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Born: March 11, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, singer, TV host

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A charismatic performer who made his mark on the musical stage, actor and occasional singer John Barrowman earned legions of fans with a number of acclaimed theatrical performances in London and on Broadway before becoming a huge star on British television as Captain Jack Harkness on both "Doctor Who" (BBC1, 2005- ) and "Torchwood" (BBC, 2006- ). Prior to his small screen success, Barrowman had a wide range of stage roles, playing Billy Crocker in an acclaimed revival of "Anything Goes" (1989), Raoul in a West End production of "The Phantom of the Opera," and Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" (1994). After a short-lived run as the assistant district attorney from a wealthy political family on the primetime soap "Central Park West" (CBS, 1995-96), he shined in a featured role in the Stephen Sondheim review "Putting It Together" (1998). Barrowman moved on to play the titular prince-turned-monster in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (1999), while returning to the small screen for another brief run on "Titan" (NBC, 2000-01). Following a pair of forgettable big screen appearances, Barrowman became Jack Harkness on "Doctor Who," earning a legion of fans that helped...

A charismatic performer who made his mark on the musical stage, actor and occasional singer John Barrowman earned legions of fans with a number of acclaimed theatrical performances in London and on Broadway before becoming a huge star on British television as Captain Jack Harkness on both "Doctor Who" (BBC1, 2005- ) and "Torchwood" (BBC, 2006- ). Prior to his small screen success, Barrowman had a wide range of stage roles, playing Billy Crocker in an acclaimed revival of "Anything Goes" (1989), Raoul in a West End production of "The Phantom of the Opera," and Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" (1994). After a short-lived run as the assistant district attorney from a wealthy political family on the primetime soap "Central Park West" (CBS, 1995-96), he shined in a featured role in the Stephen Sondheim review "Putting It Together" (1998). Barrowman moved on to play the titular prince-turned-monster in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (1999), while returning to the small screen for another brief run on "Titan" (NBC, 2000-01). Following a pair of forgettable big screen appearances, Barrowman became Jack Harkness on "Doctor Who," earning a legion of fans that helped spawn the critically hailed spin-off "Torchwood." The popularity of both series won the attention of Hollywood and shipped Barrowman off to the U.S. for "Torchwood: The New World" (Starz, 2011- ), which poised the actor to become an even bigger star.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2.
 Producers, The (2005)
3.
 De-Lovely (2004) Musical Performer ("Night And Day")
4.
 Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002) Ben Carpenter
5.
 Putting It Together (2001) Younger Man
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Born in Glasgow, Scotland
1977:
Moved with family from Scotland to Illinois
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As a child, performed in nursing homes and sang in a church choir
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Briefly performed at Opryland USA
1989:
Moved to London
1989:
Made British stage debut replacing Howard McGillan as Billy Crocker in revival of "Anything Goes," starring Elaine Paige
1990:
Assumed role of Chris in London production of "Miss Saigon"
1991:
Starred opposite Stephanie Powers in the musical "Matador"
1991:
Released first record, the single "I was Born to Be Me/I'll Dress You in Mourning"
1992:
Cast as Raoul in London production of "The Phantom of the Opera"
1993:
Co-starred with Anthony Head and Alexis Denisof in a staging of "Rope" at Chichester
1993:
Played leading role of Claude in 25th anniversary staging of "Hair" in London
1993:
Briefly reprised Chris in "Miss Saigon"
1993:
Presented "Electric Circus" as part of BBC weekly chidren's series "Live and Kicking"
1994:
Starred as Joe Gillis to Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard"; Elaine Paige replaced Buckley when she became ill
1994:
Hosted the British TV series "The Movie Game"
1995:
Cast as assistant DA Peter Fairchild on CBS primetime serial "Central Park West/C.P.W."
1996:
Made Broadway debut recreating his role of Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard"
1997:
Created a leading role in musical "The Fix," which premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse under Sam Mendes' direction
1997:
Played Che in a Norwegian production of "Evita"
1997:
Toured Ireland as Alex in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Aspects of Love"
1998:
Performed a number from "The Fix" in the televised tribute "Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh"
1998:
Featured in musical revue of Stephen Sondheim's work "Putting It Together"; premiered at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum
1999:
Starred as the Beast in London stage musical of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
1999:
"Putting It Together" remounted with minor cast changes on Broadway
2000:
Featured on NBC drama serial "Titans" as a ruthless mogul
2002:
Starred as Bobby in Kennedy Center production of "Company"
2005:
Appeared in feature adaptation of musical comedy "The Producers," starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick
2005:
Landed breakthrough role on BBC's "Doctor Who" as time traveler Captain Jack Harkness
2006:
Reprised Capt. Harkness for his own spin-off series "Torchwood" (BBC)
2008:
Published memoir <i>Anything Goes</i>
2010:
Guest starred on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"
2012:
Made cameo in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty"
2012:
Joined cast of The CW's "Arrow" as villain Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer
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Education

University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa -
DePaul University: Chicago , Illinois -
United States International University: San Diego , California -
Joliet West High School: Joliet , Illinois - 1986

Notes

His official website is located at www.johnbarrowman.com

"There's an innocence about John that's hard to find in leading men. Tom Cruise had that quality in the beginning of his career." --Darren Star, creator and producer of "Central Park West", to US, October 1995

"There is apparently a fan club for my bum in the U.K. I mooned somebody out of my dressing-room window. They photographed it and started sending it to people. I have appeared nude onstage in Britain twice, so I have no qualms about nudity. I think people should be very proud of their bodies." --John Barrowman to George Wayne in Vanity Fair, November 1995

"I learned to speak with an American accent because kids used to make fun of my Scottish accent. It's like a defense mechanism. I'm more comfortable speaking Scottish. Whe I speak with my family, I speak Scottish. On television in England, I speak American. It's like being bilingual. But there are some words I've have to think about before I pronounce them." --Barrowman to US, April 1996

"My goal was to be a musical theatre performer but also to be respected in the straight acting field because I feel they are one and the same thing." --John Barrowman to Playbill On-Line, March 12, 1997

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