Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler (/ˈɡblər/;[1] born March 9, 1980) is an American actor, filmmaker, fashion model, painter, and author. 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 eleven episodes. Gubler has appeared in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, (500) Days of Summer, Life After Beth, Suburban Gothic, Newness, and as the voice of Simon in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its three sequels.

Matthew Gray Gubler
Gubler in 2017
Born (1980-03-09) March 9, 1980
Alma materNew York University
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
  • model
Years active2004–present

Early life and education

Gubler was born on March 9, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the son of Marilyn (née Kelch), a rancher and political consultant, and John Gubler, an attorney.[2] Gubler is a high school graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, where he studied acting because the school did not offer his first choice, filmmaking.[3] He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in film directing.



While at NYU film school, Gubler was discovered by a model scout and then worked as a model with DNA Model Management for Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, and American Eagle,[4] among others. He has been ranked 46th on list of top 50 male models.[5]


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.[4]

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. He also played Joe Harper in the 2015 movie Band of Robbers.

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). Gubler has also since appeared in the films Band of Robbers (2015) and 68 Kill (2017).


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.[6] He has directed and starred in a series of self-deprecating mockumentaries named Matthew Gray Gubler: the Unauthorized Documentary[7] 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.[3][7][8]

Gubler directed, edited, and co-produced the music video for "Don't Shoot Me Santa" by the rock band The Killers.[8]

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,[9] "Alchemy" (8x20),[10] "Gatekeeper"(9x07), "Blood Relations" (9x20), "Mr. Scratch" (10x21), "A Beautiful Disaster" (11x18), which included the departure of series regular Shemar Moore, "Elliott's Pond" (12x06), and "The Capilanos" (13x17), which aired March 21, 2018.


Since 2005, Gubler has been posting paintings on his website. His media include watercolor, gouache, oil, and pastel.[11] 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.[11] 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.[12] Gubler contributed a painting of "Sandy The Mammoth" to the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.[13] In July 2010, his paintings were featured in Juxtapoz magazine.[14]

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.[15]

Gubler's paintings were highlighted in a 2013 interview with BuzzFeed.[16]


Gubler wrote and illustrated his first book, Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging and Being Yourself, which was released on April 2, 2019.[17] It is published as a children's book, but Gubler says it is for all ages, "for anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t quite fit in, just to make them know that they’re not alone.... My hope in writing the book was to find a way to give the world a 136-page hug." He hand-wrote everything in the book - "every single word, every single illustration, including the bar code and the lengthy copyright page."[18] Within weeks of its release the book was ranked #1 in its category on the New York Times Best Sellers List.[19]

The story concerns a sensitive monster named Rumple Buttercup, who is so self-conscious about his appearance - green skin, five crooked teeth, and three strands of hair - that he fears he will be rejected by people, so he spends his life hiding in a sewer. He emerges only at night, wearing a banana peel on his head as a disguise. Eventually he discovers that people actually do accept him despite his differences.[20] In promotional appearances, Gubler sometimes wears a 7-foot-tall Rumple costume or a banana peel on his head. He initially planned to self-publish the work, but decided that Random House would be a good fit for him at his first meeting: “The Random House publishers came to the meeting with banana peels on their heads, and I was immediately enchanted.”[21]

Personal life

Gubler divides his time among Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York City.[22]

In 2009, Gubler dislocated his knee while dancing. The injury required three surgical procedures and the use of a cane for nearly a year, which was written into the script of Criminal Minds.[23]

On October 27, 2014, Gubler became a certified minister[24] and officiated at the wedding of his Criminal Minds co-star Paget Brewster and Steve Damstra, on November 29, 2014.[25][26]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Intern #1
2006 RV Joe Joe
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Simon Seville Voice
2008 The Great Buck Howard Russell
How to Be a Serial Killer Bart
2009 (500) Days of Summer Paul
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Simon Seville Voice
2010 The Ugly Life of a Beautiful Girl Ziggy
2011 All-Star Superman Jimmy Olsen Voice
Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Winsor Voice
Magic Valley Mok
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Simon Seville Voice
2012 Excision Mr. Claybaugh
2014 Life After Beth Kyle Orfman
Suburban Gothic Raymond Screamfest Award for Best Actor
Hot Air
Batman: Assault on Arkham Edward Nygma/The Riddler Voice
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Simon Seville Voice
Band of Robbers Joe Harper
2016 Trash Fire Caleb
2017 Newness Paul
68 Kill Chip
2018 Zoe Michael
2019 Endings, Beginnings Adrian
2020 Horse Girl Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005–present Criminal Minds Dr. Spencer Reid Main role (297 episodes)
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Himself Season 3, episode 4
2012 The Beauty Inside Alex #26 / Alex #46 Season 1, episodes 3 and 4
Daytime Emmy New Approaches Original Daytime Program or Series
2016 @midnight Himself
2019 Dollface Wes 3 episodes


Year Title Notes
2005 Claude: A Symphony of Horror Director
Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal Editor, cinematographer, producer, writer, director
The Cactus That Looked Just Like a Man Editor, cinematographer, producer, writer, director
2006 Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary Producer, writer (concept), director
Reagan Whirlwind Heat's music video - director
2007 Don't Shoot Me Santa The Killers music video - director, editor, co-producer
2005–present Criminal Minds Series regular
Director (12 episodes)
"Mosley Lane" (Season 5, episode 16)
"Lauren" (Season 6, episode 18)
"Heathridge Manor" (Season 7, episode 19)
"The Lesson" (Season 8, episode 10)
"Alchemy" (Season 8, episode 20)
"Gatekeeper" (Season 9, episode 7)
"Blood Relations" (Season 9, episode 20)
"Mr. Scratch" (Season 10, episode 21)
"A Beautiful Disaster" (Season 11, episode 18)
"Elliott's Pond" (Season 12, episode 6)
"The Capilanos" (Season 13, episode 17)
"The Tall Man" (Season 14, episode 4)
2015 Dirt Sledding The Killers music video - director


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