Matthew Gray Gubler
- March 09, 1980 (age 41)
- Actor, Film Director, Fashion Model, Photographer, Editor, Painter
- Marilyn Gubler, John Gubler
Matthew Gray Gubler (born March 9, 1980) is an American actor, film director, painter, photographer, editor, and former fashion model. He is best known for his role as the young genius Dr. Spencer Reid in the CBS television show Criminal Minds, of which he has also directed four episodes. Gubler has appeared in (500) Days of Summer as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's best friend Paul and he is the voice of Simon Seville, one of the chipmunks from Alvin and the Chipmunks. Gubler has also directed and created several movies that were mostly filmed in his hometown of Las Vegas as well as New York City, prior to his graduation from NYU.
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. 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. Gubler's parents were both born in Las Vegas and his mother, Marilyn Gubler, was the first woman to serve as Republican state Chairman. His father, John Gubler, is a lawyer. His grandfather Maxwell Kelch was the first president of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and founded Las Vegas' first radio station (KENO). Gubler's sister Laura Dahl is a fashion designer based in New York City. He has a brother named Gray Gubler who was born in 1994, who appeared in the music video for the song Reagan by Whirlwind Heat (which Gubler directed).
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 among others. He was also ranked No. 46 on models.com list of top 50 male models.
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.