Liev Schreiber

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Liev Schreiber
Schreiber in 2018
Isaac Liev Schreiber

(1967-10-04) October 4, 1967 (age 56)
EducationHampshire College (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active1992–present
Taylor Neisen
(m. 2023)
PartnersNaomi Watts (2005–2016)
RelativesPablo Schreiber (half–brother)

Isaac Liev Schreiber (/ˈlɛv ˈʃrbər/ LEE-ev SHRY-bər; born October 4, 1967) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s after appearing in several independent films, and later mainstream Hollywood films. He has received numerous accolades including a Tony Award as well as nominations for nine Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.

Schreiber's early film roles include Party Girl (1995), The Daytrippers (1996), and Big Night (1996). He gained notoriety acting in the first three Scream horror films (1996–2000), Ransom (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Hamlet (2000), Kate & Leopold (2001), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Painted Veil (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), and Spotlight (2015). He acted in the Wes Anderson films Isle of Dogs (2018), The French Dispatch (2021), and Asteroid City (2023). He made his directorial film debut with Everything Is Illuminated (2005).

He made his Broadway debut in In the Summer House (1992). He earned the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for playing Richard Roma in the David Mamet play Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). He was Tony-nominated for his roles in the Eric Bogosian play Talk Radio (2007), the Arthur Miller revival A View from the Bridge (2010) and the John Patrick Shanley revival Doubt (2024). He also acted in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2016).

For his roles in television, he most notably portrayed the title role in the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan (2013–2020). He reprised the role in the television film Ray Donovan: The Movie (2022). The role has earned him nominations for three Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He also portrayed Orson Welles in the HBO film RKO 281 (1999), and Otto Frank in the Nat Geo miniseries A Small Light (2023).

Early life and education[edit]

Isaac Liev Schreiber was born on October 4, 1967 in San Francisco, California,[1] the son of Heather Milgram,[2] a painter, and Tell Schreiber, an actor and carpenter.[3][4] His father is Protestant and his mother is Jewish.[5][6][7] His maternal grandfather, Alex Milgram, emigrated from Ukraine. Milgram, who was the most significant male in Schreiber's youth, played the cello and owned Pierre-Auguste Renoir etchings, and made his living by delivering meat to restaurants.[8][9][10][11] His mother, who is an aficionada of classical music and Russian literature, has said that she named Liev after her favorite Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, while his father has stated that Schreiber was named after the doctor who saved his mother's life. His family nickname, adopted when Schreiber was a baby, is "Huggy".[12][8]

When Schreiber was one year old, his family moved to the unincorporated rural community of Winlaw, in the southern interior of British Columbia.[13] Over the next four years, his mother was hospitalized on several occasions and underwent therapy related to a bad experience on LSD that she had near the beginning of her marriage (in San Francisco), according to Schreiber's father.[8] After Schreiber's father threatened to have Schreiber's mother admitted to a mental institution, Schreiber was kidnapped by his mother, eventually leading to his mother gaining full custody of him.[14] They squatted on the Lower East Side in New York City.[15]

Schreiber has described his mother as a "far-out Socialist Labor Party hippie bohemian freak who hung out with William Burroughs".[8][16][17] She was "a highly cultured eccentric" who earned a living by splitting her time between driving a cab and creating papier-mâché puppets." In 1983, his mother bought him a motorcycle on his 16th birthday to "promote fearlessness."[8] The critic John Lahr wrote in a 1999 New Yorker profile that, "To a large extent, Schreiber's professional shape-shifting and his uncanny instinct for isolating the frightened, frail, goofy parts of his characters are a result of being forced to adapt to his mother's eccentricities. It's both his grief and his gift."[8]

Her bohemian proclivities led to actions such as making Schreiber take the Hindu name Shiva Das, wear yoga shirts, consume a vegetarian diet, and briefly attend Satchidananda Ashram in Pomfret, Connecticut, when he was 12.[18] Schreiber's mother also forbade her son from seeing color movies. As a result, his favorite actors were Charlie Chaplin, Andrew Cartwright, and Basil Rathbone. In retrospect, Schreiber said in a 2008 interview that he appreciates his mother's influences, saying: "Since I've had Sasha, I've completely identified with everything my mother went through raising me ... and I think her choices were inspired."[19]

