If you can't name the movie in which Jenna Elfman appeared as a stripper in an angel costume, or the movie in which a young Renée Zellweger sang on a rooftop long before "Chicago" came around, then you might not know who Ethan Embry is. So you might be surprised to hear today that he's getting divorced, and even more surprised that anybody cares.
But we do. Oh, we do.
We were midway through the 1990s when the cult classic "Empire Records" came out. The coming-of-age story about a group of teen employees of a Delaware record store first introduced us to Embry (then going by his family name Ethan Randall) as Mark, the adorable Gwar-loving burnout.
Then, as they say, the rest of the decade was his. Next came a small but memorable role as T.B. Player in 1996's "That Thing You Do," and then Rusty Griswold in 1997's "Vegas Vacation." But what really won him the affection of teenage girls was playing Preston Meyers in the 1998 teen flick "Can't Hardly Wait."
The eloquent, shy, and sensitive soul that was Preston made girls of the '90s long for a companion who would gel his tips, wear oversized-Hawaiian/long-sleeved T-shirt combos, and stew over love letters they wrote years ago.
But ever since Y2K, we've heard very little from Embry besides voice work in a few episodes of the "Batman Beyond" TV series, a role as Reese Witherspoon's gay friend in "Sweet Home Alabama," and an appearance in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." Viewers of the TV show "Brotherhood" will know him as Declan Giggs, and he also had a part in the Shia LaBeouf spy agent flick "Eagle Eye." And, at some point, he must have gotten a weird-looking chest tattoo you can glimpse in this photo. But, for the most part, all has been quiet on the Embry front.
Embry and Mabrev in February 2012. (Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
That is, until today, when his model wife, Sunny Mabrey, filed for divorce.
It was Embry's second marriage, the first being to Amelinda Smith (from 1998 to 2002), with whom he has one child, 12-year-old Cogeian Sky Embry. The actor married Mabrey, best known as the girl from Limp Bizkit's "Nookie" video, in 2005.
Now that we're all reminded that Ethan Embry exists, we can't help but wonder: What's next for the '90s heartthrob? Well, we can't hardly wait for his upcoming Lifetime made-for-TV movie "Imaginary Friend" with Lacey Chabert (from "Party of Five," which ran on TV from 1994 to 2000) and Amanda Schull (best known as Jody from 2000's "Center Stage"), set to air next month in the U.S.
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