Paul Giamatti

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Giamatti in 2011, Featureflash /

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, The Illusionist, Fred Claus, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Last Station, and Cinderella Man, among many other roles.

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, 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 Raffaelle Giammattei and Maria Grace Luigia Lavorgna). Paul’s grandfather Valentine was born in Connecticut, to Italian parents. 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 born in 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 Maine, the daughter of James Thomas Davidson and Sarah Elizabeth Burleigh.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Abram Edward Smith (the son of David Thomas Smith and Mary Elizabeth Stansfield). Abram was born in New Jersey. 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/Katherine Eleanor 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. 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: Genealogies of Paul Giamatti –

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

Paul’s paternal grandmother, Mary Claybaugh Walton, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Paul’s maternal grandfather, Abram Edward Smith, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Paul’s maternal grandmother, Kathryn/Katherine 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 –


Curious about ethnicity

12 Responses

  1. phaedra says:

    Has Italian shaped eyes with Northern European tone.

    • RadDaddy says:

      What exactly are “Italian shaped eyes” and how do they differ from say Spanish or Greek shaped eyes?
      Please educate us all on this extremely interesting subject matter…

      While you’re at it can you please enlighten us about “northern European tone.”
      Does Paul morph into a non Northern European skin tone if he goes to the beach or stays out too long in the summer?
      What about all of the indigenous Northern Europeans with dark skin tones, are they frauds that need to be put on cattle cars and deported to some land where darker skin tones are the norm?

      Does Paul revert back to the coveted “Northern European tone” in the winter months?

      So many questions about this intriguing topic, and you’re the poster that can no doubt answer them all!

  2. andrew says:

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

  3. Capricious says:

    Real life Homer Simpson?

  4. nnnnn says:

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

  5. andrew says:

    he often plays Jewish characters

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