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Pablo Tell Schreiber (born April 26, 1978) is a Canadian-born American actor known for his dramatic stage work and for his portrayal of Nick Sobotka on The Wire and for his Emmy nominated role of George Mendez on Orange Is the New Black. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Awake and Sing! on Broadway. He also narrated the American Psycho audiobook. He currently stars in the HBO series The Brink as Lieutenant Commander Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson, a Naval pilot who is also a drug dealer.

Early life

Schreiber was born on a hippie commune in Ymir, British Columbia, before moving to Winlaw, British Columbia, when he was six months old.[1] His American father, Tell Schreiber, was an actor, as is his half-brother Liev Schreiber. His mother, Lorraine Reaveley, is a Canadian body-based psychotherapist.[2] He was named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (his father had a strong interest in Literature).[3] His parents split when he was 12 and Schreiber moved to Seattle, Washington, with his father.[3] After high school, Schreiber enrolled at the University of San Francisco, where he hoped to win a spot on its basketball team.[4] He later transferred to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Theatre.

Career

He appeared in the films The Manchurian Candidate, Lords of Dogtown and Happythankyoumoreplease. He also had a recurring guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a sadistic rapist, and appeared in the FX series Lights Out.

In 2011, Schreiber starred in the Off-Broadway play Gruesome Playground Injuries at Second Stage Theatre. He appeared on the seventh season of Weeds as Demetri Ravitch, Nancy Botwin's drug supplier.[5]

BuddyTV ranked him number seventy-seven on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[6]

In October 2012, Schreiber landed the recurring role of George "Pornstache" Mendez on the Netflix original drama series Orange Is the New Black.[7] On February 26, 2013, he co-starred as Virgil in NBC's drama pilot Ironside, a reboot of the 1967 series of the same name.[8]

For his role in Orange Is the New Black, Schreiber won the We Love to Hate You Award at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards.[9]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Bubble Boy Todd
2003 Mudge Boy, TheThe Mudge Boy Brent
2003 Painted House, AA Painted House Hank Spruill Television film
2004 Strip Search N/A Television film (deleted scene)
2004 Manchurian Candidate, TheThe Manchurian Candidate Eddie Ingram
2004 Invitation to a Suicide Kazimierz "Kaz" Malek
2005 Lords of Dogtown Stecyk
2005 Into the Fire Sandy Manetti Television film
2006 Jimmy Blue Jimmy Short film
2008 Quid Pro Quo Brooster
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Ben
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Charlie Torrelson
2008 Favorite Son David Paxton Also co-producer
2009 Breaking Upwards Turner
2009 Tell-Tale Bernard Cochius
2010 Happythankyoumoreplease Charlie
2012 Allegiance Lieutenant Alec Chambers
2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Covert Becker Television films
2014 Preservation Sean Neary
2014 Fort Bliss Staff Sergeant Donovan
2014 After Christian Valentino
2014 Dramatics, TheThe Dramatics Bryan Macy Completed
2015 Moon and the Sun, TheThe Moon and the Sun Dr. Labarthe In post-production
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003, 2008 Wire, TheThe Wire Nickolas "Nick" Sobotka 13 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ed Lang Episode: "The Unblinking Eye"
2006 Law & Order Kevin Boatman Episode: "America, Inc."
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dan Kozlowski Episode: "Haystack"
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Mitchell Carr Episode: "When the Door Opens"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent TJ Hawkins Episode: "Self-Made"
2008 Dirt Jason Konkey 3 episodes
2008 Fear Itself Mattingley Episode: "Eater"
2008 Army Wives Tim 3 episodes
2008 Life on Mars Kim Trent Episode: "The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler"
2008 Law & Order Sean Hauser Episode: "Rumble"
2009 Beast, TheThe Beast Officer Delaney Episode: "Capone"
2009 Numbers Tal Feigenbaum 2 episodes
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ricky Falcone Episode: "A Very Sunny Christmas"
2009 Three Rivers Nick Episode: "The Kindness of Strangers"
2010 Medium Jeremy Kiernan Episode: "An Everlasting Love"
2011 Lights Out Johnny Leary Main cast; 13 episodes
2011 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Gregory Mars Episode: "Ham Sandwich"
2011–2012 Weeds Demetri Ravitch 8 episodes
2011–2012 Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man Anton Little Creek Main cast; 16 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Tommy Clay Episode: "Matsya Nyaya"
2012 Made in Jersey Luke Aaronson Episode: "Pilot"
2013 White Collar JB Bellmiere Episode: "The Original"
2013–2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit William Lewis 8 episodes
2013–2015 Orange Is the New Black George "Pornstache" Mendez 17 episodes
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2013 Ironside Virgil Main cast; 9 episodes
2015–present The Brink Lt. Cmdr. Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson Main cast

Audiobooks

Year Title Role
2009 American Psycho Narrator

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