Brent Carver

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Brent Carver
Born (1951-11-17) November 17, 1951 (age 64)
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor

Brent Carver (born November 17, 1951) is a Canadian actor best known for his performances on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Parade as Leo Frank, and Kiss of the Spider Woman as Molina, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 1993.

Early life[edit]

Carver was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, the son of Lois (Wills), a clerk, and Kenneth Carver, who was in the lumber business.[1]


Carver is known for a variety of stage and film roles, including The Wars, Kronborg: 1582, Lilies, Larry's Party, Elizabeth Rex, Millennium, Shadow Dancing, and Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. Carver originated the role of Gandalf in the Toronto stage production of The Lord of the Rings and has appeared in several Soulpepper Theatre Company productions such as The Wild Duck, Don Carlos and as the Pirate King in the 1985 production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Carver played the character Leo on the CBC Television series Leo and Me, which aired two seasons from 1977 to 1978.

In 1993, Carver won a Tony Award which he dedicated to the late Canadian actress Susan Wright, who had died two years earlier in a house fire in Stratford, Ontario. In May 2014, Carver received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, for his lifetime contribution to Canadian theatre.

Carver portrayed Ichabod Crane in the 1999 TV film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow which aired on Odyssey. He played the title role in "The Trouble With Harry", an episode of the television series Twice in a Lifetime directed by David Winning.[2] He portrayed Leonardo da Vinci in Leonardo: A Dream of Flight in 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Carver is of Welsh and Irish descent.[3]


  1. ^ "Something From Nothing". Playbill, March 19, 2004.
  2. ^ "Carver convincingly troubled in rare TV outing". Toronto Star, March 17, 2000.
  3. ^ "The Sweet 'Kiss' of Success". Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1993.

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