Andrew Ross Sorkin

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He wrote the bestselling book Too Big to Fail and co-produced a movie adaptation of the book for HBO Films. He is also the co-creator for the Showtime series Billions. Sorkin was born in New York, the son of Joan Ross Sorkin, a playwright, and Laurence T. Sorkin, a partner at the law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel. His family is Jewish. Sorkin graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1995 and earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 1999 where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. He is not related to Aaron Sorkin or noted defense lawyer Ira Lee Sorkin. Sorkin first joined The New York Times as a student intern during his senior year in high school.

Paul Giamatti

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Giamatti plays a lead role in the Showtime series Billions, portraying the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The show, debuting in 2016, is loosely based on a real event. Giamatti is the subject of the viral "Wax Paul Now" campaign, which pushes for the actor to get a Madame Tussauds wax statue in his likeness, most likely at the New York location. The movement first achieved national prominence when Giamatti appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and discussed the campaign with host Stephen Colbert. After this and subsequent articles in Forbes, Buzzfeed, and The A.V.

American International Group

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District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker on May 25, 2011 AIG sold its Taiwanese life insurance company Nan Shan Life to a consortium of buyers for $2.16 billion in January 2011. Due to the Q3 2011 net loss widening, on November 3, 2011, AIG shares plunged 49 percent year to date. The insurer's board approved a share buyback of as much as $1 billion. Nine years after the initial bailout, in 2017, the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council removed AIG from its list of too-big-to-fail institutions. The United States Department of the Treasury announced an offering of 188.5 million shares of AIG for a total of $5.8 billion on May 7, 2012.

United States Secretary of the Treasury

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The Secretary of the Treasury is the head of the United States Department of the Treasury which is concerned with financial and monetary matters, and, until 2003, also included several federal law enforcement agencies. This position in the federal government of the United States is analogous to the Minister of Finance in many other countries. The Secretary of the Treasury is a member of the President's Cabinet, and is nominated by the President of the United States. Nominees for Secretary of the Treasury undergo a confirmation hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Finance before being voted on by the United States Senate.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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The Commission also negotiated the largest settlements in the history of the SEC (approximately $51 billion in all) on behalf of investors who purchased auction rate securities from six different financial institutions. The SEC has been criticized "for being too 'tentative and fearful' in confronting wrongdoing on Wall Street", and for doing "an especially poor job of holding executives accountable". Christopher Cox, the former SEC chairman, has recognized the organization's multiple failures in relation to the Bernard Madoff fraud.


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Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged (a weighted average). Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

New York City

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In October 2014, the Anbang Insurance Group, based in China, purchased the Waldorf Astoria New York for US$1.95 billion, making it the world's most expensive hotel ever sold.

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Damian Lewis

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Since 2016, he stars as billionaire Bobby Axelrod in the Showtime series Billions. Lewis was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to drama. On 4 July 2007, Lewis married actress Helen McCrory. They have a daughter, Manon (born 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (born 2 November 2007). Lewis and his family left England in the latter half of 2007 to live in Los Angeles, California, while he worked on the NBC-TV crime drama Life.

63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

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Mad Men (AMC) – 7. 30 Rock (NBC) / The Good Wife (CBS) / Too Big to Fail (HBO) – 6. By network. ABC – 5. CBS / HBO / PBS – 4. The 101 Network / Comedy Central – 2. By program. Modern Family (ABC) – 5. Downton Abbey (PBS) – 4. Cliff Robertson. Elizabeth Taylor. Anne Francis. James MacArthur. Peter Falk. Harold Gould. Stanley Frazen. James Arness. Janet MacLachlan. Madelyn Pugh Davis. Steve Landesberg. Blake Edwards. Betty Garrett. John Cossette. Bill Erwin. Barbara Billingsley. Leslie Nielsen. Tom Bosley. Reza Badiyi. Leonard B. Stern. Ryan Dunn. Denise Cramsey. Frank Potenza. Bob Banner. Andy Whitfield. Fred Steiner. Jill Clayburgh. John Dye. Jack LaLanne. Al Masini. Sada Thompson.

David Costabile

He is best known for his television work, having appeared in supporting roles in several television series such as Billions, Breaking Bad, Damages, Flight of the Conchords, Suits, and The Wire. He has also acted on film and in Broadway theatre. Costabile was born in Washington, D.C. He is of Italian descent. He attended Gonzaga College High School, graduating in 1985, and Tufts University. He graduated from New York University's MFA program in acting in 1998. Costabile has appeared on Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's revival of Translations in 2007, the musical Titanic in 1997, and The Tempest in 1995.

William Hurt

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In September 2010, Hurt played United States Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson in the HBO film Too Big to Fail, an adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin's book. He also starred as Captain Ahab in the 2011 television adaptation of Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick. Hurt is fluent in French and maintains a home outside Paris. He is the step-grandson of Henry Luce, founder of Time magazine and actress-writer Clare Boothe Luce, through his mother's marriage to Henry Luce's son from his first marriage, Henry Luce III. Hurt was married to Mary Beth Hurt from 1971 to 1982. In the 1980s, Hurt was involved in a lawsuit with Sandra Jennings, who alleged that the two shared a common-law marriage.

Curtis Hanson

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In 2011, Hanson made Too Big to Fail, based on the 2009 Andrew Ross Sorkin book of the same name about the beginnings of the financial crisis of 2007–2010. The film, produced by Hanson's production company Deuce Three Productions for HBO, featured among its all-star cast William Hurt as Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson, and Cynthia Nixon as his liaison to the press; James Woods as Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers; and Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke. His last film was Chasing Mavericks in 2012, but he was unable to finish the film due to ill health. Michael Apted replaced him as director during the final days of shooting.

Asia Kate Dillon

Asia Kate Dillon (born November 15, 1984) is an American actor, best known for their roles as Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black and Taylor Mason in Billions. Dillon is non-binary and uses singular they pronouns. Their role on Billions is the first non-binary main character on North American television, and earned them a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Dillon graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. They enrolled in and completed the Meisner training program at The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca during their junior year of high school at age sixteen. They were the youngest student ever admitted to the class.

Toby Leonard Moore

Since 2016, he has appeared in Billions as Bryan Connerty. Moore is married to Australian actress Michelle Vergara Moore, and lives in New York City. * Toby Leonard Moore on

Billy Crudup

Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner in a TV film about 2008's financial crisis, Too Big to Fail (2011). A year after graduating, he made his debut on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Crudup received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as the title character in The Elephant Man on Broadway, as well as a 2005 nomination for his role as Katurian in the Broadway production of The Pillowman, also starring Jeff Goldblum, which closed on September 18, 2005.

Ed Liddy

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During Liddy’s tenure as president and then CEO, Allstate’s market value more than tripled, from $11 billion (Dec. 31, 1994) to over $40 billion (Dec. 31, 2006). In September 2008, at the request of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Liddy agreed to serve as interim chairman and chief executive officer of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). His placement in the role was one of numerous government actions to provide stability to U.S. financial firms during the global financial crisis. He requested a salary of just $1 per year. The restructuring of AIG that Liddy took on was one of the largest in U.S. corporate history.

Condola Rashād

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She plays Kate Sacker on the Showtime drama series Billions. She appeared opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor in Come Sunday (2018), which is available on Netflix streaming. She is currently playing Joan of Arc in the Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw's play Saint Joan. Rashād was born in New York on December 11, 1986 to actress Phylicia Rashad and sportscaster Ahmad Rashād, a former professional football player. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2008. In 2009, Rashād received the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in the Off-Broadway production Ruined and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.