Henry Czerny

Henry Czerny (/ˈɛərni/ 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.

Henry Czerny
Czerny in 2012
Born (1959-02-08) February 8, 1959
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materYork University
Years active1986present
Spouse(s)Claudine Cassidy

Czerny has received the Theatre World Award and two Gemini Awards, and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Other Half.


Early life and education

Czerny was born on 8 February 1959 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the youngest of three children to Polish-Canadian parents.[1][2][3] The word "czerny" means "black" in several Slavic languages.[2] His father worked as a welder,[4] and his mother worked in a bakery.[2]

Czerny attended York University[2] in Toronto.

Acting career

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.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8] In 2016, Czerny was cast in the ABC thriller series Quantico for the recurring role of CIA director Matthew Keyes.[9]

Czerny is widely-regarded as a character actor, often playing villainous, authoritative, or bureaucratic characters.

Personal life

Czerny is married to Claudine Cassidy and they have a son, Cameron. Before his marriage, he once dated American actress Dana Delany, with whom he had worked on films.[2]

Besides acting, his interests include photography, travel, crafting, and carpentry.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
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
Jenipapo Michael Coleman
Notes from Underground The Underground Man
Johnston...Johnston Johnston
1996 Mission: Impossible Eugene Kittridge
1997 The Ice Storm George Clair
1999 Kayla Asa Robinson
After Alice Harvey
2000 Cement Truman
2001 Almost America Steven
2003 Klepto Ivan
The Failures Frank Kyle
2004 The Limit Denny
2005 Chaos Captain Martin Jenkins
The Circle Rick
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
Fido Mr. Bottoms
2007 The Fifth Patient Gerard Pinker
2010 Ice Castles Marcus
2010 The A-Team Director McCready
2015 Remember Charles Guttman
2016 The Other Half Jacob Nominated- Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor[10]
2017 Buckout Road Detective Harris
2019 Ready or Not Tony Le Domas


Year Title Role Notes
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

Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (3rd place)

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

Nominated- Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Mini-Series

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

Nominated - Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Mini-Series

1999 P.T. Barnum Greenwood Television film
2000 Possessed Fr. Raymond McBride
Range of Motion Ted Merrick
2001 Haven Ernst
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"

Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series

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

Nominated- Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Mini-Series

Flashpoint Jack Swanson Episode: "First in Line"
Monk Aaron Larkin Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized"
2009 Prayers for Bobby Robert Griffith Television film
Christmas Dreams Norman
2010 The Cult Nathan
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 10-2
2017 When We Rise David Boies Miniseries
2018 Sharp Objects Alan Crellin Miniseries


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  5. Intimate Portrait, Lifetime, November 10, 2003
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