Matthew Gray Gubler (born March 9, 1980) is an American actor, film director, sketch artist, and former fashion model. He made his acting debut in the film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) as Intern #1, and is best known for his role as the young genius Dr. Spencer Reid in the CBS television show Criminal Minds, of which he has also directed two episodes, as well as one of the Chipmunks in Alvin and the Chipmunks and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Gubler directed and created several movies that were mostly filmed in his hometown of Las Vegas as well as New York City, prior to his graduation from NYU.
Gubler, who also went to The Meadows School, is a high school graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, where he majored in acting, because the school did not offer his first love, film making. He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he majored in film directing. He also attended UC Santa Cruz. Gubler's parents were both born in Las Vegas and his mother, Marilyn Gubler, was the first woman to serve as Republican state Chairman. His grandfather Maxwell Kelch was the first president of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and founded Las Vegas' first radio station (KENO). Gubler's sister Laura Dahl is a fashion designer based in New York City. He has a brother named Gray Gubler who was born in 1994, who appeared in the music video for the song Reagan by Whirlwind Heat (which Gubler directed).
While at NYU film school, Gubler was found by a model scout and then worked as a model with DNA Model Management for Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs and American Eagle among others. He was also ranked #46 on models.com list of top 50 male models. He has modeled brands such as Burberry, Marc, and various others.
After he began modeling, Gubler had an internship for Wes Anderson, who encouraged him to audition for a part in his movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Gubler did, and landed the role of Nico (a.k.a. Intern #1). This led to his role as Dr. Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds. An episode of his show Criminal Minds which ended in his character Spencer Reid staring down the barrel of a gun, received the highest ratings in the show's history (by episode) at over 26 million viewers.E214 While Matthew is a well-known actor in television show Criminal Minds, he also takes part in directing.
He also had a small role in the 2006 film RV as the disreputable Joe Joe and voiced the character of Simon (the smart Chipmunk) in 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks and again in 2009 for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, alongside Jason Lee as Dave, Justin Long as Alvin, and Jesse McCartney as Theodore. Gubler's upcoming movies include Magic Valley, Pornstar, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked and Excision.
While making The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Gubler made the documentary entitled Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal, a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the film, which was later included in some DVD releases. Gubler has directed and starred in a series of self-deprecating mockumentaries named Matthew Gray Gubler: the Unauthorized Documentary in which he parodies Hollywood behavior, which are filmed while on the set of Criminal Minds. A follow-up "Matthew Gray Gubler: The Authorized Documentary" was also made, although only one episode is currently available. He directed, edited, and co-produced the music video for "Don't Shoot Me Santa" by the rock band The Killers.
He has also directed the Criminal Minds season 5 episode "Mosley Lane" (5x16), which originally aired March 3, 2010, along with the episode "Lauren" (6x18), which aired a year later on March 16, 2011.
|2004||The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou||Intern #1 (Nico)|
|2005–present||Criminal Minds||Dr. Spencer Reid|
|2007||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Simon Seville||Voice|
|2008||The Great Buck Howard||Road Manager # 3 (Russell)|
|How to Be a Serial Killer||Bart|
|2009||(500) Days of Summer||Paul|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Simon Seville||Voice|
|2011||All Star Superman||Jimmy Olsen||Voice|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked||Simon Seville||Voice|
|2011 or 2012||Excision|
|2001||Claude: A Symphony of Horror|
|Dead or Retarded||"Floyd the Magnificent"|
|2004||The Cactus That Looked Just Like a Man||Also writer, cinematographer, producer and editor.|
|2005||Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal||Also writer, cinematographer, producer and editor|
|2006||Whirlwind Heat's music video for Reagan|
|Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Episode 1|
|Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Episode 2|
|Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Episode 3|
|Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Episode 4|
|Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Episode 5|
|Matthew Gray Gubler: The AUTHORIZED Documentary Episode 1|
|2007||The Killers' music video for "Don't Shoot Me Santa"|
|2009||Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Episode 10|
|2010||Criminal Minds Season 5 Episode 16: Mosley Lane|
|2011||Criminal Minds Season 6 Episode 18: Lauren|
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