Victor Garber

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Victor Garber

Garber in April 2006
Born(1949-03-16) March 16, 1949 (age 63)
London, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1958–present
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Victor Garber

Garber in April 2006
Born(1949-03-16) March 16, 1949 (age 63)
London, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1958–present

Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949) is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. Garber is known for playing Jesus in Godspell, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, Jack Bristow in the television series Alias, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, and Thomas Andrews in James Cameron's Titanic.


Early life

Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Garber is of Russian Jewish descent; his parents were Joe Garber (died 1995) and wife, Hope Wolf (an actress, singer, and the host of At Home with Hope Garber).[1] He has a brother, Nathan, and a sister, Alisa.

When Garber was 12 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He attended Ryerson Elementary School. He also was enrolled in the children's program of the Grand Theatre, and at age 16 he was accepted at a six-week summer theatre training program at the University of Toronto taught by Robert Gill.[2]


Garber began acting at the age of nine, and studied at the University of Toronto's Hart House at age 16.[2] In 1967, after a period working as a folk singer, he formed a folk band called The Sugar Shoppe with Peter Mann, Laurie Hood and Lee Harris. The group enjoyed moderate success, breaking into the Canadian top 40 with a version of Bobby Gimby's song "Canada" in 1967.[3] Three other Sugar Shoppe songs made the lower reaches of the Canadian top 100 in 1967 and '68, and the band even performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson before breaking up.[4]

He has worked in various American and Canadian films and television, including James Cameron's Titanic (1997), in which he used a Northern Irish accent to play the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, and CTV's E.N.G. (1991–1993), on which he had a recurring guest role.

Other well-known appearances include Godspell (Canadian stage version, 1972, and film version, 1973) as Jesus, Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Legally Blonde (2001), Annie (1999), and Tuck Everlasting (2002).[2]

He is most well known for his portrayal of Jack Bristow on ABC's show, Alias, for which he earned three Emmy nominations. He recently appeared on the now-canceled television series Justice on Fox and ABC's Eli Stone. His most recent TV appearance is as a mysterious character named "Olivier Roth" in 4 episodes of the Canadian science drama ReGenesis. He appeared in the third episode of the Fox series Glee as Will's father.

He appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd and Noises Off, and in the original Off Broadway cast of Assassins, as well as the 1990s revival of Damn Yankees. He has been nominated for four Tony awards and opened the Tony Awards program in 1994 (the year he was nominated for the Tony Award for Damn Yankees).

In 1998, he co-starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play Art with Alan Alda and Alfred Molina. He continues to be a sought-after theatrical performer in musicals, comedies and dramatic productions. In 2005, he played the role of Frederic in the LA Opera's production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music. He played the male lead in a critically hailed Encores presentation of Follies in 2007, with Donna Murphy. In mid-2007, he played the role of Garry Essendine in a production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter at Boston's Huntington Theatre.[5] He reprised the role in the Roundabout Theatre's New York production which opened in January, 2010 to generally favorable reviews.

In 2009, Garber took on the role of the DC Comics super villain Sinestro in the direct-to-video animated film, Green Lantern: First Flight. The same year Garber played a Klingon interrogator in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek film; however, his scenes were deleted from the finished film.[6]

In June 2010, due to an RTÉ production error, a picture of Victor Garber was accidentally used in an opinion poll on RTÉ News. The production team mistook the actor as Enda Kenny, the leader of Fine Gael, at that time the main opposition party in Ireland.[7] RTÉ immediately apologized to both men for the mistake. Garber did not comment on the incident.

Recently, Garber had an uncredited cameo in The Town as a bank manager. The film was directed by Alias co-star Jennifer Garner's husband, Ben Affleck. In late 2012, he will be seen in Affleck's film "Argo" about the Iranian hostage crisis; Garber portrays Canadian ambassador Kenneth D. Taylor. In December 2010, for their annual birthday celebration to "The Master", The Noel Coward Society invited Garber as the guest celebrity to lay flowers in front of Coward's statue at New York's Gershwin Theatre, thereby commemorating the 111th birthday of Sir Noel.

Both of his parents died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.


Garber prefers to keep his personal life private and has largely stayed out of the tabloids, except for an incident in 2008 when he revealed that his Alias co-star, Jennifer Garner, was pregnant. "I thought everybody knew," he explained.[1]



1974Monkeys in the AtticEric
1988Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway, TheThe Legendary Life of Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
1992SinglesChild's FatherUncredited
1992I'll Never Get to HeavenEric Hoskins
1992Light SleeperTis Brooke
1993Sleepless in SeattleGreg
1993Life with MikeyBrian Spiro
1994ExoticaHarold Brown
1994Mixed NutsIrate NeighbourVoice role
1995KleptomaniaMorgan Allen
1996First Wives Club, TheThe First Wives ClubBill AtchisonNational Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1997TitanicThomas AndrewsNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997Absolution of Anthony, TheThe Absolution of AnthonyFather CarsonShort
1998How Stella Got Her Groove BackIsaacUncredited
1999External AffairsHarry RaymondNominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2001Legally BlondeProfessor Callahan
2002Tuck EverlastingRobert Foster
2002Home RoomDet. Martin Van Zandt
2008MilkMayor George MosconeCritics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009Green Lantern: First FlightSinestroVideo, voice role
2009Star TrekKlingon InterrogatorDeleted scene
2010You AgainMark
2010Town, TheThe TownAssistant Bank ManagerUncredited
2011Kung Fu Panda 2Master Thundering RhinoVoice role
2011Entitled, TheThe EntitledBob Vincent
2011Take Me HomeArnold
2012Argo (2012 film)Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor


