Victor Joseph Garber
March 16, 1949
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949) is a Canadian actor and singer known for his work in television, film, and theatre. He started his career on the stage playing roles such as Jesus in Godspell; Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins. He would later go on to earn four Tony Award nominations for his performances in Deathtrap, Little Me, Lend Me a Tenor, and Damn Yankees.
Garber is also known for his film appearances in the comedies Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), Legally Blonde (2001), and Happiest Season (2020). Garber earned three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his performances in the historical drama films Titanic (1997), Milk (2008), and Argo (2012). Garber is also known for the role of Jack Bristow in the television series Alias as well as his appearances in Law & Order, Frasier, Modern Family, Glee, Nurse Jackie, Louie, The Good Wife, Damages, and Schitt's Creek.
Garber was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and is of Russian-Jewish descent. His father was Joseph "Joe" Garber (died 1995), and his mother, Bessie Hope Wolf (died 2005), was an actress, singer, and the host of At Home with Hope Garber. He has a brother, Nathan, and a sister, Alisa.
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. In New York, he studied acting at HB Studio.
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). 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.
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. 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-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. In mid-2007, he played Garry Essendine in a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at Boston's Huntington Theatre. He reprised the role on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre production, which opened in January 2010.
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.
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). 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. 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.
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. 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.
Garber prefers to keep his personal life private and has largely stayed out of the tabloids. In 2012, he referred publicly to being gay. In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it, but everybody knows." Garber has been in a relationship with Canadian artist and model Rainer Andreesen since 2000. On October 10, 2015, Andreesen announced on his Instagram page that he and Garber were married in Canada. Garber has Type 1 diabetes; he was diagnosed in 1962 at the age of 12.
|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|
|Mixed Nuts||Irate Neighbour||Voice role|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Bill Atchison|
|The Absolution of Anthony||Father Carson||Short|
|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|
|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|
|Moving Day||Wilf Redmond|
|2013||I'll Follow You Down||Sal|
|2014||Big Game||Vice President|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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||Legends of Tomorrow||Martin Stein / Firestorm||Main role (seasons 1–3)|
|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|
|1973||Ghosts||Performer||Roundabout Theatre Company, Off-Broadway|
|1977||The Shadow Box||Mark||Morosco Theatre, Broadway|
|1977||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|
|1989||Love Letters||Andrew||Promenade Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|1989||Assassins||John Wilkes Booth||Playwright Horizons Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|1989||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
|2001||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series||Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Frasier||Nominated|
|2002||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Alias||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|||
|1978||Tony Awards||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Deathtrap||Nominated|||
|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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He landed his first leading role in a series with "I Had Three Wives" (CBS, 1985), playing a private investigator who receives help from a trio of ex-wives (Shanna Reed, Teri Copley and Maggie Cooper).
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