Paul Giamatti

Biography

Date of Birth 6 June 1967, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Birth Name Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m) Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti was born June 6, 1967. He graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall prep school, majored in English at Yale, and obtained his Master's Degree in Fine Arts, with his major in drama from the Yale University School of Drama. Paul is the youngest of three children. His older brother, Marcus Giamatti, is also an actor. His sister, Elena, designs jewelry. His father, A. Bartlett Giamatti, was a professor of Renaissance Literature at Yale University, and went on to become the university's youngest president. (In 1986, Bart Giamatti was appointed president of baseball's National League. He became Commissioner of Baseball on April 1, 1989 and served for five months until his untimely death on September 1, 1989. He was commissioner at the time Pete Rose was banned from the game.) Paul's mother, the former Toni Smith, was an actress before she married Dr. Giamatti. Paul's father has written six books. Giamatti's acting roots are in theatre, from his college days at Yale, to regional productions (Seattle, San Diego and Williamstown, Massachusetts) to Broadway. Spouse Elizabeth Cohen (13 October 1997 - present) 1 child Trivia Son of A. Bartlett Giamatti, late president of Yale University, major league baseball commissioner and nemesis of Pete Rose. He is the younger brother of Marcus Giamatti. In the 1998 remake of Doctor Dolittle (1998), Paul portrayed a human in charge of a talking orangutan, in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes (2001), he portrays a talking orangutan in charge of humans. His father was of Italian and English descent. His mother is of Irish descent. He's the voice talent for Tiger Woods headcover in a series of Nike Golf commercials His life ambition is to star in a crime caper with Robert Duvall and John Hurt. He plans on contacting the two stars with his idea should Sideways (2004) win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Often plays roles based on real people - Private Parts (1997), Man on the Moon (1999), American Splendor (2003), Cinderella Man (2005) and "John Adams" (2008). Graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall Graduated from Yale University with a degree in English Graduated from the Yale University School of Drama with a master's degree in drama In Sideways (2004) his character, Miles, looks at a picture of himself as a younger man standing with a man in sunglasses. This is a photo of Paul Giamatti with his father, A. Bartlett Giamatti. Has appeared in three remakes, Sabrina (1995), Doctor Dolittle (1998), and Planet of the Apes (2001). Was listed as a potential nominee on the both the 2003 and 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category on the 2003 ballot for his performance in the film Big Fat Liar (2002) and in the Worst (Leading) Actor category for his performance in the film Lady in the Water (2006). He failed to receive either nomination. Despite his character of Miles in Sideways (2004) and his passion for pinot, Giamatti himself admits that he has very little knowledge of wines and is not much of a fan of them. During the shooting of the upcoming The Hawk Is Dying (2006), which is mainly about his character and a Red-Tailed Hawk, he became a raptor-enthusiast. Father died in 1989. Has one child, a boy named Samuel, born in 2001. Ex-brother-in-law of Kathryn Meisle. Is a Boston Red Sox fan Has starred in three films (Private Parts (1997), American Splendor (2003) and Man on the Moon (1999) that feature characters who appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) and a fourth, Storytelling (2001), that starred Conan O'Brien, who hosted "Late Night" after Letterman moved to his own show on CBS. Is a big fan of science-fiction. Lived in Seattle, WA, for a brief period after college. Russell Crowe stated in an interview that working with Giamatti was one of his favorite experiences in show business. In his senior year at Yale University he was elected to the Skull and Bones secret society. 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. Giamatti chose: Frenzy (1972), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Brewster McCloud (1970), The Big Clock (1948), The Seventh Victim (1943), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Seconds (1966), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Lives in Brooklyn, New York. Personal Quotes Am I really cool? You're telling me I'm cool? Well, that's good to hear. I'm not a guy who has a lot of, 'I want to work with so-and-so.' I'll take whatever work I can get. Well, you know, when people say stuff about you, it's always really flattering. But does it mean anything to me? It's not really real to me; there's no reality to it. You start to really lose perspective on the movie when the critical response is as weirdly, regressively unanimous as it is. I'm such a natural skeptic that I start thinking, 'Maybe it actually sucks.' It'd be disingenuous to say I don't like attention - I'm an actor for God's sake - and it's flattering and all, but attention was never my big goal. I just like to work and have a good time. This whole business feels kind of intense, like a bad fit. Round peg, square hole. But whatever, I'll take it. You are absolutely free to describe me as a turtle or something. Seriously. When