Paul Giamatti isn’t like most leading men. He’s not particularly good looking and, in some cases, could even be called fat and balding. But he also has one thing that a lot of other Hollywood A-listers don’t have: talent. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Paul’s father served as the youngest president of Yale University before becoming the commissioner of Major League Baseball until his death in 1989. After graduating from an elite boarding school in the state, Paul went on to study English and Drama at Yale, and by the 1990’s had already appeared in several small roles for television and film.
Following his supporting performance as Howard Stern’s program director in the shock jock’s biopic, “Private Parts,” Paul went on to co-star in several high-profile projects including “The Truman Show” and “Saving Private Ryan,” and in 1999, alongside Jim Carrey in the Andy Kaufman biopic, “Man on the Moon.” Even his performance in genre flicks like “Planet of the Apes” and “Big Fat Liar” are to be applauded, though it has been these last three years that have been the most important. Critically acclaimed roles in cult hits like “American Splendor” and “Sideways” – both of which he was snubbed out of Oscar nominations for – and the summer box office flop, “Cinderella Man” – which he was nominated for, but still didn’t win – have all catapulted the actor into a newfound superstardom, but he deserves every minute of it. Here’s hoping Paul continues to pepper his resume with an interesting selection of film roles and more award-worthy performances.
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Paul on the Screen
Paul has always been a superstar, though in much smaller roles at first, including "Donnie Brasco," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "The Truman Show," and "Saving Private Ryan." In 1999, Paul co-starred in his first major studio picture, "Man on the Moon," and went on to appear in several others like "Planet of the Apes." Of course, the actor's real talent seems to shine much brighter in the indie circuit, and though he got snubbed at the award shows three years in a row for "American Splendor," "Sideways," and "Cinderella Man," he's still managed to become a full-fledged leading man.
Paul Giamatti could very well be the hardest working actor in the business. He's got four movies coming out in 2007 alone - including "Shoot 'Em Up," "The Nanny Diaries" and "Fred Claus" - and many more in the works for the years to follow. Among the films scheduled for release are the HBO miniseries "John Adams" and the Paul Schneider comedy "Pretty Bird."
On the film industry:
"This business feels kind of intense, like a bad fit. Round peg, square hole. But whatever, I'll take it."
"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."
On being nominated:
"I can't imagine a greater honor than being acknowledged by my peers. Being an actor is a hell of a thing. It's a hell of a thing. It's up and down. It's great, but I found the best thing about it is hanging around the craft-service table with other actors and crew people, eating doughnuts."