Brooklyn Heights resident/actor Paul Giamatti played many parts in a lot of movies before his breakthrough role as Harvey Pekar in American Splendor (2003). We thought it would be fun to make a list of 10 of his notable pre-Splendor screen appearances. Our list of Giamatti’s 10 Most Memorable Supporting Roles after the jump.
7. Saving Private Ryan(1998): You may have been too busy being spellbound by this Spielberg masterpiece to have noticed Giamatti’s role as Sgt. Hill. However, his role in this movie has inspired some very disturbing fan art.
4. The Truman Show (1998): Before Moon Giamatti played a supporting role in this other Jim Carrey movie. Playing the Control Room Director he’s totally overshadowed by Ed Harris’ Cristof, the egomaniacal ringmaster of the faux reality program.
2. Deconstructing Harry (1997): Notable mostly because this is a Woody Allen film and Giamatti’s personae in film seems a comfy fit with the writer/director’s classic characters. Here, Allen is trying his best to be Ingmar Bergman so Bananas this ain’t. Giamatti plays Professor Abbot.
1. Donnie Brasco (1997): This film tops our list due to the career-high performances from Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. That makes it a must see for any fan of great movies. And of course Paul Giamatti, who plays one of the FBI Technicians working with undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone who is posing as mobster Donnie Brasco.