you profile someone, there has to be a narrative, and my narrative just happens to be 'Who is he?', 'Oh, he's that guy' and 'He looks like a squid!' Sideways (2004) doesn't change that. Honestly, I never wanted to be more than a good supporting actor. Really, I enjoy it. Generally, when I get offered these roles they're twisted or odd. It's never a straight-up romance. Like, the character can't speak or they turn out to be a serial killer. I've always managed to find stuff to do that I enjoyed. But the offers have definitely gotten more interesting since 'Sideways.' I'd rather be in something interesting that doesn't work than something that's a sure-fire thing but it's just kind of ... whatever. I've got to be the geekiest guy in the world in a lot of ways. I'm like a zeta male. Acting can be a really silly thing. It's like playing dress-up. I don't consider myself a very interesting person. I have the mentality of a supporting actor. (On getting into acting) "I guess I really started doing it in college and I mean clearly for every actor, there's that sort of applause which is nice and all that stuff. I could never decide what to do and as an actor I get to be so many different things so I never had to decide to do one thing, but be an actor and be all these different things. I used to put a lot of philosophical weight on it, and I thought it was going to be something that was going to kind of answer great questions of life, which of course it is not, particularly not acting, I really did have this sort of pretentious attitude about it, which has definitely changed, and I don't have that anymore. I guess your relationship to it always changes as you grow older, so now it feels like much more of a job to me, which it actually nice. I like that, Instead of feeling it was some sort of a mission I had." (On working with Russell Crowe) "Super complicated guy, but really smart. I loved working with him and had more fun working with him than anybody I think I have ever worked with. I play his trainer, so everything I did was with him and I kind of loved him, even though there was a lot about him that I can't even begin to understand and he's a dangerously complicated guy! But from an acting point of view, if you walk in the room and start throwing stuff at him, he just loves it, because he seems to me like he is only really truly happy when he's acting." (On doing theatre) "For a long time it was all I basically did. I regret not doing it as much these days, and I feel like in a lot of ways I've gotten kind of soft as an actor, not doing stage stuff. In terms of being a better actor, it's really important." (On his career) "I wouldn't say that I'm aggressive in going out to find work and stuff like that. I just sort of..if something comes along, and it's something I like, and they want to hire me, I'll do it. I won't just do anything." (On working with Woody Allen & filming Deconstructing Harry) "He doesn't even give you the script, he just gives you your scenes. On Harry, I was working with Philip Bosco and we were in it a lot - that Screen Actors' Guild scale minimum payment he gives you sure mounts up after a while - and then we were cut right out of it." (On working with Jim Carrey) "You can't do the goofy stuff he does without being a good actor. Exciting to work with, but hard. You gotta find a way to work with him. He's so frickin' intense all the time that you gotta get a break from it once in a while. Not that he's always 'on', he's just an intense guy. Everything is just burning away inside of him. I dunno how he gets through the day. Another really smart guy, too." (On working with M. Night Shyamalan) "I mean, he's definitely got his own thing going on. He's got his own way of shooting things, which is great for actors because he doesn't shoot the hell out of things. He's got a very definite visual vocabulary for stuff like that. He's got a real control over it because he writes it, but I found the biggest difference with him is that the crew and everyone else feel relaxed all the time. It's like he's the host of the big party all the time. I would work with him again because he's incredibly astute about making everybody feel important and part of the process." (On supporting roles) "I think you're given more license to have fun, in a way. You're supposed to be more vivid, your job is to be more eccentric. I think I just like it better. There's something about working in a smaller space that I'm more temperamentally suited to." I think one of the great things about acting is the instant gratification: you just get up and start being a part of the story. The immediacy is something you get really addicted to. (On how he prepares for a part) "I usually just read the script a lot. And that's one thing I do, I just read the script over and over and over again. That helps me." Growing up I didn't know where I was headed, except to the grave or maybe to the gutter. I went through wanting to do a lot of things, but acting wasn't one of them. I didn't really know what I was going to do until after my father died. Going into acting was as much a surprise to me as to anyone else, and I was even more surprised to find that I could make a living doing it. I just sort of want to see how this movie thing plays out. During his 2008 Emmy acceptance speech as Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie in "John Adams": I'm living proof, kids at home watching, that anybody can play the president.

