Matthew Gray Gubler

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Matthew Gray Gubler
Born(1980-03-09) March 9, 1980 (age 34)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
OccupationActor, director, fashion model
Years active2004 – present
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Matthew Gray Gubler
Born(1980-03-09) March 9, 1980 (age 34)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
OccupationActor, director, fashion model
Years active2004 – present

Matthew Gray Gubler (born March 9, 1980) is an American actor, director, fashion model, painter and filmmaker. He is best known for his role as criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid in the CBS television show Criminal Minds, of which he has also directed seven episodes. Gubler has appeared in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, (500) Days of Summer, Life After Beth, and as the voice of Simon in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its two sequels.

Early life[edit]

Gubler was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, the son of Marilyn (née Kelch), a rancher and political consultant, and John Gubler, an attorney.[1] Gubler is a high school graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, where he majored in acting, because the school did not offer his first choice, film making.[2] He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he majored in film directing. He also attended University of California, Santa Cruz.



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,[3] among others. He was ranked 46th on list of top 50 male models.[citation needed]


After he began modeling, Gubler had an internship with 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 then led in 2005 to his leading role as Dr. Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds.[3]

Gubler had a small role in the 2006 film RV as the disreputable Joe Joe. He voiced the character of Simon (the smart Chipmunk) in 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks and again in 2009 and 2011 for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, alongside Jason Lee as Dave, Justin Long as Alvin, and Jesse McCartney as Theodore. He appeared as Bart, the main character in the 2008 comedy How to Be a Serial Killer, and played the role of Paul in the 2009 film (500) Days of Summer. He provided the voice of Winsor in 2011s Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur.

In 2014, Gubler acted in the zombie comedy Life After Beth and the film Suburban Gothic, for which he received the Screamfest Award for Best Actor.

Gubler has done voice work for the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. He played Jimmy Olsen in All-Star Superman and voices The Riddler in the animated film: Batman: Assault on Arkham.


While making The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Gubler made a 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 the Criterion Collection DVD release.[4] He has directed and starred in a series of self-deprecating mockumentaries named Matthew Gray Gubler: the Unauthorized Documentary[5] 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.[2][5][6]

Gubler directed, edited, and co-produced the music video for "Don't Shoot Me Santa" by the rock band The Killers.[6]

Gubler 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. The episode "Lauren" included the exit of Criminal Minds series regular Paget Brewster, who maintains a friendship with Gubler outside of work on the show. Brewster specifically asked Gubler to direct her last episode for the show, although it was announced later that she would return for season seven. Gubler has since directed the Criminal Minds episodes "Heathridge Manor" (7x19), which aired on April 4, 2012, "The Lesson" (8x10), which aired December 5, 2012,[7] "Alchemy" (8x20),[8] "Gatekeeper"(9x7), and "Blood Relations" (9x20). He will be directing two episodes for Season 10.


Since 2005, Gubler has been posting paintings on his website. His mediums include watercolor, gouache, oil, and pastel.[9] In September 2005, the Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava, Czech Republic held a showing of 12 watercolors by Gubler; all the works were sold.[9] On September 6, 2008, his art was featured in a group show entitled "Paper Cuts" at The Little Bird art gallery in Atwater Village, California.[10] Gubler contributed a painting of "Sandy The Mammoth" to the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.[11] In July 2010, his paintings were featured in Juxtapoz magazine.[12]

In October 2011 an original watercolor by Gubler entitled "Mushface" was sold at auction site eBay for $10,100. Gubler donated the proceeds to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.[citation needed]

Gubler's paintings were highlighted in a 2013 interview with Buzzfeed.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Gubler divides his time between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York.[14]

Gubler dislocated his knee while dancing in 2009. The injury required three surgical procedures and the use of a cane for nearly a year.[15]


2004Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouIntern #1
2006RVJoe Joe
2007Alvin and the ChipmunksSimonVoice
2008Great Buck Howard, TheThe Great Buck HowardRussell
2008How to Be a Serial KillerBart
2009(500) Days of SummerPaul
2009Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelSimonVoice
2010Ugly Life of a Beautiful Girl, TheThe Ugly Life of a Beautiful GirlZiggy
2011All-Star SupermanJimmy OlsenVoice
2011Scooby-Doo! Legend of the PhantosaurWinsorVoice
2011Magic ValleyMok
2011Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedSimonVoice
2012ExcisionMr. Claybaugh
2014Life After BethKyle Orfman
2014Suburban GothicRaymondScreamfest Award for Best Actor
2014Hot AirFilming
2014Batman: Assault on ArkhamEdward Nygma/The RiddlerVoice
2005Arrested DevelopmentHiker (uncredited)Season 2 Episode 9
2005–presentCriminal MindsDr. Spencer ReidMain role (210 episodes)
2011Celebrity Ghost StoriesHimselfSeason 3 Episode 4
2012Beauty Inside, TheThe Beauty InsideAlex #26 / Alex #46Season 1 Episode 3+4
Daytime Emmy New Approaches Original Daytime Program or Series


2005Claude: A Symphony of HorrorDirector
2005Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern JournalEditor, cinematographer, producer, writer, director
2005Cactus That Looked Just Like a Man, TheThe Cactus That Looked Just Like a ManEditor, cinematographer, producer, writer, director
2006Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized DocumentaryProducer, writer (concept), director
2006"Reagan"Whirlwind Heat's music video - director
2007"Don't Shoot Me Santa"The Killers music video - director, editor, co-producer
2010–presentCriminal MindsDirector ("Mosley Lane", "Lauren", "Heathridge Manor", "The Lesson", "Alchemy", "Gatekeeper", "Blood Relations")


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