5 Things You Don't Know About Liev Schreiber

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5 Things You Don't Know About Liev Schreiber

This star known for his versatile roles in indie films and blockbuster movies alike is set to appear on the small screen in the new Showtime drama Ray Donovan premiering this Sunday. Here are five things you probably don't know about Liev Schreiber.

1. Born Isaac Liev Schreiber on October 4, 1967 -- his mother Heather says she named him after her favorite author, Leo Tolstoy, whose Russian name was Lev.

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2. Growing up, his mom didn't allow him to watch color films so he often viewed black and white movies at a local revival house in New York. The first color feature he saw was Star Wars at age 10.

3. At a towering of 6-foot-3, he once said it's not easy having the nickname "huggy," which he's had since childhood.

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4. His directorial debut came in the 2005 dramedy Everything Is Illuminated, starring Elijah Wood, and he also penned the film's screenplay.

5. Was considered to portray Harvey Dent in 2008's The Dark Knight, the role that eventually went to Aaron Eckhart.

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