Subsequently, Schreiber attended Friends Seminary, a Quaker school.[20] In high school, Liev played the bass clarinet.[21][22]

Schreiber went on to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he began his acting training at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, via the Five Colleges consortium. In March 1989, he played Antonio in The Merchant of Venice alongside Jeffrey Donovan. He later attended the Yale School of Drama, where he studied with Earle R. Gister and starred in Charles Evered's The Size of the World, directed by Walton Jones. He received a master's degree in drama from Yale in 1992.[23] He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He originally wanted to be a screenwriter, eventually settling on acting.[citation needed]


1992–2004: Early work and breakthrough[edit]

Schreiber portrayed Orson Welles in RKO 281 (1999)

In 1992 Schreiber acted in the comedic play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald at the Classic Stage Company. The following year he made his Broadway debut as Eliot in the Jane Bowles play In the Summer House (1994) acting opposite Frances Conroy.[24] That same year he made his feature film debut as Chris, a depressed trans woman in the Nora Ephron directed dark comedy film Mixed Nuts (1994) starring Steve Martin. In 1995 he had supporting roles in the independent films Made Love and Party Girl. His first leading film roles in the Greg Mottola comedy-drama The Daytrippers and Nicole Holofcener's Walking and Talking were both released in 1996. Following Schreiber's string of supporting roles in various independent films, his big break came when he played the accused murderer Cotton Weary in the Scream trilogy of horror films. Though the success of the Scream trilogy led Schreiber to roles in several big-budget studio pictures, Entertainment Weekly wrote in 2007 that "Schreiber is [still] best known for such indie gems as Walking and Talking, The Daytrippers, and Big Night."[25]

After Scream, Schreiber was cast as Orson Welles in the HBO original movie RKO 281 (1999). Laura Fries of Variety wrote of his performance, "Schreiber, as Welles, manages to capture the essence of a man of many passions, and creates a nice balance of hubris and self-loathing to give the part real depth".[26] He earned nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. He then played supporting roles in several studio films, including Ron Howard's 1996 remake of Ransom, the 1999 film The Hurricane, A Walk on the Moon (1999), the 2000 movie version of Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke, and as a spy in The Sum of All Fears (2002) acting opposite Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. He played the time-traveling ex-boyfriend of Meg Ryan in the romantic comedy-fantasy film Kate & Leopold (2001), also starring Hugh Jackman.[27] The 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate, with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, was another major film for Schreiber, stirring some controversy as it opened during a heated presidential election cycle.

Schreiber has narrated a number of documentaries, many of them aired as part of PBS series such as American Experience, Nova, and Secrets of the Dead[28] from 2001 to 2011. He is the voice behind the television commercials for Infiniti.[citation needed] In 1995, he provided narration for the BBC/WGBH documentary co-production Rock & Roll.[29] In 1994, he narrated Two Billion Hearts, the official film of 1994 FIFA World Cup.[30] Along with his screen work, Schreiber is a well-respected classical actor; in a 1998 review of the Shakespeare play Cymbeline, The New York Times called his performance "revelatory" and ended the article with the plea, "More Shakespeare, Mr. Schreiber."[31] A year later, Schreiber played the title role in Hamlet in a December 1999 revival at The Public Theater, to similar raves. In 2000, he went on to play Laertes in the film Hamlet, a modern adaptation of the play.[32] His performance in the title role of Henry V in a 2003 Central Park production of that play caused The New Yorker magazine critic John Lahr to expound upon his aptitude for playing Shakespeare characters. "He has a swiftness of mind," Lahr wrote, "which convinces the audience that language is being coined in the moment. His speech, unlike that of the merely adequate supporting cast, feels lived rather than learned."[33]

Schreiber told The New Yorker in 1999, "I don't know that I want to be an actor for the rest of my life." For a time in the late 1990s, he hoped to produce and direct an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice starring Dustin Hoffman.[8] During that time, Schreiber started writing a screenplay about his relationship with his Ukrainian grandfather, a project he abandoned when, according to The New York Times, "he read Jonathan Safran Foer's hit novel, Everything Is Illuminated, and decided Mr. Foer had done it better."[34] Schreiber's film adaptation of the short story from which the novel originated, which he both wrote and directed, was released in 2005. The film, which starred Elijah Wood, received lukewarm-to-positive reviews,[35] with Roger Ebert calling it "a film that grows in reflection."[citation needed] In 2002, he starred in Neil LaBute's play The Mercy Seat along with Sigourney Weaver off-Broadway that was critically and commercially very successful.

