Garber in April 2006
|Born||March 16, 1949 (age 65)
London, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
|Partner(s)||Rainer Andreesen (m. 2000)|
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, 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.
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). 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.
Garber began acting at the age of nine, and studied at the University of Toronto's Hart House at age 16. 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). 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.
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).
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).
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. He reprised the role in the Roundabout Theatre's New York production, which opened in January 2010 to generally favorable reviews.
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.
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. 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.
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. He also co-starred in 2014 Samuel L. Jackson and Felicity Huffman in the Finnish-British Action Thriller Big Game.
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. Garber referred publicly to his homosexuality in 2012. In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it, but everybody knows."
As of 2013, he lives in New York with his partner of 15 years, Rainer Andreesen.
|1974||Monkeys in the Attic||Eric|
|1988||Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway, TheThe Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway||Ernest Hemingway|
|1992||Singles||Child's Father||Uncredited|
|1992||I'll Never Get to Heaven||Eric Hoskins|
|1992||Light Sleeper||Tis Brooke|
|1993||Sleepless in Seattle||Greg|
|1993||Life with Mikey||Brian Spiro|
|1994||Mixed Nuts||Irate Neighbour||Voice role|
|1995||Kleptomania||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||Father Carson||Short|
|1998||How Stella Got Her Groove Back||Isaac||Uncredited|
|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||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||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
|2013||I'll Follow You Down||Sal|
|2013||Phenom||Dolan Luis/Knicks Owner|
|2013||The Hunters||Mason Fuller|
|2014||Big Game||Vice President|
|2015||The Gettysburg Address||William Saunders||Voice|
|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|
|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||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|
- The Shadow Box - 1977
- Tartuffe - 1977
- Deathtrap - 1978 (Tony Nomination)
- Sweeney Todd - 1979 - as Anthony Hope
- They're Playing Our Song - 1981
- Little Me - 1982 (Tony Nomination)
- Noises Off - 1983
- You Never Can Tell - 1986
- The Devil's Disciple - 1988
- Lend Me a Tenor - 1989 (Tony Nomination)
- Two Shakespearean Actors - 1992
- Damn Yankees - 1994 (Tony Nomination)
- Arcadia - 1995
- 'Art' - 1998
- Present Laughter - 2010
- Ghosts - 1973
- Joe's Opera -1975
- Cracks - 1976
- Wenceslas Square - 1988
- Love Letters - 1989
- Assassins - 1990 as John Wilkes Booth
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- CANOE - JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Sugar Shoppe, jam.canoe.ca; accessed April 24, 2014.
- Present Laughter May 18, 2007.
- "Star Trek Movie Deleted Klingon Scene Available Online + DVD/Blu-ray Debuts In Some Countries". TrekMovie.com. 2009-10-27. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- The Irish Times, Saturday, June 19, 2010.
- Samuel Jackson Hunts a ‘Big Game’
- Drucker, Hal (April 13, 2012). "Victor Victorious: Victor Garber on success, family and friends". Forever Young Information. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- D'Zurilla, Christie (January 15, 2013). "Victor Garber's gay, he confirms — but didn't you know already?". LA Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- Victor Garber at the Internet Movie Database
- Victor Garber at the Internet Broadway Database
- Victor Garber at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Victor Garber at the TCM Movie Database
- Victor Garber at AllMovie