Paul Giamatti is an American actor. He was born in Connecticut on 6 June 1967 to A. Bartlett Giamatti and Toni Marilyn Giamatti. He is of English, Scottish, Irish, French and Dutch descent. He is the younger brother of actor Marcus Giamatti. He studied at Yale where he got his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. He was actively involved in theatre during the early days of his career. He appeared on Broadway and some small roles in television and movies like Donnie Brasco (1997). His first major role was in 1997 in the movie adaptation of Private Parts. His performance was lauded by the book’s author Howard Stern. He later played roles in movies like The Truman Show (1998), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Negotiator (1998), Man on the Moon (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001). He played the antagonist in Big Fat Liar (2002). His career got a major boost with American Splendor (2003) where he was starred in the lead role. He worked in Sideways (2004) which was a big success.
In 2005, he appeared in Cinderella Man, for which he received an Oscar nomination for “Best Supporting Actor”. , his co-actor from the movie, praised him by saying that working with him was one of his best experiences. He appeared in ‘
’ (2006), played the lead in ‘Lady in the Water’ (2006) and gave his voice to the animated movie ‘The Ant Bully’ (2006). He starred in the action movie Shoot ‘Em Up (2007) and appeared in The Nanny Diaries (2007) and Fred Claus (2007). He did the title character in the TV mini-series John Adams (2008) for which he won an Emmy Award. He later worked in movies like Iron Clad (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013). He played “The Rhino” in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). He is a science fiction fan and lives in New York.
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Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti, an actor by profession, was born on 6 June 1967, in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a professor at Yale University and mother was a teacher at Hopkins School and had done acting in previous years. His ancestors were of German, English, Irish, Scottish and Dutch origins. Initially, he studied at The Foote School and later at Choate Rosemary Hall and also attended the Yale University where he did theater acts. In 1989, he completed his degree of B.A. in English and later admitted to Yale School of Drama for pursuing Master of Fine Arts. There also he worked in theater for all the three years of his degree. He tied the knot with Elizabeth Cohen and also has a son named Samuel who is taught the values of Judaism religion, the religion from which her mother hails. Giamatti grabbed his first role in 1997 in the movie ‘Private Parts’. He received appreciation for a radio show wherein the anchor was of the view that he should be nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor. He then appeared in movies like The Truman Show, The Negotiator, and Saving Private Ryan. He was also a part of a biopic titled Man on the Moon. In 2000, he was able to land a role in movies like Big Momma’s House, Big Fat Liar and Planet of the Apes.
Giamatti’s most praised role was in the movie ‘Sideways’, a romantic comedy in which he plays the role of a depressed writer. His performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award and a nomination for Golden Globe Award. After this movie, he again showed his brilliant acting skills in Cinderella Man and was garnered with nominations in Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globe and a win in Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. Giamatti played the lead role in Lady in the Water and featured in The Illusionist. His first action movie was Shoot ‘Em Up in 2007, and he also did an animated film The Ant Bully.
He received his first Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Lead Actor and also a Screen Actors Guild Award in a Movie for his acting in John Adams, a miniseries that premiered on HBO. Then, Giamatti was seen in Barney’s Version, a comedy- drama
, Hangover Part II, Ironclad and The Ides of March. 2012 was the year when he decided to lend his voice to a commercial. He then went back to Yale University and performed the main role in the play Hamlet. After returning, he featured as a supporting actor in movies like 12 Years a Slave, Saving Mr. Banks, Turbo and Parkland and did a brief role in TV series, Downtown Abbey. His recent film roles include The Amazing Spider- Man 2,
, Love and Mercy and
Straight Outta Compton