Jun. 6th, 1967
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004), and Barney's Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man (2005), The Illusionist (2006), and San Andreas (2015).
He is currently known for his role as Chuck Rhoades on the Showtime hit series Billions, 2016 to present..
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.
- Ex-brother-in-law of 'Kathryn Meisle' (qv).
- He is the younger brother of 'Marcus Giamatti' (qv).
- He's the voice talent for 'Tiger Woods' (qv) headcover in a series of Nike Golf commercials
- His life ambition is to star in a crime caper with 'Robert Duvall' (qv) and 'John Hurt' (qv). He plans on contacting the two stars with his idea should _Sideways (2004)_ (qv) win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
- Was listed as a potential nominee on the both the 2003 and 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category on the 2003 ballot for his performance in the film _Big Fat Liar (2002)_ (qv) and in the Worst (Leading) Actor category for his performance in the film _Lady in the Water (2006)_ (qv). He failed to receive either nomination.
- His father was of Italian and English descent. His mother is of Irish descent.
- Has one child, a boy named Samuel, born in 2001, with his wife, 'Elizabeth Giamatti' (qv).
- 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).