Victor Garber

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Victor Garber
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Garber in 2017
Victor Joseph Garber

(1949-03-16) March 16, 1949 (age 72)
London, Ontario, Canada
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active1958–present
Rainer Andreesen
(m. 2015)
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Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949) is a Canadian actor and singer.[1] Known for his work in film, television, and theatre, he has been nominated for three Gemini Awards, four Tony Awards, and six Primetime Emmy Awards. He has also been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards along with the cast of the critically acclaimed films Titanic (1997), Milk (2008), and Argo (2012), winning for the latter.

Garber originated roles in the Broadway productions of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979–1980), Noises Off (1983–1985), which earned him a Drama Desk Award along with the cast, Lend Me a Tenor (1989–1990), Arcadia (1995), and Art (1998–1999). He won an Obie Award and a Helen Hayes Award for his role in Wenceslas Square (1988). He also appeared in the films Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), Legally Blonde (2001), Self/less (2015), Sicario (2015), Dark Waters (2019), and Happiest Season (2020).

On television, Garber is best known for his roles as Jack Bristow in the drama series Alias (2001–2006), for which he received three consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations, as well as winning a Saturn Award and a Satellite Award, and as Martin Stein / Firestorm in the superhero series The Flash (2015–2017) and Legends of Tomorrow (2016–2017).

Early life[edit]

Garber was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and is of Russian-Jewish descent. His father was Joseph "Joe" Garber (d. 1995), and his mother, Bessie Hope Wolf (d. 2005), was an actress, singer, and the host of At Home with Hope Garber.[2] He has a brother, Nathan, and a sister, Alisa.

Garber began acting at the age of nine, and studied at the University of Toronto's Hart House at age 16.[3]

Garber attended Ryerson Elementary School and London Central Secondary School. He also was enrolled in the children's program of the Grand Theatre; and, at age 16, he was accepted at a six-week summer theatre training program at the University of Toronto taught by Robert Gill.[3] In New York, he studied acting at HB Studio.[4]



In 1967, after a period working as a solo folk singer, he formed a folk group called The Sugar Shoppe with Peter Mann, Laurie Hood and Lee Harris. The group enjoyed moderate success, breaking into the Canadian Top 40 with a version of Bobby Gimby's song "Canada" (1967).[5] Three other Sugar Shoppe songs made the lower reaches of the Canadian Top 100 in 1967 and '68. The band had performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson before breaking up.[6]


He played Jesus in Toronto's 1972 production of Godspell, alongside Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner, Dave Thomas, and Martin Short.[7] In 1985 he appeared in Noises Off at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.[8]

Garber in February 2010

He appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd and Noises Off (1983), and in the original Off-Broadway cast of Assassins, as well as the 1990s revival of Damn Yankees. In 1986, Garber appeared at Circle in the Square opposite Uta Hagen in You Never Can Tell.[9] He has been nominated for four Tony Awards and opened the Tony Awards program in 1994 (the year he was nominated for the Tony Award for Damn Yankees).[10] In 1998, he co-starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play Art with Alan Alda and Alfred Molina. In 2005, he played the role of Frederic in the Los Angeles Opera production of A Little Night Music. He played Ben in a critically praised Encores! staged concert production of Follies (2007) opposite Donna Murphy.[11] In mid-2007, he played Garry Essendine in a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at Boston's Huntington Theatre.[12] He reprised the role on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre production, which opened in January 2010.[13]

In January 2018, Garber replaced David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder in the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre opposite Bernadette Peters. Garber began performances on January 20 prior to the press opening on February 22.[14][15]

Garber received the 2018 Theatre World John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement.[16]


His earlier film work includes Godspell (1973) as Jesus (the part he played originally in the 1972 Canadian stage production), Sleepless in Seattle (1993). In James Cameron's Titanic (1997) he essayed a Mid-Ulster accent to play the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews. Other movie appearances include Annie (1999), Legally Blonde (2001), and Tuck Everlasting (2002).[3] In 2009, he took on the role of the DC Comics supervillain Sinestro in the direct-to-video animated film Green Lantern: First Flight. The same year, Garber played a Klingon interrogator in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek film; however, his scenes were deleted from the finished film.[17] He starred opposite Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler in The First Wives Club as film producer Bill Atchison, husband of Goldie Hawn's character, Elise Eliot, in 1996.

