Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti


New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Birth Name

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti


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Paul Giamatti is the son of A. Bartlett Giamatti, the youngest president of Yale University and later, the 7th Commissioner of Major League Baseball. His mother, Toni Smith, was a teacher at Hopkins School. Before his career took off, he attended Choate Rosemary Hall (a boarding school), was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Paul has been nominated for two SAG Awards. In 2006, he won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Cinderella Man. In 2005, he was nominated for both Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Sideways. He won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

    • In 2008, Paul won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in John Adams.

    • Paul is a fan of Jack Lemmon.

    • His father was the former commissioner of major league baseball who famously banned Pete Rose from the game and passed away eight days later of a heart attack.

    • Paul is a die-hard Red Sox fan

    • He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Sideways (but did not win), and was nominated for an Oscar.

    • He owns a production company called Touchy Feely Productions

    • Giamatti has a brother, Marcus, who is also an actor.

    • He is most often confused in public as Rob Schneider. When he guest hosted for Saturday Night Live, he had a sketch reflecting this.

    • Paul was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006 in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, for his role in the movie "Cinderella Man".

    • His father was of Italian-American descent while his mother was Irish-American

    • He has been married to Elizabeth Cohen since 1997 and they have a son, Samuel, born in 2001 whom he refers to as "Bubba"

    • He is 5'8-1/2" (1.74 m).

  • Quotes

    • Paul: I want to be a villain with steel hands or something. I want to be the crazy world domination obsessed villain. I would love to be a Bond villain.

    • Paul: A lot of the time in that whole idea of chemistry, a lot of the time you walk in and it just happens. I tend to think that if you have two good enough actors, they come ready and you can create the chemistry.

    • Paul: I'm not the happiest man in the world and I have my own problems and things like that, but they never have to mesh with what I have to do as a part.

    • Paul: (about Russell Crowe) I loved working with him and had more fun working with him than anybody I think I have ever worked with. I play his trainer, so everything I did was with him and I kind of loved him, even though there was a lot about him that I can't even begin to understand and he's a dangerously complicated guy!

    • Paul: In a weird way, I like to find the quirkiness in ordinary things. I like to find what is ordinary in quirky people.

    • Paul: You are absolutely free to describe me as a turtle or something.

    • Paul: (about Jazz music) I like it. I'm completely sort of self-educated in a very superficial way about it. I do enjoy it. It's really a sort of a I-don't-know-much-about-it-but-I-know-what-I-like kind of thing.

    • Paul: I try to avoid people as much as possible. They might change my life!

    • Paul: This whole business feels kind of intense, like a bad fit. Round peg, square hole. But whatever, I'll take it.

    • Paul: Well, you know, when people say stuff about you, it's always really flattering. But does it mean anything to me? It's not really real to me; there's no reality to it.

    • Paul: You start to really lose perspective on the movie when the critical response is as weirdly, regressively unanimous as it is.

    • Paul: It'd be disingenuous to say I don't like attention - I'm an actor for God's sake - and it's flattering and all, but attention was never my big goal. I just like to work and have a good time.

    • Paul: I'm not a guy who has a lot of, 'I want to work with so-and-so.' I'll take whatever work I can get.

    • Paul: Honestly, I never wanted to be more than a good supporting actor. Really, I enjoy it.