LIEV SCHREIBER is an American actor and director.
Schreiber attended Brooklyn Tech High School and later trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Yale School of Drama, from which he graduated in 1992. He originally intended to be a playwright, but prior to applying to Yale a teacher encouraged him to pursue acting instead. In 1993, he made his Broadway debut with “In the Summer House,” followed by numerous off-Broadway productions.
In 1994, Liev Schreiber made his first film, MIXED NUTS, and for the next several years he established himself in independent films. Schreiber entered the mainstream in 1996 in Wes Craven’s SCREAM horror trilogy. He portrayed Orson Wells in the HBO production of RKO 281, a film for which he earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
In recent years, Schreiber has continued to work on a variety of projects, from small independent films to big-budget action movies to television series. He wrote and directed the 2005 film adaptation of Johnathan Safran Foer’s EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED.
In 2009, Schreiber took on the comic book character Sabretooth in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. In 2013, he played Lyndon B. Johnson in the acclaimed, Lee Daniels-directed film THE BUTLER. That same year, he took on the titular role in Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, playing a professional fixer for celebrities who find themselves entangled in crime, for which he has also directed several acclaimed episodes. The series proved to be popular with both viewers and critics and in 2014, Schreiber received a Golden Globe nomination for his work on the drama.