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His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and Russia, while his father is from an upper-class Protestant family.His parents moved the family to Canada when Liev was one, and divorced when he was five.He and his mother moved to New York, where she drove a cab.During that time, they lived as squatters in abandoned buildings.He originally wanted to be a playwright, but his teacher encouraged him to become an actor.

His mother taught him to read, and she also forbade him from seeing color movies.He grew up seeing silent and black & white movies at a local revival house and particularly enjoyed those of Charles Chaplin. He began acting at Hampshire College and continued at the Yale University School of Drama in 1992.