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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 3, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor

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This tall, curly-haired son of former Major League Baseball commissioner A Bartlett Giamatti and older brother of actor Paul Giamatti, began his career with a one-shot appearance in a TV commercial at age nine. After training at Yale, Marcus Giamatti embarked on a stage career that included work in regional theaters before he landing a role in a 1989 Lincoln Center staging of "Measure for Measure". The following year, he broke into features in "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" and followed with roles in the formulaic gridiron comedy "Necessary Roughness", starring Scott Bakula, and the CBS movie "Aftermath: A Test of Love" (both 1991), as well as guesting that year on NBC's "Hunter". A 1992 episode of "Quantum Leap" reunited him with Bakula, and he finally achieved a more prominent profile as Corey Parker's slick, unctuous office mate in the Fox sitcom "Flying Blind" (1992-93). Between film and movie assignments, Giamatti returned to the stage, co-starring with his brother in Michael Cristofer's 1996 two-character Off-Broadway play "The Blues Are Running". He was featured the next year in Horton Foote's Pulitzer-winning "The Young Man From Atlanta" alongside heavyweights Rip Torn and Shirley Knight. Though he...

This tall, curly-haired son of former Major League Baseball commissioner A Bartlett Giamatti and older brother of actor Paul Giamatti, began his career with a one-shot appearance in a TV commercial at age nine. After training at Yale, Marcus Giamatti embarked on a stage career that included work in regional theaters before he landing a role in a 1989 Lincoln Center staging of "Measure for Measure". The following year, he broke into features in "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" and followed with roles in the formulaic gridiron comedy "Necessary Roughness", starring Scott Bakula, and the CBS movie "Aftermath: A Test of Love" (both 1991), as well as guesting that year on NBC's "Hunter". A 1992 episode of "Quantum Leap" reunited him with Bakula, and he finally achieved a more prominent profile as Corey Parker's slick, unctuous office mate in the Fox sitcom "Flying Blind" (1992-93). Between film and movie assignments, Giamatti returned to the stage, co-starring with his brother in Michael Cristofer's 1996 two-character Off-Broadway play "The Blues Are Running". He was featured the next year in Horton Foote's Pulitzer-winning "The Young Man From Atlanta" alongside heavyweights Rip Torn and Shirley Knight. Though he continued to land small roles in features (i.e., Barry Levinson's "Jimmy Hollywood" 1994) and TV-movies (e.g., TNT's critically-acclaimed "Pirates of Silicon Valley" 1999), Giamatti's next great opportunity came as a series regular again in "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999- ), playing Amy Brenneman's uptight brother Peter Gray. He also portrayed Guildenstern in a cable version of "Hamlet" (Odyssey, 2000), directed by and starring Campbell Scott.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chosen, The (2007)
2.
 On the Doll (2007)
3.
 Business of Strangers, The (2001) Robert
4.
5.
 Judy Berlin (1999) Eddie Dillon
7.
 Jimmy Hollywood (1994) Bmw Preppy
8.
9.
 Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990) Gil Davis
10.
 Hamlet (2000) Guildenstern
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1971:
Made one-shot appearance in a TV commercial at age nine (date approximately)
1986:
Earned Equity card performing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (date approximate)
1989:
Had supporting role in Lincoln Center staging of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"; Campbell Scott also featured in production
1990:
Film debut, "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge"
1991:
Played Sargie in "Necessary Roughness", starring Scott Bakula
1991:
TV debut in episode of "Hunter" (NBC); also acted in CBS movie "Aftermath: A Test of Love"
1992:
Reteamed with Bakula on episode of "Quantum Leap" (NBC)
1992:
Debut as a TV series regular, playing Ted, the unscrupulous office mate of Corey Parker's Neil on Fox's twentysomething comedy "Flying Blind"
1994:
Had small role as BMW Preppy in Barry Levinson's "Jimmy Hollywood"
1994:
Appeared onstage in NYC in the Off-Broadway staging of "Durang, Durang"
1996:
Starred alongside brother Paul in the two-character Off-Broadway play "The Blues Are Running" by Michael Crisotofer
1997:
Broadway debut in Horton Foote's "The Young Man From Atlanta", starring Rip Torn and Shirley Knight
1997:
Portrayed Agent Atkinson in "Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing" (HBO)
1997:
Supported wife Kathryn Meisle in New Jersey Shakespeare Festival staging of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" at
1999:
Had small role as a pushy high school friend of filmmaker David Gold in "Judy Berlin"; premiered at Sundance
1999:
Appeared as Dan Kotke in critically-acclaimed "Pirates of Silicon Valley" (TNT), starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates
1999:
Had regular role as Amy Brenneman's uptight brother Peter Gray on "Judging Amy" (CBS)
2000:
Played Guildenstern in TV version of "Hamlet" (Odyssey), directed by and starring Campbell Scott
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Education

Bowdoin College: Brunswick , Maine -
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

Notes

Giamatti's work on stage has included roles in "Macbeth", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Othello". He has performed at the Seattle Rep, Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

On being an actor, Giamatti told United Press International (UPI) in 1996, "I never wanted to do anything else. It was always where I felt most like myself"

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wife:
Kathryn Meisle. Actor. Played Dolly Madison in CBS' "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal" (2000).

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father:
A Bartlett Giametti. Educator, baseball commissioner. College English professor and later president of Yale University; also served as president of MLB's National League and then as commisioner of Major League Baseball until his death in 1989 at age 51; suspended Pete Rose for gambling on baseball during his time as commisioner.
mother:
Toni Giamatti. Prep school English teacher, former actor.
brother:
Paul Giamatti. Actor. Born on June 6, 1967; breakthrough screen role as "Pig Vomit", the radio executive who attempted to repress the irrepressible Howard Stern in "Private Parts".
sister:
Elena Giamatti. Jewelry designer. Younger.
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