Liev Schreiber Has Lent His Voice as the Hard Knocks Narrator Since 2001

By | August 26, 2020
  • Actor Liev Schreiber has been the narrator of Hard Knocks for ever single season it’s been on the air.
  • The one year Schreiber didn’t narrate, in 2007, the narrator was Paul Rudd.
  • Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Schreiber is once again narrating Hard Knocks this season, focusing on the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.

    Signs another NFL season is on the way: the dog days of summer hit, you start thinking a little bit more about your fantasy football draft, and a new season of Hard Knocks starts on HBO. There’s something magical about the premium cable network’s NFL training camp documentary, and while the featured team, coaches, players, and setting changes each year, there’s one essential piece of the show that remains consistent each year: the narrator.

    Matching a deep, booming tone with a dry, subtle sense of humor, the narrator is one of the things that makes Hard Knocks, well, Hard Knocks. (The music doesn’t hurt, either.)

    If that voice sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s one you’ve been hearing in major films and hit TV series for nearly three decades at this point.

    The narrator of Hard Knocks is Liev Schreiber

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    For nearly every season of Hard Knocks since its inception (the show started with seasons in 2001 and 2002, before taking a break until 2007; it’s had a season every year since), Schreiber has been the voice of the docuseries beloved by NFL fans.

    Schreiber is obviously pumped to do it, having done it for so long; even in the midst of a global pandemic, he made sure to get his v/o in. He even shared his excitement to his Instagram and Twitter, where he doesn’t post super frequently.

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    The one season he didn’t narrate, 2007, saw Schreiber yield the audio duties to another actor you may have heard of: Paul Rudd. That season followed training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs; the Ant-Man and I Love You, Man star is a noted Chiefs superfan (you may recall him on the field after the team’s Super Bowl victory earlier this year).

    Outsider of his work as one of TV’s most epic narrators, you may be familiar with Schreiber’s work elsewhere on TV—he’s picked up five Golden Globe nominations and three Emmy nominations for playing the title role in Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He’s also an acclaimed film actor, with memorable roles in major movies like Spotlight, Scream, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and way more. He even lent his voice to play the villain, Kingpin, in the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

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