In just one season, Liev Schreiber managed to double his number of Emmy nominations. Nominated for primetime television’s top award in 2000, 2015, and 2016, the actor has been nominated for three 2017 Emmys: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Ray Donovan and two nominations for Outstanding Narrator.
Three is a magic number for Schreiber, who also boasts three Tony nominations in his career—including one win in 2005.
Schreiber’s training and professional start stems from the theatre. Having studied acting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Schreiber graduated with a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1992 and also studied at the London Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his Broadway debut in 1993 in Lincoln Center Theater’s In the Summer House.
Of course, Hollywood scooped him up and he broke through with the Scream trilogy, but also invested time in smaller films like Walking and Talking, The Daytrippers, and Big Night.
Theatre reclaimed Schreiber for a 1998 production of Cymbeline and later the title role in the Public Theater production of Hamlet. He returned to Broadway in 2000 for Betrayal, which was nominated for the Tony for Best Revival of a Play, opposite Juliette Binoche and John Slattery. He earned a Drama Desk nomination for his work.
The actor took some time to perform Off-Broadway in Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat in 2002 to critical acclaim and participated in The 24 Hour Plays for the first time (an effort he’d repeat in 2006 and 2009).
Schreiber took on more Shakespeare in 2003 in the title role in Henry V, but it was his role in Broadway’s revival of Glengarry Glen Ross that won him his first Drama Desk Award as part of the Outstanding Ensemble and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Ready to tackle more of The Bard, he played the title role in Macbeth in 2006 before heading back to Broadway for his revelatory performance in 2007’s Talk Radio, for which he earned Drama Desk, Outer Critics Cirlce, and Tony nominations. He won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
The late aughts transformed Schreiber into X-Men’s notorious Sabretooth, alongside fellow theatre actor Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, but once again Schreiber felt the pull of Broadway. As Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, he won the 2010 Drama Desk Award and scored his third Tony nomination.
Just this past season, Schreiber returned as the scheming, seductive Vicomte de Valmont in the 2016 revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses opposite Janet McTeer.
First Look at Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway
Tune in to the 69th Annual Emmy Awards September 17 on CBS.