Colm Feore

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Colm Feore

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Feore at the 2013 Canadian Film Centre annual gala and auction
Colm Joseph Feore

(1958-08-22) August 22, 1958 (age 64)
  • Canada
  • Ireland
EducationRidley College
Alma materNational Theatre School of Canada
Years active1981–present
  • Sidonie Boll
    (m. 1984; div. 1994)
  • (m. 1994)

Colm Joseph Feore OC (/ˈkɒləm ˈfjɔːr/;[1] born August 22, 1958) is a Canadian actor. A 15-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 Dr. Walsh in Face/Off (1997) 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.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Feore was born on August 22, 1958, in Boston, Massachusetts.[3] His parents were Irish immigrants, and the family moved back to Ireland shortly after Colm was born,[4] remaining there for several years before immigrating to Windsor, Ontario.[5] After graduating from Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, he attended the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec.[6][7]


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,[8] Hamlet,[8] Richard III,[8] and Cyrano.[8] 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,[9] all performed at the Stratford Festival Theatre.[10] He also has appeared on Broadway as Cassius in the production of Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington as Brutus.[11] Off-Broadway, for the Public Theater, he was Claudius in a Hamlet production that starred Liev Schreiber.[12]

In Canada, Feore's most famous roles were as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the critically acclaimed television mini-series Trudeau,[4] 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,[4] and as by-the-book English Canadian detective Martin Ward in the box-office hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop.[4] He also played a crazed marketing executive imposter in the second season of the Canadian TV series, Slings and Arrows,[8] 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,[4] and The Chronicles of Riddick.[8] 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.[9] In 2011, he appeared as Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, in the live-action superhero film Thor.[13] In 2014, he portrayed Dr. Francis Dulmacher in Gotham.[8] He portrayed the First Gentleman Henry Taylor on the seventh season of 24,[8] 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 supernatural murderers in two episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series.[14]


On June 8, 2002, Feore received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree (D.Hum.) from the University of Windsor in Windsor.[15][16] In October 2012, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree (D.Litt.) by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, in recognition of his contributions to Canadian theatre and film.[17][18]

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.[7] In the same year, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) "for his contributions as an actor of the stage and screen, notably by bridging Anglophone and Francophone cultures as a fluently bilingual performer."[19]

In 2019, Feore received the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in Film from the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.[20] He won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021, for the film Sugar Daddy.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Feore has been married to Donna Feore (née Starnes), a choreographer and theatre director associated with the National Arts Centre and the Stratford Festival, since 1994.[22] He was previously married to actress Sidonie Boll, whom he met at the National Theatre School, from 1983 to 1994. Feore has three children: son Jack with Boll, and son Thomas and daughter Anna with Donna Feore.[22]

Feore is fluent in French.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
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
Airborne Ron Simpson
The Lesser Evil Derek
The Herd Erling Porsild
1999 Striking Poses Linus
Storm of the Century Andre Linoge
The Insider Richard Scruggs
Titus Marcus Andronicus
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
Century Hotel Sebastian
Lola Mike
2002 The Sum of All Fears Olson
Point of Origin Mike Matassa
The Baroness and the Pig The Baron
Chicago Martin Harrison
2003 Highwaymen Fargo
National Security Detective Frank McDuff
Paycheck John Wolfe
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
Intervention Bill
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
2010 Voodoo Narrator Short film
Interregnum King Ubu / Klaus
2011 Thor Laufey[24]
French Immersion Michael Pontifikator
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Rob Behringer
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Donald Menken
Elephant Song Lawrence
2015 King Lear King Lear
Reversion Jack Clé
Painkillers Dr. Troutman
2016 Mean Dreams The Chief
2017 Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 Martin Ward
The Curse of Buckout Road Reverend Mike Reagan
2018 Greta Chris McCullen
Anon Charles Gattis
Higher Power Control
2019 The Prodigy Arthur Jacobson
Astronaut Marcus
2020 My Salinger Year Daniel
Sugar Daddy Gordon
2021 Trigger Point Elias Kane
My Soul to Take Fred Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Running Man Rick Television film
1982 The Great Detective Talbot Episode: "Death Circuit"
1987 Blades of Courage Bruce Gainor Television film
A Nest of Singing Birds Michael Jimson
1989–90 Friday the 13th: The Series Alex Dent / Anton Pascola 2 episodes
War of the Worlds Nikita / Leonid Argochev
1991 Heritage Minutes Colonel
John McCrae
Episode: "John McCrae"
1992 Street Legal Kyle Thompson Episode: "November"
1992–93 Beyond Reality Mason Driscoll / Sorcerer
2 episodes
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
1998 The Escape Hickman
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
Haven Bruno Television film
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
Trudeau Pierre Trudeau
Widows Stein Miniseries
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
Guns Paul Duguid Miniseries
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
Television film
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[edit]

  • 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
  • Hamlet (1991), Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (1992), Mercutio[25]
  • 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
  • Richard III (2022), Richard III
  • The Miser (2022), Harper


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  2. ^ Encyclopedia, Canadian Theatre. "Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia - Feore, Colm". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Colm Feore". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "'Hey, Are You Someone Famous?'". The Huffington Post. July 28, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Colm Feore - Northern Stars Archived June 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Ridley College | Feore, Colm OR'77". Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Colm Feore to be honoured by National Theatre School of Canada". Global News. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Stratford Festival pays tribute to Colm Feore". Toronto Star. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Colm Feore is more than the sum of his parts". Montreal Gazette. October 20, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Colm Feore acting credits". Stratford Festival Archives. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Colm Feore and Jessica Hecht to Inhabit Denzel's Rome in Julius Caesar | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Onofri, Adrienne. "BWW Interview: Colm Feore, Coming to a Movie Theater Near You as King Lear". Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Before They Were Stars: Colm Feore in "Friday the 13th: The Series"". The Back Row. May 10, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  15. ^ Honorary degree for actor Colm Feore - website of The Globe and Mail
  16. ^ Honorary Degrees Conferred (Chronological) - website of the University of Windsor
  17. ^ University, Wilfrid Laurier. "134-2012 : Laurier honours actor Colm Feore and pollster Darrell Bricker at fall convocation". Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  18. ^ Honorary Degrees and Order of Wilfrid Laurier University: PAST_RECIPIENTS - website of the Wilfrid Laurier University
  19. ^ "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.
  20. ^ "Award Recipients - Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA)". Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  21. ^ Zach Harper, "'Schitt's Creek' and 'Kim's Convenience' win big at 2021 Canadian Screen Awards". Hello! Canada, May 21, 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Colm and Donna Feore: A most contemporary couple". NUVO, Spring 2006.
  23. ^ Meet the 2019 Governor-General Performing Arts Awards recipients, CBC, February 28, 2019
  24. ^ Weintraub, Steve (December 10, 2010). "Colm Feore On Set Interview THOR; The King of the Frost Giants Reveals All!". Collider. Archived from the original on December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  25. ^ Stratford Festival

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