Matthew Gray Gubler born March 9, 1980, is the face of “Criminal Minds” and the voice of a chipmunk. He was surrounded by the halo of entertainment and pop culture for his entire life. Born in vivid Las Vegas, Gubler always knew his career was going to be bound forever to glamor. He studied acting because film-making was not available at his university, and while studying in Nevada he landed a gig as a fashion model. The jump to acting was easy as he is now credited in over 20 movies and five TV shows.
Matthew Gray Gubler was born on March 9, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to a rancher and political consultant Marilyn (née Kelch), and attorney John Gubler. As a kid, he always dreamed of an out-of-the-ordinary life. Looking to escape the regularity of his parents’ jobs in his eccentric hometown, Gubler was always looking for artsy extracurricular activities in his school. That’s how he became the main character in his first theatrical roles at school. But that was not enough for Gubler, however, as this great passion grew and other interests arose; his parents always made sure to support his dreams.
That’s how in 1998 he decided to study acting at the “Las Vegas Academy of Arts.” Though he originally wanted to study film-making, an acting career soon proved close enough to his real passion. It made him aware of his preference for dramatic roles rather than being a director on set. While studying, one of his classmates, Nicky Parker, suggested auditioning as a fashion model at Nicky’s uncle’s business — just on the outskirts of Las Vegas. He began modeling in underwear in 2001 and 2004, while doing this, Gubler auditioned for a role in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” He was not the first choice of Anderson, as a young Chris Pratt had also auditioned, but after Pratt turned down the offer due to the project interrupting his schedule, Matthew was cast.
It was not long until he received offers from big-budget productions, like “Alvin and the Chipmunks”— in which he was a voice actor in 2007. In 2005 “CBS” chose Gubler to be the main character of “Criminal Minds” — a role he played for 15 years until 2020. An acting career has let this artist exploit other childhood interests like film-making, painting, and writing. He directed his first and only movie in 2005, and since that same year, he has been posting his paintings on his website. In 2019 he published his first book “Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging and Being Yourself.”
Gubler begins modeling while also studying.
Gubler acts in Wes Aderson’s “The Life Aquatic” as Intern, which is his first paid role.
Gubler makes his TV debut in CBS’s “Criminal Minds” as Dr. Spencer Reid — the main character.
Gubler is cast as Simon Seville’s voice in “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”
Gubler completes his tenth season as the show’s main character, he even directs one episode from season 10.
Gubler writes an illustrated book about self-help, directed to those who need some self-reassurance in times of uncertainty.
Why We Love Matthew Gray Gubler
He’s a devout Christian
Though Gubler got away from the faith, he regained his beliefs. If that’s something that keeps his inner peace, we are all for it.
Supports emerging artists
All the illustrations contained in his book were done by emerging artists from all around the world. We love his support of upcoming artists.
A self-help icon
Gubler has delved into the self-help industry with the publishing of his first book ever. In that book, he talks about self-acceptance and identity.
5 Surprising Facts
His favorite dessert is tiramisù
He never hides his love for the Italian dessert — that's the quickest way to win Gubler’s heart.
He’s a geek
It doesn’t look like it, but Gubler has made explicit his interest in tech gadgets.
“The Great Gatsby” is his favorite
For someone who doesn’t conform to a traditional career, we should have expected this to be his favorite book.
He turned down his first role
Normally it is the other way round, especially if you are just beginning, however in 2002 a BBQ sauce brand wanted him to be the face of their commercial.
His book was a Best Seller
Gubler’s book ranked number one for its category in the “New York Times” Best Seller list, the text reached this position within weeks of its publication.
Matthew Gray Gubler FAQs
What is Matthew Gray Gubler afraid of?
He is afraid of buffaloes and the Abominable Snowman.
Does Matthew Gray Gubler have any siblings?
Laura Dahl and John Gray Gubler are his siblings.
Where does Matthew Gray Gubler live?
He spends his time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
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