2005–2012: Broadway and film roles[edit]

Schreiber (in white) and other actors celebrating the world premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in Tempe, Arizona, April 2009

In the spring of 2005, Schreiber played the role of Richard Roma in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. David Rooney of Variety praised his ability to make the role his own writing, "Perhaps even more impressive is Schreiber, who boldly erases any residue of either Al Pacino in the movie or Joe Mantegna in the original Broadway cast as supremely confident Roma."[36] Schreiber went on to win the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In 2006, Schreiber was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[37] In the fall of that year, he directed and starred in the "2006 Join the Fight" AIDS campaign for Cable Positive and Kismet Films (others involved with the campaign included actress Naomi Watts, fashion designer Calvin Klein, and playwright Tony Kushner).[citation needed] Schreiber played Charlie Townsend in the 2006 film The Painted Veil, starring opposite Watts and Edward Norton. The film was adapted from the W. Somerset Maugham 1925 novel of the same name. In the same year, Schreiber also played Robert Thorn with Julia Stiles in the 2006 film The Omen, a remake of the 1976 horror classic. On television, the actor appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006–07 season), portraying Michael Keppler, a seasoned CSI with a strong reputation in various police departments across the nation, before temporarily replacing Gil Grissom (played by William Petersen) on the veteran Las Vegas team.[38] Schreiber joined the cast on January 18, 2007, and shot a four-episode arc.[39] He played a social worker in the HBO film Lackawanna Blues based on the play of the same name by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. He acted opposite S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, Louis Gossett Jr., Carmen Ejogo, and Michael K. Williams.[40]

From June to July 2006, he played the title role in Macbeth opposite Jennifer Ehle at the Delacorte Theater. Variety critic David Rooney praised his performance writing, "The complexities behind Macbeth’s surrender to evil and to overpowering destiny are compellingly embodied in Schreiber’s contained performance".[41] He appeared in the Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, portraying shock jock Barry Champlain. The show began previews at the Longacre Theatre on February 15, 2007, in preparation for its March opening. On May 11, 2007, he won the Drama League Award for distinguished performance in Talk Radio, and has received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for the role. The New York Times' Ben Brantley called his performance "the most lacerating portrait of a human meltdown this side of a Francis Bacon painting."[19] Schreiber played the womanizing Lotario Thurgot in Mike Newell's 2007 screen adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera,. In a January 2007 interview, Schreiber mentioned that he was working on a screenplay.[25] Late in 2008, Schreiber portrayed Jewish resistance fighter Zus Bielski in the film Defiance, alongside Daniel Craig. In 2009, Schreiber played the mutant supervillain Victor Creed in the Marvel Comics film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.[42]

Schreiber at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con

In 2009 Schreiber took the role of the head of the CIA in the action thriller film Salt starring Angelina Jolie which was a commercial box office hit. That same year he acted the musical comedy-drama Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee based on the memoir, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert and a Life. It premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews. He is also the voice of HBO's Sports of the 20th Century documentaries. He is the narrator of HBO Boxing's Countdown and 24/7 documentary series.[43] He narrated Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals[44] and Broad Street Bullies in 2010 [45] as well as Runnin' Rebels of UNLV in 2011, on HBO,[46] and provided the narration for the "Making of Pumping Iron" documentary included in a special anniversary edition of the movie Pumping Iron.[47] He also narrated the History Channel specials Ape to Man, The Lost Kennedy Home Movies,[48] and America: The Story of Us.[49] Schreiber reprised his role as narrator for HBO's 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic NHL documentary, which followed the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals as they prepared to face each other in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 1, 2011. Schreiber has been the narrator in HBO's Hard Knocks for every season, except for the 2007 season when Paul Rudd filled that role,[50] with the Kansas City Chiefs.[51]

