With a diverse roster of finely etched, critically acclaimed performances, PAUL
GIAMATTI (Joe Gould) has established himself as one of the most versatile
actors of his generation.
Giamatti most recently starred in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded
Sideways, a comedy about two men on a wayward wine-tasting trip in
California's Santa Ynez Valley. Co-starring Thomas Haden Church, Virginia
Madsen and Sandra Oh, Sideways is the story of Miles (Giamatti), a failed
novelist, and his soon-to-be married friend Jack (Church), a washed-up actor. To
salute the remains of their youth, the two men take one last road trip in the
week before Jack's wedding. Giamatti earned several accolades for his
performance, including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York
Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination.
Presently, Giamatti is slated to begin production on The Illusionist,
directed by Neil Burger. Giamatti stars opposite Edward Norton in the story of a
magician in turn-of-the- century Vienna who falls in love with a woman who is
engaged to a prince. The magician uses his powers to win her over and undermine
the stability of the royal house of Vienna.
Giamatti has also completed work on the independent feature The Hawk is
Dying, co-starring Michelle Williams and Michael Pitt. He plays George Gatling,
a Gainesville, Florida auto upholsterer attempting to subvert his mundane life
by training a wild, redtailed hawk.
Giamatti also lent his voice talents to the recent animated feature Robots
and the upcoming Ant Bully, slated for release in 2006. Last year, Giamatti
garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award
nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough performance of
the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert
Pulcini's American Splendor.
Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas' hit comedy
Private Parts. His extensive list of film credits also includes Milos Forman's
Man on the Moon; Tim Robbins' The Cradle Will Rock; F. Gary Gray's The
Negotiator; Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan; Peter Weir's The Truman
Show; Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco; Todd Solondz's Storytelling; Tim
Burton's Planet of the Apes; Duets, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; and Big
Momma's House, co-starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti also appeared in James
Foley's Confidence and John Woo's Paycheck.
As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for
Best Supporting Actor as Jimmy Tomorrow in Kevin Spacey's Broadway revival of
The Iceman Cometh. His other Broadway credits include Chekov's The Three
Sisters, directed by Scott Elliot; Racing Demon, directed by Richard Eyre; and
Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen off-Broadway in the ensemble
cast of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino.
For television, Giamatti appeared in The Pentagon Papers with James Spader;
HBO's Winchell, opposite Stanley Tucci; and Jane Anderson's If These Walls
Could Talk 2.
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