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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. After studying English and Literature at Yale University and Drama at the Yale School of Drama, Giamatti appeared in numerous plays, including Kevin Spacey's Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh, for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor. His other Broadway credits include The Three Sisters, Richard Eyre's Racing Demon and Arcadia. Giamatti was also part of the ensemble cast in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, alongside Al Pacino.

Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in 1997 in his role as program director Kenny Rushton in Betty Thomas' hit comedy Private Parts, an adaptation of Howard Stern's autobiography. Supporting roles in films like The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, and The Negotiator followed. In 1999, Paul Giamatti performed his breakthrough role in Milos Forman's Man on the Moon, a biopic about the comedian Andy Kaufman. Giamatti's other film credits include My Best Friend's Wedding, Big Momma's House, Donnie Brasco, Paycheck, Tim Burton's Remake of Planet of the Apes, and the animated film Robots, as well as independent films such as If These Walls Could Talk 2, Duets, and Storytelling.

Paul Giamatti established himself as a lead actor in Shari Springer Berman's and Bob Pulcini's American Splendor, an autobiographic film about the comic-strip artist Harvey Pekar. His performances in Alexander Payne's Sideways and the Ron Howard directed Cinderella Man earned him numerous awards and nominations. His performance in the latter earned him a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2006, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.

In 2006, Giamatti starred in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in The Water, and in The Illusionist opposite Edward Norton and Jessica Biel. In 2007, he starred as the killer in the action thriller Shoot ‘Em Up alongside Clive Owen, and played Nick ‘Santa' Claus in the Christmas comedy Fred Claus.

Giamatti most recently appeared as John Adams in the HBO miniseries John Adams, based on David McCullough's best selling book of the same name. He was also recently seen in the 2008 Sundance debut, Pretty Bird, which he produced through his production company Touchy Feely Films. Giamatti recently wrapped production on Touchy Feely Films' Cold Souls, directed by Sophie Barthes and Duplicity directed by Tony Gilroy.


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