Len Cariou

Actor, Director, Singer
As a Tony Award-winning performer in the early part of his career, Canadian actor Len Cariou later made a successful transition to the screen to become a recognizable fixture in numerous series and made-for-television ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1939 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Blue Bloods 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight 2015 (Movie)

Cardinal Law (Actor)

The Onion Movie 2014 (Movie)

Norm Archer (Actor)

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen 2013 (Movie)

Ernest Hemingway (Voice)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Father Patrick Dunn (Actor)

Damages 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Into the Storm 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

1408 2007 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flags of Our Fathers 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Beech (Actor)

The Boynton Beach Club 2006 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005 (Movie)

Stedman Comstock (Actor)

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

Sheriff Dave Newsome (Actor)

About Schmidt 2002 (Movie)

Ray Nichols (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

D.C. 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Pablo Picasso: A Primitive Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Thirteen Days 2000 (Movie)

Dean Acheson (Actor)

Border Line 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

Secretary of Defense Charles White (Actor)

Swift Justice 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Derby 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Talk to Strangers 1995 (Movie)

Henry Taylor (Actor)

Love on the Run 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sea Wolf 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Johnstown Flood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rope 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

100 Centre Street 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Madame X 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Seasons 1981 (Movie)

Nick Callan (Actor)

Who'll Save Our Children? 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

Frederick Egerman (Actor)

One Man 1976 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

Class of '61 (TV Show)

Actor

Derby (Movie)

Henry Woods (Actor)

In the Company of Spies (TV Show)

Actor

Killer in the Mirror (TV Show)

Actor

Louisiana (TV Show)

Actor

Love on the Run (Movie)

Noah Cross (Actor)

Madame X (Movie)

John Abbott (Actor)

Miracle on I-880 (TV Show)

Actor

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor

Sex Traffic (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving (TV Show)

Actor

The Man in the Attic (TV Show)

Actor

The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Show)

Actor

There Were Times, Dear (TV Show)

Actor

Witness to the Execution (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Cabaret 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

As a Tony Award-winning performer in the early part of his career, Canadian actor Len Cariou later made a successful transition to the screen to become a recognizable fixture in numerous series and made-for-television movies. Following his Broadway triumphs in "Applause" (1970) and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (1979), Cariou crossed over to films and television with memorable appearances as a spy on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996) and as Walt Disney in "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story" (CBS, 1995). Despite his successful move over to the small screen, his Broadway star diminished throughout the 1980s and 1990s. But in 2002, Cariou hit his theatrical stride once again with a noted run in the embattled Broadway play, "Proof." Though the show itself was short-lived, Cariou enjoyed renewed career vigor and began turning in sharp performances on series television, while earning an Emmy Award nomination for his turn as Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Into the Storm" (BBC, 2008), proving that even in his seventies, he remained a vital performer.

Relationships

Molly Estelle Cariou

Mother

Laurel Cariou Freedy

Daughter
Mother, Patricia Otter

Lauren Bacall Actor

Companion
Romantically involved during staging of "Applause" (1970) No longer together

George Cariou

Father

Glenn Close Actor

Companion
Lived together in the 1970s No longer together

Susan Kapilow

Wife

Patricia Otter Actor

Wife
Married Divorced

Heather Summerhayes Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Holy Cross School

St. Paul's College

Milestones

2010

Cast as Henry Reagan in the CBS drama "Blue Bloods"

2010

Appeared as Madoff-like Ponzi scheme man Louis Tobin in the third season of FX's "Damages"

2009

Portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt in the HBO film "Into the Storm"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Movie

2007

Appeared as John Cusack's father in the film "1408"

2006

Played power broker Judd Fitzgerald on the Showtime series "Brotherhood"

2002

Featured in the "About Schmidt" opposite Jack Nicholson; directed by Alexander Payne

2002

Joined Anne Heche and Neil Patrick Harris as the replacement cast in the award-winning drama "Proof"

2001

Headlined the national tour of the award-winning play "Copenhagen"

2000

Starred in a production of Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party" at the Music Box Theatre

1999

Played the U.S. President in Showtime's "In the Company of Spies"

1995

Portrayed Walt Disney in the CBS TV-movie "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story"

1991

Starred in the Broadway production of "The Speed of Darkness"

1987

Starred in "Teddy & Alice" on Broadway

1985

Had a recurring role as spy Michael Haggerty on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS); re-teamed with Lansbury

1983

Starred in Arthur Miller's sole musical, "Up from Paradise"

1981

Featured in Alan Alda's directorial debut, "The Four Seasons"

1979

Played the lead role of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street" on Broadway; co-starred opposite Angela Lansbury

1977

Recreated stage role for the film adaptation of "A Little Night Music"

1973

Garnered second Tony nomination for his role in "A Little Night Music"

1972

Made stage directorial debut with "Of Mice and Men" at the Guthrie Theatre

1969

Landed first starring role on Broadway in "Applause"; earned first Tony Award nomination

1968

Made his Broadway debut in "The House of Atreus"

1962

Acted in numerous roles at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and later at the Stratford in Ontario

1959

Made stage debut as chorus member in "Damn Yankees" at the Rainbow Theatre in Winnipeg

Was the associate director of the Guthrie Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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In 2004, he was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

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