Colm Joseph Feore
August 22, 1958
|Alma mater||National Theatre School of Canada|
Colm Joseph Feore / /; born August 22, 1958) is a Canadian actor of film, stage, and television. A 13-year veteran of the Stratford Festival, he is known for his Gemini-winning turn as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the CBC miniseries Trudeau (2002), his portrayal of Glenn Gould in Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), and for playing Detective Martin Ward in Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) and its 2017 sequel.(
His other roles include Martin Harrison in Chicago (2002), Lord Marshal Zhylaw in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), First Gentleman Henry Taylor on 24 (2009), Cardinal Della Rovere on The Borgias (2011–2013), Laufey in Thor (2011), General Ted Brockhart on House of Cards (2016–2017), Declan Gallard on 21 Thunder (2017), Wernher von Braun in For All Mankind (2019), and Sir Reginald Hargreeves on The Umbrella Academy (2019–present). Feore is also a Prix Iris and Screen Actors Guild Award winner and a Genie Award nominee.
Early life and education
Feore was born on August 22, 1958, in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Irish immigrants, and the family moved back to Ireland shortly after Colm was born, where they lived for several years before emigrating to Windsor, Ontario. After graduating from Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, he attended the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec.
Feore honed his acting skills as a member of the Acting Company of the Stratford Festival of Canada, North America's largest classical repertory theatre. He spent 17 seasons at Stratford where he rose from bit parts to leading roles, including Romeo, Hamlet, Richard III, and Cyrano. He returned in 2006 to star in four productions, including Don Juan in both English and French and as Fagin in Oliver! More recently, in 2009 he played the main role of Macbeth in the play Macbeth, the main role of Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, and Lear in King Lear in 2014, all performed at the Stratford Festival Theatre. He also has appeared on Broadway as Cassius in the production of Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington as Brutus. Off-Broadway, for the Public Theater, he was Claudius in a Hamlet production that starred Liev Schreiber.
In Canada, Feore's most famous roles were as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the critically acclaimed television mini-series Trudeau, a role for which he won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, as classical pianist Glenn Gould in the 1993 film Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, and as by-the-book English Canadian detective Martin Ward in the box-office hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop. He also played a crazed marketing executive imposter in the second season of the Canadian TV series, Slings and Arrows, a role that continued for several episodes. The show has run in the United States on the Sundance Channel.
Outside Canada, Feore has appeared in numerous film, theatre and television roles. He is perhaps most famous in the United States for his supporting roles in such Hollywood films as Pearl Harbor, The Sum of All Fears, Paycheck, and The Chronicles of Riddick. In 1999, he appeared in Stephen King's Storm of the Century as the powerful ancient wizard Andre Linoge. He was the crooked Los Angeles Police Chief James E. Davis in 2008's Changeling. In 2011, he appeared as Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, in the live-action superhero film Thor. In 2014, he portrayed Dr. Francis Dulmacher in Gotham. He portrayed the First Gentleman Henry Taylor on the seventh season of 24, appeared as Tad Whitney in The West Wing second-season episode titled "Galileo" and played the billionaire suspect Jordan Hayes in the 2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Flight". He played murderers (by supernatural means) in two episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series.
In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as an actor of the stage and screen, notably by bridging Anglophone and Francophone cultures as a fluently bilingual performer."
Feore was honoured with Gascon-Thomas Award from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2013, the award is given annually to an actor that makes an exceptional contribution to the growth of theatre.
Feore has been married to Donna Feore (nee Ballantyne), a choreographer and theatre director associated with the National Arts Centre and the Stratford Festival, since 1994. He was previously married to actress Sidonie Boll, from 1983 to 1994 whom he met at The National Theatre School. Feore has three children: son Jack with Boll, and son Thomas and daughter Anna with Donna Feore.
