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Also Known As: Isaac Liev Schreiber Died:
Born: October 4, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, producer, advertising copywriter

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Liev Schreiber was a highly respected stage and screen actor whose deep voice and serious countenance lent itself well to playing intense, dramatic roles. He came to prominence in the late 1990s after a long string of performances in indie features, and gained widespread notice as town loner and red herring Cotton Weary in Wes Craven's "Scream" (1996) and its two sequels. The exposure helped usher him into more mainstream projects, such the HBO TV movie "RKO 281" (1999), for which he played Orson Welles; the Tom Clancy adventure "The Sum of All Fears" (2002); and a four-episode arc on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000- ). Off camera, Schreiber was a Tony Award winner and veteran of numerous New York stage productions, making his directorial debut with an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything is Illuminated" (2005), proving that he possessed talents far beyond simply acting.

Liev Schreiber was a highly respected stage and screen actor whose deep voice and serious countenance lent itself well to playing intense, dramatic roles. He came to prominence in the late 1990s after a long string of performances in indie features, and gained widespread notice as town loner and red herring Cotton Weary in Wes Craven's "Scream" (1996) and its two sequels. The exposure helped usher him into more mainstream projects, such the HBO TV movie "RKO 281" (1999), for which he played Orson Welles; the Tom Clancy adventure "The Sum of All Fears" (2002); and a four-episode arc on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000- ). Off camera, Schreiber was a Tony Award winner and veteran of numerous New York stage productions, making his directorial debut with an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything is Illuminated" (2005), proving that he possessed talents far beyond simply acting.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 5th Wave, The (2016)
2.
 Spotlight (2015)
3.
 Fading Gigolo (2014)
4.
 Movie 43 (2013)
6.
 Mental (2013)
9.
 Repo Men (2010)
10.
 Salt (2010)
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Raised on NYC's Lower East Side
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Performed for a year at the Edinburgh Festival
1993:
Made Broadway debut in "In the Summer House" co-starring Dianne Wiest
1994:
Made film acting debut playing a British bouncer opposite Parker Posey in "Party Girl"
1994:
Cast as a drag queen in Nora Ephron's "Mixed Nuts"; again co-starring Parker Posey
1994:
TV-movie debut "A Silent Betrayal" (CBS)
1995:
Acted in the CBS TV miniseries "Buffalo Girls"
1995:
Co-starred in the indie film "Denise Calls Up"
1996:
Played Anne Heche's ex-beau in "Walking and Talking"
1996:
Portrayed one of the kidnappers in Ron Howard's "Ransom"
1996:
Appeared in third film with Posey, "The Daytrippers"; played her garrulous writer-boyfriend
1996:
Originated role of accused killer Cotton Weary in Wes Craven's "Scream"
1997:
Portrayed an astrophysicist in Barry Levinson's "Sphere"
1997:
Reprised role as Cotton Weary in Craven's "Scream 2"
1998:
Offered amusing turn as the wigged-out deputy in "Phantoms," adapted by Dean Koontz from his novel
1998:
Appeared as Reese Witherspoon's boyfriend in Robert Benton's "Twilight"
1998:
Cast as the villain Iachimo and the god Jupiter in Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" performed in NYC's Central Park
1999:
Played a man whose wife engages in an affair in the 1960s-set "A Walk on the Moon"
1999:
Portrayed Orson Welles in the HBO movie "RKO 281," about the making of "Citizen Kane"; gained 25 pounds for the role and earned an Emmy nomination
1999:
Co-starred in "Spring Forward," Tom Gilroy's directorial debut; served as associate producer; made directorial debut filming a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film
2000:
Reprised Cotton Weary for "Scream 3"
2000:
Returned to Broadway, co-starring with Juliette Binoche in a revival of "Betrayal"
2000:
Landed featured role in "Pay It Forward," starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt
2001:
Co-starred opposite Jeanne Tripplehorn in "Dial 9 for Love"
2001:
Played Iago to Keith David's Othello in a New York Shakespeare Festival production off-Broadway
2002:
Starred opposite Ben Affleck in "The Sum of All Fears," based on the Tom Clancy novels about CIA analyst Jack Ryan
2003:
Starred in the TV movie "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" (CBS)
2004:
Starred as a U.S. soldier kidnapped by the enemy and brainwashed during the the Gulf War in "The Manchurian Candidate," directed by Jonathan Demme
2005:
Offered a Tony award winning performance in "Glengarry Glen Ross," Joe Mantello's high-octane revival of David Mamet's play
2005:
Starred in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson autobiographical one man show
2005:
Made screenwriting and directing debut with "Everything Is Illuminated" about a young Jewish American man's journey to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II
2006:
Co-starred with Julia Stiles in the remake of "The Omen" taking over the role originally played by Gregory Peck
2006:
Co-starred in John Curran's adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel "The Painted Veil"
2007:
Joined the cast of "CSI" (CBS) with a recurring four-episode arc playing a seasoned CSI veteran
2007:
Cast in the Broadway production of Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
2008:
Co-starred in Edward Zwick's World War II drama "Defiance"
2009:
Cast as Sabretooth opposite Hugh Jackman in the Marvel Comics film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
2009:
Played a transvestite in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"
2010:
Co-starred with Scarlett Johansson in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Leading Actor in a Play
2010:
Co-starred in the futuristic thriller "Repo Men"
2010:
Appeared in the action thriller "Salt," starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy
2012:
Cast alongside Seann William Scott in the sport comedy "Goon"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
Friends Seminary: New York , New York - 1985
Hampshire College: Amherst , Massachusetts - 1988
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1992

Notes

"I remember sitting around with Parker Posey and she said to me, 'Oh you have to do this movie with me.' And I was like, 'Yeah, like every other movie I've done with you, where neither of us gets paid and we're freezing our nuts off eating fake Ritz crackers at the fake crafts service table. I'm not going to make a movie where we don't get paid again.' She was browsing through the script [for 'The Daytrippers'] but then she got a phone call and I just happened to open the script to the monologue about the man with the dog's head. And I was like, 'Oh brother, I'm going to do another movie for free.'" --Schreiber quoted in "Taking Liev" in Village Voice, March 18, 1997.

"I think everybody thinks they are a little weird, but some people are allowed to explore it in their work. Other people have to repress it more because of what they do, but I think everybody has that place where they think, God, I am such a geek. There's a subconscious self that feels completely isolated and completely megalomaniacal and doesn't relate to the world at all, but is constantly trying on an everyday level to be social. I think if you can appeal to that part of a person, it's the greatest thing in the world." --Liev Schreiber to Time Out New York, July 30-August 6, 1998.

"It's not the money and not the successes--although I do want all those things. At the end of the day, the measure of a person is how much they are able to give of themselves. That's how you really make your mark in the world." --Schreiber to Detour, June/July 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Tell Schreiber. Actor, director. Divorced from Schreiber's mother.
mother:
Heather Milgram. Painter, cab driver. Divorced from Schreiber's father.

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