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Born: February 8, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor

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A striking, blue-eyed, dark-haired actor of stage and TV, Czerny came to the attention of American reviewers with a chilling but all-too-human portrayal of a tormented clergyman who molests and terrorizes a young orphan in his charge in "The Boys of St Vincent" (CBC, 1993). This profoundly disturbing movie was made for Canadian TV, shown theatrically in selected US theaters and aired on A&E in 1995. Though quite handsome and youthful, Czerny (pronounced CHAIR-nee) convinces as a middle-aged man whose smooth respectable surface belies his deep internal corruption. Czerny graduated from the National Theater School in 1982 and spent the next few years working in theater (Shakespeare, Chekhov) and TV (Canadian-lensed episodes of "Night Heat" and "Hot Shots," both CBS, 1986; "Top Cops," 1992; "Secret Service," NBC, 1992-93). He also appeared in the TV-movies "Deadly Matrimony" and "A Town Torn Apart" (both NBC, 1992) and the feature "Buried on Sunday" (1992) before fame hit with his showing in "The Boys of St Vincent" (1993). Czerny had small roles in two 1993 Canadian thrillers, "A Man in Uniform" and "Cold Sweat." American audiences got an another taste of the actor's dark magic in "Ultimate Betrayal:...

A striking, blue-eyed, dark-haired actor of stage and TV, Czerny came to the attention of American reviewers with a chilling but all-too-human portrayal of a tormented clergyman who molests and terrorizes a young orphan in his charge in "The Boys of St Vincent" (CBC, 1993). This profoundly disturbing movie was made for Canadian TV, shown theatrically in selected US theaters and aired on A&E in 1995. Though quite handsome and youthful, Czerny (pronounced CHAIR-nee) convinces as a middle-aged man whose smooth respectable surface belies his deep internal corruption.

Czerny graduated from the National Theater School in 1982 and spent the next few years working in theater (Shakespeare, Chekhov) and TV (Canadian-lensed episodes of "Night Heat" and "Hot Shots," both CBS, 1986; "Top Cops," 1992; "Secret Service," NBC, 1992-93). He also appeared in the TV-movies "Deadly Matrimony" and "A Town Torn Apart" (both NBC, 1992) and the feature "Buried on Sunday" (1992) before fame hit with his showing in "The Boys of St Vincent" (1993). Czerny had small roles in two 1993 Canadian thrillers, "A Man in Uniform" and "Cold Sweat."

American audiences got an another taste of the actor's dark magic in "Ultimate Betrayal: The Rodgers Sisters Story" (CBS, 1994) wherein Czerny played a father who sexually abuses his daughters. Quickly snapped up by the William Morris Agency, Czerny made his Hollywood feature debut with a major supporting role in the Harrison Ford blockbuster "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). The film's casting director listed the attributes that made Czerny an apt choice to play a deviously tricky CIA operations chief: "Confident. Clean. Sincere. Totally commanding, and a wily coyote." Since that time, the actor has been dividing his efforts between TV-movies ("The Sound and the Silence," TNT, 1993; "Trial at Fortitude Bay," CBC, 1994; "Choices of the Heart," Lifetime, 1995) and movies. He co-starred in the political thriller "Jenipapo" (1995), the romantic drama "When Night is Falling" (Canadian, 1995), "Anchor Zone" (Canadian, 1995) and the Tom Cruise vehicle "Mission: Impossible" (1996).

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 Remember (2016)
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 Other Half, The (2016)
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 A-Team, The (2010)
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 Ice Castles (2010)
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 Mayerthorpe (2008)
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 Light-house, The (2006)
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1982:
Stage debut in the National Arts Center production of "Ce Stazzi" in Ottawa, Canada
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Appeared in various Stratford Festival productions including "The Cherry Orchard", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and "Romeo and Juliet"
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Worked with the Toronto Free Theatre, Theatre Terra Nova, the National Arts Center, and the Canadian Stage Company
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Acted regularly on Canadian TV
1986:
American TV debut on CBS' "Night Heat" (filmed in Toronto)
1992:
Canadian feature debut, "Buried on Sunday"
1992:
Primetime U.S. TV debut, the NBC crime drama miniseries "Deadly Matrimony/Shattered Vows"
1992:
Breakthrough Canadian TV role, playing Brother Peter Lavin in in John N. Smith's acclaimed "The Boys of St. Vincent" (A&E)
1994:
U.S. feature debut, "Clear and Present Danger" opposite Harrison Ford
1997:
Played featured role in "The Ice Storm"
2000:
Co-starred with Kiefer Sutherland in the action drama "After Alice"
2001:
Featured alongside Natasha Richardson and Colm Feore in the historical TV movie "Haven" (CBS)
2005:
Cast as a doctor in the horror feature "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
2006:
Cast opposite Steve Martin in a prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film "The Pink Panther"
2006:
Played a down and out man who becomes a best-selling author of spiritual books in "Conversations with God"
2007:
Cast as the square-jawed head of Zomcon security in the Canadian zombie film "Fido"
2007:
Portrayed the Duke of Norfolk on "The Tudors" (Showtime)
2010:
Appeared in the feature adaptation of "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper
2011:
Played Madeleine Stowe's husband on ABC's mystery drama "Revenge"
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Education

York University: North York , Ontario -
Banff School of Fine Arts: Banff , Alberta -
National Theater School of Canada: Montreal , Quebec - 1982

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companion:
Dana Delany. Actor. Together from 1994; met during the filming of the cable movie "Choices of the Heart" ; no longer together.

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