Schreiber won a Tony Award for his performance in the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, receiving additional nominations for Talk Radio and this past season’s revival of A View from the Bridge. In praising his performance in that last revival, The New York Times called him “the finest American theater actor of his generation.” The classically trained actor has also essayed many Shakespearean roles, including Hamlet, Henry V and Macbeth.
Schreiber described his employability on stage and in Hollywood to Entertainment Weekly this way: “When I got out of [Yale Drama] school, no one wanted to do classical theater. There was a dearth of people who wanted to work for 300 bucks a week. So I was able to fill a hole. And I think that’s what I do in movies – I fill a hole … usually playing someone a little naughty. They’re good holes.”
Schreiber also remembers a review that labeled him "the somnambulistic Mr. Schrieber with a head the size of a watermelon.” “I had to look up somnambulistic,” Schreiber says. “It means someone who puts you to sleep. So if you’re going to be okay with being the best stage actor of your generation, you also have to be okay with being the boring guy with the watermelon head.”
Schreiber costars with Angelina Jolie in the the spy thriller “Salt,” which opened July 23.
— Thomas Peter