In March 2010, he expressed interest in returning for Scream 4,[52] portraying Cotton Weary a fourth time (the film was subsequently made without his involvement).[53] In 2010, he returned to Broadway playing Eddie Carbone, the tragic protagonist in the revival of the Arthur Miller play A View from the Bridge acting opposite Scarlett Johansson. Ben Brantley of The New York Times praised him writing, "Mr. Schreiber registers changes in emotional temperature with organic physical precision".[54] He received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play losing to Denzel Washington for the August Wilson revival Fences.[55] He also narrated the 2011 documentary Hitler's G.I. Death Camp on the National Geographic Channel.[56] Released in 2012, Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald was narrated by Schreiber,[57] as was the 2013 documentary Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve.[58] He provided the voiceover for the 2018 Kia Stinger GT commercial.[59] Once again, Schreiber was the narrator for the HBO series, 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic. That year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers battled in the Classic, at Citizens Bank Park in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Once more, Schreiber narrated for the HBO series in 2014 for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, which showcased the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[60]

2013–2020: Ray Donovan[edit]

Wes Anderson, Koyu Rankin, Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, and panel moderator Anatol Weber at the press conference of Isle of Dogs at Berlinale 2018.

Starting in 2013 Schreiber starred in the title role in the crime drama series Ray Donovan on Showtime. He also acted as a writer, director and producer on the series. He earned three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. Tim Goodwin of The Hollywood Reporter praised the series in 2013 writing that " magnetic in every scene, as a Hollywood “fixer", and complimented the chemistry between Schreiber and Jon Voight.[61] The series ran for seven seasons, ending in 2020. Schreiber narrated Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, a three-hour documentary that premiered on PBS in October 2013.[62] In 2013 he portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in the historical drama The Butler and appeared in the John Turturro directed comedy Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen and Sofia Vergara. The following year he played Russian chess grandmaster Boris Spassky in the Bobby Fisher drama Pawn Sacrifice (2014). Schreiber played The Washington Post journalist Martin Baron in the drama film Spotlight (2015). He won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci.[63]

Schreiber at the March 2018 premiere of Isle of Dogs

In 2016 he starred as the professional boxer Chuck Wepner in the film Chuck which he also wrote and produced. The film premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival to positive reviews. Schreiber returned to Broadway playing the Machiavellian seducer Vicomte de Valmont acting alongside Janet McTeer in the 2016 revival Les Liaisons Dangereuses.[64] The play ran from October 2016 to January 2017. Marilyn Stasio of Variety gave the production a mixed review, and wrote of his performance, "[He] is a strong actor and a studly kind of male, and despite a constricting costume and skull-pinching wig, he exudes a modern manliness that hardly suits the effete Valmont."[65] That same year Schreiber returned to play Ross "The Boss" Rhea in the sports comedy Goon: Last of the Enforcers, a sequel to the 2011 film Goon of which he also acted in. In 2016 he played Victor Lustig in the Comedy Central sketch series Drunk History. During the story development for Logan, Liev had been approached about the potential of Victor Creed to return to the X-Men film universe. Following the film's release, Hugh Jackman revealed that early versions of the script included the character but that element was eventually removed from the final screenplay.[66] In 2017, Liev was cast to voice the Storm King, the main antagonist in the 2017 film My Little Pony: The Movie, based on the show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. On his acceptance of the part, Liev said that, because of his kids' exposure to his adult-oriented movie work, he wanted something more child-friendly for them to watch.[67]

In 2018, he was part of the ensemble cast of the animated film Isle of Dogs directed by Wes Anderson, which premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, and voiced the supervillain Kingpin in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In the year 2019, Schreiber had a supporting role in A Rainy Day in New York, which was written and directed by Woody Allen.[68] The same year, he starred in the lead role for Human Capital, where he also served as a producer.[69]

2021–present: Return to Broadway[edit]

In 2020, Showtime ended Ray Donovan after its seventh season. As a conclusion to the series, a Ray Donovan film was released in January 2022. Schreiber co-wrote the script along with the director David Hollander.[70] In a second collaboration with filmmaker Wes Anderson, he appeared in The French Dispatch in the role of an unnamed talk show host. The film was originally set to be released in 2020, but it was delayed numerous times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film ultimately premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on July 12 and was released theatrically in the U.S. on October 22, 2021. Schreiber worked on a film adaptation of Across the River and Into the Trees. In the film, he played the leading role of Colonel Richard Cantwell, originally set to be played by Pierce Brosnan.

