Pablo Schreiber

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Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Schreiber in 2018.jpg
Schreiber in 2018
Pablo Tell Schreiber

(1978-04-26) April 26, 1978 (age 43)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Years active2001–present
Jessica Monty
(m. 2007; div. 2014)
RelativesLiev Schreiber (half-brother)

Pablo Tell Schreiber (born April 26, 1978) is a Canadian-American actor, known for his dramatic stage work and for his portrayal of Nick Sobotka on The Wire, William Lewis on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Mad Sweeney on the TV adaptation of American Gods, and for his role of George "Pornstache" Mendez on Orange Is the New Black, for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Awake and Sing! on Broadway. He also narrated the audiobook version of Brett Easton EllisAmerican Psycho, and is one of the leads in Den of Thieves. In April 2019, he was cast as the Master Chief in the upcoming Halo live-action series.[1]

Early life[edit]

Schreiber was born in a hippie commune in Ymir, British Columbia, before moving to the unincorporated rural community of Winlaw, British Columbia, when he was six months old.[2] His American father, Tell Carroll Schreiber, was an actor; Schreiber's half-brother Liev Schreiber is also an actor and is the son of their father's first wife, who had divorced Tell Carroll five years before Pablo was born. Pablo's mother, Lorraine Reaveley, is a Canadian body-based[a] psychotherapist.[3]

Schreiber's father, having a strong interest in literature, named Pablo after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.[4] His parents separated when he was 12 and Schreiber moved to Seattle, Washington, with his father.[4]

After high school, Schreiber enrolled at the University of San Francisco, where he hoped to win a spot on its basketball team.[5] He later transferred to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in theatre.


Schreiber appeared as Nick Sobotka on season 2 of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire. He also appeared in the films The Manchurian Candidate, Lords of Dogtown and Happythankyoumoreplease. He also had a recurring guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as serial rapist William Lewis, protagonist Olivia Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) nemesis. He also appeared in the FX series Lights Out.

In 2011, Schreiber starred in the Off-Broadway play Gruesome Playground Injuries at Second Stage Theatre. He appeared on the seventh season of Weeds as Demetri Ravitch, Nancy Botwin's drug supplier.[6]

BuddyTV ranked him number 77 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[7]

In October 2012, Schreiber landed the recurring role of George "Pornstache" Mendez on the Netflix original drama series Orange Is the New Black.[8] On February 26, 2013, he co-starred as Virgil in NBC's drama pilot Ironside, a reboot of the 1967 series of the same name.[9]

For his role in Orange Is the New Black, Schreiber won the We Love to Hate You Award at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards.[10] and received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2015.

In 2016, he co-starred as Kris "Tanto" Paronto, GRS team member and former U.S. Army Ranger in American biographical war film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The movie was directed and co-produced by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on Mitchell Zuckoff's 2014 book 13 Hours.[11] Pablo Schreiber in an interview with has expressed interest in portraying Wolverine in a future X-Men film, with Hugh Jackman already having left the role. Schreiber played Mad Sweeney in Starz's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

