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With a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, PAUL GIAMATTI (Friar Laurence) has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.
He can currently be heard lending his vocal talents to DreamWorks Animation's"Turbo," which also features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Richard Jenkins and Bill Hader.
This Fall he will be seen in several films: Steve McQueen's"Twelve Years a Slave"opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Chiwetel Ejiofor; John Lee Hancock's"Saving Mr. Banks"co-starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson; Peter Landesman's"Parkland"with Zac Efron and Jacki Weaver; and Ari Folman's"The Congress,"co-starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel. In2013 he willalso be seen in Phil Morrison's "All is Bright," which he also produced and stars in alongside Paul Rudd.
Giamatti recently wrapped production on the highly anticipated sequel"The Amazing Spider-Man 2," directed by Marc Webb in which he stars as "Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino," oppositeAndrew Garfield,Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Sally Field as well as "Downton Abbey" where he willappear in the Season 4 finale playingHarold as the "maverick, playboy brother" to Elizabeth McGovern's Cora.
Other credits for him include"Rock of Ages," David Cronenberg's"Cosmopolis," "The Ides of March," Curtis Hanson's HBO movie"Too Big To Fail," in which his performance earned him his third SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries as well as an Emmyand Golden Globenomination.Giamatti also starred in the critically praised"Win Win," a film written and directed by Oscarnominee Tom McCarthy.
His performance in 2010's"Barney's Version"earned him his second Golden GlobeAward. 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 GlobeAward for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in the HBO 7 Part EmmyAward Winning Mini-Series"John Adams." Directed by EmmyAward Winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams in a cast that 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 Globenominations in the same category.
For his role in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded"Sideways," Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle as well as a Golden Globeand 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 eyes of America 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"andJohn 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 ofThe Iceman Cometh. His other Broadway credits includeThe Three Sistersdirected by Scott Elliot;Racing Demondirected by Richard Eyre; andArcadiadirected by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen Off-Broadway in the ensemble cast ofThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Uiwith 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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