Victor Garber

Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949)[1] is a Canadian-American actor and singer. He is known for playing: Jesus in Godspell; Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; 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 was a series regular on Legends of Tomorrow as Dr. Martin Stein, having previously played the same role in a recurring capacity on The Flash and on the web series Vixen.

Victor Garber
Garber in 2006
Victor Joseph Garber

(1949-03-16) March 16, 1949
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1958–present
Rainer Andreesen (m. 2015)
Parent(s)Hope Wolf
Joe Garber

Early life

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

Garber 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 New York, he studied acting at HB Studio[4]



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).[5] 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.[6]


He played Jesus in Toronto's 1972 production of Godspell.[7] In 1985 he appeared in Noises Off at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.[8]

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".[9] 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).[10] 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.[11] In mid-2007, he played Garry Essendine in a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at Boston's Huntington Theatre.[12] He reprised the role on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre production, which opened in January 2010.[13]

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.[14][15]

Garber received the 2018 Theatre World John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement.[16]


His earlier film work includes Godspell (1973) as Jesus (the part he originally played 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).[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.[17]

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.[18]

He narrated the 2017 film They Shall Not Perish.[19]


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.[20] 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.

Personal life

Garber prefers to keep his personal life private and has largely stayed out of the tabloids.[2] He referred publicly to being gay in 2012.[21] In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it, but everybody knows."[22] Garber has been in a relationship with Canadian artist and model Rainer Andreesen since 2000.[21] On October 10, 2015, Andreesen announced on his Instagram page that he and Garber were married in Canada.[23] Garber has Type 1 diabetes; he was diagnosed in 1962 at the age of 12.[24]

Garber is friends with his Alias co-star Jennifer Garner and officiated at her wedding to Ben Affleck.[25]



1973GodspellJesus Christ
1974Monkeys in the AtticEric
1981In the Research of Path of LifeBenjamin Lonergan
1988The Legendary Life of Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
1992SinglesChild's FatherUncredited cameo
I'll Never Get to HeavenEric Hoskins
Light SleeperTis Brooke
1993Sleepless in SeattleGreg
Life with MikeyBrian Spiro
1994ExoticaHarold Brown
Mixed NutsIrate NeighbourVoice role
KleptomaniaMorgan Allen
1996The First Wives ClubBill AtchisonNational Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1997TitanicThomas AndrewsNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Absolution of AnthonyFather CarsonShort
1998How Stella Got Her Groove BackIsaacUncredited cameo
2001Legally BlondeProfessor Callahan
Call Me ClausTaylor
2002Tuck EverlastingRobert Foster
Home RoomDet. Martin Van Zandt
2008MilkMayor George MosconeCritics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009Green Lantern: First FlightSinestroVoice role
Star TrekKlingon InterrogatorDeleted scene
2010You AgainMark
The TownAssistant Bank ManagerUncredited cameo
2011Kung Fu Panda 2Master Thundering RhinoVoice role
The EntitledBob Vincent
Take Me HomeArnold
2012ArgoKen TaylorScreen 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 DayWilf Redmond
2013I'll Follow You DownSal
2014Big GameVice President
2015Self/lessMartin O´Neill
SicarioDave Jennings
2017Rebel in the RyeSol Salinger
2019Dark WatersPhill Donnelly
2019The Gettysburg AddressWilliam L. SaundersVoice role; post-production


