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 has starred in the films Sideways, Private Parts, Man on the Moon, Big Momma’s House, Big Fat Liar, American Splendor, Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, Shoot ‘Em Up, Fred Claus, The Last Station, Win Win, The Ides of March, 12 Years a Slave, Saving Mr. Banks, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, San Andreas, Love & Mercy, and Private Life, and television’s John Adams and Billions, among many other roles.
Paul is the son of Toni Marilyn (Smith), an actress and teacher, and A. Bartlett Giamatti (Angelo Bartlett Giamatti), a professor of English literature, who served as President of Yale University, from December 20, 1978 to June 10, 1986, President of the National League (baseball), from June 10, 1986 to April 1, 1989, and Commissioner of Baseball, from April 1, 1989 to September 1, 1989. Actor Marcus Giamatti is his brother. Paul has a son with his former wife Elizabeth Cohen.
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 Giammattei and Maria Lavorgna). Paul’s grandfather Valentine was born in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut, to Italian parents. Angelo was from Telese Terme, Province of Benevento, Campania, the son of Pasquale Giamattei and Philomena Procini. Maria was from San Lorenzello, also in Province of Benevento, the daughter of Luigi Lavorgna and Maria Giovanna Sagnella. The surname Giamatti was originally spelled Giammattei.
Paul’s paternal grandmother was Mary/Marion Claybaugh Walton (the daughter of Bartlett Walton and Helen Buffum Davidson). Paul’s grandmother Mary was born in Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, and was of mainly English descent, with remote Scottish roots. She had considerable Colonial American ancestry. Bartlett was born in Massachusetts, the son of Arthur Gould Walton and Mary Ellen Bartlett. Helen was born in South Berwick, York, Maine, the daughter of James Thomas Davidson and Sarah Elizabeth Burleigh. Sarah’s father, John H. Burleigh, was a Republican Party politician, who was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine, from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1877.
Paul’s maternal grandfather was Abram/Abraham/Abe E. Smith (the son of David Thomas Smith and Mary E. Stansfield). Abram was born in Weston, Somerset, New Jersey. David was the son of Abram/Abraham T. Smith and Sarah Jane Voorhees, and was of heavily Dutch descent, along with English, and very remote French, roots. Mary E. 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/Catherine/Catharine E. Brown (the daughter of Commodore Alfred Y. Brown and Nettie Klinck). Kathryn was born in New York. Commodore Alfred was the son of Frank Brown, who was born in Canada, and of Marsala, who was born in Ireland. 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.
Genealogy of Paul Giamatti (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Paul’s paternal grandmother, Mary/Marion Claybaugh Walton, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Paul’s maternal grandparents, Abram/Abraham/Abe E. Smith and Kathryn/Catherine/Catharine E. Brown – https://www.familysearch.org
Paul’s maternal grandfather, Abram/Abraham/Abe E. Smith, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Paul’s maternal grandmother, Kathryn/Catherine/Catharine E. Brown, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Paul’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Nettie Hummel – https://familysearch.org
Paul’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Nettie Hummel, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org