As one of the most versatile actors of his generation, PAUL GIAMATTI’s body of work comes to life with a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances across film and television.
Giamatti recently wrapped production on four films, all of which will be premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Opening the festival is Tamara Jenkins’ upcoming drama, Private Life, opposite Kathryn Hahn. The film is about an author (Hahn) who is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, and the challenges she and her husband (Giamatti) face together. Netflix will release the film in 2018.
Giamatti rounds out the festival with Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now, opposite Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, Ben Lewin’s Catcher Was A Spy, opposite Jeff Daniels, Paul Rudd, and Guy Pearce, and lends his vocal talents to Alexandre Espigares’ White Fang, along with Rashida Jones, and Nick Offerman.
Upcoming, Giamatti will also executive produce the new AMC series, Lodge 49. Written and created by Jim Gavin, Lodge 49 is described as a modern fable set in Long Beach. It centers on Dud, played by Wyatt Russell, a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died. Through the Lodge and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes. Other key characters in the series include Liz Dudley, Dud’s twin sister and Ernie Fontaine, a middle-aged African American and long-time lodge member who welcomes him into this mysterious new world. The drama has received a 10-episode order and will premiere on AMC networks in 2018.
In 2016, Giamatti was seen in the independent feature The Phenom, written and directed by Noah Buschel starring opposite Ethan Hawke and Johnny Simmons, the animated feature, Ratchet & Clank, based on the long-running PlayStation game of the same name, and the sci-fi thriller Morgan opposite Kate Mara with Luke Scott making his directorial debut.
Giamatti also served as the executive producer of WGN’s, Outsiders, the network’s third original series. A struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia, Outsiders tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who've been in these parts since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they'll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary. The show’s second season aired in January 2017.
In 2015, Giamatti played the infamous ex-N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller in the Academy Award®-nominated biographical drama Straight Outta Compton, by award-winning director F. Gary Gray. The film follows the true story of the emergence of N.W.A. from the tough streets of Compton as they revolutionize music and pop culture in the 1980s. Giamatti was also featured in Brad Peyton’s adventure drama, San Andreas, which portrays the aftermath of a terrible earthquake in California and the lengths a divorced couple are willing to go in order to rescue their daughter. Prior to this, he produced and starred in Phil Morrison’s comedy drama All Is Bright alongside Paul Rudd and lent his vocal talents to the English-language version of the Oscar®-nominated French animated feature, Ernest & Celestine. The same year, Giamatti starred in the feature-film adaptation of The Little Prince, opposite Paul Rudd, Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges.
On the small screen, Giamatti received a 2015 Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Juror #12 in Inside Amy Schumer. In 2014, he also received an Emmy®nomination for his guest-starring role as Harold Levinson, the eccentric American brother of Elizabeth McGovern’s character ‘Cora Crawley,’ on the highly acclaimed drama series Downtown Abbey.
In 2013 the actor starred in Steve McQueen’s Oscar Award®-winning 12 Years A Slave, considered “one of the most searingly intense portraits of slavery ever committed to film,” as an immoral slave trader in New Orleans. The drama, which garnered critical acclaim for its esteemed cast and exceptional plot, was the first film directed and produced by a black filmmaker (Steve McQueen) and written by an African American writer (John Ridley) to win Best Motion Picture of the Year. Also in 2013, Giamatti was featured in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks and Peter Landesman’s docudrama Parkland. In addition, he played Spider-Man’s formidable foe, ‘The Rhino,' in the blockbuster superhero franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb, and appeared on stage in Yale Rep's production of Hamlet where he starred in the title role.
Taking theatre to the big screen, Giamatti played the role of ‘Paul Gill’ in New Line’s adaptation of the Broadway stage musical Rock of Ages, directed by Adam Shankman. Released by Warner Bros., the film co-stars Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough. He also starred in David Cronenberg’s drama Cosmopolis, alongside Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.
In 2011 Giamatti captivated audiences in the critically praised Win Win, a film written and directed by Oscar®-nominee Thomas McCarthy. In the role of ‘Mike Flaherty,’ Giamatti powerfully portrays the disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high-school wrestling coach when he stumbles upon a star athlete through some questionable business dealings. He was also seen in the Golden Globe® nominated drama The Ides Of March as ‘Tom Duffy.’ The film was directed by George Clooney and co-starred Ryan Gosling, George Clooney and Evan Rachel Wood.
For Curtis Hanson’s HBO movie Too Big to Fail, Giamatti played ‘Ben Bernanke’ opposite William Hurt and Billy Crudup. 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 a Golden Globe® nomination.
The actor’s 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 a notable cast including Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver.
In 2008 Giamatti won Emmy®, SAG® and Golden Globe® awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in HBO’s seven-part, Emmy® Award-winning miniseries John Adams. Directed by Emmy®-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 his 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 an Oscar® and Golden Globe® nomination in the same category.
Other film credits include the biographical drama The Last Station; the romantic thriller Duplicity opposite Julia Roberts and Clive Owen; the dramedy Cold Souls; the indie film Pretty Bird; the Christmas classic Fred Claus opposite Vince Vaughn; Too Loud a Solitude lending his voice to the animated film; The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett Johansson and Laura Linney; the action film Shoot ‘Em Up opposite Clive Owen and Monica Bellucci; the animated film The Ant Bully; M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water; The Illusionist alongside Edward Norton and Jessica Biel; The Hawk Is Dying starring Michelle Williams; Robots featuring Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry and Mel Brooks; Alexander Payne’s Academy Award® winning dramedy Sideways which earned Giamatti Golden Globe® and SAG Award nominations; American Splendor in which he received outstanding reviews and commendations for his performance; the thriller Confidence opposite Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz; Shawn Levy’s adventure comedy Big Fat Liar featuring Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes; the sci-fi favorite Planet of the Apes; the dramedy Duets starring Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow; the comedy Big Momma’s House; Tim Robbins’ drama Cradle will Rock; the crime comedy Safe Men; The Negotiator opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; the five-time Oscar®-winner Saving Private Ryan, and Peter Weir’s The Truman Show featuring Jim Carrey.
Beyond his work in film, Giamatti is also an accomplished stage actor receiving a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as ‘Jimmy Tomorrow’ in Kevin Spacey’s Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh. Additional Broadway credits include The Three Sisters directed by Scott Elliot, Racing Demon directed by Richard Eyre, and Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn. Off-Broadway, Giamatti was part of the ensemble cast of The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui alongside the acclaimed Al Pacino.