1974Jack: A Flash FantasyJack of HeartsTelevision film
ABC Afterschool SpecialChristian de NeuvilletteVoice role, Episode: "Cyrano"
1975Hallmark Hall of FameMarquis de LafayetteEpisode: "Valley Forge"
1977The Best of FamiliesTeddy WheelerMiniseries
1978TartuffeValereTelevision film
1983Charley's AuntJack ChesneyTelevision film
1985I Had Three WivesJackson BeaudineLead role, 5 episodes
Tales from the DarksideAmbrose CavenderEpisode: "The Tear Collector"
Private SessionsJerry SharmaTelevision film
1986The Twilight ZoneDr. Kevin CarlsonEpisode: "A Day in Beaumont / The Last Defender of Camelot"
RoanoakJohn WhiteTelevision film
Guiding LightDet. Frank MinnelliUnknown episodes
1987–91The Days and Nights of Molly DoddDennis Widmer10 episodes
1988Liberace: Behind the MusicLiberaceTelevision film
1991Grand LarcenyJudge KeelerTelevision film
E.N.G.Adam Hirsch10 episodes (1991–1993)
1992The First CircleLew RubinTelevision film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
I'll Fly AwayWarrenEpisode: "Fragile Truths"
The Powers That BeMack NovitzEpisode: "Oh, Mack"
1993Alex Haley's QueenDigbyMiniseries
DieppeLord Louis MountbattenTelevision film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek StoryFrank MarroccoTelevision film
1994Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesBlackwellEpisode: "The Innocent"
1995Law & OrderPaul SandigEpisode: "Savages"
Almost PerfectHoward GuthrieEpisode: "You Like Me, You Really Like Me"
1996Hostile AdvancesJack GilcrestTelevision film
F/X: The SeriesAndrew PriceEpisode: "The Brotherhood"
The Outer LimitsDr. Ben McCormickEpisode: "Out of Body"
1997CinderellaKing MaximillianTelevision film
Liberty! The American RevolutionJohn Dickinson6 episodes
1999Summer's EndNarratorVoice role, television film
Invisible ChildTim BeemanTelevision film
AnnieOliver "Daddy" WarbucksTelevision film
External AffairsHarry RaymondNominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2000Love and MurderInspector Philip MillardTelevision film
FrasierFergusonEpisode: "Taking Liberties"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
The Outer LimitsDr. Edward NormandyEpisode: "Glitch"
2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsSidney LuftTelevision film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
The Wandering Soul MurdersInspector Philip MillardTelevision film
A Colder Kind of DeathInspector Philip MillardTelevision film
Laughter on the 23rd FloorKenny FranksTelevision film
Call Me ClausTaylorTelevision film
2001–2006AliasJack BristowMain 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)
2002Torso: The Evelyn Dick StoryJ.J. RobinetteTelevision film
2003The Music ManMayor ShinnTelevision film
It's All RelativeJerry / JoffreyEpisode: "The Doctor Is Out"
2004Will & GracePeter BovingtonEpisode: "Saving Grace, Again: Part 2"
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2006JusticeRon Trott13 episodes
2007American MastersNarratorEpisode: "Novel Reflections: The American Dream"
Ugly BettyProfessor BarrettEpisode: "Grin and Bear It"
ReGenesisOliver Roth5 episodes (2007–2008)
2008Eli StoneJordan Wethersby26 episodes
2009The Last TemplarMonsignor De AngelisMiniseries
Everything She Ever WantedWalter AllansonMiniseries
GleeWill's FatherEpisode: "Acafellas"
Nurse JackieNeil Nutterman2 episodes
RexPaulTelevision film
Web TherapyKip WalliceWeb series, 8 episodes (2009, 2013–2014)
National Geographic: America Before ColumbusNarrator
2010Ice QuakeColonel Bill HughesTelevision film
Republic of DoyleGarrison Steel4 episodes (2010–2013)
2011Stargate UniverseAmbassador OvirdaEpisode: "Seizure"
SuitsPhillip HardmanPilot (scenes cut in US release)
Murdoch MysteriesDetective Malcolm LambEpisode: "Tattered and Torn"
FlashpointDr. Larry TothEpisode: "Fault Lines"
Episode:"Personal Effects" / Episode: "Priority of Life"
30 RockEugene GrembyEpisode: "Respawn"
Law & Order: LAWalter CalvinEpisode: "Angel's Knoll"
William & Catherine: A Royal RomanceCharles, Prince of WalesTelevision film
Charlie's AngelsCharles "Charlie" TownsendVoice role
Web TherapyKip WalliceMain role, 19 episodes (2011–2015)
2012The Big CWillie WankerEpisode: "Family Matters"
DamagesBennett Herreshoff3 episodes
The FirmJudge Walter A. DominicEpisode: "Chapter 6"
2013DeceptionRobert BowersMain role (11 episodes)
The HuntersMason FullerTelevision film
2014The Good WifeJudge Loudon SpencerEpisode: "We, the Juries"
Sleepy HollowMr. CraneEpisode: "Bad Blood"
LouieLouie's LawyerEpisode: "Model"
Blue BloodsDonald SteinEpisode: "Under the Gun"[26]
2014–2019PowerSimon Stern11 episodes
2015MotiveNeville MontgomeryEpisode: "6 Months Later"
The SlapNarratorMiniseries, 8 episodes
2015–2017The FlashMartin Stein / Firestorm11 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
Digsy Foss's husband Season 3 episode: "Duet"
2016–2017Legends of TomorrowMartin Stein / FirestormMain role (seasons 1–3)
Eobard Thawne Season 2 episode: "The Chicago Way"
Sir Henry Stein Season 3 episode: "Return of the Mack"
2016VixenMartin Stein / FirestormVoice role, web series, Episode: "Episode #2.1"
2017Modern FamilyCharles DumontEpisode: "Do It Yourself"
Difficult PeopleJohn PassiasEpisode: "Cindarestylox"
2017, 2019The OrvilleAdmiral Halsey6 episodes, Recurring role[27]
2017SupergirlMartin Stein / FirestormSeason 3 Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"
ArrowSeason 6 Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"
2018Spirit Riding FreeJames Sr.Episode: " Lucky and the Train Tycoon"
2019Tales of the CitySam Garland



Source: Playbill[28]

Off Broadway


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