Paul Giamatti

by ethnic on August 26, 2010

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Birth Name: Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti

Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 6, 1967

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), German, English, Dutch, Irish, distant Scottish, remote French

Paul Giamatti is an American actor. He starred in the films Sideways and Cinderella Man.

Paul is the son of Toni Marilyn (Smith), an actress and teacher, A. Bartlett Giamatti (Angelo Bartlett Giamatti), a professor of English literature who served as president of Yale University and Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Actor Marcus Giamatti is his brother. Paul is married to Elizabeth Cohen, with whom he has a son.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. The remainder of Paul’s ancestry is German, English, Dutch, Irish, distant Scottish, and remote French.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Valentine John Giamatti (the son of Angelo Raffaelle Giammattei and Maria Grace Luigia Lavorgna). Paul’s grandfather Valentine’s parents were both Italian. Angelo was from Telese Terme, Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy, the son of Pasquale Giamattei and Philomena Procini. Maria was from San Lorenzello, also in Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy, the daughter of Luigi Lavorgna and Maria Giovanna Sagnella. The surname Giamatti was originally spelled Giammattei.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Mary Claybaugh Walton (the daughter of Bartlett Walton and Helen Buffum Davidson). Paul’s grandmother Mary was of mainly English descent, with remote Scottish roots. Bartlett was the son of Arthur Gould Walton and Mary Ellen Bartlett. Helen was the daughter of James Thomas Davidson and Sarah Elizabeth Burleigh.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Abram Edward Smith (the son of David T. Smith and Mary Elizabeth Stansfield). David was the son of Abram Thomas Smith and Sarah Jane Voorhees, and was of heavily Dutch descent, along with English, and very remote French, roots. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of James A. Stansfield, an English immigrant, and of Elizabeth Byers, who was likely of English descent.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Kathryn Eleanor Brown (the daughter of Commodore Alfred Y. Brown and Nettie Klinck). Commodore Alfred was the son of Frank Brown, who was born in Canada, and of Marsala, who was born in Ireland. Paul’s matrilineal great-grandmother Nettie was born in New York, to David George Klinck and Nettie Hummel, who were of German descent. Nettie Hummel’s parents, Paul’s great-great-great-grandparents, were Georg R. Hummel and Gertrude Geier.

Sources: Genealogy of Paul Giamatti –

Genealogy of Paul Giamatti (focusing on his father’s side) –

Paul’s maternal grandmother, Kathryn Eleanor Brown, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Baptismal record of Paul’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Nettie Hummel –

Paul’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Nettie Hummel, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Some of Paul’s mother’s Dutch ancestors –

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phaedra April 26, 2016 at 4:18 am

Has Italian shaped eyes with Northern European tone.

andrew October 7, 2015 at 5:26 am

Paul’s paternal grandfather was the son of immigrants from Telese Terme, Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy. “Giamatti” was originally spelled “Giammattei”.

andrew October 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Maria Lavorgna was from San Lorenzello, also in Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy.

Capricious May 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Real life Homer Simpson?

neiltennant July 5, 2015 at 8:16 am

don’t be ridiculous

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Are you that dense? Everyone has thought of him as the real life Homer Simpson. He even knows this and has laughed about it.


nnnnn May 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

He played that ridiculous short nacked man in boring
Aniston’s movie?

nnnnn May 14, 2013 at 12:24 am

Sorry, Paul, it was some Joe La Truggio.
The name of a movie is “Wanderlust”.

andrew May 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm

he often plays Jewish characters

ethnic May 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

He was great in sideways!

andrew May 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

a revelation

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

he looks like the doctor who made my nose job

andrew July 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

This explains a lot of things

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