Born: June 6, 1967
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (/dʒiəˈmɑːti/; born June 6, 1967) is an American character actor and producer. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Cinderella Man and is also known for his roles in the films Private Parts, Sideways, American Splendor, The Illusionist, Cold Souls, Barney's Version, Big Fat Liar, Love & Mercy, Straight Outta Compton, San Andreas and Win Win, as well as the miniseries John Adams and Downton Abbey. He has won two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Giamatti was born June 6, 1967, in New Haven, Connecticut, the youngest of three children. His father, A. Bartlett Giamatti (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 Giamatti (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; the family surname was originally spelled "Giammattei" . The rest of Giamatti's ancestry is German, Dutch, English, French, Irish, and Scottish. 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. He attended Yale University, where he was elected to the Skull and Bones secret society. He was active in the undergraduate theater scene, working alongside fellow actors and Yale students Ron Livingston and Edward Norton. He graduated 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. He 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. 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, he 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 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 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his title performance in the HBO miniseries John Adams, a role that 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 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. The same year he had small roles in Ironclad, The Hangover Part II and The Ides of March.
In 2012, Giamatti became the voiceover actor for Liberty Mutual insurance commercials. He was the narrator for the PBS Nature episode An Original DUCKumentary. 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, Yale University, to perform the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet, for which he won rave reviews in a sold-out, modern dress stage production of the play at the Yale Repertory Theatre, in New Haven. He also had supporting roles in several movies, including the animated film Turbo, The Congress, Parkland, Saving Mr. Banks, and the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave. And, Giamatti played the role of New Yorker Harold Levinson, the brother of Cora, the Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), in the 2013 Christmas special of the period drama, ITV Studios/Carnival Films television series, Downton Abbey.
In 2014, Giamatti played villain The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Also in 2014, Giamatti portrayed psychologist Eugene Landy in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy. In 2015, he played a scientist in the disaster film San Andreas.
He portrayed manager Jerry Heller in the biographical drama Straight Outta Compton, released in August 2015. In the spring of 2016, Giamatti began appearing in commercials for Prism TV, the IPTV service owned by CenturyLink; the spots are the first-ever on-camera TV commercial appearances for Giamatti.
Giamatti plays a lead role in the Showtime series Billions, portraying the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The show, debuting in 2016, is loosely based on a real event.
Giamatti resides in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and has been married to Elizabeth Cohen since 1997. They have a son, Samuel Giamatti, known as "Sam" (born 2001), who is raised in Elizabeth's religion of Judaism.
Giamatti identifies as an atheist.
|1991||Past Midnight||Larry Canipe||Jan Eliasberg|
|1992||Singles||Kissing Man||Cameron Crowe|
|1995||Mighty Aphrodite||Extras Guild Researcher||Woody Allen|
|1996||Breathing Room||George||Jon Sherman|
|1996||Before and After||Member of the Jury||Barbet Schroeder||Uncredited|
|1997||Arresting Gena||Detective Wilson||Hannah Weyer|
|1997||Donnie Brasco||FBI Technician||Mike Newell|
|1997||Private Parts||Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton||Betty Thomas|
|1997||My Best Friend's Wedding||Richard the Bellman||P.J. Hogan|
|1997||Deconstructing Harry||Professor Abbot||Woody Allen|
|1997||Further Gesture, AA Further Gesture||Hotel Clerk||Robert Dornhelm|
|1998||Truman Show, TheThe Truman Show||Control Room Director||Peter Weir|
|1998||Dr. Dolittle||Blaine||Betty Thomas||Uncredited|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Sgt. Hill||Steven Spielberg|
|1998||The Negotiator||Rudy Timmons||F. Gary Gray|
|1998||Safe Men||Veal Chop||John Hamburg|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Carlo||Tim Robbins|
|1999||Man on the Moon||Bob Zmuda/Tony Clifton||Miloš Forman|
|2000||Big Momma's House||John Maxwell||Raja Gosnell||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy|
|2000||Duets||Todd Woods||Bruce Paltrow|
|2001||Storytelling||Toby Oxman||Todd Solondz||Segment: "Non-Fiction"|
|2001||Planet of the Apes||Limbo||Tim Burton|
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Marty Wolf||Shawn Levy|
|2002||Thunderpants||Johnson J. Johnson||Pete Hewitt|
|2003||American Splendor||Harvey Pekar||Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini||
