Paul Giamatti

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Paul Giamatti
BornPaul Edward Valentine Giamatti
(1967-06-06) June 6, 1967 (age 47)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma materYale University
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Cohen (m. 1997)
ParentsAngelo Bartlett Giamatti
Toni Marilyn (Smith) Giamatti
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Paul Giamatti
BornPaul Edward Valentine Giamatti
(1967-06-06) June 6, 1967 (age 47)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma materYale University
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Cohen (m. 1997)
ParentsAngelo Bartlett Giamatti
Toni Marilyn (Smith) Giamatti

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (/iəˈmɑːti/; 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2] His paternal grandfather's family were Italian immigrants from Telese Terme, near Naples (the surname was originally spelt "Giammattei", Italian pronunciation: [dʒamatˈtɛi]).[3] The rest of Giamatti's ancestry includes English, Dutch, Irish, Scottish, and French.[4] His paternal grandmother had deep roots in New England, dating back to the colonial era.[5] 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.[6] 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,[7] 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. In 1998, Giamatti appeared in a number of supporting roles, in the big-budget films 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 later continued steadily during 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 the 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.

Giamatti had his first major role in an action movie in the 2007 film Shoot 'Em Up, while also starring in The Nanny Diaries and Fred Claus. In 2008, Giamatti received his first Emmy Award[8] 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.[9]

Giamatti received his second Golden Globe win for his role in the 2010 film, Barney's Version. Giamatti starred as the lead in the comedy-drama film Win Win, which earned positive reviews from critics.[10] The same year he also had small roles Ironclad, The Hangover Part II and The Ides of March.

In 2012, Giamatti became the voiceover actor for Liberty Mutual insurance commercials.[11] He was also the narrator for the PBS Nature episode An Original DUCKumentary.[12] Giamatti produced and starred in John Dies at the End, which is based on the book of the same name. He also had roles in the film Rock of Ages and Cosmopolis.

In 2013, Giamatti returned to his alma mater to play Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Yale University Theater in New Haven to rave reviews.[13] He also had supporting roles in several movies such as the animated film Turbo, The Congress, Parkland, Saving Mr. Banks and the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave.[14][15] Giamatti played New Yorker Harold Levinson, the brother of Cora, the Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), in the 2013 Christmas special of the fourth series of Downton Abbey.[16]

In 2014, Giamatti played villain The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.[17]

Personal life[edit]

A resident of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.[18] 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.[19]



1991Past MidnightLarry Canipe
1992SinglesKissing Man
1995Mighty AphroditeExtras Guild Researcher
1996Breathing RoomGeorge
1996Before and AfterMember of the JuryUncredited
1997Arresting GenaDetective Wilson
1997Donnie BrascoFBI Technician
1997Private PartsKenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton
1997My Best Friend's WeddingRichard the Bellman
1997Deconstructing HarryProfessor Abbot
1997Further Gesture, AA Further GestureHotel Clerk
1998Truman Show, TheThe Truman ShowControl Room Director
1998Dr. DolittleBlaine
1998Negotiator, TheThe NegotiatorRudy Timmons
1998Saving Private RyanSgt. Hill
1998Safe MenVeal Chop
1999Cradle Will RockCarlo
1999Man on the MoonBob Zmuda/Tony Clifton
2000If These Walls Could Talk 2Ted HedleySegment: "1961"
2000Big Momma's HouseJohn MaxwellNominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy
2001DuetsTodd Woods
2001StorytellingToby OxmanSegment: "Non-Fiction"
2001Planet of the ApesLimbo
2002Big Fat LiarMarty Wolf
2002ThunderpantsJohnson J. Johnson
2003American SplendorHarvey Pekar
2004SidewaysMiles Raymond
2005RobotsTim the Gate Guard (voice)
2005The Fan and the FlowerNarratorShort
2005Cinderella ManJoe Gould
2006Asterix and the VikingsAsterix (voice)English dub
2006Hawk Is Dying, TheThe Hawk Is DyingGeorge Gattling
2006Illusionist, TheThe IllusionistChief Inspector Uhl
2006Lady in the WaterCleveland Heep
2006Ant Bully, TheThe Ant BullyStan Beals (voice)
2007Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny DiariesMr. X
2007Shoot 'Em UpKarl Hertz
2007Fred ClausNicholas "Nick" Claus
2008Pretty BirdRickAlso producer
2009DuplicityRichard "Dick" Garsik
2009Cold SoulsPaul
2009Haunted World of El Superbeasto, TheThe Haunted World of El SuperbeastoDr. Satan/Steve Wachowski (voice)
2009Last Station, TheThe Last StationVladimir Chertkov
2010Barney's VersionBarney Panofsky
2011Win WinMike FlahertyIndiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2011IroncladKing John
2011Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part IIKingsley
2011Ides of March, TheThe Ides of MarchTom DuffyNominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2012Rock of AgesPaul Gill
2012CosmopolisBenno Levin
2012John Dies at the EndArnie BlondestoneAlso producer
2013TurboChet (voice)Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2013Congress, TheThe CongressDr. Baker
2013Romeo and JulietFriar Laurence
2013ParklandAbraham Zapruder
201312 Years a SlaveTheophilus Freeman
2013All Is BrightDennisAlso producer
2013Saving Mr. BanksRalphNominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2014Ernest & CelestineRat Judge (voice)English dub
2014River of FundamentPtah-Nem-Hotep
2014The Amazing Spider-Man 2Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino
2014Love and MercyDr. Eugene Landy
2014Madame BovaryMonsieur Homais
2015The Little PrinceThe Teacher (voice)Post-Production
2015Straight Outta ComptonJerry HellerFilming
TBAThe GoonFrankie (voice)Pre-Production[20]


1990She'll Take RomanceHeckler #2TV Film
1994NYPD BlueMan in Sleeping BagEpisode: "You Bet Your Life"
1995New York NewsDr. WargnerEpisode: "Past Imperfect"
1996Show, TheThe ShowJeffrey RoffmanEpisode: "Pilot"
1998Tourist TrapJeremiah PiperTV Film
1998Homicide: Life on the StreetHarry TjarksEpisode: "Pit Bull Sessions"
1998WinchellHerman KurfeldTV Film
1999American ExperienceNarratorEpisode: "New York: Part V - Cosmopolis"
2001King of the HillMr. McKay (voice)Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"
2003Pentagon Papers, TheThe Pentagon PapersAnthony RussoTV Film
2005Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Paul Giamatti/Ludacris featuring Sum-41"
2006Amazing Screw-On Head, TheThe Amazing Screw-On HeadScrew-On Head (voice)Television pilot
2008John AdamsJohn AdamsTV Miniseries
201030 RockRitchieEpisode: "When It Rains, It Pours"
2011Too Big to FailBen BernankeTV Film
2011ProhibitionHimselfTV Documentary
2013Downton AbbeyHarold LevinsonEpisode: "The London Season"
2014Inside Amy SchumerGodEpisode: "You Would Bang Her?"
2014HokeHoke MoselyTelevision pilot

Video games[edit]

1996RipperDoctor Bud Cable

Audio Books[edit]

2006A Scanner DarklyPhilip K. Dick


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