Victor Joseph Garber was born on 16 March 1949, in London, Ontario, Canada, to Hope Garber, actress, singer and host of the “At Home with Hope Garber” show, and Joseph Garber, of Russian Jewish descent. He is a Canadian actor and singer, best known for his roles in the musical films “Godspell” and “Assassins”, in the films “Titanic” and “Argo” and in the television series “Alias”.
So just how rich is Victor Garber? According to sources, Garber has earned a net worth over $5 million, as of early 2017. His wealth has been established during his acting career which now spans almost six decades .
Victor Garber Net Worth $5 million
Garber grew up in Ontario, along with his two siblings. He became interested in acting during his childhood years, joining the children’s program of the Grand Theatre. When he was 16 he enrolled at the University of Toronto’s Hart House, taking the theatre training program.
Aside from acting, however, Garber also pursued a career in music, becoming a solo folk singer in the mid-’60s. In 1967 he founded a folk group called The Sugar Shoppe, achieving some popularity and reaching the Canadian Top 40 with the cover of Bobby Gimby’s song “Canada”. This greatly added to his wealth. However, the band eventually fell apart.
His acting career started with the lead part of Jesus in the 1972 musical “Godspell”, then the following year he made his television debut, appearing in the TV film “Jack: A Flash Fantasy”, after which he landed guest appearances in series like “ABC Afterschool Specials” and “Great Performances”. He made his Broadway debut in 1977, with Michael Cristofer’s play “The Shadow Box”, followed by “Tartuffe”, “Deathtrap” and “Sweeney Todd”. Paving his way to recognition and fame, Garber’s net worth also began to increase.
The ’80s saw the actor in TV series such as “I Had Three Wives” and “American Playhouse”, as well as in several TV films. He played the lead part of Ernest Hemingway in the film “The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway”, and appeared on Broadway, in productions such as “Little Me”, “Noises Off” and “Lend Me a Tenor”, garnering critical praises and earning a considerable wealth. Work continued to flow in steadily during the ’90s as well, and Garber landed the role of John Wilkes Booth in the off-Broadway production of the musical “Assassins”, as well as in Broadway productions of “Damn Yankees”, “Arcadia” and “Art”. He also appeared in the films “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Annie”, and played the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews in the famed romantic disaster film “Titanic”. He appeared in numerous TV films too, and had a recurring part in the series “E.N.G.”. Being involved in such diverse and acclaimed projects significantly contributed to Garber’s popularity and to his net worth as well.
In 2001 he was cast with the lead part of Jack Bristow in the ABC action television series “Alias”, remaining in the show for five seasons, until 2006; the series was a great success, earning him several awards, three Emmy nominations, and a sizable income too.
Garber continued to appear in various theater productions too, such as “A Little Night Music”, “Follies” and “Present Laughter”. As for the big screen, he landed roles in the films “Legally Blonde”, “Tuck Everlasting” and “Milk”, and played Canadian Ambassador to Iran Kenneth D. Taylor in Ben Affleck’s historical drama film “Argo”, further improving his reputation and increasing his net worth.
More recently, Garber appeared in the 2017 film “Rebel in the Rye”, and on the small screen, he starred in the series “Justice”, “Eli Stone” and “Deception”, and also appeared in “ReGenesis”, “Damages”, “Power” and “Flash”, among other. As of 2016 he has starred as Martin Stein / Firestorm in the series “Legends of Tomorrow”.
In his private life, Garber is gay, and has been married to Canadian artist and model Rainer Andreesen since 2015.
Is a close friend of Ben Affleck. Both Affleck and Garber have portrayed DC comic book characters. Affleck is portraying Batman in the upcoming film "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" (2016) while Garber plays Dr. Martin Stein in the TV series "The Flash" (2014).
His parents were of Russian Jewish descent.
As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Titanic (1997), Milk (2008) and Argo (2012). Titanic (1997) and Argo (2012) are winners in the category.
Was lead singer of Toronto pop group Sugar Shoppe.
New York, NY, USA: Living with his partner of 13 years, artist Rainer Andreesen. [January 2013]
Starring in Noel Coward's Present Laughter for the Roundabout theatre company in New York City. [January 2010]
Played the uncredited role as assistant bank manager in friend Ben Affleck's movie The Town (2010).
Is in a long-term romantic relationship with artist and ex-model (and fellow Canadian) Rainer Andreesen. They have lived together in New York's Greenwich Village for 13 years (as of April 2012).
