Victor Garber

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Victor Garber
Garber in April 2006
Born March 16, 1949 (1949-03-16) (age 65)
London, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater University of Toronto
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1958–present
Partner(s) Rainer Andreesen (m. 2000)

Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949)[1] is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. Garber is known for playing Jesus in Godspell, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, Jack Bristow in the television series Alias, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Thomas Andrews in James Cameron's Titanic, and as Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, in Argo.

Early life[edit]

Born in London, Ontario, Garber is of Russian Jewish descent; his parents were Joe Garber (died 1995), and wife, Bessie Hope (née) Wolf (died 2005, an actress, singer, and the host of At Home with Hope Garber).[2] He has a brother, Nathan, and a sister, Alisa.

When Garber was twelve, 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.[3]


Garber began acting at the age of nine, and studied at the University of Toronto's Hart House at age 16.[3] In 1967, after a period working as a solo folk singer, he formed a folk group 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" (1967).[4] 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.[5]

He has worked in various American and Canadian films and television, including James Cameron's Titanic (1997), in which he essayed a Northern Irish accent to play the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, and CTV's E.N.G. (1991–93), in which he had a recurring guest role. Other appearances include Godspell (Canadian stage version, 1972, and film version, 1973) as Jesus, Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Annie (1999), Legally Blonde (2001), and Tuck Everlasting (2002).[3]

He is best known for his portrayal of Jack Bristow on ABC's show, Alias, for which he earned three Emmy nominations. He next starred on the television series Justice (2006) on Fox and ABC's Eli Stone. His most recent TV appearance is as a mysterious character named "Olivier Roth" in four episodes of the Canadian science drama ReGenesis. He appeared in Episode 3 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).[citation needed]

In 1998, he co-starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play Art with Alan Alda and Alfred Molina. In 2005, he played the role of Frederic in the Los Angeles Opera production of A Little Night Music. He played the male lead in a critically hailed Encores presentation of Follies (2007), opposite Donna Murphy. In mid-2007, he played Garry Essendine in a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at Boston's Huntington Theatre.[6] He reprised the role in the Roundabout Theatre's New York production, which opened in January 2010 to generally favorable reviews.[citation needed]

In 2009, he took on the role of the DC Comics supervillain 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.[7]

In June 2010, because of a 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.[8] RTÉ immediately apologized to both men for the mistake. Garber did not comment on the incident. In 2010, 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.[citation needed]

In late 2012, he appeared in Affleck's film Argo, about the Iran hostage crisis; Garber portrayed Canadian Ambassador to Iran Kenneth D. Taylor. In December 2010, for their annual birthday celebration to "The Master", The Noël 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 what would have been Coward's 111th birthday.[citation needed] He also co-starred in 2014 Samuel L. Jackson and Felicity Huffman in the Finnish-British Action Thriller Big Game.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2] Garber referred publicly to his homosexuality in 2012.[10] In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it, but everybody knows."[11]

