Paul Giamatti (Executive Producer)
Paul Giamatti is one of the most versatile actors of his generation, and his body of work comes to life with a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning, and critically acclaimed performances across film and television. Giamatti is currently starring in the third season of the Showtime hit Billions, which was just recently picked up for a fourth season. Billions holds the highest-rated premiere for a Showtime original series to date — a precedent that continued throughout the show, with an estimated 1 million viewers per episode. Giamatti was recently nominated for a 2018 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Billions.
Giamatti rounded out the festival in Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now, opposite Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning; in Ben Lewin’s Catcher Was a Spy, opposite Jeff Daniels, Paul Rudd, and Guy Pearce; and by lending his vocal talents to Alexandre Espigares’ White Fang, along with Rashida Jones and Nick Offerman.
Giamatti will soon begin production on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, opposite Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. The film, based on the classic theme park attraction, will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
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 & Clankbased 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.
Other film credits include 12 Years a Slave, Saving Mr. Banks, Parkland, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rock of Ages, Cosmopolis, Win Win, Straight Outta Compton, San Andreas, All Is Bright, Ernest & Celestine, The Last Station, Duplicity, Cold Souls, Pretty Bird, Fred Claus, The Nanny Diaries, Shoot ’Em Up, The Ant Bully, Lady in the Water, The Illusionist, The Hawk Is Dying, Robots, American Splendor, Confidence, Big Fat Liar, Planet of the Apes, Duets, Big Momma’s House, Cradle Will Rock, Safe Men, The Negotiator, The Truman Show, The Little Prince, the five-time Oscar®-winner Saving Private Ryan, and Alexander Payne’s Academy Award®-winning dramedy Sideways, which earned Giamatti Golden Globe® and SAG Award nominations. 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.
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 Downton Abbey. He was also seen in the Golden Globe®-nominated drama The Ides of March as ‘Tom Duffy.’ 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. 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.
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 “Hamlet,” “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.