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Liev Schreiber

Highest Rated:   100% Finding Babel (2016)
Lowest Rated:   4% Movie 43 (2013)
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Birthplace:   San Francisco, California, USA
Displaying the kind of off-kilter charm that makes him a natural for leading roles in independent films and character parts in mainstream features, Liev Schreiber has made a name for himself on both circuits. Born October 4, 1967, in San Francisco, Schreiber was raised on New York's Lower East Side. A graduate of Hampshire College in Massachusetts, he initially wanted to become a writer, but later decided to try his hand at acting, training at both London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Yale School of Drama.Schreiber's first acting job was on Broadway, where he appeared in In the Summer House. More theater work followed and in 1994, the actor made his film debut in the Steve Martin comedy Mixed Nuts. The film was an unequivocal flop, although Schreiber's role as a rather muscular transvestite proved to be one of the picture's few memorable features. His next project, the 1995 indie Denise Calls Up, fared a little better; despite almost non-existent box-office ratings, it was rewarded with critical approval. Following more minor film work, he landed the role of a British bouncer in the successful indie flick Party Girl (1995), which also starred nascent indie queen Parker Posey. Schreiber got an introduction to a more mainstream audience thanks to his role as killer Cotton Weary in Wes Craven's mega-hit Scream, a role he reprised in the film's sequel, Scream 2 (1997). The same year, Schreiber had leading roles in two more independent films, The Daytrippers (which again paired him with Posey) and Walking and Talking, as well as a secondary role in the bloated Mel Gibson thriller Ransom. Deftly straddling the divide between Sundance and the studio, Schreiber went on to make three major mainstream pictures in 1998: Phantoms, with Rose McGowan and Ben Affleck; Twilight with Susan Sarandon, Paul Newman, and Gene Hackman; and Sphere with Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone, and Dustin Hoffman. The following year, Schreiber returned to more familiar territory with his role in Tony Goldwyn's small but successful drama A Walk on the Moon. As the man Diane Lane cuckolds for Viggo Mortensen, Schreiber mined endless possibilities from what could have been a narrow role, giving his character the sort of charming, good-intentioned inadequacy that became one of the actor's trademarks.In 2000, Schreiber returned to the role of Cotton Weary a third time to close out the Scream franchise. It was around this time that he also began doing a considerable amount of voice-over work, mainly for PBS's NOVA series. As the decade progressed, Schreiber continued to be a presence in bigger mainstream projects, such as the 2002 adaptation of Tom Clancy's The Sum of All Fears. Two years later, he could be seen in another high-profile, politically tinged thriller, this time opposite Denzel Washington in director Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate.In 2005 he made his directorial and screenwriting debut with Everything Is Illuminated, and appeared in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning HBO movie Lackawanna Blues, a life-affirming film about a selfless black woman (played by S. Epatha Merkerson) in 1950s segregated New York who provides a home and a guiding hand to the youths who come to live at her boarding house. His 2006 project would be quite a departure from this sweet, poignant tale, as Schreiber took the role of Robert Thorne in John Moore's remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen. Heavily publicized for its "666" release date (June 6th, 2006), the film pleased horror fans, as did Schreiber's performance as husband to Julia Stiles and father to the infamous Damien, a little boy who seems to harbor an evil that at best makes him disturbingly cold and at worst, places him at the crux of the devil's own plan for hell on Earth. Schreiber next went into production on The Painted Veil, an adaptation of the novel by W. Somerset M

