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Also Known As: Leonard Joseph Cariou Died:
Born: September 30, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA Profession: director, actor, theater administrator, singer, salesperson

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Prisoners (2013)
2.
 Onion Movie, The (2008)
3.
 1408 (2007)
4.
7.
 Secret Window, The (2004) Sheriff Dave Newsome
8.
 About Schmidt (2002) Ray Nichols
9.
 Nuremberg (2000) Francis Biddle; Judge Francis Biddle
10.
 Thirteen Days (2000) Dean Acheson
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1959:
Made stage debut as chorus member in "Damn Yankees" at the Rainbow Theatre in Winnipeg
1962:
Acted in numerous roles at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and later at the Stratford in Ontario
1968:
Made his Broadway debut in "The House of Atreus"
1970:
Landed first starring role on Broadway in "Applause"; earned first Tony Award nomination
:
Was the associate director of the Guthrie Theatre
1972:
Made stage directorial debut with "Of Mice and Men" at the Guthrie Theatre
1973:
Garnered second Tony nomination for his role in "A Little Night Music"
1977:
Recreated stage role for the film adaptation of "A Little Night Music"
1979:
Played the lead role of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street" on Broadway; co-starred opposite Angela Lansbury
1981:
Featured in Alan Alda's directorial debut, "The Four Seasons"
1983:
Starred in Arthur Miller's sole musical, "Up from Paradise"
1985:
Had a recurring role as spy Michael Haggerty on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS); re-teamed with Lansbury
1987:
Starred in "Teddy & Alice" on Broadway
1991:
Starred in the Broadway production of "The Speed of Darkness"
1995:
Portrayed Walt Disney in the CBS TV-movie "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story"
1999:
Played the U.S. President in Showtime's "In the Company of Spies"
2000:
Starred in a production of Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party" at the Music Box Theatre
2001:
Headlined the national tour of the award-winning play "Copenhagen"
2002:
Joined Anne Heche and Neil Patrick Harris as the replacement cast in the award-winning drama "Proof"
2002:
Featured in the "About Schmidt" opposite Jack Nicholson; directed by Alexander Payne
2006:
Played power broker Judd Fitzgerald on the Showtime series "Brotherhood"
2007:
Appeared as John Cusack's father in the film "1408"
2009:
Portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt in the HBO film "Into the Storm"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Movie
2010:
Appeared as Madoff-like Ponzi scheme man Louis Tobin in the third season of FX's "Damages"
2010:
Cast as Henry Reagan in the CBS drama "Blue Bloods"
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Education

St. Paul's College: -
Holy Cross School: -

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companion:
Lauren Bacall. Actor, singer. Involved when they co-starred in "Applause".
companion:
Glenn Close. Actor. Together in early 1970s for several years.

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father:
George Marius Cariou. Salesperson.
mother:
Molly Estelle Cariou.
daughter:
Laurel Cariou Freedy.

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