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Biography #2 (for Fred Claus)

Paul Giamatti 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.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Fred Claus" (10-Nov-2007)


Biography #3 (for Cinderella Man)

With a diverse roster of finely etched, critically acclaimed performances, Paul Giamatti has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.

Giamatti most recently starred in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded Sideways, a comedy about two men on a wayward wine-tasting trip in California's Santa Ynez Valley. Co-starring Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, Sideways is the story of Miles (Giamatti), a failed novelist, and his soon-to-be married friend Jack (Church), a washed-up actor. To salute the remains of their youth, the two men take one last road trip in the week before Jack's wedding. Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance, including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination.

Presently, Giamatti is slated to begin production on The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger. Giamatti stars opposite Edward Norton in the story of a magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna who falls in love with a woman who is engaged to a prince. The magician uses his powers to win her over and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna.

Giamatti has also completed work on the independent feature The Hawk is Dying, co-starring Michelle Williams and Michael Pitt. He plays George Gatling, a Gainesville, Florida auto upholsterer attempting to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.

Giamatti also lent his voice talents to the recent animated feature Robots and the upcoming Ant Bully, slated for release in 2006.

Last year, 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 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; 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 Chekov's 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.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Cinderella Man" (06-Jul-2005)


Biography #4 (for Confidence)

Paul Giamatti captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas's hit comedy Private Parts. Since then, he has had an extensive list of film credits that included Milos Formans's Man on the Moon, Tim Robbins's The Cradle Will Rock, F. Gary Gray's The Negotiator, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Peter Weir's The Truman Show, and Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco.

Giamatti was also seen in Big Momma's House opposite Martin Lawrence, Bruce Paltrow's Duets opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Todd Solondz's Storytelling, and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Paul was most recently seen in Peter Hewitt's Thunderpants, and in Big Fat Liar where he had a headlining role starring opposite Frankie Muniz.

As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti appeared on Broadway as Jimmy Tomorrow in The Iceman Cometh, a performance for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His Broadway credits also include The Three Sisters directed by Scott Elliot, Racing Demon directed by Richard Eyre and Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn.

Television credits include HBO's Winchell opposite Stanley Tucci and Jane Anderson's If These Walls Could Talk II. He has also appeared in guest roles on both Homicide and NYPD Blue. He next can be seen in the made for TV movies American Splendor and The Pentagon Papers.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Confidence" (30-Mar-2003)


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