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Paul Giamatti

Paul 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... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 41 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Ratchet & Clank (Video Game) (announced)
Chairman Drek (voice)
 2015 The Phenom (completed)
Dr. Mobley
  Prey (pre-production)
Actor (rumored)
 2015/I Goldfish (Short)
Goldfish (voice)
 2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series)
- NBA Game Night 1 (2015) ... Fan
 2015 The Little Prince
The Academy Teacher (voice)
 2014-2015 Inside Amy Schumer (TV Series)
Juror #10 / God
- 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer (2015) ... Juror #10
- You Would Bang Her? (2014) ... God
 2015 Giant Sloth (Short)
Gordon Boonewell
 2014 Hoke (TV Movie)
Hoke Mosely
 2014 River of Fundament
 2013 Downton Abbey (TV Series)
Harold Levinson
- The London Season (2013) ... Harold Levinson
 2013 Turbo
Chet (voice)
 2012 Ernest & Celestine
Rat Judge (English version, voice)
 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
Ben Bernanke
 2011 The Hangover Part II
 2010 30 Rock (TV Series)
 2009 Cold Souls
Paul Giamatti
 2008 John Adams (TV Mini-Series)
John Adams
- Peacefield (2008) ... John Adams
- Unite or Die (2008) ... John Adams
- Reunion (2008) ... John Adams
 2008 Pretty Bird
Rick Honeycutt
 2007 Too Loud a Solitude
Hanta (voice)
 2007 The Nanny Diaries
Mr. X
 2006 The Amazing Screw-On Head (TV Short)
Screw-On Head (voice)
 2006 The Ant Bully
Stan Beals (voice)
 2006 Asterix and the Vikings
Asterix (English version, voice)
 2006 The Hawk Is Dying
George Gattling
 2005 The Fan and the Flower (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Robots
Tim the Gate Guard (voice)
 2004 Sideways
 2003 Paycheck
 2003 Foyle's War (TV Series)
German Spy
- Fifty Ships (2003) ... German Spy (uncredited)
 2003 The Pentagon Papers (TV Movie)
Anthony Russo
 2003 Confidence
 2001 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Mr. McKay
- It's Not Easy Being Green (2001) ... Mr. McKay (voice)
 2000 Duets
Todd Woods
 1999 Man on the Moon
Bob Zmuda
 1999 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- New York: Part V - Cosmopolis (1999) ... Narrator (voice)
 1999 Cradle Will Rock
 1998 Winchell (TV Movie)
Herman Kurfeld
 1998 The Negotiator
 1998 Saving Private Ryan
Sergeant Hill
 1998 Doctor Dolittle
Blaine (uncredited)
 1998 Tourist Trap (TV Movie)
Jeremiah Piper
 1997 The Break
Hotel Clerk
 1997 Deconstructing Harry
Professor Abbott
 1997 My Best Friend's Wedding
 1997 Donnie Brasco
FBI Technician
 1997 Arresting Gena
Detective Wilson
 1996 Ripper (Video Game)
Dr. Bud Cable
 1996 Breathing Room
 1996 The Show (TV Series)
Jeffrey Roffman
- Pilot (1996) ... Jeffrey Roffman
 1996 Before and After
Courtroom Audience (uncredited)
 1995 Sabrina
 1995 New York News (TV Series)
Dr. Wargner
- Past Imperfect ... Dr. Wargner
 1992 Singles
Kissing Man
 1991 Past Midnight
Larry Canipe
 1990 She'll Take Romance (TV Movie)
Heckler #2
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Other Works:

: Played Andrei Prozorov in "The Three Sisters" by Anton Chekhov (Criterion Center Stage Right, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

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5 Interviews | 13 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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[on his role in Sideways (2004)] That was a hard part, and I've never felt like I actually got that part right. I always felt like I was too serious or something. I don't really know how to play jokes as jokes; it's easier for me to play all the comedy deadpan. I had a hard time doing that part. It's interesting to use the metaphor of the soul-storage thing. If I'm going to define myself as an ... See more »


As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Sideways (2004) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). Only the latter won in the category. See more »


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