Liev Schreiber was born on October 4, 1967 in San Fransisco, CA. He graduated with a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1992 and also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He originally wanted to be a screenwriter but was decided to go into acting instead. Schreiber had several supporting roles in various independent films until his big break, as the accused murderer Cotton Weary in the "Scream" trilogy of horror films.
After "Scream," Schreiber was cast as the young Orson Welles in the HBO original movie "RKO 281," for which he was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. He then played supporting roles in several studio films, including Ron Howard's 1996 remake of "Ransom" with Mel Gibson, "The Hurricane" with Denzel Washington, and as Tom Clancy's fictional C.I.A. super spy and assassin John Clark, in "The Sum of All Fears" with Ben Affleck.
In 2013, Schreiber was cast in the lead role of "Ray Donovan" a series on Showtime where he plays a "fixer": in criminal slang, a person who arranges for bribes or payoffs of corrupt police or government officials, or other criminals, to enable a criminal to avoid punishment. A third season premiered on July 12, 2015 and Showtime has renewed the show for a fourth season.
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