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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 March 1980Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nicknames The Gube
MGG
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Matthew Gray Gubler is an Emmy award winning actor, director, producer, painter, and voice over actor from Las Vegas Nevada. While studying film directing at NYU he interned for Wes Anderson who gave him his first feature film role as Bill Murray's loyal intern "Nico" in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

For the past eleven years Gubler has starred as the lovable genius Dr. Spencer Reid on the internationally popular crime drama Criminal Minds (2005).

Some of his other film acting credits include (500) Days of Summer (2009), Life After Beth (2014), and the cult hit comedy Suburban Gothic (2014) for which he was awarded the 2015 Best Actor Award by Screamfest.

In 2014 he won an Emmy for his participation in Drake Doremus' mini series The Beauty Inside (2012).

He has provided the voice of Simon the chipmunk in the wildly popular Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) film franchise and recently voiced the Riddler for DC comic's animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014).

As of 2015, Gubler has directed 8 episodes of Criminal Minds, a behind the scenes documentary of the making of "The Life Aquatic," two music videos for "The Killers," videos for "Whirwlind Heat," and "Soko," as well as a fake mockumentary entitled Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary (2006) which lampoons his behavior behind the scenes on "Criminal Minds."

Also and accomplished painter, Gubler is known for his vivid and expressionistic portraits of people, animals, and imaginary monsters.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Courtney Williams

Trivia (18)

He is a 2002 graduate of the NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in film directing.
He has also worked as a model for fashion designers as Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Sisley, and Louis Vuitton.
Grandson of Laura and Maxwell Kelch--the founders of Las Vegas' first radio station, KENO.
Loves to have things monogrammed.
Has stated on the season 1 dvd features of Criminal Minds (2005) that his kiss with guest star Amber Heard was his first on-screen kiss.
Famously damaged his knee in 2009 during a dance off with his (500) Days of Summer (2009) co-stars Geoffrey Arend and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a Mexican dive bar. He couldn't walk for over four months. After a third surgery, Gubler started using a cane but was unable to walk normally for the next five months. As of December 2009, Gubler was once again able to walk unassisted.
Hosts his own awards ceremony at Criminal Minds (2005) called the "Goobie Awards", where he presents awards to the crew for such categories as Best Facial Hair and Craziest Accent.
Is a huge fan of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
His favorite TV Show is the HBO Series Carnivàle (2003).
His favorite Director is Wes Anderson.
A fan of comedian Andy Kaufman.
Describes himself as a neat freak.
He has a brother called Gray Gubler born 1994 (who appeared in the music video Reagan by Whirlwind Heat which Matthew directed) and a sister called Laura Dahl (who is a fashion designer based in New York City).
He is of Swiss-German, German, English, Irish, Manx, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry.
On October 27, 2014, he became a certified Minister. He officiated the marriage of former Criminal Minds (2005) star Paget Brewster and best friend Steve Damstra II on November 28, 2014.
He never wears matching socks, as he says they are bad luck, which he learned from his grandmother. The one time he wore matching socks, he was filming a scene in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). He ended up spraining his ankle on screen, which was kept in the movie.
Matthew is an English form of Hebrew name "Matityahu", meaning "Gift of Yahweh".
He is of Teutonic Germanic and Celtic ancestry.

Personal Quotes (23)

I just love entertaining. I will do anything - stand-up comedy, video games, fencing, internet shorts - I just want to keep being lucky enough to entertain people anyway I can. I try never to limit my art to a medium.
I get very little sleep. But I try to stay constantly busy. My fear is that if I stop working I'll, like, die. So throughout my life I've always tried to remain busy, and I sort of know no other way. I think if my heart rate slowed it would affect my constitution, strangely. I've been trained to do that.
I really cite Walt Disney as teaching me everything I know. It sounds crazy, but I'm serious! In 'Bambi,' the mother dies, but you don't see the corpse. You see the father, the stag, come up and you see 'Bambi' alone, and that has so much more impact than seeing a mutilated deer.
I found out that smoking is the leading cause of statistics.
I get really sad when people say, 'I'm no good. I haven't been cast in a pilot.' It doesn't mean you're not good; it just means someone hasn't seen you yet. It doesn't mean that in real life you're not the greatest actor.
I've always had the utmost respect and awe of what the lens can do and what a director can do with just a camera move.
I never thought I'd be making a living off of acting - it's still kind of a shock for my family and friends to see my face on TV every Wednesday night.
I never imagined I would have one fan, and there seems to be a few. I just couldn't be happier that people seem to like what I'm doing and seem to respond to it. If they weren't there, I don't know what I'd be doing right now.
It'd be cool to chipmunk-ize 'The Virgin Suicides' soundtrack. All this ethereal French music, I think that would be unique to listen to.
I would love to be on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' I'd love to be on that. A lot of my favorite shows get canceled really early on. I liked 'Twin Peaks.' If I had a time machine I'd be in that.
I think I veered towards filmmaking because there's more of a sense of control in it. You're not waiting to be picked. That said, in film school I acted in probably 6,000 student films because no other filmmakers knew anyone who wanted to act. It was all a big beautiful snake eating its tail, progressing along the way.
What I like most about directing is creating a world more so than anything. To me, the music is the wrapping paper on that world.
I looked like a 'Super Mario Bros.' Goomba. It's arguably the ugliest haircut on the planet.
I look a little like Beaker. I think I'm a cross between Beaker and The Count. My hair looks like Oscar the Grouch. It's Muppety hair.
I've had this unbelievable amount of good fortune and I'm just so thankful for it. But at the same time I feel exceptionally guilty. I have so many friends who are talented graduates of Juilliard and are exceptional actors and I'm the lucky one that somehow got such a fortunate break.
I've always been a fan of Andy Kaufman.
A fantastic actor in a scene that's just closed off will be good. But when working with a director who knows little tricks - correct music, slowly pushing in - that stunning performance will somehow become even better. I've always seen it as a symbiotic relationship.
My best advice to actors is if you love acting, do it every chance you get. Success does not mean success. All that matters is whether or not you're doing your best to entertain. The way this business works is all about luck and timing.
My parents instilled a very strong work ethic in me from a young age, fortunately.
Tisch has a great film program and a great acting program, but they are segregated; you don't really intertwine. My peers knew I liked acting, so they'd be like, 'Go get that guy Gubler. He'll be in your student film.' I was in the same building. I became their go-to guy. So I left NYU having been in probably one thousand short films.
I studied directing prior to acting and I've done music videos and documentaries and things that were sort of well-received.
[on his character Dr. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds (2005)] He's kinda like Doogie Howser, if he had a gun.
[on Shemar Moore] My six pack is better then Shemar's. Tell Shemar I said my six pack is a little better than his. It's a seven pack.

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