Czerny in 2012
|Alma mater||York University|
Henry Czerny (// CHAIR-nee; born February 8, 1959) is a Canadian stage, film, and television actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Boys of St. Vincent, Mission: Impossible, Clear and Present Danger, The Ice Storm, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Fido, Remember, and Ready or Not and has appeared in numerous television programs in both guest and starring roles, including a regular role as Conrad Grayson on the ABC primetime soap opera Revenge.
Early life and education
Czerny was born on 8 February 1959 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the youngest of three children to Polish-Canadian parents. The word "czerny" means "black" in several Slavic languages. His father worked as a welder, and his mother worked in a bakery.
Czerny received formal training at the National Theatre School in Montreal. After graduating in 1982, he went on to perform onstage across Canada, from Ottawa's National Arts Centre to Edmonton's Citadel Theatre and the Stratford Festival.
By the late 1980s, he had established himself as a seasoned veteran of Canadian theatre—a long way from Lucky Larry, his first role. Czerny got his start acting in musicals at Humberside Collegiate Institute in Toronto, under the direction of Janet Keele. Czerny played the role of the husband of the title character in Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story.
He had prominent roles in The Boys of St. Vincent, Mission: Impossible, Clear and Present Danger, The Ice Storm and The Michelle Apartments. In the 2006 comedy The Pink Panther, he played the main antagonist "Yuri the Trainer who Trains".
He appeared as Lieutenant Brooks in "Jackpot", a 2005 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In Conversations with God, about the true story of Neale Donald Walsch, Czerny plays Walsch. In 2007, he appeared in the Showtime series The Tudors, playing the Duke of Norfolk. He appeared in the Canadian television show Flashpoint in 2008 and the American science fiction drama Falling Skies in 2011. Czerny co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in the 2009 Lifetime movie Prayers for Bobby.
In 2011, Czerny was cast opposite Madeleine Stowe, as the powerful patriarch Conrad Grayson, a series regular role, in ABC soap-type series Revenge. His character was stabbed at the end of season 3 and in the first episode of the fourth season it was revealed he had died. He later returned to the series in unseen flashback sequences in one season 4 episode. In 2016, Czerny was cast in the ABC thriller series Quantico for the recurring role of CIA director Matthew Keyes.
Czerny is widely-regarded as a character actor, often playing villainous, authoritative, or bureaucratic characters.
Besides acting, his interests include photography, travel, crafting, and carpentry.
|1986||The Fly||Bar Patron||Uncredited|
|1992||Buried on Sunday||Nelson|
|1993||I Love a Man in Uniform||Joseph Riggs|
|1994||Cold Sweat||Sean Mathieson|
|Clear and Present Danger||Robert Ritter|
|Anchor Zone||Lawson Hughes|
|1995||When Night Is Falling||Martin|
|The Michelle Apartments||Alex|
|Notes from Underground||The Underground Man|
|1996||Mission: Impossible||Eugene Kittridge|
|1997||The Ice Storm||George Clair|
|The Failures||Frank Kyle|
|2005||Chaos||Captain Martin Jenkins|
|The Exorcism of Emily Rose||Dr. Jared Briggs|
|2006||The Oakley Seven||Mr. Whitney|
|The Pink Panther||Yuri the Trainer who Trains|
|Conversations with God||Neale Donald Walsch / God|
|2007||The Fifth Patient||Gerard Pinker|
|2010||The A-Team||Director McCready|
|2016||The Other Half||Jacob||Nominated- Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2017||Buckout Road||Detective Harris|
|2019||Ready or Not||Tony Le Domas|
|2021||Mission: Impossible 7||Eugene Kittridge|
|2022||Mission: Impossible 8||Eugene Kittridge|
|1986||The Edison Twins||Carl Wallace||Episode: "One Way Ticket"|
|Night Heat||David Marks||Episode: "The Movement"|
|1988||The Taming of the Shrew||Lucentio||Television film|
|1989||Friday the 13th: The Series||Joe||Episode: "Hate On Your Dial"|
|1990||T. and T.||Officer Dennison||Episode: "Silent Witness"|
|1991||Katts and Dog||Gregory O'Toole||Episode: "Fink"|
|1990-92||Street Legal||Christopher Szabo / John Connors||2 episodes|
|1992||Top Cops||Sessler / Engelking||2 episodes|
|The Boys of St. Vincent||Brother Peter Lavin||Miniseries|
|The Sound and the Silence||Casey Baldwin||Television film|
|1992||Deadly Matrimony||Rick Peterson|
|A Town Torn Apart||Fred Burham|
|1993||Lifeline to Victory||Petty Officer Lang|
|1993||The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later||Peter Lavin|
|1994||Trial at Fortitude Bay||Daniel Metz|
|1994||Ultimate Betrayal||Ed Rodgers|
|1995||Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story||Bill Sanger|
|1996||For Hope||Ken Altman|
|1997||Promise the Moon||Royal Leckner||Television film|
|1998||The Girl Next Door||Arthur Bradley||Television film|
|1998||Glory & Honor||Robert Peary|
|1998||My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story||Sam Reese Sheppard|
|1999||External Affairs||Danny Jackman||Television film|
|1999||P.T. Barnum||Greenwood||Television film|
|2000||Possessed||Fr. Raymond McBride|
|Range of Motion||Ted Merrick|
|Further Tales of the City||Luke||Miniseries|
|2002||The Pact||Michael||Television film|
|Salem Witch Trials||Rev. Samuel Parris|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lieutenant Alan Brooks||Episode: "Jackpot"|
|2005||The Eleventh Hour||Max Mallett||Episode: "Zugzwang"|
|Kojak||Robert Mercher||Episode: "All That Glitters"|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||Matt Mallinson||Episode: "The One"|
|Three Moons Over Milford||Carl Davis||2 episodes|
|2007||The Tudors||Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk||Recurring role; Season 1|
|2008||The Russell Girl||Howard Morrisey||Television film|
|Mayerthorpe||Corporal Alex Stanton||Television film|
|Flashpoint||Jack Swanson||Episode: "First in Line"|
|Monk||Aaron Larkin||Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized"|
|2009||Prayers for Bobby||Robert Griffith||Television film|
|Less Than Kind||David Rosen||Recurring role; Season 2|
|2011||Falling Skies||Lt. Terry Clayton||2 episodes|
|Torchwood: Web of Lies||The Other Gentlemen (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011-14||Revenge||Conrad Grayson||Starring role; Seasons 1-3|
|2015||Supergirl||Winslow Schott, Sr./Toyman||Episode: "Childish Things"|
|2016||Rosewood||Arthur Lee Izikoff||Episode: "Atherosclerosis and the Alabama Flim-Flam"|
|2016-17||Quantico||Matthew Keyes||Recurring role; Seasons 1-2|
|2017||When We Rise||David Boies||Miniseries|
|2018||Sharp Objects||Alan Crellin||Miniseries|
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- Intimate Portrait, Lifetime, November 10, 2003
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