Feore is fluent in French.
|1987||A Nest of Singing Birds||Michael Jimson|
|1988||Iron Eagle II||Yuri Lebanov|
|1990||Beautiful Dreamers||Dr. Maurice Bucke|
|Bethune: The Making of a Hero||Chester Rice|
|1993||Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould||Glenn Gould|
|1996||The Boor||Gruzdev||Short film|
|1997||Night Falls on Manhattan||Elihu Harrison|
|Face/Off||Dr. Malcolm Walsh|
|The Wrong Guy||The Killer|
|Critical Care||Richard Wilson|
|1998||City of Angels||Jordan|
|The Red Violin||Auctioneer|
|The Lesser Evil||Derek|
|Storm of the Century||Andre Linoge|
|The Insider||Richard Scruggs|
|2000||Thomas and the Magic Railroad||Toby the Tram Engine (voice)|
|The Perfect Son||Ryan Taylor|
|2001||Ignition||Gen. Joel MacAteer|
|The Caveman's Valentine||David Leppenraub|
|Pearl Harbor||Adm. Husband E. Kimmel|
|2002||The Sum of All Fears||Olson|
|Point of Origin||Mike Matassa|
|The Baroness and the Pig||The Baron|
|National Security||Detective Frank McDuff|
|2004||The Chronicles of Riddick||Lord Marshal Zhylaw|
|2005||Lies My Mother Told Me||Lucas Mackenzie|
|The Deal||Hank Weiss|
|Heidi||Mr. Sesseman (voice)|
|The Exorcism of Emily Rose||Karl Gunderson|
|2006||Bon Cop, Bad Cop||Detective Martin Ward|
|2007||The Poet||Colonel Hass|
|Killing Zelda Sparks||Dr. Leningrad|
|2008||Waitresses Wanted||RCMP Cpl. Paradis|
|The American Trap||Maurice Bishop|
|Changeling||Chief James E. Davis|
|Inconceivable||Dr. Jackson Charles Freeman|
|Six Reasons Why||The Preacher|
|WarGames: The Dead Code||T. Kenneth Hassert / Joshua (voice)|
|2009||The Trotsky||Principal Berkhoff|
|Interregnum||King Ubu / Klaus|
|French Immersion||Michael Pontifikator|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Rob Behringer|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Donald Menken|
|2015||King Lear||King Lear|
|2016||Mean Dreams||The Chief|
|2017||Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2||Martin Ward|
|The Curse of Buckout Road|
|2019||The Prodigy||Arthur Jacobson|
|2020||My Salinger Year||Daniel|
|2021||Trigger Point||Elias Kane|
|1981||The Running Man||Rick||Television film|
|1982||The Great Detective||Talbot||Episode: "Death Circuit"|
|1987||Blades of Courage||Bruce Gainor||Television film|
|1989–90||Friday the 13th: The Series||Alex Dent / Anton Pascola||2 episodes|
|War of the Worlds||Nikita / Leonid Argochev|
|Episode: "John McCrae"|
|1992||Street Legal||Kyle Thompson||Episode: "November"|
|1992–93||Beyond Reality||Mason Driscoll / Sorcerer
|1993||Romeo & Juliet||Mercutio||Television film|
|1995||Forever Knight||Walken||Episode: "Blood Money"|
|Friends at Last||Phillip Connelyn||Television film|
|Truman||Charles Griffith Ross|
|Where's the Money, Noreen?||Kevin Hanover|
|1995–96||Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Selinger||2 episodes|
|1996||Due South||Charles Carver||Episode: "The Duel"|
|The Outer Limits||Major Mackie||Episode: "The Heist"|
|1997||Night Sins||Deacon Albert Fletcher||Television film|
|Liberty! The American Revolution||Alexander Hamilton||Miniseries|
|Hostile Waters||Pshenishny||Television film|
|Creature||Adm. Aaron Richland||Miniseries|
|1998–2000||La Femme Nikita||Leon / Brutus (voice)||2 episodes|
|1999||Storm of the Century||Andre Linoge||Miniseries|
|2000||Trapped in a Purple Haze||Ed Hanson||Television film|
|The West Wing||Tad Whitney||Episode: "Galileo"|
|Boston Public||George Guber||Episode: "Chapter Seven"|
|Nuremberg||Rudolf Hoess||Television film|
|2001||Foreign Objects||Tibor||5 episodes|
|Final Jeopardy||Paul Battaglia|
|The Day Reagan Was Shot||Caspar Weinberger|
|2002||Benjamin Franklin||Narrator (voice)||Miniseries|
|Sins of the Father||Dalton Strong||Television film|
|Point of Origin||Mike Matassa||Television film|
|2003||And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself||D.W. Griffith||Television film|
|2004||The Newsroom||David||Episode: "Reality Strikes"|
|The Eleventh Hour||Owen Sawyer||Episode: "Eden"|
|2005||Lies My Mother Told Me||Lucas Mackenzie||Television film|
|Empire||Julius Caesar||3 episodes|
|Slings & Arrows||Sanjay||5 episodes|
