Early life, family, educational background
Actor Pablo Tell Schreiber was born on 26 April 1978, in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, of very mixed Dutch, Danish, French, English, German, Swiss, Belgian, Welsh, Norwegian, Irish,and Scottish ancestry. He was born in a hippie commune, but when he was six months ol, his parents moved to Winlaw, British Columbia, a rural unincorporated area, where he attended Winlaw Elementary School.
His father is an American actor, Tell Carroll Schreiber; he has a half-brother Live Schreiber, from his father and his first wife, who he divorced five years before Pablo’s birth. His mother is a Canadian psychotherapist, Lorraine Reaveley. He may have two older half-siblings on his mother’s side, but that has not been confirmed. When he was 12 years old, Pablo’s parents separated, and he moved with his father to Seattle, Washington State USA.
After matriculating, he attended the University of San Francisco, and played on their basketball team. Pablo then transferred to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a degree in theatre in 2000.
In 2006 he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in “Awake and Sing!” The production was a revival of the classic Clifford Odets play and was directed by Bartlett Sher. It was also Pablo’s debut Broadway performance. Over the course of his career, he has performed in a number of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including: “Reasons to be Pretty” by Neil LaBute in 2007 at MCC, at Roundabout in “Mr. Marmalade” in 2005, in “Sin: A Cardinal Deposed” in 2005 at The New Group and at the New York Shakespeare Festival in “Julius Caesar.”
He won a Drama Desk Award for his performance in “Reasons to be Pretty” in 2008, and subsequently starred in the Off-Broadway production “Gruesome Playground Injuries” in 2011 at Second Stage Theatre.
Pablo played Todd in the 2001 film, “Bubble Boy.” The comedy starred Jake Gyllenhaal, was directed by Blair Hayes and written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. The film was influenced by the 1976 film “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”. Ken and Cinco then wrote a musical version of the film, which was performed for the first time in 2008.
In 2004 he played Eddie Ingram in “The Manchurian Candidate.” The neo-noir psychological, political thriller was based on the eponymous novel by Richard Condon published in 1959, and was a remake of the 1962 film. The film starred Denzel Washington as a tenacious soldier, Bennett Marco, and was directed by Jonathan Demme.
The cast also consisted of Jon Voight as challenger for vice-president and US Senator, Tom Jordan Liev Schreiber as a New Yorker US Representative, Raymond Shaw, who gets manipulated into becoming a candidate for vice-president, and Meryl Streep as Raymond’s ruthless and manipulative mother, Eleanor Prentiss Shaw, who is also a US Senator.
Pablo portrayed Stecyk in 2005’s “Lords of Dogtown,” the biographical drama written by Stacy eralta and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
He played Charlie in “Happythankyoumoreplease” – the comedy-drama was directed and written by Josh Radnor and was his directorial debut. The film starred Kate Mara, Malin Åkerman, Josh Radner, Tony Hale, Michael Algieri, and Zoe Kazan, and follows a group of young adults in New York who are trying to balance friendship, love, and careers.
The film premiered in 2010 at the 26th Sundance Film Festival, where it also received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize, and won the Audience Award. The film focuses on writer Sam (played by Josh Radner), and foster care child Rasheen (played by Michael Algieri), who meet in a subway where Rasheen was abandoned. Eventually, the film also includes Annie, Sam’s best friend, played by Malin Åkerman, who is a woman with a bald condition called alopecia, which causes her to feel unlovable. Zoe Kazan portrays Mary Catherine, Sam’s cousin, and Pablo Schreiber portrays Charlie, her husband. Mary and Charlie are struggling to decide whether or not they are ready to leave New York. Kate Mara portrays Mississippi, an aspiring singer working as a waitress until she gets her big break.
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In 2016 he played former US Army Ranger and GRS team member Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The biographical war film was written by Chuck Hogan, directed and co-produced by Michael Bay and based on Michell Zuckoff’s novel “13 Hours,” published in 2014. The movie follows six members of the Annex Security Team who – after numerous attacks on 11 September 2012 by militants – defended the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The film starred John Krasinski, Max Martini, and James Badge Dale. Supporting actors included Alexia Barlier, David Costabile, Toby Stephens, David Denman, and Dominic Fumusa.
The movie was nominated at the 89th Academy Awards for Best Sound Mixing.
He portrayed Ray Meriimen in “Den of Thieves” in 2018. His character is the recently paroled gang leader of Outlaws, a group of former military men who use their tactical skills and expertise to defy the law. The action-crime was produced, written, and directed by Christian Gudegast. The film starred Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Curtis ‘20 Cent’ Jackson, Dawn Olivieri, Max Holloway, Mo McRae, and Evan Jones. The film is about a group of County Sheriff Deputies trying to stop a gang from robbing the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles. The movie grossed $80 million worldwide, and received mixed reviews from audiences and critics.
In February 2018, the production of the sequel was announced. In a promotional interview for the movie, Pablo shared that he had military training, but he found the physical workouts to be extremely tough.
