Who is Paul Giamatti?
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
He married Elizabeth Cohen in 1998. They have a child.
The actor debuted in film in 1989, having various small roles until his breakthrough performance in Private Parts in 1997. This role got him cast in Private Ryan the next year, Man on the Moon in 1999, Big Momma’s House in 2000, and in Big Fat Liar in 2002. The roles showcases his comedic talent and were mostly supporting parts.
In 2003, the actor received wide acclaim for his role in American Splendor. This was followed by other more acclaimed roles, like in the film Sideways in 2004 or Cinderella Man in 2005. After that, he began to gain recognition as a leading actor and as a supporting one, earning an Oscar nomination for his part in Cinderella Man.
In 2006, he was in The Illusionist, followed by a role in Shoot ‘Em Up the following year. In 2007, he also made an appearance in Fred Claus.
In 2008, he got the titular role in the miniseries John Adams, which earned him a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 2011, he was in The Ides of March, and then, in 2013, he had a role in 12 Years a Slave and in Saving Mr. Banks.
In 2016, Giamatti got the leading role in Billions, an ongoing drama series airing on Showtime. The acclaimed show follows the United States Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Giamatti, as he tries to prosecute a wealthy but shady hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis. The series features complex intrigue and plots inspired by real-life financial crimes.
Other cast members seen in Billions include Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashād, Daniel K. Isaac, Dan Soder, Asia Kate Dillon, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kelly Aucoin, Zina Wilde, Stephen Kunken, Terry Kinney, Corey Stoll, Daniel Breaker and Glenn Fleshler.
His latest film roles include the films Gunpowder Milkshake, Jungle Cruise, and A Mouthful of Air in 2021. On television, he did voice acting for Rick and Morty and Big Mouth in 2020. In 2021, he provided his voice for the docuseries Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness for Maury Terry.
It has been announced that he will appear in San Andreas 2 and is filming, as of 2022, the project The Holdovers.
Giamatti often appears in supporting roles. His specialty seems to be unscrupulous or reasonable characters, though he has many roles beyond these two modes.
Actor Marcus Giamatti is his brother.
While in Yale, he belonged to the Skull and Bones secret society, a prestigious organization.
He almost received two Razzie nominations for his performances in Big Fat Liar and The Lady in the Water, with the latter being especially panned by critics and audiences. However, he managed to avoid this in the end and has a record of prestigious nominations and awards.
The actor has had notorious roles in theatre, playing Hamlet in 2013 and James Cameron in The Iceman Cometh in 1999.
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