Matthew Gray Gubler

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Matthew Gray Gubler
Gubler in 2012 2013-10-09 00-00.jpg
Gubler in 2012
Born(1980-03-09) March 9, 1980 (age 34)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
OccupationActor, director
Years active2004 – present
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Matthew Gray Gubler
Gubler in 2012 2013-10-09 00-00.jpg
Gubler in 2012
Born(1980-03-09) March 9, 1980 (age 34)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
OccupationActor, director
Years active2004 – present

Matthew Gray Gubler (born March 9, 1980) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role as the 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 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 also ranked No. 46 on list of top 50 male models. He has modeled brands such as Burberry, Marc Jacobs, 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.[3]

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 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 provided the voice of Winsor in Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur. He also appeared as Bart, the main character in How to Be a Serial Killer, and played the role of Paul in the 2009 film "(500) Days of Summer".

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


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 the Criterion Collection DVD release.[4] Gubler 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]

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

He has also directed the episode "Mosley Lane" which was season 5 of Criminal Minds (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. His third Criminal Minds episode as a director, "Heathridge Manor" (7x19), aired on April 4, 2012. Gubler's fourth Criminal Minds episode as a director, "The Lesson" (8x10), aired December 5, 2012.[7] He also directed the twentieth episode of the eighth season of Criminal Minds, "Alchemy".[8] He also directed the seventh episode of the ninth season, "Gatekeeper"(9x7), and "Blood Relations" (9x20).

Personal life[edit]

Gubler divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.[9]

Gubler dislocated his knee while dancing in 2009. The injury required three surgical procedures and the use of a cane for nearly a year.[10]


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
2014Hot AirFilming
2005Arrested DevelopmentHiker (uncredited)Season 2 Episode 9
2005–presentCriminal MindsDr. Spencer ReidMain role (210 episodes)
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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