Most recently he played Ezekiel in 2019’s “The Devil Has a Name.”
From 2003 to 2009, Pablo portrayed Nick Sobotka in “The Wire,” the HBO crime-drama created and written by David Simon, a former police reporter, consisting of 60 episodes over a span of five seasons. The show was loosely based on David’s friend and writing partner, Ed Burns, a public school teacher and former detective. The series is set and filmed in Baltimore, Maryland, because David he is familiar with the city The five topics of the episodes are education and schools, the illegal drug trade, the city government and bureaucracy, the print news medium, and the seaport system.
The cast is made up of actors who are not very well-known, as well as recurring guests who are famous. In an interview, David Simon said the show is ‘…really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer… all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed.’ The show is best-known for a realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary themes, and accurate exploration of politics and society. At the time of airing, the series only received average reviews. Now, it is considered one of the most excellent television series of all time.
Having my ongoing research into the human condition completely subsidized and funded is reward enough for me. I would honestly do it for free, if I had another means of income… 😂 https://t.co/G622qNwoHe
— Pablo Schreiber (@schreiber_pablo) April 23, 2020
In 2007 and from 2013 to 2014, Pablo played William Lewis, a serial rapist in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” – his recurring guest-role is also Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) nemesis. In 2011 he played Johnny Leary in the boxing-drama “Lights Out” on the FX network.
From 2011 to 2012, he was Nancy Botwin’s drug supplier, Demetri Ravitch, in the seventh season of “Weeds”, aired from 7 August 2005 to 16 September 2012 and created by Jenji Kohan. The series follows Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, the widowed mother of Shane (played by Alexander Gould) and Silas (played by Hunter Parrish). To help financially support her family, Nancy begins dealing drugs. Andy Botwin (played by Justin Kirk), Nancy’s brother-in-law, moves in to help take care of the children.
Other main characters include Nancy’s neighbors: Dean, who is portrayed by Andy Milder, Elizabeth Perkins plays the narcissistic Celia Hodes, and Allie Grant plays their daughter, Isabelle. Romany Malco and Tonye Patano portray Nancy’s wholesalers, Conrad Shepard, and Heylia James, respectively.
Pablo portrayed George ‘Pornstache’ Mendez in “Orange Is the New Black” from 2013-2017 and in 2019. The series was created by Jenji Johan, and based on “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” a memoir by Piper Kerman published in 2010, which told of her experience at the FCI Danbury minimum-security federal prison. The series was a huge success, and is the most-watched original Netflix series, and received numerous awards.
In 2014 Pablo received the We Love to Hate You Award at the Young Hollywood Awards, and the following year, was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2013 he co-starred as Virgil in the pilot episode of “Ironside”, a revival of the 1967 eponymous series, and was created by Collier Young. The series starred Blair Underwood as Robert Ironside, a wheelchair-bound cop. The 2013 series showcased more violence than the original and changed the setting to New York City, whereas it was initially based in San Francisco.
From 2017 to the present, Pablo has been appearing in “American Gods” as Mad Sweeney, an unlucky leprechaun trying to find out where he lost his charm.
He used to be King Lugh of the Tutha Dé Danann, but he is currently employed by Mr. Wednesday (portrayed by Ian McShane). From 1870-1830 BC, he was the High King of Ireland, until he threw a spear into his grandfather, Balor’s eye and ultimately beheaded him. After many years, Essie MacGowan brought him to America, and he lost his memories and accent over the years. The series was adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 2001 eponymous fantasy novel. Green and Fuller were showrunners for the first season, then Jesse Alexander replaced them in season two, and Charles Eglee will replace Jesse Alexander as showrunner in the third season. The series has received praise from audiences and critics, and has been awarded many accolades.
Pablo has narrated audiobooks including “American Psycho” in 2009, “Call of the Wind” in 2018, and “Daisy Jones and The Six” in 2019. He voiced a character in “Manhunt 2,” a 2007 Asylum Staff videogame.
In 2007 he married health counselor, cook, and yoga teacher Jessica Monty. Shortly before Christmas of 2013, Jessica filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, finalized two years later and was significantly ruled in Jessica’s favor. Pablo and Jessica have joint-custody of Timoteo and Dante, their two sons.
In 2016 Pablo moved to California, where he currently resides, but still considers himself a New Yorker – for a decade, Pablo lived in Brooklyn, New York City.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
He was named after Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet. Pablo’s father chose his name due to his love for literature.
As a teenager, Pablo would perform at school events as a rapper, along with his friends who also aspired to become rappers.
In 2011 he was ranked number 77 on BuddyTV’s list of ‘TV’s Sexist Men of 2011.’
Following Hugh Jackman’s departure from portraying Wolverine in the “X-Men” film series, in an interview with Comicbook.com, Pablo shared his desire to play the iconic role.
He has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 6ft 5in (1.96m) tall and weighs around 205lbs (93kgs).
Net worth and salary
Pablo’s net worth is estimated at $4 million, as of mid-2020.