|2004||Sideways||Miles Raymond||Alexander Payne||
|2005||Robots||Tim the Gate Guard||Chris Wedge||Voice|
|2005||The Fan and the Flower||Narrator||Bill Plympton||Voice
|2005||Cinderella Man||Joe Gould||Ron Howard||
|2006||Asterix and the Vikings||Asterix||Stefan Fjeldmark & Jesper Møller||Voice
|2006||Hawk Is Dying, TheThe Hawk Is Dying||George Gattling||Julian Goldberger|
|2006||Illusionist, TheThe Illusionist||Chief Inspector Uhl||Neil Burger|
|2006||Lady in the Water||Cleveland Heep||M. Night Shyamalan|
|2006||Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully||Stan Beals||John A. Davis||Voice|
|2007||Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny Diaries||Mr. X||Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini|
|2007||Shoot 'Em Up||Karl Hertz||Michael Davis|
|2007||Too Loud a Solitude||Hanta||Genevieve Anderson||Voice|
|2007||Fred Claus||Nicholas "Nick" Claus||David Dobkin|
|2008||Pretty Bird||Rick||Paul Schneider||Also producer|
|2009||Duplicity||Richard "Dick" Garsik||Tony Gilroy|
|2009||Cold Souls||Paul||Sophie Barthes||
|2009||Haunted World of El Superbeasto, TheThe Haunted World of El Superbeasto||Dr. Satan/Steve Wachowski||Rob Zombie||Voice|
|2009||Last Station, TheThe Last Station||Vladimir Chertkov||Michael Hoffman|
|2010||Barney's Version||Barney Panofsky||Richard J. Lewis||
|2011||Win Win||Mike Flaherty||Tom McCarthy|
|2011||Ironclad||King John||Jonathan English|
|2011||Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II||Kingsley/Detective Peters||Todd Phillips|
|2011||Ides of March, TheThe Ides of March||Tom Duffy||George Clooney||Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble|
|2012||Rock of Ages||Paul Gill||Adam Shankman|
|2012||Cosmopolis||Benno Levin||David Cronenberg|
|2012||John Dies at the End||Arnie Blondestone||Don Coscarelli||Also producer|
Nominated—Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
|2013||Congress, TheThe Congress||Dr. Baker||Ari Folman|
|2013||Romeo & Juliet||Friar Laurence||Carlo Carlei|
|2013||Parkland||Abraham Zapruder||Peter Landesman|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Theophilus Freeman||Steve McQueen||
|2013||All Is Bright||Dennis||Phil Morrison||Also producer|
|2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Ralph||John Lee Hancock|
|2014||Ernest & Celestine||Rat Judge||Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner||Voice
|2014||River of Fundament||Ptah-Nem-Hotep||Matthew Barney|
|2014||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino||Marc Webb|
|2014||Madame Bovary||Monsieur Homais||Sophie Barthes|
|2015||Giant Sloth||Gordon Boonewell||Michael Konyves||Voice
|2015||Love & Mercy||Dr. Eugene Landy||Bill Pohlad|
|2015||The Little Prince||The Academy Teacher||Mark Osborne||Voice|
|2015||San Andreas||Dr. Lawrence Hayes||Brad Peyton|
|2015||Straight Outta Compton||Jerry Heller||F. Gary Gray||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
|2016||Ratchet & Clank||Chairman Drek||Kevin Munroe||Voice|
|2016||April and the Extraordinary World||Pizoni||Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci||Voice
|2016||The Phenom||Dr. Mobley||Noah Buschel|
|2016||Morgan||Dr. Alan Shapiro||Luke Scott|
|2017||The Catcher Was a Spy||Samuel Goudsmit||Ben Lewin|
|1990||She'll Take Romance||Heckler #2||Television 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||Homicide: Life on the Street||Harry Tjarks||Episode: "Pit Bull Sessions"|
|1998||Tourist Trap||Jeremiah Piper||Television film|
|1998||Winchell||Herman Kurfeld||Television film|
|1999||American Experience||Narrator||Episode: "New York: Part V - Cosmopolis"|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Ted Hedley||Television film|
|2001||King of the Hill||Mr. McKay||Voice
Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"
|2003||Pentagon Papers, TheThe Pentagon Papers||Anthony Russo||Television film|
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Himself (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||7 episodes
|2010||30 Rock||Ritchie||Episode: "When It Rains, It Pours"|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Ben Bernanke||Television film
|2013||Downton Abbey||Harold Levinson||Episode: "The London Season"
|2014||The Roosevelts: An Intimate History||Theodore Roosevelt||Voice
|2014||Hoke||Hoke Mosely||Pilot; also executive producer|
|2015||Breakthrough||Himself||Documentary; also director
Episode: "More Than Human"
|2014-2015||Inside Amy Schumer||God / Juror #10||2 episodes
|1995||Arcadia||Ezra Chater||Lincoln Center Theater|
|1995||Racing Demon||The Rev. Donald "Streaky" Bacon||Lincoln Center Theater|
|1996||The Blues are Running||Pyle/Boo/Johnny||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|1997||The Three Sisters||Andrei Prozorov||The Roundabout Theatre Company|
|1999||The Iceman Cometh||James Cameron||Brooks Atkinson Theatre||Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play|
|2002||The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui||Ted Ragg/Prosector/Ignatius Dullfeet||National Actors Theatre|
|2013||Hamlet||Prince Hamlet||Yale Repertory Theatre|
|1996||Ripper||Doctor Bud Cable|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: Advance||Vinnie||Voice|
|2014||Watch Dogs||Jamal Booker (voice)||Mission: Not a Job for Tyrone|
|2016||Ratchet & Clank||Chairman Drek||Voice|
|2006||A Scanner Darkly|