|Burnt Toast||Dave||Television film|
|2006||Secret Files of the Inquisition||Narrator||Miniseries|
|Battlestar Galactica||President Richard Adar||Episode: "Epiphanies"|
|2007||Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee||General William Tecumseh Sherman||Television film|
|American Experience||Narrator||Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"|
|2008||24: Redemption||Henry Taylor||Television film|
|2009||Flashpoint||David Graham||Episode: "Eagle Two"|
|24||Henry Taylor||12 episodes|
|The Listener||Ray Mercer||7 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jordan Hayes||Episode: "Flight"|
|2011–13||The Borgias||Giuliano della Rovere||20 episodes|
|2012||Saving Hope||Mac||Episodes: "The Great Randall", "Bea, Again"|
|2012–13||Revolution||Randall Flynn||9 episodes|
|2013||The Good Wife||Brad Lund||Episode: "Red Team, Blue Team"|
|House of Versace||Santo Versace||Television film|
|2014||Beauty & the Beast||Frank Darnell||Episode: "Recipe for Disaster"|
|2014–16||Sensitive Skin||Roger||7 episodes|
|2015||Pirate's Passage||Corporal Robin Hawkins
|Gotham||Dr. Francis Dulmacher||2 episodes|
|2016–17||House of Cards||Ted Brockhart||12 episodes|
|2017||Lore||Dr. Walter Freeman||Episode: "Echoes"|
|2018||The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair||Elijah Stern||5 episodes|
|2019–present||The Umbrella Academy||Sir Reginald Hargreeves/The Monocle||Main cast|
|2019||Murdoch Mysteries||George Crabtree Sr.||Episode: "Prodigal Father"|
|For All Mankind||Wernher von Braun||3 episodes|
Stratford Festival Theatre credits
- Romeo and Juliet (1984), Romeo
- The Boys from Syracuse (1986), Antipholus
- Cymbeline (1986), Iachimo
- Othello (1987), Iago
- Richard III (1988), King Richard III
- The Taming of the Shrew (1988), Petruchio
- The Three Musketeers (1988), Athos
- Julius Caesar (1990), Cassius
- The Merry Wives of Windsor (1990), Frank Ford
- Romeo and Juliet (1992), Mercutio
- Hamlet (1991), Hamlet
- Measure for Measure (1992), Angelo
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993), Oberon
- The Pirates of Penzance (1994), Pirate King
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1994), Cyrano
- My Fair Lady (2002), Henry Higgins
- Don Juan (2006), Don Juan
- Oliver! (2006), Fagin
- Coriolanus (2006), Coriolanus
- Intervention (2007)
- Macbeth (2009), Macbeth
- Cyrano de Bergerac (2009), Cyrano
- King Lear (2014), King Lear
- The Beaux' Stratagem (2014), Archer
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- Colm Feore - Northern Stars Archived June 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Ridley College | Feore, Colm OR'77". www.ridleycollege.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
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- Onofri, Adrienne. "BWW Interview: Colm Feore, Coming to a Movie Theater Near You as King Lear". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
- George 'El Guapo' Roush (September 22, 2009). "Thor, Iron Man And The Fighter Are Facebook Friends With David Fincher". Latino Review. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
- "Before They Were Stars: Colm Feore in "Friday the 13th: The Series"". The Back Row. May 10, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
- Zach Harper, "'Schitt's Creek' and 'Kim's Convenience' win big at 2021 Canadian Screen Awards". Hello! Canada, May 21, 2021.
- "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.
- University, Wilfrid Laurier. "134-2012 : Laurier honours actor Colm Feore and pollster Darrell Bricker at fall convocation". ourontario.ca. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
- "Award Recipients - Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA)". ggpaa.ca. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
- "Colm and Donna Feore: A most contemporary couple". NUVO, Spring 2006.
- Weintraub, Steve (December 10, 2010). "Colm Feore On Set Interview THOR; The King of the Frost Giants Reveals All!". Collider. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
- Stratford Festival
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