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Liev Schreiber

Liev SchreiberAKA Isaac Liev Schreiber

Born: 4-Oct-1967
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Actor, voiceover talent

Liev Schreiber's parents divorced when he was a toddler, and the young boy went with his mother to New York. They faced a hardscrabble life for a few years, even living in an apartment with no electricity while she looked for work. He attended public schools for most of his education, where he was occasionally in trouble, but he transferred to a private Quaker school for his senior year.

It was at the Quakers' Friends Seminary that Schreiber first dabbled in acting, appearing in school plays. He studied drama at Yale and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and his first professional work was on Broadway, in a 1993 production of In the Summer House with Dianne Wiest. He made his film debut as the muscular transvestite serenaded by Adam Sandler in Mixed Nuts with Steve Martin, and Schreiber has since had a varied career, jumping nimbly from art-house roles to blockbuster parts to voice work. His smooth, precise voice has made him a natural for narration duties for American Experience, Triumph of Life, and the Discovery Channel's CIA: America's Secret Warriors.

He played Cotton Weary, the accused killer in Scream, Scream 2, and Scream 3, played a scientist perplexed at the mysterious spacecraft in Sphere with Dustin Hoffman, worked to exonerate Hurricane Carter in Hurricane with Denzel Washington, played Orson Welles in the HBO drama RKO 281, and played the petty crook rehabilitated with a steady job in Spring Forward with Ned Beatty. He took the Laurence Harvey role in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate, and the Gregory Peck role in the 2006 remake of The Omen.

Schreiber also wrote and directed Everything is Illuminated, starring Elijah Wood as a nebbish tchotchke-collector who seeks his roots through a bizarre journey to his grandfather's homeland. The movie is a very strange road trip, with a blind driver and a break-dancing Ukrainian boy, to an unexpected destination.

Schreiber's name is pronounced Lee-ehv (rhymes with Kiev), but his mother calls him 'Huggy'. His father was a stage actor who appeared in one obscure, very low-budget film, the 1976 version of The Keeper with Christopher Lee, in which the elder Schreiber played a private investigator trying to expose frightful happenings at an insane asylum.

Father: Tell Schreiber (stage actor)
Mother: Heather Milgram (cab driver)
Brother: Pablo Schreiber (film actor)
Girlfriend: Naomi Watts (actress, together since 2004, two sons)
Son: Alexander Pete Schreiber (b. 26-Jul-2007, with Watts)
Son: Samuel Kai Schreiber (b. 13-Dec-2008, with Watts)

    High School: Brooklyn Technical High School, New York City, NY (transferred)
    High School: Friends Seminary High School, New York City, NY (1985)
    University: BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (1988)
    University: MFA Drama, Yale University (1992)
    University: Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

    Endorsement of Gap 2007
    John Kerry for President
    Tony 2005 for Glengarry Glen Ross
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Aviophobia

    TELEVISION
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Michael Keppler (2007-)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Everything Is Illuminated (3-Sep-2005)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Fading Gigolo (7-Sep-2013)
    Lee Daniels' The Butler (5-Aug-2013)
    The Last Days on Mars (20-May-2013)
    Movie 43 (1-Jan-2013)
    The Reluctant Fundamentalist (29-Aug-2012)
    Mental (18-Aug-2012)
    Goon (10-Sep-2011) · Ross Rhea
    Salt (21-Jul-2010) · Ted Winter
    Every Day (24-Apr-2010) · Ned
    Repo Men (19-Mar-2010) · Frank
    Taking Woodstock (16-May-2009)
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine (8-Apr-2009)
    Defiance (31-Dec-2008) · Zus Bielski
    Love in the Time of Cholera (4-Oct-2007) · Lotario Thugut
    The Ten (19-Jan-2007) · Ray Johnson
    Chicago 10 (18-Jan-2007) [VOICE]
    Operation Filmmaker (Jan-2007) · Himself
    The Painted Veil (20-Dec-2006) · Charlie Townsend
    The Omen (6-Jun-2006) · Robert Thorn
    Lackawanna Blues (26-Jan-2005)
    The Manchurian Candidate (22-Jul-2004)
    Spinning Boris (23-Oct-2003)
    Hitler: The Rise of Evil (18-May-2003)
    The Sum of All Fears (29-May-2002) · John Clark
    Kate & Leopold (25-Dec-2001)
    Scream 3 (4-Feb-2000) · Cotton Weary
    Hamlet (24-Jan-2000) · Laertes
    RKO 281 (20-Nov-1999)
    Jakob the Liar (24-Sep-1999) · Mischa
    The Hurricane (17-Sep-1999) · Sam
    Spring Forward (Sep-1999) · Paul
    A Walk on the Moon (29-Jan-1999) · Marty Kantrowitz
    Desert Blue (12-Sep-1998) · Mickey Moonday [VOICE]
    Since You've Been Gone (18-Apr-1998) · Fred Linderhoff
    Twilight (6-Mar-1998) · Jeff Willis
    Sphere (13-Feb-1998) · Ted
    Phantoms (23-Jan-1998) · Deputy Stu Wargle
    Scream 2 (12-Dec-1997)
    Scream (20-Dec-1996) · Cotton Weary
    Ransom (8-Nov-1996) · Clark Barnes
    Big Night (24-Jan-1996) · Leo
    Walking and Talking (Jan-1996) · Andrew
    The Daytrippers (Jan-1996)
    Party Girl (9-Jun-1995) · Nigel
    Mad Love (26-May-1995)
    Denise Calls Up (17-May-1995)
    Buffalo Girls (30-Apr-1995)
    The Sunshine Boys (1995) · Richard Gregg
    Mixed Nuts (21-Dec-1994)


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