Victor Garber


Date Of Birth

16 March 1949


Emmy-nominated Canadian actor Victor Garber was born on March 16, 1949 in London, Ontario. He began acting when he was just nine years old, eventually entering Hart House at the University of Toronto when he was just 15. During his younger years, he was also part of the folk group The Sugar Shoppe, which enjoyed moderate success during the 1960s—even eliciting performances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show—before breaking up.

Garber began acting for the screen in the 1970s. His first film, Godspeed, saw him play the role of Jesus, in a musical adaptation of Biblical events. His other notable films include Sleepless in Seattle, Annie, Legally Blonde, and Tuck Everlasting. One of his more notable films was Titanic, where he played shipbuilder Thomas Andrews.

However, Garber is more known and acclaimed for his roles in television. His first recurring television role was in 1985, when he appeared in the television series I Had Three Wives. In 1988, he was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as the lead role in the television movie Liberace: Behind the Music. He also had a recurring role in the Canadian series E.N.G.

But it was with the spy drama Alias where Garber got the most recognition and renown. The series saw him play the role of Jack Bristow, the emotionally distant father of lead Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), who works at the CIA and, formerly, for the SD-6, whose main concern is to assure the safety of her daughter, whatever it takes. This portrayal earned him three Emmy nominations from 2003 to 2005, and a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2003. When the series ended, Garber took on a role in the drama Eli Stone. Later he was cast as Charles Townsend on the TV series Charlie's Angels, as Robert Bowers on Deception, Kip Wallice on Web Therapy, Simon Stern on Power and Dr. Martin Stein on both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

Garber also performed on stage, appearing in the original Broadway productions of Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd and Noises Off. He was also part of the original cast of the off-Broadway play Assassins. Throughout his stage career, he received four Tony nominations.

Place of Birth

London, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Victor Joseph Garber



Fun Facts

-Victor Garber has played both Jesus (in Godspell) and the Devil (in Damn Yankees) on stage.

-Victor was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Hooray for Gray!" section.

-Victor Garber's character in Alias, Jack Bristow, was ranked #29 in TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.


Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Years :

-2004 Nominated Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for: "Alias" (2001)

-2003 Won Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for: "Alias" (2001)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Year
Won Critics Choice Award Best Acting Ensemble
for: Milk (2008/I)
Shared with:
Sean Penn
James Franco
Josh Brolin
Stephen Spinella
Denis O'Hare
Emile Hirsch
Diego Luna

Emmy Awards Years :

-2005 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for: "Will & Grace" (1998)
For playing "Peter Bovington".

-2004 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for: "Alias" (2001)

-2003 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for: "Alias" (2001)

-2002 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for: "Alias" (2001)

-2001 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for: "Frasier" (1993)
For playing "Ferguson".
For episode "Taking Liberties".

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for: Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) (TV)

Gemini Awards Years :

-2000 Nominated Gemini Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for: External Affairs (1999)

-1995 Nominated Gemini Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for: Dieppe (1993) (TV)

-1992 Nominated Gemini Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for: The First Circle (1992) (TV)

National Board of Review, USA Year 1996 Won NBR Award Best Acting by an Ensemble
for: The First Wives Club (1996)
Shared with:
Bette Midler
Goldie Hawn
Diane Keaton
Maggie Smith
Dan Hedaya
Sarah Jessica Parker
Stockard Channing
Stephen Collins
Elizabeth Berkley
Marcia Gay Harden
Bronson Pinchot
Jennifer Dundas
Eileen Heckart
Philip Bosco
Rob Reiner
James Naughton
Ari Greenberg
Aida Linares

Satellite Awards Year 2003
Won Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama
for: "Alias" (2001)

Screen Actors Guild Awards Years

Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for: Milk (2008/I)
Shared with:
Josh Brolin
Joseph Cross
James Franco
Emile Hirsch
Diego Luna
Denis O'Hare
Sean Penn
Alison Pill

-1998 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by a Cast for: Titanic (1997)
Shared with:
Suzy Amis
Kathy Bates
Leonardo DiCaprio
Frances Fisher
Bernard Hill
Jonathan Hyde
Bill Paxton
Gloria Stuart
David Warner
Kate Winslet
Billy Zane
Danny Nucci
Bernard Fox

