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Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti, with his diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.

In 2008, Giamatti won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in the HBO 7 Part Emmy Award Winning Mini-Series John Adams. Directed by Emmy Award Winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams in a cast that also included award-winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane.

In 2006, Giamatti's performance in Ron Howard's CINDERELLA MAN earned him a SAG Award™ and Broadcast Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.

Giamatti recently wrapped the film IRONCLAD, in which he portrays ‘King John' in the year 1215 as he tried to gain control of Rochester Castle from the Knights of Templar.

Giamatti can currently be seen in BARNEY'S VERSION, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mordechai Richler, in which he portrays the title character ‘Barney Panofsky'. The film was directed by Richard J. Lewis and co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver.

Paul is currently filming the HBO movie Too Big To Fail for director Curtis Hanson portraying Ben Bernanke opposite William Hurt and Billy Crudup. Giamatti will then head to Thailand to join Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis in THE HANGOVER 2 for director Todd Phillips.

For his role in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded SIDEWAYS, Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination. In 2004, Giamatti garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's AMERICAN SPLENDOR.

Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas' hit comedy PRIVATE PARTS. His extensive list of film credits also includes THE LAST STATION opposite Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, Tony Gilroy's DUPLICITY, COLD SOULS which Giamatti also executive produced, David Dobkin's FRED CLAUS, SHOOT EM' UP opposite Clive Owen, Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini's THE NANNY DIARIES, M. Night Shyamalan's LADY IN THE WATER, THE ILLUSIONIST, directed by Neil Burger, Milos Forman's MAN ON THE MOON, Julian Goldberger's THE HAWK IS DYING, Tim Robbins' THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, F. Gary Gray's THE NEGOTIATOR, Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, Peter Weir's THE TRUMAN SHOW, Mike Newell's DONNIE BRASCO, Todd Solondz' STORYTELLING, Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES, DUETS opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, the animated film ROBOTS, BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE co-starring Martin Lawrence, James Foley's CONFIDENCE and John Woo's PAYCHECK.

As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as ‘Jimmy Tomorrow' in Kevin Spacey's Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh. His other Broadway credits include The Three Sisters directed by Scott Elliot; Racing Demon directed by Richard Eyre; and Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen Off-Broadway in the ensemble cast of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino.

For television, Giamatti appeared in The Pentagon Papers with James Spader, HBO's Winchell opposite Stanley Tucci and Jane Anderson's If These Walls Could Talk 2.

He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Paul Giamatti Facts

Birth Name Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti
BirthdayJune 6, 1967 (56)
BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, USA
Height5' 8½" (1m74)  How tall is Paul Giamatti compared to you?
Awards2011 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical (for Barney's Version)
2009 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie (for John Adams)
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (for John Adams)
2008 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for John Adams)
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (for Cinderella Man)
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (for Sideways)

Selected Filmography

The Truman Show
Straight Outta Compton
Too Big To Fail
Straight Outta Compton Directors Cut
San Andreas
The Illusionist
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Shoot 'Em Up
Cold Souls
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