Mar. 16th, 1949
London, Ontario, Canada
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Victor Joseph Garber (born March 16, 1949) 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.
A leading player on Broadway for over two decades, 'Victor Garber' has appeared in comedies and musicals in New York to applause and Tony nominations, but his career in TV and films has been limited to mostly supporting parts. Garber's first stage success of note came in his native Canada, where he performed as Jesus in Godspell in a 1972 Toronto ensemble that also included 'Martin Short' and 'Andrea Martin'. A year later, Garber reprised the role in the film version of the musical but he soon settled into working on Broadway.
After nearly 20 years, he returned to films in character roles like the slick agent taking clients away from 'Michael J. Fox' and 'Nathan Lane' in James Lapine's Life with Mikey (1993); 'Tom Hanks' friend who is rendered emotional by "The Dirty Dozen" in Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and Goldie Hawn's ex-husband in The First Wives Club (1996). Garber's highest profile turn came as the Titanic's designer Thomas Andrews, who calmly awaits its inevitable sinking, in James Cameron's blockbuster mega-hit Titanic (1997).
- Jack Bristow, Garber's character on _"Alias" (2001)_ (qv), was ranked #29 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
- License plate on his on-set bike at Disney is "SPYDAD."
- Originated the role of Anthony in the 1979 'Stephen Sondheim' (qv) musical "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
- Originated the role of John Wilkes Booth in the 1990 'Stephen Sondheim' (qv) musical "Assassins".
- Has played both Jesus (in Godspell) and the Devil (in Damn Yankees) in major stage productions.
- Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12.
- Has been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award four times: as Best Actor (Featured Role -Play) in 1978 for "Deathtrap;" as Best Actor (Musical) in 1982 for a revival of "Little Me" and in 1994 for a revival of "Damn Yankees!"; and as Best Actor (Play) in 1989 for "Lend Me a Tenor."
- Originated the role of Clifford Anderson in the 1978 New York City production of "Deathtrap."