Victor Garber Biography

Victor Garber

Claim to Fame: Actor, Singer
DOB: March 16, 1949
Diabetes Type: Type 1

Victor Garber was born March 16, 1949 in London, Ontario. His mother, Hope Garber, was a singer and actress, the host of At Home with Hope Garber.

Victor decided to follow in his mother's footsteps, and at the age of nine he began acting in productions at the local Grand Theatre. At 12, Victor was diagnosed with diabetes and soon after he dropped out of school to enroll at the University of Toronto's Hart House. He started a band called The Sugar Shoppe which saw moderate success when it appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show.

In 1972 Victor was granted his big break as Jesus in the stage production of Godspell, along with Martin Short, Paul Shaffer, and Andrea Martin. The following year he was in New York City starring in Henrik Ibsen's play Ghosts, for which he eventually won a Theatre World Award.

Victor was soon immersed in the entertainment industry. His long running career in television included reoccurring guest roles on Law & Order, The Outer Limits, and E.N.G. He also starred in television's hit series Alias, along with Richard Benjamin's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Liberace: Behind the Music, Queen, ABC's musical version of Annie, The Invisible Child, External Affairs, and others. Victor was nominated for three Emmy Awards; one for his role in the ABC miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, one for his guest spot in the comedy series Frasier, and another for his guest appearance on Will & Grace in 2004. Victor has had many musical-theatre and big-screen hits as well. Deathtrap earned him his first Tony nomination in 1978, and 1979's Sweeney Todd was one of his more mainstream successes. Little Me, Lend Me a Tenor, and Damn Yankees were all also among Victor's more successful projects. His other films include Life with Mikey (1993), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Legally Blonde (2001), The First Wives Club (1996), Tuck Everlasting (2002) and the critically acclaimed hit Titanic (1997). He has had an extremely successful career, with nominations for six Emmy Awards and four Tony Awards. Hope, Victor's mother, suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and Victor served as her primary caregiver until she passed away in September of 2005.

Reviewed by dLife staff 12/13.

Last Modified Date: January 16, 2014

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