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PAUL GIAMATTI (Chet), who possesses a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.

Next up for the actor is Phil Morrison's Almost Christmas, which Giamatti also produced and stars in alongside Paul Rudd. The comedy centers around two French Canadian Christmas tree salesmen who devise a get-rich-quick scheme and travel to New York to sell trees. The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

This year he can also be seen in Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet, in which Giamatti portrays Friar Laurence, opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Damian Lewis as well as Ari Folman's The Congress, co-starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Giamatti is currently in production on the highly anticipated sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb, in which Giamatti stars as Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino, opposite Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field and Andrew Garfield.

Giamatti recently wrapped production on Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, in which he stars opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Chiwetel Ejiofor; John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks co-starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, as well as Peter Landesman's Parkland with Zac Efron and Jacki Weaver.

Other recent credits for him include Rock of Ages, David Cronenberg'sCosmopolis, The Ides of March, Curtis Hanson's HBO movie Too Big To Fail, in which Giamatti's performance earned him his third SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination.Giamatti also starred in the critically praised Win Win, a film written and directed by Oscar nominee Tom McCarthy.

Giamatti's performance in 2010's Barney's Version earned him his second Golden Globe Award. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mordechai Richler, the film was directed by Richard J. Lewis and co-starred Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver.

In 2008, Giamatti won an Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in the HBO seven-part Emmy Award Winning Mini-Series John Adams. Directed by Emmy winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams. The cast also included award-winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane.

In 2006, Giamatti's performance in Ron Howard's Cinderella Man earned him his first SAG Award and a Broadcast Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.

For his role in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded Sideways, Giamatti earned several accolades, including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle as well as a Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination.

In 2004, 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 attention of moviegoers through his role in Betty Thomas' hit comedy Private Parts. His extensive list of film credits also includes Jonathan English's Ironclad; Todd Phillips' The Hangover 2; The Last Station, opposite Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren; Tony Gilroy's Duplicity; Cold Souls (which Giamatti also executive produced); David Dobkin's Fred Claus; Shoot Em' Up, opposite Clive Owen; Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini's The Nanny Diaries; M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water; The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger; 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. Giamatti also appeared in James Foley's Confidence and in 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 The Three Sisters, directed by Scott Elliot; Racing Demon, directed by Richard Eyre; and Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn. Giamatti was 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.

He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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