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Also Known As: Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti Died:
Born: June 6, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Connecticut, USA Profession: actor

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Prior to becoming one of the more unlikely leading men in Hollywood, actor Paul Giamatti made a career out of playing comic foils and repressed loners constantly on the verge of exploding with rage. Giamatti first grabbed the public's attention with his vitriolic performance as Kenny - a.k.a. Pig Vomit - Howard Stern's nemesis in "Private Parts" (1997), before quickly developing into the go-to guy for a director looking for an everyman-type actor who could convincingly project simmering intensity. His sour yet endearing performance as bitter comic book writer Harvey Pekar in the offbeat biopic, "American Splendor" (2003) did much to put him on the mainstream moviegoer's radar. But it was with his highly-lauded performance in the surprise hit "Sideways" (2004), that Giamatti vaulted to the A-list as a kind of unlikely leading man, a leap that made the comfortable character actor a bit unsettled. With award-worthy performances in "John Adams" (HBO, 2008) and "Barney's Version" (2010), Giamatti became one of those rare actors capable of excelling in both leading and supporting roles, allowing him the freedom to oscillate between big budget fare and small indie films, while developing a reputation as one...

Prior to becoming one of the more unlikely leading men in Hollywood, actor Paul Giamatti made a career out of playing comic foils and repressed loners constantly on the verge of exploding with rage. Giamatti first grabbed the public's attention with his vitriolic performance as Kenny - a.k.a. Pig Vomit - Howard Stern's nemesis in "Private Parts" (1997), before quickly developing into the go-to guy for a director looking for an everyman-type actor who could convincingly project simmering intensity. His sour yet endearing performance as bitter comic book writer Harvey Pekar in the offbeat biopic, "American Splendor" (2003) did much to put him on the mainstream moviegoer's radar. But it was with his highly-lauded performance in the surprise hit "Sideways" (2004), that Giamatti vaulted to the A-list as a kind of unlikely leading man, a leap that made the comfortable character actor a bit unsettled. With award-worthy performances in "John Adams" (HBO, 2008) and "Barney's Version" (2010), Giamatti became one of those rare actors capable of excelling in both leading and supporting roles, allowing him the freedom to oscillate between big budget fare and small indie films, while developing a reputation as one of the most mesmerizing performers of his time.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Turbo (2013)
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 All Is Bright (2013)
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 Parkland (2013)
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 Romeo and Juliet (2013)
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 12 Years a Slave (2013)
9.
 Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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1990:
Made acting debut in the ABC TV-movie "I'll Take Romance"
1992:
Played a supporting role opposite Rutger Hauer in the USA Network thriller "Past Midnight"
1992:
Made feature debut in Cameron Crowe's "Singles"
1995:
Had a small role in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"
1996:
Appeared opposite brother Marcus in the off-Broadway play "The Blues Are Running"
1997:
Featured as an FBI Technician in Mike Newell's "Donnie Brasco"
1997:
Breakthrough role, playing Kenny 'Pig Vomit' Rushton, Stern's antagonistic program director at WNBC in the film adaptation of Howard Stern's "Private Parts"
1997:
Played the spineless brother in the Broadway production of "The Three Sisters"
1998:
Portrayed Civil War veteran Jeremiah Piper in ABC's "Tourist Trap"
1998:
Appeared as the Control Room Director in Peter Weir's "The Truman Show"
1999:
Played Jimmy Tomorrow in the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"
1999:
Played Kaufman's creative partner Bob Zmuda in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon," directed by Milo┬┐ Forman
2001:
Provided comic relief as the ape who trafficks in humans in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes"
2002:
Cast as a film producer in "Big Fat Liar" opposite Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes
2003:
Played the lead role in the Harvey Pekar biopic "American Splendor"
2003:
Cast opposite Ben Affleck in John Woo's "Paycheck"
2004:
Played Miles Faymond, a divorced struggling writer in Alexander Payne's "Sideways"
2005:
Portrayed manager/trainer Joe Gould opposite Russell Crowe in "Cinderella Man"
2006:
Cast as the lead in M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller "Lady in the Water"
2006:
Portrayed the shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl in Neil Burger's "The Illusionist"
2007:
Portrayed Santa Claus in the comedy "Fred Claus," co-starring Vince Vaughn as his disgruntled older brother
2008:
Played the title role in the seven part HBO miniseries "John Adams"
2009:
Portrayed Tolstoy's trusted follower Vladimir Chertkov in "The Last Station," starring Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy
2010:
Cast in the title role in "Barney's Version," a Canadian drama based on the novel of the same name
2011:
Starred as a high school wrestling coach in the sports themed drama "Win Win"
2011:
Portrayed Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke in HBO's "Too Big to Fail"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
2011:
Co-starred in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote and produced
2011:
Made a cameo in "The Hangover Part II"
2012:
Cast alongside Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
2012:
Appeared in comedy horror "John Dies at the End"
2012:
Featured in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis"
2013:
Played the friar in "Romeo & Juliet"
2013:
Part of the ensemble cast of the period drama "12 Years a Slave"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Choate Rosemary Hall: Wallingford , Connecticut - 1985
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1989

Notes

His two middle names are for each of his grandfathers, Valentine Giamatti and Edward Smith.

"Paul is this little best-kept secret, and we've discovered him. If you could meet the real Pig Vomit, you'd see Paul sounds like him. He looks like him. You get that same sort of annoying feeling talking to him, that same stomach-turning feeling just as much as the real guy."---Howard Stern to The New York Times, March 9, 1997.

"I play abused people all the time. The guy in 'Three Sisters' is just horribly abused, too, but the 'Private Parts' character is also abusive in a way that I hadn't gotten to play that much. It was fun to play a guy who was a real psychotic lunatic, who depends so much on pathetic hysteria, who was releasing that much rage all the time."---Paul Giamatti in The New York Times, March 9, 1997.

"I'm kind of drawn to socially and psychologically marginal characters, and even characters marginal to the story. I always wondered who the hell those guys were. They were so great and so vivid, and yet you only got little bits of them. [Many] were kind of bizarre and grotesque, and that always interested me. They were physically strange. They had funny voices. There just aren't guys like that anymore."---Paul Giamatti in The New York Times Magazine, July 29, 2001.

"When I did 'American Splendor,' he says, Harvey Pekar's wife compiled a list of every word used to describe me and him, and it was, like, ten pages long. It was like, 'frog-eyed... pasty... ' People just go to fucking town on me. I'm like, 'C'mon! I'm not that bad-looking. I got a wife!'"---Giamatti to Premiere, February 2005.

"I was the old man actor," Giamatti says of his days at the Yale School of Drama. "If there had to be somebody in a Chekhov play in a wheelchair with a blanket over his legs and a Panama hat on, that was me."---Giamatti quoted in GQ, June, 2005.

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wife:
Elizabeth Cohen. Writer. Born c. 1962; married on October 13, 1997; co-director of admisions at St Anne's, a private school in Brooklyn, New York (c. 1997).

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father:
Angelo Bartlett Giamatti. Educator. College English professor and later president of Yale University; also served as president of MLB's National League and then as commissioner of Major League Baseball until his death in 1989 at age 51.
mother:
Toni Giamatti. Prep school English teacher, former actor.
brother:
Marcus Giamatti. Actor. Born on October 3, 1961; married to actor Kathryn Meisle.
sister:
Elena Giamatti. Jewelry designer. Younger.
son:
Samuel Giamatti. Born c. 2001.
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