1974Jack: A Flash FantasyJack of HeartsTelevision film
1974ABC Afterschool SpecialChristian de NeuvilletteVoice role, Episode: "Cyrano"
1975Hallmark Hall of FameMarquis de LafayetteEpisode: "Valley Forge"
1977Best of Families, TheThe Best of FamiliesTeddy WheelerMiniseries
1978TartuffeValereTelevision film
1983Charley's AuntJack ChesneyTelevision film
1985I Had Three WivesJackson Beaudine5 episodes
1985Tales from the DarksideAmbrose CavenderEpisode: "The Tear Collector"
1985Private SessionsJerry SharmaTelevision film
1986Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneDr. Kevin CarlsonEpiosde: "A Day in Beaumont / The Last Defender of Camelot"
1986RoanoakJohn WhiteTelevision film
1986Guiding LightDet. Frank MinnelliUnknown episodes
1988Liberace: Behind the MusicLiberaceTelevision film
1991Grand LarcenyJudge KeelerTelevision film
1987–91Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, TheThe Days and Nights of Molly DoddDennis Widmer10 episodes
1992First Circle, TheThe First CircleLew RubinTelevision film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1992I'll Fly AwayWarrenEpisode: "Fragile Truths"
1992Powers That Be, TheThe Powers That BeMack NovitzEpisode: "Oh, Mack"
1991–93E.N.G.Adam Hirsch10 episodes
1993Alex Haley's QueenDigbyMiniseries
DieppeLord Louis MountbattenTelevision film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1993Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek StoryFrank MarroccoTelevision film
1994Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesBlackwellEpisode: "The Innocent"
1995Law & OrderPaul SandigEpisode: "Savages"
1995Almost PerfectHoward GuthrieEpisode: "You Like Me, You Really Like Me"
1996Hostile AdvancesJack GilcrestTelevision film
1996F/X: The SeriesAndrew PriceEpisode: "The Brotherhood"
1997CinderellaKing MaximillianTelevision film
1997Let Me Call You SweetheartGeoff DorsoTelevision film
1997Liberty! The American RevolutionJohn Dickinson6 episodes
1999Summer's EndNarratorVoice role, television film
1999Invisible ChildTim BeemanTelevision film
1999AnnieOliver "Daddy" WarbucksTelevision film
2000Love and MurderInspector Philip MillardTelevision film
2000FrasierFergusonEpisode: "Taking Liberties"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1996–2000Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsBen McCormick2 episodes
2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsSidney LuftTelevision film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2001Wandering Soul Murders, TheThe Wandering Soul MurdersInspector Philip MillardTelevision film
2001Colder Kind of Death, AA Colder Kind of DeathInspector Philip MillardTelevision film
2001Laughter on the 23rd FloorKenny FranksTelevision film
2001Call Me ClausTaylorTelevision film
2002Torso: The Evelyn Dick StoryJ.J. RobinetteTelevision film
2003Music Man, TheThe Music ManMayor ShinnTelevision film
2003It's All RelativeJerry / JoffreyEpisode: "The Doctor Is Out"
2004Will & GracePeter BovingtonEpisode: "Saving Grace, Again: Part 2"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2001–06AliasJack Bristow105 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2003)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2003)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2004)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2002–04)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Parental Units (2005)
2006–07JusticeRon Trott13 episodes
2007American MastersNarratorEpisode: "Novel Reflections: The American Dream"
2007Ugly BettyProfessor BarrettEpisode: "Grin and Bear It"
2007–08ReGenesisOliver Roth5 episodes
2009Last Templar, TheThe Last TemplarMonsignor De AngelisMiniseries
2009Everything She Ever WantedWalter AllansonMiniseries
2009GleeWill's FatherEpisode: "Acafellas"
2009Nurse JackieNeil Nutterman2 episodes
2009RexPaulTelevision film
2009Web TherapyKip WalliceWeb series, 3 Episodes
2009National Geographic: America Before ColumbusNarrator
2008–09Eli StoneJordan Wethersby26 episodes
2010Ice QuakeColonel Bill HughesTelevision film
2010–12Republic of DoyleGarrison Steel3 episodes
2011Stargate UniverseAmbassador OvirdaEpisode: "Seizure"
2011Murdoch MysteriesDetective Malcolm LambEpisode: "Tattered and Torn"
2011FlashpointDr. Larry TothEpisode: "Fault Lines"
Episode: "Priority of Life"
201130 RockEugene GrembyEpisode: "Respawn"
2011Law & Order: LAWalter CalvinEpisode: "Angel's Knoll"
2011William & Catherine: A Royal RomanceCharles, Prince of WalesTelevision film
2011-presentWeb TherapyKip WalliceMain role
2011Charlie's AngelsCharles TownsendVoice role
2012Big C, TheThe Big CWillie WankerEpisode: "Family Matters"


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