Colm Feore

Colm Feore

Born: August 22, 1958
Age: 63
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Colm Feore OC (born August 22, 1958), is an American-born Canadian stage, film and television actor.[1] A 13-year veteran of the Stratford Festival, he is best known for his Gemini-winning turn as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the television miniseries Trudeau, as well as roles such as Detective Martin Ward in Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Lord Marshal Zhylaw in The Chronicles of Riddick, Pope Julius II on The Borgias, First Gentleman Henry Taylor on 24, General Ted Brockhart on House of Cards, and Declan Gallard on 21 Thunder. He is a Prix Iris and Screen Actors Guild Award winner and a Genie Award nominee.[2]

Feore was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Irish parents who lived in Ireland for several years during his early life.[3] The family subsequently moved to Windsor, Ontario, where Feore grew up.[4]

After graduating from Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, he attended the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec.[5][6]



Feore honed his acting skills as a member of the Acting Company of the Stratford Festival of Canada, North America's largest classical repertory theatre. He spent 16 seasons at Stratford where he rose from bit parts to leading roles, including Romeo,[7] Hamlet,[7] Richard III,[7] and Cyrano.[7] He returned in 2006 to star in four productions, including Don Juan in both English and French and as Fagin in Oliver!. More recently, in 2009 he played the main role of Macbeth in the play Macbeth, and the main role of Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, and Lear in King Lear in 2014,[8] all performed at the Stratford Festival Theatre. He also has appeared on Broadway as Cassius in the production of Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington as Brutus.[9] Off-Broadway, for the Public Theater, he was Claudius in a Hamlet production that starred Liev Schreiber.[10]

In Canada, Feore's most famous roles were as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the critically acclaimed television mini-series Trudeau,[3] a role for which he won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, as classical pianist Glenn Gould in the 1993 film Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould,[3] and as by-the-book English Canadian detective Martin Ward in the box-office hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop.[3] He also played a crazed marketing executive imposter in the second season of the Canadian TV series, Slings and Arrows,[7] a role that continued for several episodes. The show has run in the United States on the Sundance Channel.

Outside Canada, Feore has appeared in numerous film, theatre and television roles. He is perhaps most famous in the United States for his supporting roles in such Hollywood films as Pearl Harbor, The Sum of All Fears, Paycheck,[3] and The Chronicles of Riddick.[7] In 1999, he appeared in Stephen King's Storm of the Century as the powerful ancient wizard Andre Linoge. He was the crooked Los Angeles Police Chief James E. Davis in 2008's Changeling.[8] In 2011, he appeared as Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, in the live-action superhero film Thor.[11] In 2014, he portrayed Dr. Francis Dulmacher in Gotham.[7] He portrayed the First Gentleman Henry Taylor on the seventh season of 24,[7] appeared as Tad Whitney in The West Wing second-season episode titled "Galileo" and played the billionaire suspect Jordan Hayes in the 2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Flight". He played murderers (by supernatural means) in two episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series.[12]


In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as an actor of the stage and screen, notably by bridging Anglophone and Francophone cultures as a fluently bilingual performer."[13] In October 2012, Feore was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, in recognition of his contributions to Canadian theatre and film.[14] Feore was honoured with Gascon-Thomas Award from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2013, the award is given annually to an actor that makes an exceptional contribution to the growth of theatre.[6]

Personal life

Feore is fluent in French. He has been married to Donna Feore, a choreographer and theatre director associated with the National Arts Centre and the Stratford Festival, since 1994.[15] They have three children: sons Jack and Thomas, and daughter Anna.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 A Nest of Singing Birds Michael Jimson
1988 Iron Eagle II Yuri Lebanov
1990 Beautiful Dreamers Dr. Maurice Bucke
Bethune: The Making of a Hero Chester Rice
1993 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould Glenn Gould
1996 The Boor Gruzdev Short film
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan Elihu Harrison
Face/Off Dr. Malcolm Walsh
The Wrong Guy The Killer
Critical Care Richard Wilson
1998 City of Angels Jordan
The Red Violin Auctioneer
Airborne Ron Simpson
The Lesser Evil Derek
The Herd Derek
1999 Striking Poses Linus
Storm of the Century Andre Linoge
The Insider Richard Scruggs
Titus Marcus Andronicus
2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad Toby the Tram Engine (voice)
The Perfect Son Ryan Taylor
2001 Ignition Gen. Joel MacAteer
The Caveman's Valentine David Leppenraub
Pearl Harbor Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
Century Hotel Sebastian
Lola Mike
2002 The Sum of All Fears Olson
Point of Origin Mike Matassa
The Baroness and the Pig The Baron
Chicago Martin Harrison
2003 Highwaymen Fargo
National Security Detective Frank McDuff
Paycheck John Wolfe
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick Lord Marshal Zhylaw
2005 Lies My Mother Told Me Lucas Mackenzie
The Deal Hank Weiss
Heidi Mr. Sesseman (voice)
The Exorcism of Emily Rose Karl Gunderson
2006 Bon Cop, Bad Cop Detective Martin Ward
2007 The Poet Colonel Hass
Intervention Bill
Killing Zelda Sparks Dr. Leningrad
2008 Serveuses demandées RCMP officier corporal Paradis
The American Trap (Le piège américain) Maurice Bishop
Changeling Chief James E. Davis
Inconceivable Dr. Jackson Charles Freeman
Six Reasons Why The Preacher
WarGames: The Dead Code T. Kenneth Hassert / Joshua (voice)
2009 The Trotsky Principal Berkhoff
2010 Voodoo Narrator Short film
Interregnum King Ubu / Klaus Short film
2011 Thor Laufey[16]
French Immersion Michael Pontifikator
Saving Hope Mac
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Rob Behringer
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Donald Menken
Elephant Song Lawrence
2015 King Lear King Lear
Reversion Jack Clé
Painkillers Dr. Troutman
2016 Mean Dreams The Chief
2017 Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 Martin Ward
Anon Charles Gattis
2018 Greta
2019 The Prodigy Arthur Jacobson


Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Great Detective Talbot Episode: "Death Circuit"
1987 Blades of Courage Bruce Gainor Television film
1989, 1990 Friday the 13th: The Series Alex Dent / Anton Pascola 2 episodes
War of the Worlds Nikita / Leonid Argochev 2 episodes
1991 Heritage Minutes Colonel John McCrae Episode: "John McCrae"
1992 Street Legal Kyle Thompson Episode: "November"
1992, 1993 Beyond Reality Mason Driscoll / Sorcerer (voice) 2 episodes
1993 Romeo & Juliet Mercutio Television film
1995 Forever Knight Walken Episode: "Blood Money"
Friends at Last Phillip Connelyn Television film
Truman Charles Griffith Ross Television film
Where's the Money, Noreen? Kevin Hanover Television film
1995, 1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Selinger 2 episodes
1996 Due South Charles Carver Episode: "The Duel"
1996 The Outer Limits Major Mackie Episode: "The Heist"
1997 Night Sins Deacon Albert Fletcher Television film
Liberty! The American Revolution Alexander Hamilton Miniseries
Hostile Waters Pshenishny Television film
1998 The Escape Hickman Television film
Creature Adm. Aaron Richland Miniseries
1998, 2000 La Femme Nikita Leon / Brutus (voice) 2 episodes
1999 Storm of the Century Andre Linoge Miniseries
2000 Trapped in a Purple Haze Ed Hanson Television film
The West Wing Tad Whitney Episode: "Galileo"
Boston Public George Guber Episode: "Chapter Seven"
Nuremberg Rudolf Hoess Television film
2001 Foreign Objects Tibor
Haven Bruno Television film
Final Jeopardy Paul Battaglia Television film
The Day Reagan Was Shot Caspar Weinberger Television film
2002 Benjamin Franklin Narrator (voice) Miniseries
Sins of the Father Dalton Strong Television film
Trudeau The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau Television film
Widows Stein Miniseries
Point of Origin Mike Matassa Television film
Napoléon Miniseries
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself D.W. Griffith Teleivision film
2004 The Newsroom David Episode: "Reality Strikes"
The Eleventh Hour Owen Sawyer Episode: "Eden"
2005 Lies My Mother Told Me Lucas Mackenzie Television film
Empire Julius Caesar 3 episodes
Slings & Arrows Sanjay 5 episodes
Burnt Toast Dave Television film
2006 Secret Files of the Inquisition Narrator Miniseries
Battlestar Galactica President Richard Adar Episode: "Epiphanies"
2007 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee General William Tecumseh Sherman Television film
American Experience Narrator Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"
2008 24: Redemption Henry Taylor Television film
Guns Paul Duguid Miniseries
2009 Flashpoint David Graham Episode: "Eagle Two"
24 Henry Taylor 12 episodes
The Listener Ray Mercer 7 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jordan Hayes Episode: "Flight"
2011-2013 The Borgias Giuliano della Rovere 20 episodes
2012 Saving Hope Mac 2 episodes
2012-2013 Revolution Randall Flynn 9 episodes
2013 The Good Wife Brad Lund Episode: "Red Team, Blue Team"
House of Versace Santo Versace Television film
2014 Beauty & the Beast Frank Darnell Episode: "Recipe for Disaster"
2014-2016 Sensitive Skin Roger 7 episodes
2015 Pirate's Passage Corporal Robin Hawkins (voice) Television film
Gotham Dr. Francis Dulmacher 2 episodes
2016-2017 House of Cards Ted Brockhart 12 episodes
2017 Lore Dr. Walter Freeman Episode: "Echoes"
2018 The Umbrella Academy Sir Reginald Hargreeves Main cast

Stratford Festival Theatre credits

  • Romeo and Juliet (1984), Romeo
  • The Boys from Syracuse (1986), Antipholus
  • Cymbeline (1986), Iachimo
  • Othello (1987), Iago
  • Richard III (1988), King Richard III
  • The Taming of the Shrew (1988), Petruchio
  • The Three Musketeers (1988), Athos
  • Julius Caesar (1990), Cassius
  • Romeo and Juliet (1991), Mercutio
  • Hamlet (1991), Hamlet
  • Measure for Measure (1992), Angelo
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993), Oberon
  • The Pirates of Penzance (1994), Pirate King
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1994), Cyrano
  • My Fair Lady (2002), Henry Higgins
  • Don Juan (2006), Don Juan
  • Oliver! (2006), Fagin
  • Coriolanus (2006), Coriolanus
  • Intervention (2007)
  • Macbeth (2009), Macbeth
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (2009), Cyrano
  • King Lear (2014), King Lear
  • The Beaux' Stratagem (2014), Archer

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