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Giamatti at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti
June 6, 1967
New Haven, Connecticut
|Spouse||Elizabeth Cohen (m.1997)|
|Parents||Angelo Bartlett Giamatti
Toni Marilyn (Smith)
Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (//; born June 6, 1967) is an American actor. An acclaimed character actor, Giamatti began his career as a supporting actor in several films produced during the 1990s including Private Parts, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, The Negotiator, and Man on the Moon before earning lead roles in several projects in the 2000s including American Splendor, Sideways, Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, John Adams, Cold Souls, Barney's Version, and Win Win.
Giamatti, the youngest of three children, was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His father, Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, was a Yale University professor who later became president of the university and commissioner of Major League Baseball. His mother, Toni Marilyn (née Smith), was a homemaker and English teacher who taught at Hopkins School and had also previously acted. His paternal grandfather's parents were Italian immigrants from Telese. The rest of his ancestry is Irish and English, and his paternal grandmother was from a family with deep roots in New England. His brother, Marcus, is also an actor, and his sister, Elena, is a jewelry designer. Giamatti was educated at The Foote School and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1985. He attended Yale University, where he was elected to the Skull and Bones secret society. Giamatti was active in the undergraduate theater scene, working alongside actors Ron Livingston and Edward Norton, who were also Yale students. He graduated from Yale in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama where he studied with Earle R. Gister. He performed in numerous theatrical productions (including Broadway) before appearing in some small television and film roles in the early 1990s.
Giamatti's first high-profile role was in the film adaptation of Howard Stern's Private Parts (1997) as Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton, Stern's antagonistic program director at WNBC. Stern praised Giamatti's performance often on his radio program, calling for him to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He appeared in a number of supporting roles in big-budget movies such as The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, and The Negotiator (all 1998). In 1999, he played Bob Zmuda (and Tony Clifton) in the Andy Kaufman biographical film, Man on the Moon. Giamatti continued to be featured in major studio releases such as Big Momma's House (2000) with Martin Lawrence, the Planet of the Apes remake (2001), and in Big Fat Liar (2002) opposite Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes.
Giamatti began to earn critical acclaim after his lead role in the 2003 film American Splendor. He gained mainstream recognition and fame with the 2004 independent romantic comedy Sideways. His portrayal of a depressed writer vacationing in the Santa Barbara wine country garnered him a Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award. Following the commercial success of Sideways, Giamatti appeared in Cinderella Man, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture.
In 2006, he was the lead in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, a supernatural thriller, followed by the animated film The Ant Bully, and Neil Burger's drama The Illusionist co-starring Edward Norton. He also played Mr. Hertz in the action film Shoot 'Em Up and Santa Claus in the comedy Fred Claus. In 2008, he received his first Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie" for his title performance in the HBO miniseries John Adams, a role that also led to a Screen Actors Guild award. That same year, he starred in the independent film Pretty Bird which is a fictionalized retelling about the drama behind the invention of a rocketbelt.
He was nominated for 45 separate awards between 2001 and 2008, and won 26 of them, including both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for John Adams. All of his nominations except one were for American Splendor, Sideways, Cinderella Man, or John Adams; the exception was a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Big Momma's House. In 2011, he won a second Golden Globe, for his portrayal of the titular character in the Canadian film Barney's Version. The Brooklyn Academy of Music asked Giamatti, its "2007 BAM Cinema Club Chair", to pick films for an eight-movie series called "Paul Giamatti Selects" and shown at the Academy in August and September 2007. His selections indicated a taste for paranoia and "the darkest of dark comedy," according to a writer for The New York Times, and included Frenzy, Dr. Strangelove, Brewster McCloud, The Big Clock, The Seventh Victim, Dawn of the Dead (1978 version), Seconds, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version).
A resident of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Giamatti has been married to Elizabeth Giamatti (née Cohen) since 1997. They have a son, Samuel Paul, known as Sam (born 2001), who is raised in Elizabeth's Jewish religion. Giamatti himself is an atheist.
|1991||Past Midnight||Larry Canipe|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Man In Sleeping Bag||Television series; Episode: "You Bet Your Life"|
|1995||Mighty Aphrodite||Extras Guild Researcher|
|New York News||Dr. Wargner||Television series; Episode: "Past Imperfect"|
|1996||The Show||Jeffrey Roffman||Television series; Pilot|
|Ripper||Doctor Bud Cable||Video game|
|1997||Arresting Gena||Detective Wilson|
|Donnie Brasco||FBI Technician|
|Private Parts||Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton|
|My Best Friend's Wedding||Richard the Bellman|
|Deconstructing Harry||Professor Abbot|
|A Further Gesture||Hotel Clerk|
|1998||Tourist Trap||Jeremiah Piper|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||Harry Tjarks||Television series; Episode: "Pit Bull Sessions"|
|The Truman Show||Control Room Director|
|Saving Private Ryan||Sergeant Hill|
|The Negotiator||Rudy Timmons|
|Safe Men||Veal Chop|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Carlo|
|Man on the Moon||Bob Zmuda/Tony Clifton|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Ted Hedley||Television series; Segment: "1961"|
|Big Momma's House||John Maxwell||Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy|
|2001||King of the Hill||Mr. McKay||Television series; Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"|
|Planet of the Apes||Limbo|
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Marty Wolf|
|Thunderpants||Johnson J. Johnson|
|2003||American Splendor||Harvey Pekar||
|The Pentagon Papers||Anthony Russo||Television series|
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Host||Television series; Episode: 30 × 10|
|Robots||Tim the Gate Guard|
|The Fan and the Flower||Narrator|
|Cinderella Man||Joe Gould||
|2006||Asterix and the Vikings||Asterix||English Dub|
|The Hawk Is Dying||George Gattling|
|The Illusionist||Chief Inspector Uhl|
|Lady in the Water||Cleveland Heep|
|The Ant Bully||Stan Beals|
|The Amazing Screw-On Head||Screw-On Head||Television series|
|2007||The Nanny Diaries||Mr. X|
|Shoot 'Em Up||Karl Hertz|
|Fred Claus||Nicholas "Nick" Claus|
|2008||John Adams||John Adams||
|2009||Duplicity||Richard "Dick" Garsik|
|The Haunted World of El Superbeasto||Dr. Satan|
|The Last Station||Vladimir Chertkov|
|2010||Barney's Version||Barney Panofsky|
|2011||Win Win||Mike Flaherty||Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor|
|The Hangover Part II||Kingsley|
|Too Big to Fail||Ben Bernanke|
|The Ides of March||Tom Duffy|
|2012||Rock of Ages||Paul Gill|
|John Dies at the End||Arnie Blondestone||Also producer|
|Romeo and Juliet||Friar Laurence|
|Twelve Years a Slave||Theophilus Freeman|
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