Paul Giamatti

Highest Rated: 97% Sideways (2004)
Lowest Rated: 20% Pretty Bird (2008)
Birthday: Jun 6, 1967
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
The balding, likeable, nervous-looking character actor Paul Giamatti is the son of the author, Yale president, and Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti. After earning his M.F.A. in Drama from Yale, the younger Giamatti got started on his acting career with small film parts and TV guest spots. He quickly became a recognizable face but his name was not yet well-known in Hollywood, while on-stage he appeared in lead roles for Broadway productions of The Three Sisters and The Iceman Cometh. Giamatti's film breakthrough came in 1997 with the role of media executive Kenny (aka "Pig Vomit") in the Howard Stern movie Private Parts. In his next few films, he played small yet funny parts like the inept mob henchman in Safe Men, the slave-peddling ape in Planet of the Apes, and the bellboy in My Best Friend's Wedding. He then got starring roles in the HBO movies Winchell (opposite fellow character actor Stanley Tucci) and If These Walls Could Talk 2. Giamatti seemed to get good parts in both independent films (Storytelling, Confidence) and in major studio blockbusters (Big Momma's House, Big Fat Liar). After playing the real-life eccentric Bob Zmuda in Milos Forman's Man on the Moon, he got his first major starring role in 2003 as the leading real-life eccentric Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The same year he starred in the FX original movie The Pentagon Papers with James Spader.Many thought Giamatti was more than deserving of an Academy Award nomination for his role in American Splendor, but when the nods were announced his name was absent. Nonetheless, he received even more raves for his next film. As the wine-loving love-lorn lead in Sideways, Giamatti wowed critics and increased his popularity with audiences exponentially. However, despite the overwhelming accolades and multiple Oscar nominations for the film, Giamatti was again ignored by the Academy.Next up, Giamatti returned to supporting work with a role in director Ron Howard's acclaimed 2005 biopic of boxer Jim Braddock, Cinderella Man. Playing the concerned, passionate manager to Russell Crowe's headstrong underdog, Giamatti finally received some belated Academy attention, even if he lost the 2005 Best Supporting Actor prize to popular favorite George Clooney. No matter, since Giamatti was already at work on his next leading man project in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water. Of course his role as the befuddled apartment complex supervisor attempting to protect a mysterious woman who emerges from the swimming pool in Shyamalan's eagerly-anticipated fairy-tale thriller still only seemed like the beginning of an incredibly productive period that continued to capitalize on Giamatti's post-Sideways success, and with an exhausting six films featuring the actor scheduled for release in 2006 alone, the actor previously content essaying supporting roles found himself increasingly gravitating towards the status of leading man. Still, it wasn't all big budget blockbusters for the screen's most well-known wine connisseur, and with a prominant role as an obsessive falconer in writer/director Julian Goldberger's 2006 adaptation of author Harry Crews 1973 novel The Hawk is Dying, Giamatti delivered the distinct message that his career was still very much about the creativity afforded to actors and not necessarily the financial payoff. An additional role in the romantic fantasy adventure The Illusionist that same year found Giamatti taking a trip back to turn-of-the-century Vienna to play a conflicted police inspector whose outward obligations to the aristocracy belie his growing suspicions that they may be covering up an especially confounding murder. With a voice that was equally as recognizable as his distinctive face, Giamatti began lending his vocal chords to a variety of animated projects including Robots, The Ant Bully, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and the curiously titled Amazing Screw-on H

