Victor Garber

For the American politician, see Victor Garber (politician).
Victor Garber

Garber in April 2015
Born (1949-03-16) March 16, 1949
London, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Toronto
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Rainer Andreesen (m. 2015)

Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949)[1] is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. He is known for playing Jesus in Godspell, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, Jack Bristow in the television series Alias, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Thomas Andrews in James Cameron's Titanic, and Ken Taylor, Canadian Ambassador to Iran, in Argo. He currently guest stars as Dr. Martin Stein on The Flash and stars as a regular on Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life

Garber was born in London, Ontario, and is of Russian-Jewish descent. His parents were father Joseph "Joe" Garber (died 1995), and mother, Hope Garber (née Bessie Hope Wolf; died 2005), 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]

When Garber was twelve, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He attended Ryerson Elementary 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 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).[4] Three other Sugar Shoppe songs made the lower reaches of the Canadian Top 100 in 1967 and '68, and the band even performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson before breaking up.[5]


He played Jesus in Toronto's 1972 production of Godspell.[6] 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 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-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 the male lead in a critically hailed Encores presentation 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.[7] He reprised the role in the Roundabout Theatre's New York production, which opened in January 2010 to generally favourable reviews.


His film work includes James Cameron's Titanic (1997), in which he essayed a Mid-Ulster accent to play the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews. Other movie appearances include Godspell (1973) as Jesus (the part he originally played in the 1972 Canadian stage production), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), 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.[8]

In 2010, Garber had an uncredited cameo in The Town as a bank manager. The film was directed by Alias co-star Jennifer Garner's husband, Ben Affleck. Also Garber had a credited role in the Ice Quake at the end of 2010. 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 Samuel L. Jackson and Felicity Huffman in the Finnish-British Action Thriller Big Game.[9]


On television, he has had roles on American and Canadian shows. He had a recurring guest role on CTV's E.N.G. (1991–93). He portrayed Jack Bristow on ABC's show, 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 Episode 3 of the Fox series Glee as Will's father. He currently guest stars as Dr. Martin Stein on The Flash and appears as a regular on Legends of Tomorrow. He appeared once on Frasier as Frasier Crane's butler.

Awards and honours

In December 2010, for their annual birthday celebration to "The Master", The Noël Coward Society invited Garber as the guest celebrity to lay flowers in front of Coward's statue at New York's Gershwin Theatre, thereby commemorating what would have been Coward's 111th birthday.

In 2013, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

Personal life

Garber prefers to keep his personal life private and has largely stayed out of the tabloids.[2] He referred publicly to his homosexuality in 2012.[10] In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it, but everybody knows."[11] Garber has been in a relationship with Canadian artist and model Rainer Andreesen since 2000.[10] On October 10, 2015, Andreesen announced on his instagram page that he and Garber were just married in Canada.[12]



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 Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway, TheThe Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway
1992 Singles Child's Father Uncredited
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 First Wives Club, TheThe First Wives Club Bill Atchison National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1997 Titanic Thomas Andrews Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Absolution of Anthony, TheThe Absolution of Anthony Father Carson Short
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Isaac Uncredited
1999 External Affairs Harry Raymond
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 Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Sinestro Voice role
Star Trek Klingon Interrogator Deleted scene
2010 You Again Mark
Town, TheThe Town Assistant Bank Manager Uncredited
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Thundering Rhino Voice role
Entitled, TheThe Entitled Bob Vincent
Take Me Home Arnold
2012 Argo Ken Taylor Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Ensemble Performance
Moving Day Wilf Redmond
2013 I'll Follow You Down Sal
2014 Big Game Vice President
2015 Self/less Martin O´Neill
Sicario Dave Jennings
2016 The Gettysburg Address William L. Saunders Voice
2017 Rebel in the Rye Sol Salinger Filming


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"
1977 Best of Families, TheThe 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 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 / The Last Defender of Camelot"
Roanoak John White Television film
Guiding Light Det. Frank Minnelli Unknown episodes
1987–91 Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, TheThe 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
E.N.G. Adam Hirsch 10 episodes (1991–1993)
1992 First Circle, TheThe First Circle Lew Rubin Television film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
I'll Fly Away Warren Episode: "Fragile Truths"
Powers That Be, TheThe Powers That Be Mack Novitz Episode: "Oh, Mack"
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Digby Miniseries
Dieppe Lord Louis Mountbatten Television film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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 Jack Gilcrest Television film
F/X: The Series Andrew Price Episode: "The Brotherhood"
Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Dr. Ben McCormick Episode: "Out of Body"
1997 Cinderella King Maximillian 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 Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2000 Love and Murder Inspector Philip Millard Television film
Frasier Ferguson Episode: "Taking Liberties"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Dr. Edward Normandy Episode: "Glitch"
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Sidney Luft Television film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Wandering Soul Murders, TheThe Wandering Soul Murders Inspector Philip Millard Television film
Colder Kind of Death, AA Colder Kind of Death Inspector Philip Millard Television film
Laughter on the 23rd Floor Kenny Franks Television film
Call Me Claus Taylor Television film
2001–2006 Alias Jack Bristow Main cast (Season 1–5): 105 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2003)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2003)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2004)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2002–04)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Parental Units (2005)
2002 Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story J.J. Robinette Television film
2003 Music Man, TheThe 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"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
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"
ReGenesis Oliver Roth 5 episodes (2007–2008)
2008 Eli Stone Jordan Wethersby 26 episodes
2009 Last Templar, TheThe Last Templar Monsignor De Angelis Miniseries
Everything She Ever Wanted Walter Allanson Miniseries
Glee Will's Father Episode: "Acafellas"
Nurse Jackie Neil Nutterman 2 episodes
Rex Paul Television film
Web Therapy Kip Wallice Web series, 8 episodes (2009, 2013–2014)
National Geographic: America Before Columbus Narrator
2010 Ice Quake Colonel Bill Hughes Television film
Republic of Doyle Garrison Steel 3 episodes (2010–2012)
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 Episode: "Fault Lines"
Episode: "Priority of Life"
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 Townsend Voice role
Web Therapy Kip Wallice Main role, 19 episodes (2011–2015)
2012 Big C, TheThe Big C Willie Wanker Episode: "Family Matters"
Damages Bennett Herreshoff 3 episodes
The Firm Judge 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"
Blue Bloods Donald Stein Episode: "Under the Gun"[13]
The Flash Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm 8 episodes
2014–2015 Power Simon Stern 7 episodes
2015MotiveNeville MontgomeryEpisode: "6 Months Later"
2015 The Flash Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm 4 episodes
Pending—Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
2015 The Slap Narrator Miniseries, 8 episodes
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm Main role
2016 Vixen Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm Voice role, web series, Episode: "Episode #2.1"



Off Broadway


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  8. "Star Trek Movie Deleted Klingon Scene Available Online + DVD/Blu-ray Debuts In Some Countries". 2009-10-27. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  9. Samuel Jackson Hunts a ‘Big Game’
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  12. Andreesen, Rainer (October 10, 2015). "Instagram – rainerarts YES WE DID! #justgotmarried #elopedintofino #canada @therealvictorgarber #after16years". Instagram marriage announcement. Retrieved October 12, 2015.

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