Kirby at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Take This Waltz
|Born||Luke Farrell Kirby
29 June 1978
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Education||Chatham South School|
Luke Farrell Kirby (born June 29, 1978) is a Canadian theatre, film, and television actor.
Kirby was born in Hamilton, Ontario, to American parents. His mother is from Brooklyn, New York, and his father grew up "along the eastern seaboard." His parents moved from New York City, New York, to Canada in 1974. Kirby studied drama at the National Theatre School of Canada, a theatre conservatory which focuses on classical works, and graduated in 2000.
Kirby has been performing since his teens after he was accepted at The National Theatre School of Canada. He graduated in May 2000 and after two auditions found himself working on two separate projects in major roles; the CBS/Alliance mini-series Haven and director Léa Pool's feature Lost and Delirious.
Soon after, Kirby performed the role of 'Morgan' in the Factory Theatre's production of Geometry in Venice in Toronto, a performance that garnered him a Best Actor nomination at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. This was quickly followed by the role of 'Patroclus' in Theatre for a New Audience's production of Troilus and Cressida directed by Sir Peter Hall in New York City. In 2006, he gave a critically acclaimed performance in the Women's Project Theater production of Jump/Cut. Other theatre credits include Judith Thompson's premiere of Habitat at Canadian Stage followed by Daniel Brooks premiere of The Good Life at the Tarragon Theatre (both in Toronto). His latest theatre venture was in NYC where he performed the lead role in Defender of the Faith (Irish Repertory Theatre).
Kirby's first feature film was the role of Jim in Halloween: Resurrection. Other film credits include lead roles in Peter Wellington's feature Luck and Mambo Italiano directed by Émile Gaudreault. Mambo Italiano received a gala presentation at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation and earned Kirby a Canadian Comedy Award Nomination. Following on the success of Luck and Mambo Italiano, Kirby ended up with a part that was written for him in the feature film Shattered Glass produced by Cruise/Wagner. In 2007, he played the lead role of Ray Dokes opposite Rachael Leigh Cook and Keith Carradine in the Canadian feature All Hat. A 2009 film role had him opposite Lindsay Lohan in a feature titled Labor Pains.
In television, one of Kirby's favourite roles was the critically acclaimed TMN/Showcase mini-series, Slings and Arrows, featuring some of Canada's top actors and directed by his friend Peter Wellington. Sex Traffic, a mini-series for Channel 4 and CBC that aired in the fall of 2004, had him working with one of Britain's top directors, David Yates, and earned him a Gemini nomination. That same year he received a second Gemini nomination for his guest starring role in the dramatic series The Eleventh Hour. In the fall of 2005, Kirby landed a role as a series regular in HBO's Tell Me You Love Me, directed by Patricia Rozema. The first season aired in HBO in September 2007. He starred as Jimmy Burns in the critically acclaimed 2009–2010 Canwest Global television series Cra$h & Burn .
|2001||Lost and Delirious||Jake Hollander|
|2003||Mambo Italiano||Angelo Barberini|
|2003||Shattered Glass||Rob Gruen|
|2004||The Human Kazoo||Zacharia||Short film|
|2004||The Greatest Game Ever Played||Frank Hoyt|
|2007||All Hat||Ray Dokes|
|2007||The Stone Angel||Leo|
|2009||Labor Pains||Nick Steinwald|
|2011||Take This Waltz||Daniel|
|2013||Empire of Dirt||Russell|
|2014||Mania Days||Marco||Also titled Touched with Fire|
|2017||A Dog's Purpose||Jim Montgomery|
|2000||Give Me Your Soul...||Narrator||documentary|
|2002||Halloween: Resurrected||Himself||video short|
|2003–2005||Slings and Arrows||Jack Crew||7 episodes|
|2004||Sex Traffic||Callum Tate||miniseries|
|2005||Bury the Lead||Josh Casey||1 episode – Hit Delete|
|2005||It's Me...Gerald||Dr. Dan||1 episode – How Do You Know You've Hit Bottom?|
|2007||Tell Me You Love Me||Hugo||8 episodes|
|2009||Labor Pains||Nick Steinwald||Television film|
|2009||Flashpoint||Evan Hewson||1 episode – Last Dance|
|2009||Law & Order||Bobby Amato||1 episode – The Drowned and the Saved|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Andre Haslum||1 episode – Folie a Deux|
|2009–2010||Cra$h & Burn||Jimmy Burn||13 episodes|
|2012||Elementary||Aaron Ward||1 episode|
|2012||Law & Order SVU||Braden Leddy||1 episode - Vanity's Bonfire|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Detective Wolf Landsman||1 episode – Men in Black|
|2015||Show Me a Hero||Edwin E. McAmis||miniseries|
|2015||The Astronaut Wives Club||Mark Kaplan||10 Episodes|
|2017||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Lenny Bruce||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
- Nominated: Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny Performance (2004 for Mambo Italiano)
- Nominated: Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series (2005 for Sex Traffic)
- Nominated: Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series (2005 for The Eleventh Hour)
- Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (2010 for Cra$h & Burn)
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- "Alumni, Acting: 2000-2009". National Theatre School of Canada. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12.
- "Jump/Cut (New York Premiere)". womensproject.org. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- David Finkle"Defender of the Faith review". theatremania.com. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Paricia Jameson-Sammartano"An IRA Family Unravels In 'Defender of the Faith'". thewildgeese.com. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "The Movie Spoiler - Halloween: Resurrection". themoviespoiler.com. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Canada's BiG Gay Italian Fat Wedding Comedy Strikes Universal Chord". femail.com.au. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Straight Shooter: The horse opera All Hat talks tough but fails to deliver". cbc.ca. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
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- "Mania Days (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved 6 June 2013.