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
94% Private Life Richard 2018
64% I Think We're Alone Now Patrick 2018
32% The Catcher Was A Spy Samuel Goudsmit 2018
80% White Fang (Croc-Blanc) Actor 2018
37% Morgan Dr. Alan Shapiro $4M 2016
93% The Little Prince The Academy Teacher 2016
79% The Phenom Dr. Mobley 2016
21% Ratchet & Clank Drek 2016
No Score Yet River Of Fundament Ptah-nem-hotep $43.6K 2015
88% Straight Outta Compton Jerry Heller $129.5M 2015
43% Madame Bovary Monsieur Homais $0.2M 2015
90% Love & Mercy Eugene Landy $8.8M 2015
50% San Andreas Lawrence $127.7M 2015
73% The Congress Dr. Baker 2014
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Aleksei Sytsevich $183.3M 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks Ralph $53.3M 2013
95% 12 Years a Slave Freeman $50.7M 2013
24% Romeo and Juliet Friar Laurence $1.2M 2013
50% Parkland Abraham Zapruder $0.7M 2013
46% All Is Bright Executive Producer Dennis $5.1K 2013
67% Turbo Chet $81.2M 2013
61% John Dies at the End Arnie Blondestone Executive Producer $0.2M 2013
65% Love, Marilyn Actor $2.9K 2012
66% Cosmopolis Benno Levin $0.7M 2012
42% Rock of Ages Paul Gill $38.6M 2012
84% The Ides of March Tom Duffy $41M 2011
42% Ironclad King John 2011
33% The Hangover Part II Kingsley $254.5M 2011
94% Win Win Mike Flaherty $10.2M 2011
79% Barney's Version Barney Panofsky $7.6M 2011
No Score Yet Bubba Nosferatu and the Curse of the She-Vampires Actor 2011
74% Too Big to Fail Ben Bernanke 2011
71% The Last Station Vladimir Chertkov $6.6M 2010
No Score Yet The Goon Producer 2010
40% The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Dr. Satan 2009
75% Cold Souls Paul Giamatti $0.8M 2009
65% Duplicity Richard Garsik $40.6M 2009
20% Pretty Bird Rick 2008
20% Fred Claus Nick (Santa) Claus $72M 2007
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
67% Shoot 'Em Up Hertz $12.9M 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries Mr. X $25.9M 2007
No Score Yet Amazing Screw-On Head Screw-On Head 2006
73% The Illusionist Chief Inspector Uhl $39.7M 2006
62% The Ant Bully Stan Beals $28.2M 2006
25% Lady in the Water Cleveland Heep $42.3M 2006
30% The Hawk Is Dying George Gattling 2006
80% Cinderella Man Joe Gould $61.7M 2005
64% Robots Tim the Gate Guard $128.2M 2005
97% Sideways Miles $71.5M 2004
27% Paycheck Shorty $53.7M 2003
94% American Splendor Harvey Pekar $6M 2003
69% Confidence Gordo $12.2M 2003
No Score Yet The Pentagon Papers Anthony Russo 2003
53% Storytelling Toby Oxman $0.9M 2002
43% Big Fat Liar Marty Wolf $47.9M 2002
45% Planet of the Apes Limbo $178.1M 2001
60% Thunderpants Johnson J. Johnson 2001
21% Duets Todd Woods $4.3M 2000
30% Big Momma's House John $0.5M 2000
No Score Yet If These Walls Could Talk 2 Ted 2000
63% Man on the Moon Bob Zmuda 1999
64% Cradle Will Rock Carlo 1999
83% Winchell Herman Klurfeld 1998
57% Safe Men Veal Chop 1998
75% The Negotiator Rudy 1998
93% Saving Private Ryan Sgt. Hill 1998
94% The Truman Show Simeon/Control Room Director 1998
No Score Yet Tourist Trap Jeremiah Piper 1998
67% The Break Hotel Clerk 1998
73% My Best Friend's Wedding Richard 1997
77% Private Parts Kenny 1997
88% Donnie Brasco FBI Technician 1997
No Score Yet Breathing Room George 1996
65% Sabrina Scott 1995
77% Mighty Aphrodite Extras Guild Researcher 1995
79% Singles Kissing Man 1992
No Score Yet Past Midnight Larry Canipe 1991

TV

CREDIT
89% Billions
2016
Chuck Rhoades Chuck Rhodes
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
86% Lodge 49
2018
Producer
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Narrator
  • 2018
  • 2012
76% Outsiders
2016-2017
Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2005
86% Inside Amy Schumer
2013-2016
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
Harold Levinson
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Harold Levinson
  • 2014
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2005
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Ritchie
  • 2010
81% John Adams
2008
John Adams
  • 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Host
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2001
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Henry Tjarks
  • 1998
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Man in Sleeping Bag
  • 1994
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
Voice
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015

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