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With a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, PAUL GIAMATTI has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.
Giamatti was last seen as infamous ex-N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller in F. Gary Gray’s STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON released by Universal and Legendary on August 14, 2015. Prior to this, Giamatti starred in Bill Pohlad’s critically acclaimed biopic LOVE & MERCY. He can next be seen in the independent feature drama THE PHENOM, written and directed by Noah Buschel and in Showtime’s series, BILLIONS, starring as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, premiering in 2016.
Giamatti was most recently seen in Brad Peyton’s SAN ANDREAS. Prior to that, he produced and starred in Phil Morrison’s black comedy ALL IS BRIGHT alongside Paul Rudd and lent his vocal talents to the English-language version of the Oscar-nominated French animated feature, ERNEST & CELESTINE, and the highly anticipated feature-film adaptation of THE LITTLE PRINCE, directed by Mark Osborne.
Giamatti received a 2015 Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Juror #12 in INSIDE AMY SCHUMER. In 2014, he also received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role as Harold Levinson, the eccentric American brother of Elizabeth McGovern’s character Cora Crawley, on the highly acclaimed drama series DOWNTON ABBEY.
In 2013 he starred in Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Lee Hancock’s SAVING MR. BANKS and Peter Landesman’s docudrama PARKLAND. He played Spider-Man’s formidable foe, The Rhino, in the latest entry of the blockbuster superhero franchise, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, directed by Marc Webb. That same year, he appeared on stage in Yale Rep’s production of HAMLET playing the title role.
In 2012 he was seen in New Line’s adaptation of the Broadway stage musical ROCK OF AGES, directed by Adam Shankman. The film co-stars Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, and was released by Warner Bros. He also starred in David Cronenberg’s COSMOPOLIS, alongside Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.
In 2011 Giamatti starred in the critically praised WIN WIN, a film written and directed by Oscar-nominee Thomas McCarthy. He portrays Mike Flaherty, a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high-school wrestling coach who stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings. He was also seen in THE IDES OF MARCH, directed by George Clooney and co-starring Ryan Gosling, Clooney and Evan Rachel Wood. The film received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture – Drama.
He also starred in Curtis Hanson’s HBO movie TOO BIG TO FAIL, in which he portrayed Ben Bernanke opposite William Hurt and Billy Crudup. His performance earned him his third SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries as well as an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination.
His performance in 2010’s BARNEY’S VERSION earned him his second Golden Globe Award. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mordechai Richler, the film was directed by Richard J. Lewis and co-starred Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver.
In 2008 Giamatti won Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in HBO’s seven-part, Emmy Award-winning miniseries JOHN ADAMS. Directed by Emmy-winning director Tom Hooper, he played President John Adams in a cast that also included award-winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane. In 2006 his performance in Ron Howard’s CINDERELLA MAN earned him his first SAG Award and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.
For his role in Alexander Payne’s critically lauded SIDEWAYS, he earned accolades including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards and New York Film Critics Circle, as well as a Golden Globe and a SAG Award nomination.
In 2003 he received outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR.
Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas’ hit comedy PRIVATE PARTS. His extensive list of film credits also includes Jonathan English’s IRONCLAD; Todd Phillips’ THE HANGOVER PART II; THE LAST STATION, opposite Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren; Tony Gilroy’s DUPLICITY; COLD SOULS, which Giamatti also executive produced; David Dobkin’s FRED CLAUS; SHOOT EM’ UP, opposite Clive Owen; Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini’s THE NANNY DIARIES; M. Night Shyamalan’s LADY IN THE WATER; THE ILLUSIONIST, directed by Neil Burger; Milos Forman’s MAN ON THE MOON; Julian Goldberger’s THE HAWK IS DYING; Tim Robbins’ CRADLE WILL ROCK; F. Gary Gray’s THE NEGOTIATOR; Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN; Peter Weir’s THE TRUMAN SHOW; Mike Newell’s DONNIE BRASCO; Todd Solondz’s STORYTELLING; Tim Burton’s PLANET OF THE APES; DUETS, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; the animated film
ROBOTS; and BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE, co-starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti also appeared in James Foley’s CONFIDENCE and John Woo’s PAYCHECK.
As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Jimmy Tomorrow in Kevin Spacey’s Broadway revival of THE ICEMAN COMETH. His other Broadway credits include THE THREE SISTERS directed by Scott Elliot, RACING DEMON directed by Richard Eyre, and ARCADIA directed by Trevor Nunn. He was seen Off-Broadway in the ensemble cast of THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI with Al Pacino.
On television, he appeared in THE PENTAGON PAPERS with James Spader, HBO’s WINCHELL opposite Stanley Tucci, and Jane Anderson’s IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2, also for HBO. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.