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Paul Giamatti is an actor known for roles in such diverse films as Private Parts, Sideways and Rock of Ages.
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He appeared in the animated Ant Bully, the comedy Fred Claus, the fantasy Lady in the Water and the heady drama The Hawk Is Dying.
Setting the bar high once again, Giamatti took the lead in the seven-part HBO miniseries John Adams in 2008, for which he won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a Television Critics Association Award. Barney’s Version (2010) and Too Big to Fail (2011) would also mean awards gold for Giamatti,
as between the two he would walk away with another Golden Globe and another SAG Award.
As the new century evolved, so did Giamatti’s career, and his diverse roles no longer came as such a surprise. In films as varied as Win-Win, The Hangover Part II and Rock of Ages, Giamatti continued to draw from deep within to build one stellar performance after the next, and his career shows no signs of slowing down.
In June 2013, Giamatti was announced as the newest castmember of PBS' popular series Downton Abbey. The actor will reportedly appear as Harold, Cora's playboy brother, in the season four finale alongside actress Shirley MacLaine, who plays Martha Levinson, Cora's mother, on the show. On the big screen, he appeared in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013) based on a real life experience of a Northern free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Giamatti also portrayed Abraham Zapruder, a businessman who filmed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in Parkland that same year.
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