In 2010, Garber had an uncredited cameo in The Town, directed by Ben Affleck, as a bank manager. Garber also appeared in the film Ice Quake. In late 2012, he appeared in Affleck's film Argo, about the Iran hostage crisis; Garber portrayed Canadian Ambassador to Iran Kenneth D. Taylor. He also co-starred in 2014 thriller Big Game.[18]

He narrated the 2017 film They Shall Not Perish.[19]

Garber in March 2018


On television, he has had roles on American and Canadian shows. Garber's first leading role on television show was in CBS's 1985 summer series I Had Three Wives.[20] He had a recurring guest role on CTV's E.N.G. (1991–93). He portrayed Jack Bristow, the father of main character Sydney Bristow on ABC's Alias, earning three Emmy nominations. He next starred on the television series Justice (2006) on Fox and ABC's Eli Stone. He appeared as Olivier Roth in four episodes of the Canadian science drama ReGenesis. He appeared in the Fox series Glee in the third episode titled "Acafellas", as Will's father. He played Dr. Martin Stein / Firestorm on The Flash beginning in 2015 before being spun off onto Legends of Tomorrow where he was a series regular for two seasons and half of the third. Aside from the two crossovers, Garber made an independent return to The Flash in the season three episode "Duet" as the unnamed husband of gangster Diggsy Foss in the dreamworld scenario. He has also recurred as Admiral Halsey on The Orville.

Personal life[edit]

Garber prefers to keep his personal life private, and has largely stayed out of the tabloids.[2] In 2012, he referred publicly to being gay.[21] In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it, but everybody knows."[22] Garber has been in a relationship with Canadian artist and model Rainer Andreesen since 2000.[21] On October 10, 2015, Andreesen announced on his Instagram page that he and Garber were married in Canada.[23] Garber has Type 1 diabetes; he was diagnosed in 1962 at the age of 12.[24]

