With a love for both the screen and the stage, Pablo Schreiber learned the tools of the acting trade in theater, appearing in plays in his home state of Washington. He continued to appear in theatrical productions while attending Carnegie Mellon in the early 2000s, and made his Broadway debut in 2006, with a role in the revival of Awake and Sing!, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination. Meanwhile, Schreiber nurtured an on-screen career, as well, appearing in films like Lords of Dogtown and Vicky Christina Barcelona, and on TV shows like Law & Order, but his most noted role came in 2003, when he took on the role of Nick Sobotka on the critically acclaimed crime drama The Wire. He would stick with the series until 2008, soon moving on to appear in the quirky ensemble movie happythankyoumoreplease in 2011. That same year, having found such success with TV drama in the past, Schreiber returned to the small screen, starring in the boxing drama Lights Out. In 2013, Schreiber played correctional officer George "Pornstache" Mendez on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, and was a regular on the quickly-canceled Ironside remake on NBC.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Named for Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet.
- Born on a hippie commune.
- Went to the University of San Francisco intending to play college basketball, but failed to make the team.
- Narrated the audio book version of American Psycho.
- Gained more than 30 pounds for his role on FX's boxing drama Lights Out.
- In fall 2013, was on four shows nearly concurrently in the U.S.: Orange is the New Black, Law & Order: SVU, Ironsides and Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.