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Birth Name

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti

Birth Place

New Haven, Connecticut, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

6/6/1967
Known For
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Shoot 'Em Up

Hertz

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Turbo

Chet (voice)

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Robots

Tim the Gate Guard (voice)

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Lady in the Water

Cleveland Heep

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Sideways

Miles

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Jungle Cruise

Nilo

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Paycheck

Shorty

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Cosmopolis

Benno Levin

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Barney's Version

Barney Panofsky

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Win Win

Mike Flaherty

Starring In
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The Holdovers

Paul Hunham

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Gamestop: Rise of the Players

Self (archive footage)

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Gunpowder Milkshake

Nathan

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Jungle Cruise

Nilo

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A Mouthful of Air

Dr. Sylvester

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Fyre Fraud

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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I Think We're Alone Now

Patrick

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The Catcher Was a Spy

Samuel Goudsmit

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Private Life

Richard Grimes

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Morgan

Dr. Alan Shapiro

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The Phenom

Dr. Mobley

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Ratchet and Clank

Chairman Drek (voice)

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Straight Outta Compton

Jerry Heller

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April and the Extraordinary World

Pizoni (voice)

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The Little Prince

The Academy Teacher (voice)

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San Andreas

Lawrence

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Love & Mercy

Dr. Eugene Landy

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Madame Bovary

Monsieur Homais

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Aleksei Sytsevich

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River of Fundament

Ptah-Nem-Hotep

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Romeo & Juliet

Friar Laurence

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Saving Mr. Banks

Ralph

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Parkland

Abraham Zapruder

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The Congress

Dr. Barker

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All Is Bright

Dennis

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Turbo

Chet (voice)

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Cosmopolis

Benno Levin

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Rock of Ages

Paul Gill

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Ernest & Celestine

Rat Judge (voice)

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Love, Marilyn

Himself

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John Dies At The End

Arnie Blondestone

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The Ides of March

Tom Duffy

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Win Win

Mike Flaherty

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The Hangover Part II

Kingsley

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Too Big To Fail

Ben Bernanke

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Ironclad

King John

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Barney's Version

Barney Panofsky

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Cold Souls

Giamatti - Paul

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The Last Station

Vladimir Chertkov

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Haunted World Of El Superbeasto

Dr. Satan (voice)

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Duplicity

Richard Garsik

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler

Uncle Chaz (archive footage)

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Fred Claus

Nick 'Santa' Claus

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Trumbo

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Shoot 'Em Up

Hertz

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The Nanny Diaries

Mr. X

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The Illusionist

Inspector Uhl

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The Amazing Screw-On Head

Screw-On Head (voice)

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The Ant Bully

Stan Beals (voice)

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Lady in the Water

Cleveland Heep

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Asterix and the Vikings

Asterix (voice: English version)

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Oscarverleihung 2006

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Cinderella Man

Joe Gould

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Robots

Tim the Gate Guard (voice)

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The Hawk Is Dying

George Gattling

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Sideways

Miles

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Duplicity

Richard Garsik

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American Splendor

Harvey Pekar

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Paycheck

Shorty

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Confidence

Gordo

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The Pentagon Papers

Anthony Russo

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Big Fat Liar

Marty Wolf

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Thunderpants

Johnson J. Johnson

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Storytelling

Toby Oxman (segment "Non-Fiction")

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Planet of the Apes

Limbo

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Duets

Todd Woods

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Big Momma's House

John

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If These Walls Could Talk 2

Ted Hedley (segment "1961")

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Man on the Moon

Bob Zmuda

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Cradle Will Rock

Carlo

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Saving Private Ryan

Sergeant Hill

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Dr. Dolittle

Blaine (uncredited)

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The Truman Show

Control Room Director

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The Negotiator

Rudy Timmons

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Winchell

Herman Klurfeld

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Safe Men

Veal Chop

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Deconstructing Harry

Professor Abbott

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My Best Friend's Wedding

Bellman

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Private Parts

Kenny

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Donnie Brasco

FBI Technician

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Before And After

Courtroom Audience (uncredited)

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Breathing room

George

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Sabrina

Scott

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Mighty Aphrodite

Extras Guild Researcher

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Singles

Kissing Man

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