Garber is good friends with his Alias co-star Jennifer Garner and officiated at her wedding to Ben Affleck; Garber and his partner were the only guests.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Godspell Jesus Christ
1974 Monkeys in the Attic Eric
1981 In the Research of Path of Life Benjamin Lonergan
1988 The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway
1992 Singles Child's Father Uncredited cameo
I'll Never Get to Heaven Eric Hoskins
Light Sleeper Tis Brooke
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Greg
Life with Mikey Brian Spiro
1994 Exotica Harold Brown
Mixed Nuts Irate Neighbour Voice role
1995 Jeffrey Tim
Kleptomania Morgan Allen
1996 The First Wives Club Bill Atchison
1997 Titanic Thomas Andrews
The Absolution of Anthony Father Carson Short
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella King Maximillion
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Isaac Uncredited cameo
2001 Legally Blonde Professor Callahan
Call Me Claus Taylor
2002 Tuck Everlasting Robert Foster
Home Room Det. Martin Van Zandt
2008 Milk Mayor George Moscone
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Sinestro Voice role
Star Trek Klingon Interrogator Deleted scene
2010 You Again Mark
The Town David Assistant Bank Manager Uncredited cameo
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Thundering Rhino Voice role
The Entitled Bob Vincent
Take Me Home Arnold
2012 Argo Ken Taylor
Moving Day Wilf Redmond
2013 I'll Follow You Down Sal
2014 Big Game Vice President
2015 Self/less Martin O'Neill
Consumed Dan
Sicario Dave Jennings
2017 Rebel in the Rye Sol Salinger
2019 Dark Waters Phil Donnelly
2020 Funny Face Developer's Father
Happiest Season Ted Caldwell
TBA The Gettysburg Address William L. Saunders Voice role; post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Jack: A Flash Fantasy Jack of Hearts Television film
ABC Afterschool Special Christian de Neuvillette Voice role, Episode: "Cyrano"
1975 Hallmark Hall of Fame Marquis de Lafayette Episode: "Valley Forge"
1976 Great Performances Arthur Episode: Ah, Wilderness
1977 The Best of Families Teddy Wheeler Miniseries
1978 Tartuffe Valere Television film
1983 Charley's Aunt Jack Chesney Television film
1985 I Had Three Wives Jackson Beaudine Lead role, 5 episodes
Tales from the Darkside Ambrose Cavender Episode: "The Tear Collector"
Private Sessions Jerry Sharma Television film
1986 The Twilight Zone Dr. Kevin Carlson Episode: "A Day in Beaumont"
Roanoak John White Television film
Guiding Light Det. Frank Minnelli Unknown episodes
1987–91 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Dennis Widmer 10 episodes
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music Liberace Television film
1991 Grand Larceny Judge Keeler Television film
1991–93 E.N.G. Adam Hirsch 10 episodes
1992 The First Circle Lew Rubin Television film
I'll Fly Away Warren Episode: "Fragile Truths"
The Powers That Be Mack Novitz Episode: "Oh, Mack"
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Digby Miniseries
Dieppe Lord Louis Mountbatten Television film
Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story Frank Marrocco Television film
1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Blackwell Episode: "The Innocent"
1995 Law & Order Paul Sandig Episode: "Savages"
Almost Perfect Howard Guthrie Episode: "You Like Me, You Really Like Me"
1996 Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story Jack Gilcrest Television film
F/X: The Series Andrew Price Episode: "The Brotherhood"
The Outer Limits Dr. Ben McCormick Episode: "Out of Body"
1997 Cinderella King Maximillian Television film
Let Me Call You Sweetheart Geoff Dorso Television film
Liberty! The American Revolution John Dickinson 6 episodes
1999 Summer's End Narrator Voice role, television film
Invisible Child Tim Beeman Television film
Annie Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks Television film
External Affairs Harry Raymond
2000 Love and Murder Inspector Philip Millard Television film
Frasier Ferguson Episode: "Taking Liberties"
The Outer Limits Dr. Edward Normandy Episode: "Glitch"
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Sidney Luft Television film
The Wandering Soul Murders Inspector Philip Millard Television film
A Colder Kind of Death Inspector Philip Millard Television film
Laughter on the 23rd Floor Kenny Franks Television film
Call Me Claus Taylor Television film
2001–06 Alias Jack Bristow Main cast (Season 1–5): 105 episodes
2002 Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story J.J. Robinette Television film
2003 The Music Man Mayor Shinn Television film
It's All Relative Jerry / Joffrey Episode: "The Doctor Is Out"
2004 Will & Grace Peter Bovington Episode: "Saving Grace, Again: Part 2"
2006 Justice Ron Trott 13 episodes
2007 American Masters Narrator Episode: "Novel Reflections: The American Dream"
Ugly Betty Professor Barrett Episode: "Grin and Bear It"
2007–08 ReGenesis Oliver Roth 5 episodes
2008–09 Eli Stone Jordan Wethersby 26 episodes
2009 The Last Templar Monsignor De Angelis Miniseries
Everything She Ever Wanted Walter Allanson Miniseries
Glee Mr. Schuester Episode: "Acafellas"
Nurse Jackie Neil Nutterman 2 episodes
Rex Paul Television film
America Before Columbus Narrator Television documentary, National Geographic
2009–14 Web Therapy Kip Wallice Web series, 8 episodes
2010 Ice Quake Colonel Bill Hughes Television film
2010–13 Republic of Doyle Garrison Steel 4 episodes
2011 Stargate Universe Ambassador Ovirda Episode: "Seizure"
Suits Phillip Hardman Pilot (scenes cut in US release)
Murdoch Mysteries Detective Malcolm Lamb Episode: "Tattered and Torn"
Flashpoint Dr. Larry Toth 3 episodes
30 Rock Eugene Gremby Episode: "Respawn"
Law & Order: LA Walter Calvin Episode: "Angel's Knoll"
William & Catherine: A Royal Romance Charles, Prince of Wales Television film
Charlie's Angels Charles "Charlie" Townsend Voice role (8 episodes)
2011–15 Web Therapy Kip Wallice Main role (19 episodes)
2012 The Big C Willie Wanker Episode: "Family Matters"
Damages Bennett Herreshoff 3 episodes
The Firm Judge Walter A. Dominic Episode: "Chapter 6"
2013 Deception Robert Bowers Main role (11 episodes)
The Hunters Mason Fuller Television film
2014 The Good Wife Judge Loudon Spencer Episode: "We, the Juries"
Sleepy Hollow Mr. Crane Episode: "Bad Blood"
Louie Louie's Lawyer Episode: "Model"
Working the Engels Dr. Colin Shandy Episode: "Family Therapy"
Blue Bloods Donald Stein Episode: "Under the Gun"
2014–20 Power Simon Stern 16 episodes
2015 Motive Neville Montgomery 4 episodes
The Slap Narrator Miniseries, 8 episodes
2015–17 The Flash Martin Stein / Firestorm 11 episodes
Digsy Foss's husband Episode: "Duet"
2016–17, 2021 Legends of Tomorrow Martin Stein / Firestorm Main role (seasons 1–3), guest role (season 7)[26]
Eobard Thawne Episode: "The Chicago Way"
Sir Henry Stein Episode: "Return of the Mack"
2016 Vixen Martin Stein / Firestorm Voice role, web series, Episode: "Episode #2.1"
2017 Modern Family Charles Dumont Episode: "Do It Yourself"
Difficult People John Passias Episode: "Cindarestylox"
2017–19 The Orville Admiral Halsey 6 episodes
2017 Supergirl Martin Stein / Firestorm Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"
Arrow Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"
2018 Spirit Riding Free James Sr. Voice role, Episode: "Lucky and the Train Tycoon"
2019 Tales of the City Sam Garland 7 episodes
2020 Schitt's Creek Clifton Sparks Episode: "Sunrise, Sunset"
Power Book II: Ghost Simon Stern 2 episodes
2021 Family Law Harry Svensson
2021 The Simpsons Michael de Graff (voice) Episode: "Portrait of a Lackey on Fire"
2021 Beebo Saves Christmas Narrator (voice) TV special[27]


