“I picture myself as a fat, balding actor in fifteen years and it's good to be able to go into another field.” Yani Gellman
Actor Yani Gellman is probably most known for playing Rafe Torres on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” from 2008 to present. He played the roles of Michael Medina in “Guinevere Jones” (2002), Ryder in ““Wild Card” (2003-2004), Antonio in “Monster Warriors” (2006-2008) and Garrett Reynold's “Pretty Little Liars” 2011-?). He has had supporting roles in the films “Urban Legends: Final Cut” (2000), “Jason X” (2001) and “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (2003).
Childhood and Family:
Yani Gellman was born on September 2, 1985, in Miami, Florida, to a Canadian father and an Australian mother. Because of his dad's job as a reporter, his family moved quite often when he was a child. He lived in various places like Australia, Spain and Texas before settling in Toronto, where he studied drama with the University of Toronto Theatre Program. He had his first acting role at a summer camp when he was 10 years old. Yani graduated from university with a degree in Political Science.
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Yani Gellman made his television debut in the Canadian children's horror/anthology series “Goosebumps” episode titled “Deep Trouble Part 1 and 2” (1998). Later that same year, he appeared in an episode of the science fiction series “Animorphs” called “The Forgotten.”
In 2000, Gellman starred as Mederic in his first television movie, “Children of My Heart,” opposite Geneviève Désilets and Michael Moriarty. He also appeared in an episode of “The Famous Jett Jackson” called “What You Wish For” (2000, as JB follower) as well as in the TV short “The Royal Diaries: Cleopatra - Daughter of the Nile” (2000). The year also found him landing the supporting role of Rob in the slasher film “Urban Legends: Final Cut,” the sequel to the 1998 film “Urban Legend.” The film was a moderately successful at the box office.
In 2001, Gellman played another supporting role named Stoney in the critically panned science fiction/slasher film “Jason X,” which was directed by James Isaac and written by Todd Farmer. 2001 also saw him portray Young Paul Castellano in the biographical TV film “Boss of Bosses,” focusing on the rise and fall of the powerful New York City organized crime boss, Paul Castellano, Romeo in the Lifetime film “Sex, Lies & Obsession,” starring Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, and had a one episodic stint in “Blue Murder.”
Gellman eventually landed his first regular work on the Australian TV series “Guinevere Jones,” where he was cast as Gwen's friend and sometimes boyfriend, Michael Medina. The show ran for two seasons from May 4, 2002 to December 7, 2002. The same year, Gellman could be seen in two TV films: “ The Matthew Shepard Story” and “ Tru Confessions” as well as in an episode of “mentors” called “Cursed.”
In 2003, Gellman was cast as Paolo Valisari, an Italian international pop star, in “The Lizzie
McGuire Movie,” the film adaptation of Disney Channel TV show “ Lizzie McGuire” (both starred starred Hilary Duff). A box office hit, the film scored over $ 55 million worldwide against a budget of $17 million. Between 2003 and 2004, the actor played the recurring role of Ryder on the Canadian/American comedy/drama series “Wild Card,” starring Joely Fisher.
Gellman returned to series television as a regular when he was cast as Antonio in the Canadian series “Monster Warriors” (YTV, 2006-2008) in January 2006. He stayed until June 2007. IN 2007, he appeared in an episode of the TV series documentary “ Trapped.”
Gellman gained a big break on the small screen when he joined the cast of the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” in December 2008 as Rafael “Rafe” Torres.
In 2009, Gellman played Marco Gutierrez in two episodes of “ Lincoln Heights” and also appeared in the made for TV film “Degrassi Goes Hollywood.” In the following year, he appeared in three episodes of “Greek.”
Recently, in 2011, Gellman appeared as a police officer, Garrett Reynolds, on the ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars,” starring Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Holly Marie Combs.
“I may go into writing” Yani Gellman (about his future)