With a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically
acclaimed performances, PAUL GIAMATTI (Aleksei Sytsevich/The
Rhino) has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his
Giamatti has wrapped production on his next project in which he stars and
executive produces. The FX pilot "Hoke" is a darkly comedic drama that tells the
story of a mid-life crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possible
insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley (Giamatti) in pre-chic Miami circa 1985.
He recently guest starred in the Season 4 finale of "Downton Abbey" alongside
Shirley MacLaine and the regular cast members as Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern)
maverick, playboy brother Harold.
This past fall, he was seen in several films: John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr.
Banks, Peter Landesman's Parkland with Zac Efron and Jacki Weaver; Steve
McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and
Chiwetel Ejiofor; Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet, as Friar Laurence, opposite
Hailee Steinfeld and Damian Lewis; Phil Morrison's All is Bright, which he also
produced and stars in alongside Paul Rudd; and Ari Folman's The Congress,
co-starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel.
Other credits for him include Turbo, 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 Emmy and
Golden Globe nomination. Giamatti also starred in the critically praised Win
Win, a film written and directed by Oscar nominee Tom McCarthy.
His 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 Award 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
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 for his performance including Best Actor from the Independent
Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle as well as a Golden Globe and SAG
n 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' 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 John 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. He was also 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.