He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City, and still lives in the neighborhood.
In 2008, he co-presented a gallery show for Canadian-born, LA and New York-based portrait painter Rainer Andreesen.
Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12.
License plate on his on-set bike at Disney is "SPYDAD."
Not only was he the one and only guest at Alias (2001) co-star Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's wedding, but he officiated at the ceremony after learning how to do so on the Internet.
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."
Has played both Jesus (in Godspell) and the Devil (in Damn Yankees) in major stage productions.
Originated the role of Clifford Anderson in the 1978 New York City production of "Deathtrap."
Jack Bristow, Garber's character on Alias (2001), was ranked #29 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
He has a brother and a sister. His mother was Hope Garber, who died in 2005; his father passed away in 1993.
Originated the role of John Wilkes Booth in the 1990 Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins".
Originated the role of Anthony in the 1979 Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
Received Tony Award nominations for "Deathtrap" (Featured Actor), "Little Me' (Actor - Musical), "Lend Me a Tenor" (Actor), and "Damn Yankees" (Actor - Musical).
Thank goodness I started getting movie roles and then television shows came along. So I was very fortunate to be able to do all three and I like all of them.
That's why, when Alias came along, I knew I'd be OK if the show was on for five or six years because the writing was so good and the creative team was so strong.
The crew loves working on the show, even though we have to work really hard. There's nobody in the show that's difficult. We really have a great group.
The first thing I read was of my character on the phone talking to Sydney's fiancé. Though short, it was so beautifully written, and it made me laugh. I thought if I wanted to play a character, this would be it.
We, some cast members and I, even went on a weekend trip together and spent the weekend at an inn, because we enjoy each other's company so much, and it was so cool.
It's about these people who are inextricably together for whatever reasons, and they happen to be in the spy world. It's about relationships, and the bottom line is, that's why you care.
It's disgusting that a Broadway show can't try out anymore, that no matter where they are in the world, there is this massive dialogue going on between people damning or praising it.
One day, we were doing a serious scene and fast talking like we do and we could not stop laughing and the director had to stop the production. We had to go to our trailer and calm down and do it all again.
Sometimes his methods are questionable, and even his morals are questionable, but his intention is always to protect Sydney. So in that way I think he's a good parent.
Sometimes, his methods and his motives are questionable and even his morals are questionable in the way he does things. But I think his intention is always to protect his daughter.
I find that everything I do is demanding, like Jack Bristow is a complicated man and I do a lot of explaining in the show, it takes a lot of energy and concentration.
I like the fact that Jack is always wearing a tie except when he's on a mission. I do like it when I get out there and dress up, or dress down, a little bit.
I remember the first reading of the script we had and everybody was sitting around the table. I was very impressed with the level of acting that was in the room, particularly with Jennifer who has so much responsibility.
I've been amazed that it's so popular with people. But it's been fantastic. People are very excited when I walk into a place and they recognize me from the series.
In our show you have to pay attention and know what happened before. I think it's very intelligent entertainment. It makes demands of viewers that a lot of shows don't.
What I realized was how difficult an hour show is and how miserable you can be if you're not happy doing it.
When I first read the script a few years ago I thought it was one of the best written scripts I had ever read.
You can only do so much theatre.
You have to find something there that relates to the characters and reality on some level.
I find out more about Jack every week. Essentially, I'm the same character, but I'm having more fun this season because I'm doing more aliases, you know. I like the surprise of not knowing.
The hardest thing for me is not to keep laughing. Jennifer particularly is like a clown.
The most sinister aspect of Jack is his detachment, his ability to distance himself from his feelings.
The stage is where I feel most comfortable, and I miss it all the time.
Theatre demands different muscles and different aspects of one's personality.
Then I did one fight scene, and they said it looked good. Because I did it well enough, they've given me more.
I think from a very young age I always have this desire to perform.
I'm very serious about acting.
If you were to come to the set of Alias, you'd know how silly we all are. And I mean, silly.
My mother couldn't have been happier when I said I was moving to New York.
My theory about Jack is that he's not a very good parent.
I believe that acting in any medium is the same thing, it's discovering the truth in where you are.
And when I go to see plays, I marvel at how people can do that. I've done it all my life, but I still find it mystical.
Being on a television series is sort of life-altering on every level.
I had done some TV movies that were great experiences but, no, I wasn't looking to do a series.
I have no interest in directing. I've no talent for it.