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Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church in

Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church in "Sideways"

Birth date:

June 6, 1967.

Place of Birth:

New York, New York.

Family:

Paul is the youngest of three children. His father is author, Yale president, and major league baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

Education:

M.F.A. in Drama from Yale.

Biography:

Paul 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 is currently at work on Ron Howard's THE CINDERELLA MAN, opposite Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. THE CINDERELLA MAN is the story of real-life Depression-era fighter and folk hero Jim Braddock (Crowe), an aging boxer who, in an effort to provide for his family, made a comeback by defeating heavyweight champ Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in a 15-round slugfest in 1935. Giamatti, who co-stars as Braddock's trainer, will be advised by Angelo Dundee, the boxing legend who trained 15 world champions -- including Muhammad Ali.

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' STORYTELLING; Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES; DUETS, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE, co-starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti recently appeared in Peter Hewitt's THUNDERPANTS; James Foley's CONFIDENCE; and John Woo's PAYCHECK, opposite Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman and Aaron Eckhardt.

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 "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.

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