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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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