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THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

Widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation, LIEV SCHREIBER stars as Raymond Shaw, son of the powerful Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw and a decorated Gulf War hero, who becomes a candidate for vice president of the United States.

Schreiber is currently directing his adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling novel, Everything Is Illuminated, for Warner Independent Pictures, in Prague. This film marks his feature directorial debut. A blend of high comedy and great tragedy, Everything Is Illuminated tells the story of a young, American Jewish man's (Elijah Wood) quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather – in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. Prior to publication of the novel, Schreiber read an excerpt in The New Yorker, secured the rights himself, wrote the screenplay and subsequently brought the project to Warner Independent Pictures. 

Schreiber's distinguished list of acting credits includes "The Sum of All Fears” with Morgan Freeman and Ben Affleck, "Kate & Leopold” with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet,” "The Hurricane” opposite Denzel Washington, Tony Goldwyn's "A Walk on the Moon,” Robert Benton's "Twilight” with Paul Newman, Barry Levinson's sci-fi epic "Sphere,” the box-office hits "Scream,” "Scream 2,” "Scream 3” and "Ransom.” Schreiber is also known for his work in such acclaimed independent features as Stanley Tucci's "Big Night,” "Party Girl,” "The Daytrippers” with Hope Davis, Nicole Holofcener's "Walking and Talking” with Catherine Keener, Nora Ephron's "Mixed Nuts,” Antonia Bird's "Mad Love,” Hal Salwen's "Denise Calls Up” and Tom Gilroy's "Spring Forward” with Ned Beatty, for which he also served as a producer.

Initially interested in playwriting, Schreiber went on to spend a year studying acting with the faculty from England's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1992, he graduated with a M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. His impressive stage credits include his critically acclaimed turn as Henry V in last summer's Shakespeare in the Park production at the Delacorte Theatre, along with "The Mercy Seat,” opposite Sigourney Weaver and directed by Neil LaBute, Harold Pinter's "Betrayal,” co-starring Juliette Binoche, and "Moonlight,” with Blythe Danner and Jason Robards. Schreiber's enduring relationship with the Public Theatre's New York Shakespeare Festival has produced several critically acclaimed performances including the title role in "Hamlet,” Iago in "Othello,” "Macbeth,” "The Tempest” and "Cymbeline,” for which he won an Obie award. Other productions include "All for One,” "In the Summer House,” "Escape From Happiness,” "The Real Thing,” "Richard III,” "Underground” and the Moscow Art Theatre's production of "Ivanov.”

For television, Schreiber starred as Orson Welles in "RKO 281” (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations) and will also appear in the forthcoming "Lackawanna Blues” with Halle Berry, Jeffrey Wright and Rosie Perez. His television credits include "Spinning Borris,” "Buffalo Girls,” "People V” and "The Sunshine Boys,” with Woody Allen and Peter Falk. As a voice-over artist, Schreiber has narrated numerous documentaries, including the popular PBS miniseries "Rock & Roll.”

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