Colm Feore

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Colm Feore
Colm Feore 2013 (cropped).jpg
Feore at the 2013 Canadian Film Centre Annual Gala & Auction
Born (1958-08-22) August 22, 1958 (age 58)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Donna Feore (1994–present)

Colm Feore (born August 22, 1958) is an American-Canadian stage, film and television actor best known for his roles as First Gentleman Henry Taylor on the television series, 24 and as Lord Marshal Zhylaw in The Chronicles of Riddick.

Early life[edit]

Feore was born in Boston, Massachusetts,[1] to Irish parents who lived in Ireland for several years during his early life. The family subsequently moved to Windsor, Ontario, where Feore grew up.[2]

After graduating from Ridley College[3] in St. Catharines, Ontario, he attended the National Theatre School of Canada[4] in Montreal, Quebec.


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,[5] Hamlet,[5] Richard III,[5] and Cyrano.[5] 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,[6] 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.[7] Off-Broadway, for the Public Theater, he was Claudius in a Hamlet production that starred Liev Schreiber.[8]

In Canada, Feore’s most famous roles were as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the critically acclaimed television mini-series Trudeau,[1] 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,[1] and as by-the-book anglophone detective Martin Ward in the box-office hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop.[1] He also played a crazed marketing executive imposter in the second season of the Canadian TV series, Slings and Arrows,[5] 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,[1] and The Chronicles of Riddick.[5] 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.[6] In 2011, he appeared as Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, in the live-action superhero film, Thor.[9] In 2014, he portrayed Dr. Francis Dulmacher in Gotham.[5] He portrayed the First Gentleman Henry Taylor on the seventh season of 24,[5] appeared as Tad Whitney in The West Wing second-season episode titled "Galileo" and also 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.[10] (He also narrated the 2002 PBS documentary, Benjamin Franklin.)


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."[11] In October 2012, Feore was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, in recognition of his contributions to Canadian theater and film.[12] 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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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. They have three children: sons Jack and Thomas, and daughter Anna.[13]


Stratford Festival Theatre credits[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ a b c d e "'Hey, Are You Someone Famous?'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Colm Feore - Northern Stars
  3. ^ "Ridley College | Feore, Colm OR'77". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Colm Feore to be honoured by National Theatre School of Canada". Global News. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Stratford Festival pays tribute to Colm Feore | Toronto Star". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Colm Feore is more than the sum of his parts". Montreal Gazette. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Colm Feore and Jessica Hecht to Inhabit Denzel's Rome in Julius Caesar | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Onofri, Adrienne. "BWW Interview: Colm Feore, Coming to a Movie Theater Near You as King Lear". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  9. ^ George 'El Guapo' Roush (2009-09-22). "Thor, Iron Man And The Fighter Are Facebook Friends With David Fincher". Latino Review. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  10. ^ "Before They Were Stars: Colm Feore in "Friday the 13th: The Series"". The Back Row. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ University, Wilfrid Laurier. "134-2012 : Laurier honours actor Colm Feore and pollster Darrell Bricker at fall convocation". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Colm and Donna Feore: A most contemporary couple". NUVO, Spring 2006.
  14. ^ Weintraub, Steve (2010-12-10). "Colm Feore On Set Interview THOR; The King of the Frost Giants Reveals All!". Collider. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 

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