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Victor Joseph Garber was born on March 16, 1949, in London, Ontario, Canada. He attended Ryerson Elementary School and began acting at age 9, enrolling in the children's program of the Grand Theatre. He completed a summer theatre training program at the University of Toronto at 16 and eventually went on to study at the University's Hart House.
Garber began his career as a folk singer and then as a member of Canadian folk group called The Sugar Shoppe, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. His first most notable stage credit was ]as Jesus in the Toronto production of Godspell. He made his Off-Broadway debut as Osvald Alving in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Ghosts in 1973, earning a Theatre World Award, and starred in Cracks at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1976. He made his Broadway debut in 1977, assuming the role of Mark in The Shadow Box, before become a regular on the Broadway scene. He starred in the 1977 revival of Tartuffe as Valère and the 1978 Broadway premiere of Deathtrap as Clifford Anderson, earning his first Tony Award nomination. He originated the role of Anthony Hope in the 1979 Broadway premiere of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and starred as Vernon Gersch in They're Playing Our Song in 1981. After starring in 1982's Little Me (and earning his second Tony Award nomination), he originated the role of Garry Lejeune in the 1983 Broadway premiere of Noises Off, winning his first Drama Desk Award. He also earned a Drama Desk nomination for You Never Can Tell in 1987.
In 1988 he made his Public Theater debut in Wenceslas Square, before returning to Broadway later that year as Richard Dudgeon in a revival of The Devil's Disciple. In 1989 he starred off-Broadway in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters and as Max in the Broadway premiere of Lend Me a Tenor, earning a third Tony Award nomination. He went on to give an acclaimed performance off Broadway in Sondheim's Assassins at Playwrights Horizons in 1990, originating the role of John Wilkes Booth. He returned to Broadway in 1992 as Edwin Forrest in Two Shakespearean Actors. His next acclaimed Broadway run came in 1994, taking on the role of Applegate in a revival of Damn Yankees which led to a fourth Tony Award nomination that same year. In 1995, he went on to originate the role of Bernard Nightingale in the Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and would later originate the role of Serge in the Broadway premiere of Art in 1998. He starred as Garry Essendine in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010 revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter, and he was last seen on Broadway in the role of Horace Vandergelder in the smash hit revival of Hello, Dolly! from January 20 through July 15, 2018.
Garber has also had a prolific career in film and television, receiving a total of six Emmy Award nominations over the years: three for his role as Jack Bristow on Alias and single nominations for appearances on Will & Grace and Frasier, and for his performance as Sidney Luft in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Film fans will recognise him as Thomas Andrews in Titanic, Ken Taylor in Argo, Bill Atchison in The First Wives Club, Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde, Greg in Sleepless in Seattle, or Ted Caldwell in Happiest Season. He can currently be seen starring as Dr. Martin Stein on DC's Legends of Tomorrow (having appeared in the same role on The Flash).