Source: Playbill[28]

Year Production Role Venue
1972 Godspell Jesus Off-Broadway
1973 Ghosts Performer Roundabout Theatre Company, Off-Broadway
1975 Joe's Opera Performer Off-Broadway
1976 Cracks Performer Off-Broadway
1977 The Shadow Box Mark Morosco Theatre, Broadway
Tartuffe Valère Circle in the Square Theatre, Broadway
1978 Deathtrap Cliff Anderson Biltmore Theatre, Broadway
1979 Sweeney Todd Anthony Hope Uris Theatre, Broadway
1981 They're Playing Our Song Vernon Gersch Imperial Theatre, Broadway
1982 Little Me Various roles Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway
1983 Noises Off Gary LeJuene Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway
1986 You Never Can Tell Valentine Circle in the Square Theatre, Broadway
1988 The Devil's Disciple Richard Dudgeon
Wenceslas Square Performer Off-Broadway
1989 Love Letters Andrew Promenade Theatre, Off-Broadway
Assassins John Wilkes Booth Playwright Horizons Theatre, Off-Broadway
Lend Me a Tenor Max Royale Theatre, Broadway
1992 Two Shakespearean Actors Edwin Forrest Cort Theatre, Broadway
1994 Damn Yankees Applegate Marquis Theatre, Broadway
1995 Arcadia Bernard Nightingale Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway
1998 'Art' Serge Royale Theatre, Broadway
2010 Present Laughter Garry Essendine American Airlines Theatre, Broadway
2018 Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder Shubert Theatre, Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Nominated [29]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Frasier Nominated
2002 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Alias Nominated
2003 Nominated
2004 Nominated
2005 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Will & Grace Nominated
1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Titanic Nominated [30]
2008 Milk Nominated
2012 Argo Won
1978 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play Deathtrap Nominated [31]
1982 Best Actor in a Musical Little Me Nominated
1989 Best Actor in a Play Lend Me a Tenor Nominated
1994 Best Actor in a Musical Damn Yankees Nominated
1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Noises Off Won
1987 Outstanding Actor in a Play You Never Can Tell Nominated


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