Schreiber, Liev: Career

Liev Schreiber plays Charlie Townsend in “The Painted Veil,” based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel.

Widely considered one of the finest actors of his generation, in 2005, Liev Schreiber won the Tony Award for his portrayal of Ricky Roma in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's “Glengarry Glen Ross”.

Currently Schreiber is in production on Mike Newell's Love in the Time of Cholera. He plays the role of Lotario Thurgot, alongside Benjamin Bratt and Javier Bardem. New Line's Love in the Time of Cholera is set for release in mid 2007.
In January 2007, Schreiber will return to Broadway starring in Eric Bogosian's “Talk Radio”. First brought to an off-Broadway stage in 1987, the play was later made into the controversioal film directed by Oliver Stone. This first Broadway staging of “Talk Radio” is scheduled to open at the Longacre in February.

This past summer, Schreiber returned to the stage in the Public Theater's new production of Macbeth opposite Jennifer Ehle and directed by Moises Kaufman. Shakespeare in the Park's Macbeth was staged at the The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He was last seen on the big screen in John Moore's remake of the 1976 classic The Omen. Based on the Dan McDermott screenplay, Schreiber played the title role of Robert Thorn opposite Julia Stiles. The Omen broke box office records as the top Tuesday opening.

In 2005, Schreiber made his directorial debut with Everything is Illuminated, for Warner Independent Pictures. Adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel of the same name, Everything is Illuminated, is a blend of high comedy and great tragedy, that tells the story of a young American Jewish man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather–in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. 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 Independent Pictures. The film, starring Elijah Wood, was recognized by the 2006 National Film Board as one of the top ten films of the year.

Schreiber's distinguished list of acting credits Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, The Sum of All Fears, Kate & Leopold, Michael Almerayda's Hamlet, The Hurricane, opposite Denzel Washington, Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon, Robert Benton's Twilight with Paul Newman, Barry Levinson's sci-fi epic Sphere, the box office hits Scream, Scream II, Scream III, and Ransom.

Schreiber is also known for his work in such acclaimed independent features as Stanley Tucci's Big Night, Party Girl, The Daytrippers with Hope Davis, Nicole Holofcener's Walking and Talking, with Catherine Keener, Nora Ephron's Mixed Nuts, Antonia Bird's Mad Love, Hal Salwen's Denise Calls Up, and Tom Gilroy's Spring Forward with Ned Beatty, for which he also served as a producer.

Initially interested in playwriting, Schreiber went on to spend a year studying acting with the faculty from England's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1992, he graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. His impressive stage credits include his critically acclaimed turn as Henry V in last summer's Shakespeare in the Park production at the Delacorte Theatre, “The Mercy Seat,” opposite Sigourney Weaver and directed by Neil Labute, Harold Pinter's “Betrayal,” co-starring Juliette Binoche and “Moonlight” with Blythe Danner and Jason Robards.

Schreiber's enduring relationship with the Public Theatre's New York Shakespeare Festival has produced several critically acclaimed performances including, the title role in “Hamlet,” Iago in “Othello,” Macbeth,” “The Tempest” and “Cymbeline” for which he won an Obie award. Other productions include, “All for One,” “In the Summer House,” “Escape From Happiness,” “The Real Thing,” “Richard III,” “Underground,” and the Moscow Art Theatre's production of “Ivanov.”

For television, Schreiber starred as Orson Wells in “RKO 281” (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations) , “Lackawana Blues,” “Spinning Borris,” “Buffalo Girls,” “People V,” and “The Sunshine Boys,” with Woody Allen and Peter Falk. As a voiceover artist Schreiber has narrated numerous documentaries including the popular HBO Sports series as well as PBS series “The History of Rock and Roll.”

Schreiber currently resides in New York