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Victor Garber

Victor Garber, April 2006
Born Victor Joseph Garber
March 16, 1949 (1949-03-16) (age 60)
London, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor/Singer
Years active 1958–present

Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949) is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. Garber is perhaps best known for playing Jesus in Godspell, Jack Bristow in the television series Alias and Thomas Andrews in James Cameron's Titanic.



Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Garber is of Russian Jewish descent; his parents were Joe Garber (died 1995) and his wife, the former Hope Wolf (actress, singer, and host of At Home with Hope Garber).[1] He has a brother, Nathan, and a sister, Alisa.

When Garber was 12 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Both his parents died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

He attended Ryerson Elementary School. He also was enrolled in the children's program of the Grand Theatre, and at age 16, he said, "I was accepted at a six-week summer theatre training program at Hart House at the University of Toronto with Robert Gill as the teacher".[2]

Garber began acting at the age of nine, and studied at the University of Toronto's Hart House at age 16.[2] In 1967, after a period working as a folk singer, he formed a folk band called The Sugar Shoppe with Peter Mann, Laurie Hood and Lee Harris. The group enjoyed moderate success, even performing on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson before breaking up.[3] He has worked in various American and Canadian movies and television, including James Cameron's Titanic (1997), in which he used a Northern Irish accent to play the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, and CTV's E.N.G. (1991–1993), on which he had a recurring guest role.

Other well-known appearances include Godspell (Canadian stage version, 1972, and film version, 1973) as Jesus, Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Legally Blonde (2001), Annie (1999), and Tuck Everlasting (2002).[2] In the late 1980s, he received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Liberace in the made-for-TV movie, Liberace: Behind the Music.

He is most well known for his portrayal of Jack Bristow on ABC's show, Alias, for which he earned three Emmy nominations. He recently appeared on the now-cancelled television series Justice on Fox and ABC's Eli Stone. His most recent TV appearance is as a mysterious character named "Olivier Roth" in 4 episodes of the Canadian science drama ReGenesis. He appeared in the third episode of the Fox series Glee.

He appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd, and Noises Off and in the original off-Broadway cast of Assassins, as well as in the 1990s revival of Damn Yankees. 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). In 1998, he co-stared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play Art with Alan Alda and Alfred Molina. He continues to be a sought-after theatrical performer in musicals, comedies and dramatic productions. In 2005, he played the role of Frederic in the LA Opera's production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music. He played the male lead in a critically hailed Encores presentation of Follies in 2007, with Donna Murphy. In mid-2007, he played the role of Garry Essendine in a production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter at Boston's Huntington Theatre.[4] He is slated to reprise the role in the Roundabout Theatre's New York production in winter 2009-2010. In 2009, Victor Garber took on the role of he DC Comics super villain Sinestro in the direct-to-video animated film film, Green Lantern: First Flight. Also in 2009, Garber played a Klingon interrogator in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie; however, his scenes were deleted from the finished film.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1973 Godspell Jesus
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music Liberace
1992 Singles Airplane boy's father who ends up with Debbie Hunt.
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Greg
1994 Exotica Harold Brown
1995 Jeffrey Tim
1996 The First Wives Club Bill Atchison NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble shared with Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Dan Hedaya, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stockard Channing, Stephen Collins, Elizabeth Berkley, Marcia Gay Harden, Bronson Pinchot, Jennifer Dundas, Eileen Heckart, Philip Bosco, Rob Reiner, James Naughton, Ari Greenberg and Aida Linares
1997 Titanic Thomas Andrews Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast shared with Suzy Amis, Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Bill Paxton, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Danny Nucci and Bernard Fox
The Absolution of Anthony Father Carson
1999 Annie Oliver Warbucks
Invisible Child Tim Beeman
2001 Legally Blonde Professor Callahan
2002 Tuck Everlasting Robert Foster
Home Room Det. Martin Van Zandt
2003 The Music Man Mayor Shinn
2008 Milk Mayor George Moscone Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble shared with Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Stephen Spinella, Denis O'Hare, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture shared with Josh Brolin, Joseph Cross, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Denis O'Hare,Sean Penn and Alison Pill
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Sinestro Voice
Star Trek Klingon Interrogator Deleted scene
2010 You Again Mark


Year Film Role Awards and nominations
1985 I Had Three Wives Jackson Beaudine
1987–1988 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Dennis Widmer
1991–1993 E.N.G. Adam Hirsch
1993 Queen Digby
Dieppe Lord Louis Mountbatten Nominated - Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series (1995)
1997 Cinderella King Maximillian
1999 Annie Oliver Warbucks
2000 Frasier Ferguson Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2001)
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Sid Luft Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (2001)
Call Me Claus Taylor
2001–2006 Alias Agent Jack Bristow Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama (2003)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2003)
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2004)
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2002–2004)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Parental Units (2005)
2003 The Music Man Mayor Shinn
2004 Will & Grace Peter Bovington Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2005)
2006 Justice Ron Trott
(2007–2008) ReGenesis Oliver Roth
2007 Ugly Betty Professor Barrett
(2008–2009) Eli Stone Jordan Wethersby
2009 The Last Templar Monsignor De Angelis
Glee Will's Father
Nurse Jackie Neil Nutterman




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