Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti

Jun. 6th, 1967
Born in
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
5' 8 1/2"

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Billions TV Show
John Adams TV Show
John Adams
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The Show

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Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti was born June 6, 1967. He graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall prep school, majored in English at Yale, and obtained his Master's Degree in Fine Arts, with his major in drama from the Yale University School of Drama.

Paul is the youngest of three children. His older brother, Marcus Giamatti, is also an actor. His sister, Elena, designs jewelry. His father, A. Bartlett Giamatti, was a professor of Renaissance Literature at Yale University, and went on to become the university's youngest president. (In 1986, Bart Giamatti was appointed president of baseball's National League. He became Commissioner of Baseball on April 1, 1989 and served for five months until his untimely death on September 1, 1989. He was commissioner at the time Pete Rose was banned from the game.) Paul's mother, the former Toni Smith, was an actress before she married Dr. Giamatti. Paul's father has written six books.

Giamatti's acting roots are in theatre, from his college days at Yale, to regional productions (Seattle, San Diego and Williamstown, Massachusetts) to Broadway.

  • The Brooklyn Academy of Music asked Giamatti, its "2007 BAM Cinema Club Chair", to pick films for an eight-movie series called "Paul Giamatti Selects" and shown at the Academy in August and September 2007. His selections indicated a taste for paranoia and "the darkest of dark comedy", according to a writer for The New York Times. Giamatti chose: _Frenzy (1972)_ (qv), _Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)_ (qv), _Brewster McCloud (1970)_ (qv), _The Big Clock (1948)_ (qv), _The Seventh Victim (1943)_ (qv), _Dawn of the Dead (1978)_ (qv), _Seconds (1966)_ (qv), and _Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)_ (qv).
  • His father was of Italian and English descent. His mother is of Irish descent.
  • He is the younger brother of 'Marcus Giamatti' (qv).
  • Is a big fan of science-fiction.
  • Has one child, a boy named Samuel, born in 2001, with his wife, 'Elizabeth Giamatti' (qv).
  • Has starred in three films (_Private Parts (1997)_ (qv), _American Splendor (2003)_ (qv) and _Man on the Moon (1999)_ (qv) that feature characters who appear on _"Late Show with David Letterman" (1993)_ (qv) and a fourth, _Storytelling (2001)_ (qv), that starred 'Conan O'Brien' (qv), who hosted "Late Night" after Letterman moved to his own show on CBS.
  • Lived in Seattle, WA, for a brief period after college.
  • Despite his character of Miles in _Sideways (2004)_ (qv) and his passion for pinot, Giamatti himself admits that he has very little knowledge of wines and is not much of a fan of them.

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