As of 2013, he lives in New York with his partner of 15 years, Rainer Andreesen.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Godspell Jesus
1974 Monkeys in the Attic[citation needed] Eric
1988 Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway, TheThe Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway[citation needed] Ernest Hemingway
1992 Singles Child's Father Uncredited[citation needed]
1992 I'll Never Get to Heaven[citation needed] Eric Hoskins
1992 Light Sleeper Tis Brooke
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Greg
1993 Life with Mikey Brian Spiro
1994 Exotica Harold Brown
1994 Mixed Nuts Irate Neighbour Voice role
1995 Jeffrey Tim
1995 Kleptomania[citation needed] Morgan Allen
1996 First Wives Club, TheThe First Wives Club Bill Atchison National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1997 Titanic Thomas Andrews Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Absolution of Anthony, TheThe Absolution of Anthony[citation needed] Father Carson Short
1997 Cinderella King Maximillian
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Isaac Uncredited
1999 Annie Oliver Warbucks
1999 External Affairs Harry Raymond Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2001 Legally Blonde Professor Callahan
2001 Call Me Claus Taylor
2002 Tuck Everlasting Robert Foster
2002 Home Room Det. Martin Van Zandt
2008 Milk Mayor George Moscone Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Sinestro Video, voice role
2009 Star Trek Klingon Interrogator Deleted scene
2010 You Again Mark
2010 Town, TheThe Town Assistant Bank Manager Uncredited
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Thundering Rhino Voice role
2011 Entitled, TheThe Entitled Bob Vincent
2011 Take Me Home[citation needed] Arnold
2012 Argo Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Ensemble Performance
2012 Moving Day
2013 I'll Follow You Down[citation needed] Sal
2013 Phenom[citation needed] Dolan Luis/Knicks Owner
2013 The Hunters[citation needed] Mason Fuller
2014 Big Game Vice President
2015 The Gettysburg Address William Saunders Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Jack: A Flash Fantasy Jack of Hearts Television film
1974 ABC Afterschool Special Christian de Neuvillette Voice role, Episode: "Cyrano"
1975 Hallmark Hall of Fame Marquis de Lafayette Episode: "Valley Forge"
1977 Best of Families, TheThe Best of Families Teddy Wheeler Miniseries
1978 Tartuffe Valere Television film
1983 Charley's Aunt Jack Chesney Television film
1985 I Had Three Wives Jackson Beaudine 5 episodes
1985 Tales from the Darkside Ambrose Cavender Episode: "The Tear Collector"
1985 Private Sessions Jerry Sharma Television film
1986 The Twilight Zone Dr. Kevin Carlson Epiosde: "A Day in Beaumont / The Last Defender of Camelot"
1986 Roanoak John White Television film
1986 Guiding Light Det. Frank Minnelli Unknown episodes
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music Liberace Television film
1991 Grand Larceny Judge Keeler Television film
1987–91 Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, TheThe Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Dennis Widmer 10 episodes
1991–93 E.N.G. Adam Hirsch 10 episodes
1992 First Circle, TheThe First Circle Lew Rubin Television film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1992 I'll Fly Away Warren Episode: "Fragile Truths"
1992 Powers That Be, TheThe Powers That Be Mack Novitz Episode: "Oh, Mack"
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Digby Miniseries
1993 Dieppe Lord Louis Mountbatten Television film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1993 Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story Frank Marrocco Television film
1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Blackwell Episode: "The Innocent"
1995 Law & Order Paul Sandig Episode: "Savages"
1995 Almost Perfect Howard Guthrie Episode: "You Like Me, You Really Like Me"
1996 Hostile Advances Jack Gilcrest Television film
1996 F/X: The Series Andrew Price Episode: "The Brotherhood"
1996 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Dr. Ben McCormick Episode: "Out of Body"
1997 Cinderella King Maximillian Television film
1997 Let Me Call You Sweetheart Geoff Dorso Television film
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution John Dickinson 6 episodes
1999 Summer's End Narrator Voice role, television film
1999 Invisible Child Tim Beeman Television film
1999 Annie Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks Television film
2000 Love and Murder Inspector Philip Millard Television film
2000 Frasier Ferguson Episode: "Taking Liberties"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2000 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Dr. Edward Normandy Episode: "Glitch"
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Sidney Luft Television film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2001 Wandering Soul Murders, TheThe Wandering Soul Murders Inspector Philip Millard Television film
2001 Colder Kind of Death, AA Colder Kind of Death Inspector Philip Millard Television film
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Kenny Franks Television film
2001 Call Me Claus Taylor Television film
2001–06 Alias Jack Bristow 105 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)
2002 Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story J.J. Robinette Television film
2003 Music Man, TheThe Music Man Mayor Shinn Television film
2003 It's All Relative Jerry / Joffrey Episode: "The Doctor Is Out"
2004 Will & Grace Peter Bovington Episode: "Saving Grace, Again: Part 2"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2006–07 Justice Ron Trott 13 episodes
2007 American Masters Narrator Episode: "Novel Reflections: The American Dream"
2007 Ugly Betty Professor Barrett Episode: "Grin and Bear It"
2007–08 ReGenesis Oliver Roth 5 episodes
2008–09 Eli Stone Jordan Wethersby 26 episodes
2009 Last Templar, TheThe Last Templar Monsignor De Angelis Miniseries
2009 Everything She Ever Wanted Walter Allanson Miniseries
2009 Glee Will's Father Episode: "Acafellas"
2009 Nurse Jackie Neil Nutterman 2 episodes
2009 Rex Paul Television film
2009 Web Therapy Kip Wallice Web series, 3 Episodes
2009 National Geographic: America Before Columbus Narrator
2010 Ice Quake Colonel Bill Hughes Television film
2010–12 Republic of Doyle Garrison Steel 3 episodes
2011 Stargate Universe Ambassador Ovirda Episode: "Seizure"
2011 Suits Phillip Hardman Pilot (scenes cut in US release)
2011 Murdoch Mysteries Detective Malcolm Lamb Episode: "Tattered and Torn"
2011 Flashpoint Dr. Larry Toth Episode: "Fault Lines"
Episode: "Priority of Life"
2011 30 Rock Eugene Gremby Episode: "Respawn"
2011 Law & Order: LA Walter Calvin Episode: "Angel's Knoll"
2011 William & Catherine: A Royal Romance Charles, Prince of Wales Television film
2011 Charlie's Angels Charles Townsend Voice role
2011–present Web Therapy Kip Wallice Main role
2012 Big C, TheThe Big C Willie Wanker Episode: "Family Matters"
2012 Damages Bennett Herreshoff 3 episodes
2012 The Firm Judge Dominic Episode: "Chapter 6"
2013 Deception Robert Bowers Main role (11 episodes)
2014 The Good Wife Judge Loudon Spencer Episode: "We, the Juries"
2014 Sleepy Hollow Ichabod Crane's Father Episode: "Bad Blood"
2014 Louie Louie's Lawyer Episode: "Model"
2014 Blue Bloods Donald Stein Episode: "Under the Gun"
2015 The Flash Dr. Martin Stein 3 Episodes


Off Broadway[edit]


  1. ^ "Victor Garber profile at". Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Snook, Raven (2010-01-13). "Has Victor Garber found his Tony role?". Time Out. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  3. ^ a b c Profile of Victor Garber,; accessed April 24, 2014.
  4. ^
  5. ^ CANOE - JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Sugar Shoppe,; accessed April 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Present Laughter May 18, 2007.
  7. ^ "Star Trek Movie Deleted Klingon Scene Available Online + DVD/Blu-ray Debuts In Some Countries". 2009-10-27. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ The Irish Times, Saturday, June 19, 2010.
  9. ^ Samuel Jackson Hunts a ‘Big Game’
  10. ^ a b Drucker, Hal (April 13, 2012). "Victor Victorious: Victor Garber on success, family and friends". Forever Young Information. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (January 15, 2013). "Victor Garber's gay, he confirms — but didn't you know already?". LA Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
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