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Paul Giamatti



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 Ha

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
40% Morgan
  • Dr. Alan Shapiro
2016
93% The Little Prince
  • The Academy Teacher
2016
78% The Phenom
  • Dr. Mobley
2016
17% Ratchet & Clank
  • Drek
2016
No Score Yet River Of Fundament
  • Ptah-nem-hotep
2015
87% Straight Outta Compton
  • Jerry Heller
2015
43% Madame Bovary
  • Monsieur Homais
2015
91% Love & Mercy
  • Eugene Landy
2015
48% San Andreas
  • Lawrence
2015
73% The Congress
  • Dr. Baker
2014
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Aleksei Sytsevich
2014
78% Saving Mr. Banks
  • Ralph
2013
96% 12 Years a Slave
  • Freeman
2013
21% Romeo and Juliet
  • Friar Laurence
2013
50% Parkland
  • Abraham Zapruder
2013
46% All Is Bright
  • Executive Producer
  • Dennis
2013
67% Turbo
  • Chet
2013
60% John Dies at the End
  • Arnie Blondestone
  • Executive Producer
2013
62% Love, Marilyn
  • Actor
2012
64% Cosmopolis
  • Benno Levin
2012
41% Rock of Ages
  • Paul Gill
2012
84% The Ides of March
  • Tom Duffy
2011
43% Ironclad
  • King John
2011
33% The Hangover Part II
  • Kingsley
2011
94% Win Win
  • Mike Flaherty
2011
80% Barney's Version
  • Barney Panofsky
2011
No Score Yet Bubba Nosferatu and the Curse of the She-Vampires
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Too Big to Fail
  • Ben Bernanke
2011
71% The Last Station
  • Vladimir Chertkov
2010
No Score Yet The Goon
  • Producer
2010
40% The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
  • Dr. Satan
2009
75% Cold Souls
  • Paul Giamatti
2009
65% Duplicity
  • Richard Garsik
2009
20% Pretty Bird
  • Rick
  • Executive Producer
2008
21% Fred Claus
  • Nick (Santa) Claus
2007
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
2007
67% Shoot 'Em Up
  • Hertz
2007
34% The Nanny Diaries
  • Mr. X
2007
No Score Yet Amazing Screw-On Head
  • Screw-On Head
2006
74% The Illusionist
  • Chief Inspector Uhl
2006
63% The Ant Bully
  • Stan Beals
2006
24% Lady in the Water
  • Cleveland Heep
2006
30% The Hawk Is Dying
  • George Gattling
2006
80% Cinderella Man
  • Joe Gould
2005
64% Robots
  • Tim the Gate Guard
2005
96% Sideways
  • Miles
2004
27% Paycheck
  • Shorty
2003
94% American Splendor
  • Harvey Pekar
2003
70% Confidence
  • Gordo
2003
No Score Yet The Pentagon Papers
  • Anthony Russo
2003
53% Storytelling
  • Toby Oxman
2002
42% Big Fat Liar
  • Marty Wolf
2002
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Limbo
2001
60% Thunderpants
  • Johnson J. Johnson
2001
20% Duets
  • Todd Woods
2000
30% Big Momma's House
  • John
2000
No Score Yet If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Ted
2000
63% Man on the Moon
  • Bob Zmuda
1999
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Carlo
1999
80% Winchell
  • Herman Klurfeld
1998
55% Safe Men
  • Veal Chop
1998
75% The Negotiator
  • Rudy
1998
92% Saving Private Ryan
  • Sgt. Hill
1998
94% The Truman Show
  • Simeon/Control Room Director
1998
No Score Yet Tourist Trap
  • Jeremiah Piper
1998
No Score Yet The Break
  • Hotel Clerk
1998
71% My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Richard
1997
80% Private Parts
  • Kenny
1997
87% Donnie Brasco
  • FBI Technician
1997
No Score Yet Breathing Room
  • George
1996
65% Sabrina
  • Scott
1995
77% Mighty Aphrodite
  • Extras Guild Researcher
1995
80% Singles
  • Kissing Man
1992
No Score Yet Past Midnight
  • Larry Canipe
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Harold Levinson
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
  • Harold Levinson
74% Billions
2016
  • Chuck Rhoades Chuck Rhodes
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
  • Voice
  • Actor
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
78% Outsiders
2016
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
  • Voice
  • Actor
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Ritchie
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
85% Inside Amy Schumer
2013-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer

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