Hollywood in the Hamptons: Liev Schreiber

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If you spend a significant amount of time in the Hamptons, you’ve probably run into a celeb or two. Maybe you saw Alec Baldwin out with wife Hilaria and their ever-expanding family, Susan Lucci performing at Guild Hall or Joy Behar seeing My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater.

Let’s be real—you totally went home and Googled whichever star you ran into. There’s a ton of information out there, obviously. But we’re trying something different. Hollywood in the Hamptons is a simple but useful curated guide to Hamptons celebs.

You probably know ruggedly handsome Liev Schreiber from Showtime’s hit series Ray Donovan, in which he plays a Hollywood “fixer.” But Schreiber is not only a Hollywood star but a stage veteran, having played many great roles on Broadway, as well as a director and writer. Schreiber won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Glengarry Glen Ross, and was nominated in 2007 and 2010 for his roles in Talk Radio and A View from the Bridge, respectively. He has also been nominated for Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy awards. Here are some of his most interesting roles.

But first, fun facts!


Five Fun Facts

Schreiber is married to actress Naomi Watts. They have two children and recently purchased a house in Montauk.

Schreiber originally wanted to be a screenwriter, but was steered toward acting. He went to Hampshire College, Yale School of Drama and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The actor will appear in Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses opposite Janet McTeer on Broadway this fall.

The multitalented star wrote and directed the film adaptation of the novel Everything Is Illuminated.

As a child, Schreiber was only allowed to watch black and white films. The first color film he saw was Star Wars.

Five Movies You Need to See

Scream 2: It’s not high art, but it doesn’t have to be, right? In Wes Craven’s excellent sequel to the self-reflexive horror comedy Scream, Schreiber plays Cotton Weary, the man falsely accused of killing the mother of heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). Weary becomes a suspect when a new serial killer starts terrorizing the Sidney in college. Did he do it? You’ll have to watch to find out!

The Manchurian Candidate: Schreiber starred as Congressman Raymond Prentiss Shaw in the 2004 remake of the 1962 film. The film also stars Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Jon Voight, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Mackie, Obba Babatundé and has cameos by Al Franken and Sidney Lumet. Schreiber received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Movie 43: This unique film is an anthology featuring 14 different segments, each one by a different director. Schreiber appears with Watts in the segment “Homeschooled,” playing a husband and wife pair who have homeschooled their son in a…unique manner.

Defiance: Schreiber starred opposite Daniel Craig in this World War II thriller. In Defiance, Craig and Schreiber play Polish Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during the war. The film is based on the nonfiction book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Starring opposite Hugh Jackman, Schreiber plays the villainous Sabretooth/Victor Creed in this much-maligned film. We recommend it for Schreiber and Jackman, both of whom are fully committed to their roles despite the absurd script and incoherent story.

More on Schreiber:

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts Purchase Home in Montauk

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