In 2021 he acted in the Adam McKay directed satirical film Don't Look Up. The following year he reunited with Wes Anderson for Asteroid City (2023). That same year he played Henry Kissinger in the biographical drama Golda starring Helen Mirren as Golda Meir. Also in 2023 he played Otto Frank in the National Geographic historical miniseries A Small Light. In 2024, Schreiber returned to Broadway in the revival of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Scott Ellis.[71] Initially, Schreiber was set to play Father Flynn opposite Tyne Daly as Sister Aloysius Beauvier; Daly suffered an illness forcing her to leave the production and Amy Ryan was announced as her replacement.[72]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage and relationships[edit]

Naomi Watts and Schreiber in 2012

Schreiber was in a relationship with Australian actress Naomi Watts (with whom he appeared in The Painted Veil).[73] They have two children.[74][75][76] On September 26, 2016, Schreiber and Watts separated after 11 years together.[77]

Schreiber has been in a relationship with Taylor Neisen since 2017. They married in July 2023 and their daughter was born in August 2023.[78][79]

Schreiber has lived in a loft apartment in Noho, in Lower Manhattan in New York City, that was shown in Architectural Digest.[80]


Schreiber (right) meeting with the President of Ukraine – Volodymyr Zelenskyy (middle) and Andriy Shevchenko in August 2022

On July 6, 2022, Liev Schreiber became the ambassador of United24, a fundraising platform for Ukraine in the field of medical care.[81]

In an address published on the President's website, Zelenskyy said that BlueCheck Ukraine, founded by the actor, had funded programs for psychological support and evacuation of more than 20,000 orphans from boarding schools and orphanages in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Chernihiv, and Odesa regions. He also partnered with an organization called "Kidsafe" which had rescued over 10,000 women and children from war worn areas of Ukraine.[82]

On August 16, 2022, Schreiber and another ambassador, famous Ukrainian footballer Andriy Shevchenko, visited Kyiv and held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Schreiber and Shevchenko also visited Bucha and Borodianka, which were heavily damaged by Russian bombardment.[83]

Schreiber, among with more than 700 other actors and entertainment-industry figures, signed an open letter supporting the Israel Defense Forces in the Israel–Hamas war in Gaza, published by the pro-Israel organization Creative Community for Peace .[84][85]

Acting credits[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Mixed Nuts Chris
1995 Denise Calls Up Jerry Heckerman
Mad Love Salesman
Party Girl Nigel
1996 The Daytrippers Carl Petrovic
Walking and Talking Andrew
Big Night Leo
Scream Cotton Weary
Ransom Clark Barnes
1997 His and Hers Glenn
Scream 2 Cotton Weary
1998 Phantoms Deputy Stuart "Stu" Wargle
Sphere Ted Fielding
Twilight Jeff Willis
Desert Blue Mickey Moonday Voice
1999 A Walk on the Moon Marty Kantrowitz
Jakob the Liar Mischa
The Hurricane Sam Chaiton
2000 Spring Forward Paul
Hamlet Laertes
Scream 3 Cotton Weary
2001 Kate & Leopold Stuart Besser
2002 The Sum of All Fears John Clark
2003 Spinning Boris Joe Shumate
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Raymond Shaw
2005 Everything Is Illuminated Writer and director only
2006 The Omen Robert Thorn
The Painted Veil Charles Townsend
2007 Chicago 10 William Kunstler Voice
The Ten Ray Johnson
Love in the Time of Cholera Lotario Thurgot
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Narrator
2008 Defiance Zus Bielski
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Victor Creed / Sabretooth
Taking Woodstock Vilma
Every Day Ned Freed
2010 Repo Men Frank
Salt Theodore "Ted" Winters
2011 Goon Ross "The Boss" Rhea
2012 Mental Trevor Blundell
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Bobby Lincoln
2013 Movie 43 Robert Segment: "Homeschooled"
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust Narrator Documentary
The Last Days on Mars Vincent Campbell
The Butler Lyndon B. Johnson
A Perfect Man James
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve Narrator
Fading Gigolo Dovi
2014 Pawn Sacrifice Boris Spassky
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
Spotlight Martin Baron
Creed HBO 24/7 Narrator
2016 The 5th Wave Colonel Vosch
Chuck Chuck Wepner Also writer and producer
2017 Goon: Last of the Enforcers Ross "The Boss" Rhea
My Little Pony: The Movie The Storm King Voice
2018 Isle of Dogs Spots Voice
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Wilson Fisk / Kingpin Voice
2019 A Rainy Day in New York Roland Pollard
Human Capital Drew Hagel Also producer
2021 The French Dispatch Talk Show Host
Don't Look Up Bash Narrator
2022 Across the River and into the Trees Richard Cantwell
2023 Golda Henry Kissinger
Asteroid City J.J. Kellogg


