Liev Schreiber is best known for his dark, brooding roles–such as his roles in films like Scream 3, Defiance, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the 2010 film Salt. Schreiber has a long and illustrious career under his belt, which has spanned both film and television and over 60 different roles; in addition to his work in front of the screen, Schreiber has occasionally worked behind the scenes as a producer, writer, director and voice over narrator. How well do you know Liev Schreiber? Let’s take a look at 5 surprising facts about this well-known actor.
He has an extensive education in the field of theater and acting
Liev Schreiber took his acting career seriously and obtained an extensive education in the art of acting, theater and performance art. He attended the famous London Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Hampshire College in order to work on his craft; he eventually decided to attend the Yale School of Drama, which he earned a Master’s Degree from in 1992.
He appeared in the first three Scream films
The original Scream trilogy (excluding the fourth Scream) was unique in the horror genre because it retained its primary cast throughout each film. The core cast included David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Jamie Kennedy–and Liev Schreiber, who played Cotton Weary.
He’s an accomplished theater actor
While Schreiber may be best known in popular culture for his film roles, he is also an accomplished theater actor. He has earned one Tony Award for his theater career so far: the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, when he appeared as Richard Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross. He was also nominated for two more theater roles: Talk Radio and A View from the Bridge, which both earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Play.
He was considered for a role in The Dark Knight
Schreiber was one of several actors who were being seriously considered for the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight. Schreiber was actually considered a “fan favorite” for the role, but ultimately the part went to Aaron Eckhart.
He has two children with Naomi Watts
Schreiber has two children with his wife, Naomi Watts. In 2007, they had a son named Alexander Pete, who the couple reportedly calls Sasha. In 2008, they had a son named Samuel Kai.