Matthew Gray Gubler

Criminal Minds Meet the Cast

Matthew Gray Gubler as
Dr. Spencer Reid

  • About Dr. Spencer Reid

    Dr. Reid is a Supervisory Special Agent with the BAU, a genius and an autodidact. He graduated from Las Vegas public high school at the age of 12 and currently holds PhDs in Mathematics, Chemistry and Engineering, BAs in Psychology and Sociology, and is working on a BA in Philosophy. He has an eidetic memory, and can read over 20,000 words per minute. Reid learned everything he knows from his mother, who was a college professor on 15th century literature. While he was growing up, his mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. When Reid was 18 he had his mother placed in a psychiatric institution. Reid is afraid that his mother's condition may be genetic and at times "fears his own mind." Reid is kidnapped by serial killer Tobias Hankel, who continuously injects him with the drug Dilaudid, and develops an addiction as a result. Shortly after Hotch and Gideon discover his problem, Reid cleans up. Reid is known to be a skilled illusionist, Star Trek fan, and talented card player.
    Sometimes, for an artist, the only difference between insanity and genius is success.
    - Spencer

    About Matthew Gray Gubler

    Matthew Gray Gubler can be seen in the upcoming feature films "How to be a Serial Killer," "The Great Buck Howard" and "Pornstar." His other film credits include "R.V." and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."

    A 2002 graduate of the NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he is an accomplished filmmaker whose short films include "The Cactus That Looked Just Like a Man," "Claude: A Symphony of Horror" and "Tippi's Picnic." Gubler is the subject of the online series "Matthew Gray Gubler: The Unauthorized Documentary," which appears on

    As a model, Gubler has walked the runway for such fashion designers as Marc Jacobs, Burberry and Louis Vuitton. He was featured in Paper Magazine's 8th annual Beautiful People issue.

    Born and raised in Las Vegas, he lives in Los Angeles. His birth date is March 9.

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