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Buffalo Girls Ogden Television film
1996 The Sunshine Boys Ricky Gregg Television film
1998 Since You've Been Gone Fred Linderhoff Television film
1999 RKO 281 Orson Welles Television film
2002 Ulysses S. Grant Narrator Television documentary film
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Ernst Hanfstaengl Miniseries
2006 Lackawanna Blues Ulysses Ford Television film
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Michael Keppler 4 episodes
2008 Independent Lens William Kunstler Episode: "Chicago 10"
2009 Nature Narrator Episode: "Raptor Force"
2011 Sesame Street Himself 2 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Iron Man / King Triton Voice; episode: "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War"
2013 Clear History Tibor Television film; uncredited
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle Narrator Documentary series
2013–2020 Ray Donovan Ray Donovan Lead role; also writer, producer, and director
2015 BoJack Horseman Copernicus Voice; episode: "Out to Sea"
2016 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton"
Drunk History Victor Lustig Episode: "Landmarks"
2017 America in Color Narrator 5 episodes
2018 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Liev Schreiber/Lil Wayne"
Civilisations Himself (narrator) Voice; 9 episodes
2019 The Simpsons Dateline: Springfield narrator Voice; episode: "Woo-Hoo Dunnit?"
2020 Speaking Truth to Power Narrator Orpheus presentation of Beethoven's Egmont, Op. 84[86]
2022 Ray Donovan: The Movie Ray Donovan Television film; also writer and executive producer
2023 A Small Light Otto Frank Miniseries
Command Z Kohlberg Pryce Web series
Rick and Morty Fear Hole Promoter Voice, episode: "Fear No Mort"
TBA The Perfect Couple Tag Winbury Upcoming miniseries
Denotes series that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1992 Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Lionel Classic Stage Company
1993 In the Summer House Eliot Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway [87]
1995 The Tempest Sebastian Shakespeare in the Park
Moonlight Jake Laura Pels Theatre
1998 Macbeth Banquo/Seyton The Public Theater
Cymbeline Iachimo/Jupiter Shakespeare in the Park
1999 Hamlet Prince Hamlet The Public Theater
2000 Betrayal Jerry American Airlines Theatre, Broadway [88]
2001 Othello Iago The Public Theater
2002 The Mercy Seat Ben MCC Theater
2003 Henry V Henry V of England Shakespeare in the Park
2005 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, Broadway [89]
2006 Macbeth Macbeth Shakespeare in the Park
2007 Talk Radio Barry Champlain Longacre Theatre, Broadway [90]
2010 A View from the Bridge Eddie Cort Theatre, Broadway [91]
2016 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Le Vicomte de Valmont Booth Theatre, Broadway [92]
2024 Doubt Father Flynn Todd Haimes Theatre, Broadway [93]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film RKO 281 Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2001 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Betrayal Nominated
2005 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play Glengarry Glen Ross Won
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor The Manchurian Candidate Nominated
2007 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Play Talk Radio Nominated
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
2010 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Play A View from the Bridge Nominated
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Won
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Butler Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Spotlight Won
Gotham Independent Film Awards Ensemble Performance Won
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Award Won
Satellite Awards Best Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2016 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 Nominated
Outstanding Narrator Muhammad Ali: Only One Nominated
UConn: The March To Madness Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Narrator 24/7 Nominated
2019 The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti Nominated
2022 Outstanding Television Movie Ray Donovan: The Movie Nominated
2024 Astra TV Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series A Small Light Won [94]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated [95]
2024 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Play Doubt Pending [96]


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