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Eddie Barbanell        

Actor & Comedian with Down Syndrome; Known for "The Ringer"

Edward "Eddie" Barbanell is an American actor and comedian with Down syndrome, best known for playing the character of Billy in the 2005 film The Ringer. He attended Coral Springs High School where he graduated in 1996. He has been acting since 2000, mostly in plays, and has studied acting with Jay Lynch of the Opus Theater, Selma Glass at the Coconut Creek Recreation Center, and Allan Press of the Youth Theater in Boca Raton, Florida.

He made his return to film in October 2010, having a minor role in the film Jackass 3D. He starred as himself alongside Johnny Knoxville, whom he met while filming The Ringer.

In 2011, Barbanell had a guest role as Bradley in the Comedy Central series Workaholics, reprising it again in the 2013 season 3 episode "Booger Nights." Also in 2011, he played the part of "Testiclees' Cousin" in National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus.

He appeared as a guest in the MTV show Ridiculousness on August 15, 2013. In 2014, Barbanell appeared as a nursing home orderly in Dumb and Dumber To.

Barbanell is also an advocate and athlete for the Special Olympics, and has spoken for the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. In his role as the Special Olympics International Board Director, Barbanell was part of a delegation of athletes and self-advocates who were present for President Obama’s historic signing of Rosa’s Law. The law banned the use of “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” in federal policy, replacing them with people first language “intellectual disability” and “individual with an intellectual disability."


Eddie Barbanell: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg
Mr. Eddie Barbanell serves as a Director at Special Olympics, Inc. since June 2007. He is an actor and Special Olympics athlete.

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