Giamatti at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti
June 6, 1967
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Cohen (1997–present)|
|Parents||Angelo Bartlett Giamatti
Toni Marilyn (Smith) Giamatti
Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (//; born June 6, 1967) is an American 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 such as 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 family were Italian immigrants from Telese Terme, near Naples (the surname was originally spelt "Giammattei", Italian pronunciation: [dʒamatˈtɛi]). The rest of Giamatti's ancestry includes English, Dutch, Irish, Scottish, and French. His paternal grandmother had deep roots in New England, dating back to the colonial era. His brother, Marcus, is also an actor and his sister, Elena, is a jewelry designer.
Giamatti was first educated at The Foote School and later graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1985. Giamatti attended Yale, 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. Giamatti graduated from Yale in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama, where he studied with Earle R. Gister. Giamatti performed in numerous theatrical productions, including Broadway and a stint from 1989 to 1992 with Seattle's Annex Theater, before appearing in some small television and film roles in the early 1990s.
In 1997, Giamatti landed in his first high-profile role as Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton in the film adaptation of Howard Stern's Private Parts. Stern praised Giamatti's performance often on his radio program, calling for him to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Giamatti appeared in a number of supporting roles in the 1998 big-budget films including The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, and The Negotiator. In 1999, Giamatti played Bob Zmuda (and Tony Clifton) in Miloš Forman's Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon. Giamatti continued steadily in the early 2000s by appearing in major studio releases including Big Momma's House, Planet of the Apes, and Big Fat Liar.
In 2003, Giamatti began to earn critical acclaim after his lead role in film American Splendor. In 2004, Giamatti 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, Giamatti 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.
In 2008, Giamatti 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. Giamatti was set to play the lead role, Colonel Tom Parker, in Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, which was to co-star Ron Perlman, who replaced Bruce Campbell.
Giamatti 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.
In the comic book series Ultimate Spider-Man, that series' version of the villain Tinkerer was rendered by artist Mark Bagley to resemble Giamatti, as per writer Brian Michael Bendis' instructions.
|1990||She'll Take Romance||Heckler #2||TV Film|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Man in Sleeping Bag||Episode: "You Bet Your Life"|
|1995||New York News||Dr. Wargner||Episode: "Past Imperfect"|
|1996||Show, TheThe Show||Jeffrey Roffman||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1998||Tourist Trap||Jeremiah Piper||TV Film|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||Harry Tjarks||Episode: "Pit Bull Sessions"|
|Winchell||Herman Kurfeld||TV Film|
Episode: "New York: Part V - Cosmopolis"
|2001||King of the Hill||Mr. McKay||Voice
Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"
|2003||Pentagon Papers, TheThe Pentagon Papers||Anthony Russo||TV Film|
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Paul Giamatti/Ludacris featuring Sum-41"|
|2006||Amazing Screw-On Head, TheThe Amazing Screw-On Head||Screw-On Head||Voice
|2008||John Adams||John Adams||TV Miniseries
|2010||30 Rock||Ritchie||Episode: "When It Rains, It Pours"|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Ben Bernanke||TV Film
|2013||Downton Abbey||Harold Levinson||Episode: "The London Season"|
|1996||Ripper||Doctor Bud Cable|
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- Paul Giamatti Emmy Award Winner
- Paul Giamatti's Good Times
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- According to the Internet Movie Database
- Hale, Mike. "Film", The New York Times. July 29, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2007.
- Web page titled "Paul Giamatti Selects" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Web site, Retrieved July 28, 2007
- "I never saw Russell lose it on set..." | TotalFilm.com
- "AV Club Podmass: The Best" (Week of February 17–23) The Onion
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- Kickstarter campaign for the independent animated film adaption of The Goon
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- Paul Giamatti at Emmys.com