Born in 1967 into a bohemian family living in San Francisco, Schreiber was tagged with the nickname "Huggy" as a child by his mother, a painter. His father was a stage actor, and the family moved to a remote farmhouse in Canada when Schreiber was still an infant. A few years later, the Schreibers' marriage ended, and he and his mother headed to New York City, her hometown. In the city, his mother had a health-food business, drove a taxicab, and even made papier-mâché puppets she sold on the street, and for a time they lived in a "squat," or abandoned building with no access to electricity or hot water. They eventually settled into more legal digs on the Lower East Side. Though Schreiber has often said in interviews that he recalls few details from his childhood, he did cite his grandfather, a talented cellist in his younger years who delivered meat to restaurants for a living, as a profound influence.
Actors, you know, they're often awkward people in real life.Liev Schreiber
I love my mother and father. The older I get, the more I value everything that they gave me.Fathers, MotherLiev Schreiber
Everyone says villains are thankless parts, but those are really the best roles.ActorLiev Schreiber
I've got nothing against L.A. I think it is a really beautiful place. To be able to surf and get out in the Pacific Ocean every once in a while. The hiking, all of that is amazing. I love it there.Los AngelesLiev Schreiber