On June 6, 2019, award winning actor Paul Giamatti will celebrate his 52nd birthday. He is currently about to finish up his fourth season on the hit Showtime series “Billions” but is even more well known for his film career.
A graduate of the Yale Drama School, Giamatti began his career on the New York stage. He has appeared on Broadway four times in productions from esteemed authors Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Anton Chekov and Eugene O’Neill but surprisingly his rise to fame would come from playing a character named “Pig Vomit” in the movie version of Howard Stern’s book “Private Parts.” Giamatti played the part of an NBC radio executive who constantly battles Stern over obscenity rules and is practically driven mad by his never-ending battles with Stern.
Surprisingly he has only earned one Oscar nomination for his film work, for his supporting role in the Ron Howard-directed boxing drama “Cinderella Man.” He was considered a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination in 2004 for his role in “Sideways” but for some odd reason that nomination didn’t materialize. While he won the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor for “Cinderella Man,” he would lose the Oscar that year to George Clooney in “Syriana.” He would also win two SAG Awards for his television work, first in 2008 for the title role in the miniseries “John Adams” and then in 2011 as Fed chairman Ben Bernanke in “Too Big to Fail” a TV movie about the economic collapse of 2008. Giamatti ran the full run of awards for “John Adams,” with other victories at the Golden Globes and Emmys.
Take tour of our photo gallery above featuring his 15 greatest film performances, ranked from worst to best. Our list includes the films mentioned above, plus “American Splendor,” “Barney’s Version,” “Man on the Moon,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Straight Outta Compton” and more.
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