Paul Giamatti is an experienced American actor and producer with a career spanning the last two decades. He has played a variety of roles in many films, from small projects to critically acclaimed box office hits. Most people would recognize him for his work in “Private Parts”, a Howard Stern biopic, as well as in “Saving Private Ryan”, the phenomenal “Cinderella Man” and the blockbuster “Sideways”.
He has earned high praise and fame for his achievements, including his role as John Adams in the HBO series of the same name, which earned him a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award for Primetime TV, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Paul Giamatti – Biography
Paul was born on June 6, 1967, in Connecticut into a family of five academic parents. His father, Bart Giamatti, was a professor at Yale. The man rose to the university president and was appointed Major League Baseball Commissioner after leaving Yale. Paul’s mother was an English teacher and housewife with a background in acting.
The prolific actor began his training at Foote School before moving on to Chose Rosemary Hall. He studied English at Yale and participated in the school’s theater scene. Upon graduation, he returned to the Yale School of Drama to earn his Master’s degree in Fine Arts.
His acting career began with plays, he was featured on Broadway and later gained screen time by appearing in small television and film roles.
Paul Giamatti’s big breakthrough came when he was chosen to play the antagonist of Howard Stern in the biopic about the life of the radio personality entitled Private Parts. After that, his popularity increased and he began to be sought after for more and more roles. This led to him being cast in supporting roles in several major films, including The Soldier Ryan, The Truman Show, The Negotiator, and The Man on the Moon.
The opportunity for his own leading role came with HBO movies, American Splendor, and If These Walls Could Talk 2, the former earning him several award nominations. In 2004 he played a role in Sideways, which earned him nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor and the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor.
Hollywood began to recognize Paul Giamatti as an incredible actor and remarkable performer with a range that many could only dream of. In 2005 he received his first Oscar nod for Cinderella Man, who won nine other awards.
From that point on, his career was set. He could choose the roles he wanted and tried his hand at various characters, including John Adams, the protagonist of the HBO mini-series, which won him a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and many other awards.
Paul has also done great work in several other films including The Cat Part II, Win-Win, Rock of Ages, 12 Years a Slave, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Madame Bovary. He also diversified into voice acting, providing his voice for animated film projects such as The Little Prince, Ant Bully, as well as video games and audiobooks.
The respected actor has made quite a name for himself, which can undoubtedly be seen from the size of his bank account. In 2018, his net worth is estimated at around $25 million, and he has definitely earned every penny and the right to brag.
Paul Giamatti’s Wife
Paul Giamatti married his girlfriend, Elizabeth Cohen, in a beautiful ceremony on October 13, 1997, after having been with her for months. The relationship did not last very long, however, as the couple was divorced sometime in the early 2000s. They have a son, Samuel Paul Giamatti, who was born in 2001, a few months after their separation.
Other Interesting Facts About Paul
1. Paul Giamatti was originally asked to play the role of Michael Scott in the successful American series The Office, but he declined the role. One wonders how different the series would have been if he had accepted the role.
2. He did not always want to be an actor. His first dream was to become a professor, just like his father. Even though he put on strange costumes and pretended to be a character from a movie, it was more because of his strange nature than his passion for acting.
3. He is surprisingly very happy to play a supporting role in movies instead of the leading role. He believes that it gives him more room to have fun with the character.
4. Paul Giamatti once had to sit in human shit while playing a homeless character in NYPD Blue.
5. Before he accepts a film role, he first thinks about whether he will get bored in the role.