Monday, September 12 at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, we will be celebrating 70 seasons of the Stratford Festival and honouring one of Canada’s most prolific stage and screen actors - Len Cariou. This magnificent evening will be hosted by Eric McCormack, our 2017 Gala
Len is a Tony Award winner and Emmy nominee and is seen weekly as the beloved patriarch of the Reagan household in CBS’s hit drama Blue Bloods, where he stars as Henry Reagan opposite Tom Selleck.
Len began his career at Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg and was a founding member of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. He joined the Stratford Festival company in 1962 and appeared in numerous productions over the next four seasons. In 1981, he returned to Stratford as a leading
actor in roles including Coriolanus, Prospero, Petruchio and Brutus.
Following his first tenure in Stratford, Len worked with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. In 1968, he made his Broadway debut in Tyrone Guthrie’s compilation The House of Atreus; two years later he starred opposite Lauren Bacall in Applause, earning his
first Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical. In 1973, he secured a second Tony nomination as Fredrik in A Little Night Music, a role he later recreated on film opposite Elizabeth Taylor.
Six years later, Len won both the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opposite Angela Lansbury. His theatre career includes numerous Broadway and regional productions throughout North America.
From 1985 to 1992, Len appeared in multiple episodes of Murder, She Wrote with Angela Lansbury; other television credits include appearances on Star Trek: Voyager, Damages, The
West Wing, Law & Order, Brotherhood and The Outer Limits. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Franklin Roosevelt in HBO’s Into
Len’s film credits include One Man (Genie Award for Best Actor), Flags of Our Fathers, About Schmidt, Thirteen Days,
The Four Seasons, Secret Window and Spotlight.
A Member of the Order of Canada, Len was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2004.
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