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Liev Schreiber

Widely considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals has garnered the actor the strongest praise in film, theatre and television.

His most recent choices only continue this path. Schreiber recently starred opposite Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell in Defiance, a World War II-era drama directed by Edward Zwick. The three actors star as Jewish brothers who escape from Nazi-occupied Poland to the forests of Belarus to join the resistance and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger. Most recently Schreiber starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Victor Creed, the beastly nemesis of Wolverine, a role revisited by Hugh Jackman. In this prequel to the hit X-Men trilogy, Jackman's Wolverine is keen on seeking revenge against Creed (who is secretly the mutant Sabretooth) for killing his love. With a screenplay by David Benioff, Wolverine was directed by Gavin Hood.

Schreiber also recently starred in Taking Woodstock, Repo Men, and Every Day.

The Painted Veil, also starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, was released in December 2006. Schreiber has also starred alongside Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington in The Manchurian Candidate, Julia Stiles in The Omen, Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, and Hugh Jackman in Kate & Leopold, and starred in Mike Newell's Love in the Time of Cholera. Utilizing his theatre and Shakespearean background, Schreiber starred as Laertes in Hamlet, across from Ethan Hawke. Schreiber also starred in The Hurricane, the acclaimed biopic starring Denzel Washington, as well as opposite Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen in A Walk on the Moon.

Schreiber is also an accomplished stage actor. His portrayal of Ricky Roma in the 2005 Broadway revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross earned Schreiber a Tony Award. In the summer of 2006, Schreiber returned to the stage in the Public Theater's production of Macbeth opposite Jennifer Ehle, directed by Moises Kaufman. Shakespeare in the Park's Macbeth was staged at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. In early 2007, Schreiber returned to Broadway to star in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. This first Broadway staging of Talk Radio opened at the Longacre Theater in March of that year, and Schreiber was nominated for his second Tony for his portrayal of radio host Barry Champlain. Earlier this year, Schreiber was nominated for a third Tony Award, for his performance in A View from the Bridge on Broadway.

Schreiber has also made use of his deft technique working in television. Truly making a name for himself with his portrayal of Orson Welles in HBO's RKO 281, Schreiber again worked with the network for the emotional Lackawanna Blues. Schreiber's expressive voice is also showcased in his voiceover and narration work, taking center stage for prominent pieces on HBO and PBS. One of America's foremost narrators, Schreiber has lent his voice to sports documentaries such as Mantle, :03 Seconds to Gold, and A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers, as well as the PBS documentary series NOVA and Nature.

In 2005, Schreiber made his directorial debut with Everything is Illuminated, adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel of the same name. Prior to publication of the novel, Schreiber read an excerpt in The New Yorker, secured the rights himself, wrote the screenplay and subsequently brought the project to Warner. The film, starring Elijah Wood, was recognized by the 2006 National Film Board as one of the top ten films of the year.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Liev Schreiber Facts

Birth NameIsaac Live Schreiber
BirthdayOctober 4, 1967 (56)
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Liev Schreiber compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The 5th Wave
Pawn Sacrifice
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
America The Story Of Us
Movie 43
Ray Donovan: The Fourth Season
A Walk On The Moon
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