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PAUL GIAMATTI (Cleveland Heep). With a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, Paul Giamatti has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation. His recent performance in Ron Howard's Cinderella Man earned Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations as well as a SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor. Giamatti also earned accolades for his performance in Alexander Payne's Sideways, including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination.

This summer, Giamatti lends his vocal talent to the John A. Davis animated family adventure The Ant Bully, alongside Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, and also stars opposite Edward Norton and Jessica Biel in The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger. He is currently in production on the Weinstein Company's The Nanny Diaries, an adaptation of the best-selling novel directed by the team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. Later this year, Giamatti begins the David Dobkin holiday film Fred Claus with Vince Vaughn and Kevin Spacey. Most recently, he wrapped production on the action film Shoot 'Em Up, written and directed by Michael Davis, with co-stars Clive Owen and Monica Belluci, and in 2007 he will headline the voice cast of Rob Zombie Presents the Haunted World of El Superbeasto as the villain, Dr. Satan. The 2-D animated comedy, based on the Spookshow International comic book "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto" created by Zombie, follows the exploits of a washed-up Mexican wrestler in the mythic world of Monsterland.

Giamatti first captured recognition in Betty Thomas' hit comedy Private Parts. His extensive list of film credits includes Milos Forman's Man on the Moon; Julian Goldberger's The Hawk is Dying, 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' Storytelling; Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes; Duets, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; the animated film Robots; and Big Momma's House, co-starring Martin Lawrence. He also appeared in James Foley's Confidence; and John Woo's Paycheck.

In 2004, Giamatti garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination, National Board of Review Breakthrough performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's American Splendor. Also 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 The Three Sisters, directed by Scott Elliot; Racing Demon directed by Richard Eyre; and Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn. Off- Broadway he appeared 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 II.


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