Matthew Gray Gubler
Cartoonist, actor, short film-maker, and a man who tries to never wear matching socks--the quirky Matthew Gray Gubler is best known as the brilliant, eccentric FBI special agent Dr. Spencer Reid on the popular police procedural "Criminal Minds". The character, who has been a mainstay on the show since the first season and quickly became a fan favorite, is notable for his dry humor, genius I.Q., and slight autism. What perhaps makes his success on the show so surprising is that he never had a real urge to become an actor in the first place. He thought filmmaking and writing would be his claims to fame, but after a modelling stint, he was asked by director Wes Anderson (for whom Gubler was interning) to play a small part in the 2004 comedy "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou", which immediately led to his part on "Criminal Minds". While filming, he made a short behind-the-scenes documentary that would eventually see the light of day on the subsequent DVD release. He also appeared in the family comedy "RV" with Robin Williams; "The Great Buck Howard" with John Malkovich and Colin Hanks; and the unconventional romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Along with all of his other talents, voice work is a part of his resume: he plays Simon the chipmunk in the film "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and its two sequels, and has also voiced Superman and Scooby-Doo cartoons. In 2010, Gubler directed an episode of "Criminal Minds".