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PAUL GIAMATTI (Nick "Santa” Claus) is an award-winning actor whose recent honors include Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations, a Screen Actors Guild Award and Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Ron Howard's "Cinderella Man.” Just one year prior, Giamatti starred in Alexander Payne's "Sideways,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. For Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman's critically acclaimed biopic "American Splendor,” Giamatti received the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakout Performance of the Year and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor.

He recently starred in the actioner "Shoot ‘Em Up,” opposite Clive Owen and Monica Belluci. His other recent film credits include the 2006 hit thriller "The Illusionist,” opposite Edward Norton and Jessica Biel; M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water”; and the indie drama "The Hawk is Dying.”

Giamatti first came to the attention of American audiences with his role in the Betty Thomas-directed hit comedy "Howard Stern's Private Parts.” His extensive list of film credits also includes Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman's "The Nanny Diaries,” with Scarlett Johansson and Laura Linney; 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; "Big Momma's House”, with Martin Lawrence; James Foley's "Confidence”; and John Woo's "Paycheck.” Giamatti has also lent his voice talents to such animated films as the family adventure "Ant Bully,” Rob Zombie's comedy "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” and the comedy adventure "Robots.”

Currently, Giamatti is producing and starring in the indie comedy "Pretty Bird,” with Billy Crudup. In March 2008, he will be seen in the title role of the HBO miniseries "John Adams.” His other television appearances include "The Pentagon Papers” with James Spader; HBO's "Winchell,” opposite Stanley Tucci; and Jane Anderson's "If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

An accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor 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. Giamatti was also seen off-Broadway in the ensemble cast of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” with Al Pacino.


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