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Finding Babel
  • Isaac Babel
2016
16% The 5th Wave
  • Colonel Vosch
2016
83% The Bleeder
  • Chuck Wepner
  • Producer
2016
95% Creed
  • HBO 24/7 Narrator
2015
96% Spotlight
  • Marty Baron
2015
72% Pawn Sacrifice
  • Boris Spassky
2015
55% Fading Gigolo
  • Dovi
2014
20% The Last Days On Mars
  • Vincent Campbell
2013
20% A Perfect Man
  • James
2013
62% Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
  • Narrator (voice)
2013
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Bobby Lincoln
2013
40% Mental
  • Trevor Blundell
2013
4% Movie 43
  • Robert
2013
No Score Yet Tapia
  • Actor
2012
82% Goon
  • Ross Rhea
2012
No Score Yet Namath
  • Actor
2012
34% Every Day
  • Ned
2011
No Score Yet Derek Jeter 3K
  • Actor
2011
62% Salt
  • Ted Winter
2010
22% Repo Men
  • Frank
2010
No Score Yet Salt (Unrated)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Magic and Bird
  • Narrator
2010
47% Taking Woodstock
  • Vilma
2009
No Score Yet Ted Williams
  • Actor
2009
38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine
  • Victor Creed/Sabretooth
2009
57% Defiance
  • Zus Bielski
2009
No Score Yet Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Elbert Hubbard: An American Original
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Last Extinction
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Battle for Tobacco Road: Duke vs. Carolina
  • Actor
2009
91% Operation Filmmaker
  • Actor
2008
80% Chicago 10
  • William Kunstler
2008
No Score Yet Thrilla in Manila
  • Narrator
2008
26% Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Lotario Thurgut
2007
100% Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
  • Narrator
2007
87% Constantine's Sword
  • Constantine
2007
95% Sputnik Fever (Sputnik Mania)
  • Narrator
2007
37% The Ten
  • Ray Johnson
2007
No Score Yet Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Nature
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet The New Medicine
  • Narrator
2006
74% The Painted Veil
  • Charlie Townsend
2006
27% The Omen
  • Robert Thorn
2006
66% Everything is Illuminated
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Mantle
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet Living with Wolves
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team
  • Narrator
2005
71% Lackawanna Blues
  • Ulysses Fold
2005
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Nine Innings from Ground Zero
  • Narrator
2004
No Score Yet Spinning Boris
  • Joe Shumate
2004
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Raymond Shaw
2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Hitler: The Rise of Evil
  • Ernst Hanfstaengl
2003
No Score Yet Reluctant Saint: Francis of Assisi
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
  • Actor
2002
59% The Sum of All Fears
  • John Clark
2002
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2002
50% Kate & Leopold
  • Stuart
2001
No Score Yet Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet Nova - Search for a Safe Cigarette
  • Actor
2001
88% Spring Forward
  • Paul
2000
No Score Yet When It Was a Game 3
  • Narrator
2000
56% Hamlet
  • Laertes
2000
36% Scream 3
  • Cotton
2000
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2000
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Actor
2000
83% The Hurricane
  • Sam Chaiton
1999
92% RKO 281
  • Orson Welles
1999
29% Jakob the Liar
  • Mischa
1999
37% Desert Blue
  • Actor
1999
72% A Walk on the Moon
  • Marty Kantrowitz
1999
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Actor
1999
59% Twilight
  • Jeff Willis
1998
12% Sphere
  • Ted Fielding
1998
13% Phantoms
  • Deputy Stu Wargle
1998
No Score Yet Babe Ruth
  • Actor
1998
81% Scream 2
  • Cotton Weary
1997
74% The Daytrippers
  • Carl
1997
No Score Yet The Sunshine Boys
  • Bobby Gregg
1997
No Score Yet His & Hers
  • Glenn
1997
79% Scream
  • Cotton Weary
1996
75% Ransom
  • Clark Barnes
1996
96% Big Night
  • Leo
1996
86% Walking and Talking
  • Andrew
1996
77% Denise Calls Up
  • Jerry
1996
77% Party Girl
  • Nigel
1995
28% Mad Love
  • Salesman
1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls
  • Ogden
1995
No Score Yet Mussolini: Italy's Nightmare
  • Actor
1995
7% Mixed Nuts
  • Chris
1994
No Score Yet Lombardi
  • Narrator
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • Appearing
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet 24/7
2007
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Hard Knocks: Training Camp
2001-2016
  • Actor
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Secrets of the Dead
2000
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic
2011-2012
  • Narrator
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • Narrator
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • Narrator
77% Ray Donovan
2013
  • Ray Donovan
  • Director
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Michael Keppler
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
2013
  • Host
  • Narrator

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