Gary Basaraba

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Gary Basaraba
Born (1959-03-16) March 16, 1959 (age 58)
Edmonton, Alberta[1]
Nationality Canadian-American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present

Gary Basaraba (born March 16, 1959) is a Canadian-American actor best known for playing American police officers. He appeared as Sergeant Richard Santoro on Steven Bochco's Brooklyn South and Officer Ray Heckler on the critically acclaimed but shortly lived Boomtown. He also played a role as an officer investigating the diasappearance of Diane Lane’s French lover in the film Unfaithful.

According to the DVD commentary for the first season of the police drama Boomtown, he did most of his driving stunts in the series and he made sure he accurately portrayed police procedures.


Basaraba played Heywood Broun, one of the greatest American journalists of the 20th century, in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle in 1994. He played Sheriff Grady Kilgore in Fried Green Tomatoes. He also played Saint Andrew in The Last Temptation of Christ, and had a role in Sweet Dreams.

In 2001 he had the lead role in Recipe for Murder.[2]

Basaraba portrayed the father, Jack Grainger, in One Magic Christmas, opposite Mary Steenburgen, and played Homer Zuckerman in the remake of Charlotte's Web. Since 2007, he has appeared in the Canadian television series Mixed Blessings.

Basaraba has also made three appearances in the Law & Order franchise, as a bartender in the original series episode titled "Point of View", as a corrections officer in the Law & Order episode "The Brotherhood" in 2004, and in the SVU episode entitled "Parasites", as the husband of a woman who has gone missing.

In 2010 he played the role of Jimmy Burke in "After Hours"[3] the 10th episode of the 1st season of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods.

Basaraba was the voice of Hefty Smurf in the live-action/CG family film The Smurfs.[4] In 2016, he played the role of Don in The Accountant.


  1. ^ Gary Basaraba Biography (1959-)
  2. ^ Television Guide, Volume 53, 2005. page 94. "Recipe for Murder (2001): New York chief medical examiner Murray Maguire (Gary Basaraba) refuses to believe that his goddaughter's death was an accident, and investigates the case."
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  4. ^ Sperling, Nicole (April 29, 2010). "Smurfs casting update: 'SNL' cast members and John Oliver join voice cast". Hollywood Insider. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 

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