In April 2019, he was cast as Master Chief in the upcoming Halo live-action series.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Schreiber married yoga teacher Jessica Monty in 2007. She filed for divorce in 2014 citing irreconcilable differences. They have two sons together, Timoteo and Dante.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Bubble Boy Todd
2003 The Mudge Boy Brent
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Eddie Ingram
2004 Invitation to a Suicide Kazimierz "Kaz" Malek
2005 Lords of Dogtown Stecyk
2006 Jimmy Blue Jimmy Short film
2008 Quid Pro Quo Brooster
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Ben
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Charlie Torrelson
2008 Favorite Son David Paxton Also co-producer
2009 Breaking Upwards Turner
2009 Tell-Tale Bernard Cochius
2010 Happythankyoumoreplease Charlie
2012 Allegiance Lieutenant Alec Chambers
2014 Preservation Sean Neary
2014 Fort Bliss Staff Sergeant Donovan
2014 After Christian Valentino
2015 The Dramatics Bryan Macy
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Kris "Tanto" Paronto
2017 All Summers End Older Conrad Stevens
2017 Thumper Wyatt Rivers
2017 Big Bear Dude
2018 Den of Thieves Ray Merrimen
2018 Beast of Burden Bloom
2018 Skyscraper Ben Gillespie
2018 First Man Jim Lovell
2019 The Devil Has a Name Ezekiel
2020 Lorelei Wayland
TBA The King's Daughter Dr. Labarthe Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003; 2008 The Wire Nickolas "Nick" Sobotka 13 episodes
2003 A Painted House Hank Spruill Television film
2005; 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ed Lang
TJ Hawkins
Episode: "The Unblinking Eye"
Episode: "Self-Made"
2005 Into the Fire Sandy Manetti Television film
2006; 2008 Law & Order Kevin Boatman
Sean Hauser
Episode: "America, Inc."
Episode: "Rumble"
2007; 2013–2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dan Kozlowski
William Lewis
Episode: "Haystack"
8 episodes
2007 The Black Donnellys Mitchell Carr Episode: "When the Door Opens"
2008 Dirt Jason Konkey 3 episodes
2008 Fear Itself Mattingley Episode: "Eater"
2008 Army Wives Tim 3 episodes
2008 Life on Mars Kim Trent Episode: "The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler"
2009 The Beast Officer Delaney Episode: "Capone"
2009 Numbers Tal Feigenbaum 2 episodes
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ricky Falcone Episode: "A Very Sunny Christmas"
2009 Three Rivers Nick Episode: "The Kindness of Strangers"
2010 Medium Jeremy Kiernan Episode: "An Everlasting Love"
2011 Lights Out Johnny Leary Main cast; 13 episodes
2011 The Good Wife Gregory Mars Episode: "Ham Sandwich"
2011–2012 Weeds Demetri Ravitch 8 episodes
2011–2012 A Gifted Man Anton Little Creek Main cast; 16 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Tommy Clay Episode: "Matsya Nyaya"
2012 Made in Jersey Luke Aaronson Episode: "Pilot"
2013 White Collar JB Bellmiere Episode: "The Original"
2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Covert Becker Television film
2013–2017; 2019 Orange Is the New Black George "Pornstache" Mendez 19 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2013 Ironside Virgil Main cast; 9 episodes
2015 The Brink Lt. Cmdr. Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson Main cast; 10 episodes
2017–2020 American Gods Mad Sweeney Main cast
2020 Defending Jacob Neal Logiudice Main cast; 8 episodes
2022 Halo John-117 / Master Chief Main cast

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Manhunt 2 The Asylum Staff


Year Title Voice role
2009 American Psycho Narrator
2018 The Call of the Wild Narrator
2019 Daisy Jones & The Six Narrator /
Billy Dunne


  1. ^ Body-based therapy seeks to restore a connection between body and mind.


  1. ^ "Pablo Schreiber to Play Master Chief in Showtime's 'Halo' Live-Action Series". The Hollywood Reporter. April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Winlaw-raised actor appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Nelson Star. Nelson, British Columbia: Black Press. June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Cohen, Stefanie (January 16, 2011). "Liev it to brother!". New York Post. New York City: Tronc. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Sessums, Kevin (February 1, 2011). "Pablo Schreiber on His New Off-Broadway Play". The Daily Beast. New York City: The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  5. ^ "BROADWAY STAR PABLO SCHREIBER MAKES HIS NAME". MSN Wonderwall. May 21, 2009. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 26, 2011). "Martin Short, Aidan Quinn, Lindsay Sloane Join 'Weeds'". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angelesw, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 5, 2012). "'Weeds' Alums Join Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, Californiua: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2013). "Patrick Flueger Cast In NBC Pilot 'Hatfields & McCoys', Pablo Schreiber Joins 'Ironside'". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Bayley, Leanne (July 28, 2014). "Young Hollywood Awards 2014: The FULL winners list". Glamour. New York City: Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 3, 2015). "'Orange is the New Black' Actor Pablo Schreiber Joins Michael Bay's '13 Hours' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Pablo Schreiber to Play Master Chef in Showtime's 'Halo' Live-Action Series". The Hollywood Reporter. April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "'Orange Is the New Black' Star -- Forget Separation ... Let's Skip Right to the Divorce". TMZ. February 27, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2018.

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