We know Liev Schreiber for the dark, brooding characters he has portrayed on screen, but in real life the man is a charismatic actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He’s also a very doting father. The actor, who was nominated for the Lead Actor in the Drama category at the Emmy Awards last night, brought his nine-year-old son along for support.
Fans of Ray Donovan or Sabertooth from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, are definitely curious about this 48-year-old actor, and want to know more about his net worth, his wife, children, his career and his early life. That’s why we have collected all the information you need to know about Liev Schreiber.
Schreiber’s value is higher than his staggering 6 feet 3 inches in height. In 2016, the actor’s net worth from his acting, screenwriting and producing roles was estimated to be around $16 million.
Here’s everything you need to know about this stellar actor.
Schreiber, nicknamed “Huggy” by his parents (Heather and Tell Carroll) is of German, Swiss German, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Irish, Norwegian, Belgian (Flemish), Scottish, and Welsh from his father’s side, and Jewish from his mother’s side. When he was a year old, their family moved to Canada where his half-brother, Pablo Schreiber was born.
You may remember Pablo for his role as George “Pornstache” Mendez on Orange is the New Black. His parents had a strained relationship, and after a bad experience his mother had when she took LSD, she was never the same.
Throughout the next four years, she was in and out of hospitals, and after his father threatened to admit her into a mental institution, Heather left Tell and took Schreiber, and were being hunted by private detectives. Tell even kidnapped his son at one point.
While a custody battle ensued between his parents, Schreiber was introduced to the cello, and classical music by his grandfather. His eccentric, Bohemian mother worked odd-jobs and made puppets to support him and his brothers, after she won custody. He put up with her oddities but also credits her to shaping him into the successful man he is today.
Now, a father of two, Schreiber is involved with British actress, Naomi Watts. The couple met when they co-starred in the 2006 film, The Painted Veil. They have two children, nine-year-old Alexander Pete, who they call Sasha (Russian variation of Alexander) and seven-year-old Samuel Kai.
The couple has never confirmed whether they are married or not, though Naomi reportedly has a ring from Schreiber, but are a happy couple nonetheless. The couple recently starred in the biographical sports film, The Bleeder. Scheiber played the principal character, heavyweight boxer, Chuck Wepner and Naomi portrayed the man’s wife.
Benvenuti a Venezia !!!#TheBleeder @venicefilmfestival #chuckwepner @naomiwatts pic.twitter.com/irKeZ22yFm
— Liev Schreiber (@LievSchreiber) September 1, 2016
Schreiber attended Friends Seminary (the oldest continuous Co-ed school in New York City) with funny woman, Amanda Peet before beginning his acting training in University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also graduated from Yale School of Drama and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Schreiber’s big break was as Cotton Weary in the Scream trilogy. He earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his role as Orson Welles in the HBO original movie RKO 281. He’s also an accomplished theater actor and won a Tony award for his performance in Glengarry Glen Ross. He’s also a critically acclaimed Shakespearean actor. He’s acted in the Bard’s most famous plays, including Cymbeline, Hamlet, Henry V and Macbeth. His most famous movie role was playing the iconic comic-book mutant villain, Sabertooth in X-Men Origins- Wolverine. Besides the X-Men franchise, he’s also known for his roles in Salt starring Angelina Jolie, and the award-winning historical drama, The Butler. Schreiber originally desired a career as a screenwriter but steered toward an acting career instead. Nevertheless, he was able to make his directorial and screenwriting debut with the 2005 biographical film, Everything is Illuminated. The film didn’t perform well commercially but Schreiber was lauded for his directorial prowess. Schreiber has also done numerous voice-overs for documentaries, most notably for HBO and National Geographic Channel. Currently, he plays the main character in the hit crime drama, Ray Donovan.
Not everyone completes the road to redemption. #RayDonovan #RayFinale pic.twitter.com/2rpym13zHv
— Ray Donovan (@SHO_RayDonovan) September 19, 2016