a Free Man"|
- On December 1, 2018 Yani Gellman confirmed that he was indeed cast as Manuel.