Pablo Tell Schreiber is a Canadian-American actor known for his dramatic stage work and for his portrayals of the Polish-American character Nick Sobotka on HBO's Baltimore drug-related crime drama The Wire and as crooked corrections officer George "Pornstache" Mendez on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Awake and Sing! on Broadway. He has also performed work for audiobooks.
Schreiber was born on a hippie commune in Ymir, British Columbia, before moving to Winlaw, British Columbia when he was six months old. His American father, Tell Schreiber, was an actor, as is his half-brother Liev. His mother, Lorraine Reaveley, is a Canadian body-based psychotherapist. He was named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (his father had a strong interest in literature). His parents split when he was 12 and Schreiber moved to Seattle with his father. After high school, Schreiber enrolled at the University of San Francisco, where he hoped to win a spot on its basketball team. He later transferred to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated in 2000 with a degree in theatre.
He is best know for his brilliant debut performance as Nick Sobotka on season two of The Wire.
He appeared in the films The Manchurian Candidate, Lords of Dogtown and Happythankyoumoreplease. He also had a guest role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent 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.
BuddyTV ranked him number seventy-seven on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".
In October 2012, Schreiber landed the recurring role of George "Pornstache" Mendez on the Netflix original drama series Orange Is the New Black. 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. He was also cast as recurring character 'William Lewis' in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in its 14th and 15th season.
Married to Angel Tariq.
Pablo Schreiber's twitter is @schreiber_pablo .