Yani Gellman
Yani Gellman


Yani Gellman
Miami, Florida, U.S.



Yani Gellman is an American film and television actor, known for playing Paolo Valisari in The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Garrett Reynolds in Pretty Little Liars.

Early Life

Gellman was born in Miami, Florida to a Canadian father 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'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, in 2003's The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Most recently, he has been cast in the Canadian series Monster Warriors. He plays 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 has recently 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.

Gellman speaks Spanish, having learned it during his time living in Spain. He has a university degree in Political Science.



Year Title Role
2000 Children of My Heart Mederic
Urban Legends: Final Cut Rob
2001 Sex, Lies & Obsession Romeo
Boss of Bosses Young Paul Castellano
Jason X Stoney
2002 The Matthew Shepard Story Pablo
Tru Confessions Billy

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Paolo Valisari
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood The Shores Boy


Year Title Role
1998 Goosebumps Young Man
Animorphs Brad
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson JB Follower
2001 Blue Murder Patrick Lee
2002 Mentors King Tutankhamen
Guinevere Jones Michael Medina
2003-2004 Wild Card Ryder
2006-2007 Monster Warriors Antonio
2007 Trapped Carlitos
2008-2011 The Young and the Restless Rafael Torres
2009 Lincoln Heights Marco Gutierrez
2010 Greek Pete/Omega Chi
2011-2012 Pretty Little Liars Officer Garrett Reynolds
2012 90210 Diego Flores
The Mentalist Julian Gallego
Beauty & the Beast Sam
2013 Criminal Minds Mitchell Ruiz
2014 Castle Manny Castro