Teen Choice Awards Year 2005
Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV Parental Units for: "Alias" (2001)
Shared with:
Lena Olin
Ron Rifkin


2016 Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series)
2015 Bob's Broken Sleigh (TV Movie)
2015 The Flash (TV Series)
2014-2015 Power (TV Series)
2015 Self/less
2015 Motive (TV Series)
2015 Consumed
2015 Sicario
2015 Superhero Fight Club (TV Movie)
2015 The Slap (TV Series)
2011-2015 Web Therapy (TV Series)
2014 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
2009-2014 Web Therapy (TV Series)
2014 Big Game
2014 Working the Engels (TV Series)
2014 Louie (TV Series)
2014 Sleepy Hollow (TV Series)
2014 The Good Wife (TV Series)
2010-2013 Republic of Doyle (TV Series)
2013 The Hunters (TV Movie)
2013 I'll Follow You Down
2013 Deception (TV Series)
2012 Damages (TV Series)
2012 Argo
2012 Moving Day
2012 The Big C (TV Series)
2012 The Firm (TV Series)
2011 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
2011 Flashpoint (TV Series)
2011 The Entitled
2011 William & Catherine: A Royal Romance (TV Movie)
2011 Suits (TV Series)
2011 Law & Order: LA (TV Series)
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2
2011 30 Rock (TV Series)
2011 Take Me Home
2011 SGU Stargate Universe (TV Series)
2011 Murdoch Mysteries (TV Series)
2010 Ice Quake (TV Movie)
2010 You Again
2010 The Town
2009 Everything She Ever Wanted (TV Mini-Series)
2009 Glee (TV Series)
2009 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight (Video)
2009 Rex (TV Movie)
2008-2009 Eli Stone (TV Series)
2009 The Last Templar (TV Mini-Series)
2008/I Milk
2007-2008 ReGenesis (TV Series)
2007 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
2006-2007 Justice (TV Series)
2001-2006 Alias (TV Series)
2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
2004 Alias (Video Game)
2003 It's All Relative (TV Series)
2003 The Music Man (TV Movie)
2002 Tuck Everlasting
2002 Home Room
2002 Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (TV Movie)
2001 Call Me Claus (TV Movie)
2001 Legally Blonde
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (TV Movie)
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Movie)
2001 A Colder Kind of Death (TV Movie)
2001 The Wandering Soul Murders (TV Movie)
2000 Frasier (TV Series)
1996-2000 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
2000 Deadly Appearances (TV Movie)
2000 Love and Murder (TV Movie)
1999 Boys Briefs
1999 External Affairs
1999 Annie (TV Movie)
1999 Invisible Child (TV Movie)
1999 Summer's End (TV Movie)
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution (TV Mini-Series)
1997 Cinderella (TV Movie)
1997 Titanic
1997 Let Me Call You Sweetheart (TV Movie)
1997 The Absolution of Anthony (Short)
1996 Marvin's Room
1996 F/X: The Series (TV Series)
1996 The First Wives Club
1995 Almost Perfect (TV Series)
1995 Law & Order (TV Series)
1995 Jeffrey
1995 Kleptomania
1994 Mixed Nuts
1994 Exotica
1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
1993 Dieppe (TV Movie)
1993 Sleepless in Seattle
1993 Life with Mikey
1993 Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (TV Movie)
1993 Queen (TV Mini-Series)
1991-1993 E.N.G. (TV Series)
1992 I'll Never Get to Heaven
1992 The Powers That Be (TV Series)
1992 I'll Fly Away (TV Series)
1992 Singles
1992 The First Circle (TV Movie)
1992 Light Sleeper
1991 Grand Larceny (TV Movie)
1991 Walking the Dog (Short)
1987-1991 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (TV Series)
1989 The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music (TV Movie)
1986-1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
1985 I Had Three Wives (TV Series)
1985 Private Sessions (TV Movie)
1985 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
1983 Charley's Aunt (TV Movie)
1978 Tartuffe (TV Movie)
1977 The Best of Families (TV Mini-Series)
1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
1975 Valley Forge (TV Movie)
1974 Monkeys in the Attic
1974 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
1974 Jack: A Flash Fantasy (TV Movie)
1973 Godspell
1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)


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