Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler Biography

Matthew Gray Gubler (born March 9, 1980) is an American actor, director, fashion model and painter. He is best known for his role as criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid in the CBS television show Criminal Minds (2005-present), of which he has also directed nine episodes. Gubler has appeared in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, (500) Days of Summer, Life After Beth, Suburban Gothic, and as the voice of Simon in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its four sequels.

Early life

Gubler was born on March 9, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the son of Marilyn (ne Kelch), a rancher and political consultant, and John Gubler, an attorney. Gubler is a high school graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, where he majored in acting, because the school did not offer his first choice, Filmmaking. 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.



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 ranked 46th on list of top 50 male models.


After he began modeling, Gubler had an internship with 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 then led in 2005 to his leading role as Dr. Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds.

Gubler had a small role in the film RV (2006) as the disreputable Joe Joe. He voiced the character of Simon (the smart Chipmunk) in Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) alongside Jason Lee (Dave), Justin Long (Alvin), and Jesse McCartney (Theodore). He appeared as Bart, the main character, in How to Be a Serial Killer (2008) and as Paul in (500) Days of Summer (2009). He provided the voice of Winsor in Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011). He has also provided on/off voice-work for Bagdasarian Productions (regarding the character Simon), whenever Ross Bagdasarian Jr. was unable to voice the character himself. This is most notable in the episode "Who's The Animal?".

In 2014 Gubler acted in the zombie comedy Life After Beth and the film Suburban Gothic, for which he received the Screamfest Award for Best Actor.

Gubler has done voice work for the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. He played Jimmy Olsen in All-Star Superman and voices The Riddler in the animated film: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014).


While making The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Gubler made a documentary titled Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal, a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the film, which was later included in The Criterion Collection DVD release. He has directed and starred in a series of self-deprecating mockumentaries named Matthew Gray Gubler: the Unauthorized Documentary in which he parodies Hollywood behavior, which are filmed while on the set of Criminal Minds. A follow-up "Matthew Gray Gubler: The Authorized Documentary" was also made, although only one episode is currently available.

Gubler directed, edited, and co-produced the music video for "Don't Shoot Me Santa" by the rock band The Killers.

Gubler directed the Criminal Minds Season 5 episode "Mosley Lane" (5x16), which originally aired March 3, 2010, along with the episode "Lauren" (6x18), which aired a year later on March 16, 2011. The episode "Lauren" included the exit of Criminal Minds series regular Paget Brewster, who maintains a friendship with Gubler outside of work on the show. Brewster specifically asked Gubler to direct her last episode, although it was announced later that she would return for Season 7. Gubler has since directed the Criminal Minds episodes "Heathridge Manor" (7x19), which aired April 4, 2012, "The Lesson" (8x10), which aired December 5, 2012, "Alchemy" (8x20), "Gatekeeper"(9x7), "Blood Relations" (9x20) and "Mr. Scratch" (10x21). He recently directed Derek Morgan's departure from the BAU in episode "A Beautiful Disaster. (11x18).


Since 2005, Gubler has been posting paintings on his website. His media include watercolor, gouache, oil, and pastel. In September 2005, the Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava, Czech Republic, held a showing of 12 watercolors by Gubler; all the works were sold. On September 6, 2008, his art was featured in a group show entitled "Paper Cuts" at The Little Bird art gallery in Atwater Village, California. Gubler contributed a painting of "Sandy The Mammoth" to the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame. In July 2010, his paintings were featured in Juxtapoz magazine.

In October 2011 an original watercolor by Gubler entitled "Mushface" was sold at auction site eBay for $10,100. Gubler donated the proceeds to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

Gubler's paintings were highlighted in a 2013 interview with BuzzFeed.

Personal life

Gubler divides his time among Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York City.

In 2009, Gubler dislocated his knee while dancing. The injury required three surgical procedures and the use of a cane for nearly a year.

On October 27, 2014, Gubler became an ordained minister. He performed the wedding of former Criminal Minds star Paget Brewster and his best friend, Steve Damstra, on November 29, 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 ' Intern #1
2006 RV Joe Joe
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Simon Seville Voice
2008 ' Russell
2008 How to Be a Serial Killer Bart
2009 (500) Days of Summer Paul
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Simon Seville Voice
2010 ' Ziggy
2011 All-Star Superman Jimmy Olsen Voice
2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Winsor Voice
2011 Magic Valley Mok
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Simon Seville Voice
2012 Excision Mr. Claybaugh
2014 Life After Beth Kyle Orfman
2014 Suburban Gothic Raymond Screamfest Award for Best Actor
2014 Hot Air Filming
2014 Batman: Assault on Arkham Edward Nygma/The Riddler Voice
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Simon Seville Voice
2015 Band of Robbers Joe Harper
Year Title Role Notes
2005-present Criminal Minds Dr. Spencer Reid Main role (252 episodes)
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Himself Season 3 Episode 4
2012 ' Alex #26 / Alex #46 Season 1 Episode 3+4
Daytime Emmy New Approaches Original Daytime Program or Series
2016 @midnight Himself


Year Title Notes
2005 Claude: A Symphony of Horror Director
2005 Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal Editor, cinematographer, producer, writer, director
2005 ' Editor, cinematographer, producer, writer, director
2006 Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Producer, writer (concept), director
2006 "Reagan" Whirlwind Heat's music video - director
2007 "Don't Shoot Me Santa" The Killers music video - director, editor, co-producer
2010-present Criminal Minds Director ("Mosley Lane", "Lauren", "Heathridge Manor", "The Lesson", "Alchemy", "Gatekeeper", "Blood Relations", "Mr. Scratch", "A Beautiful Disaster")
2015 "Dirt Sledding" The Killers music video - director

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