Victor Garber is a widely known singer and actor who first gained popularity after he was cast to play Jesus in the movie Godspell. Most recently, he is a recurring cast member of the superhero series, Legends of Tomorrow, where he plays the character, Dr. Martin Stein aka Firestorm. Other projects he has been featured in include; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Titanic, and Assassins, among others. Do read on to find out more about his early life, sexual orientation, and career.
Who is Victor Garber of Titanic?
Victor Joseph Garber was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on the 16th of March 1949. His father, Joeseph “Joe” Garber, died in 1995, while his mother, Hope Garber, died in 2005. Interestingly, his mother was a singer and an actress popularly known as the host of the show, At Home With Hope Garber. He is not the only child of his parents as he has two siblings; a brother named Nathan Garber and a sister named Alisa Garber. Through his parents, he is of Russian-Jewish descent.
Garber became fascinated with the performing arts at an early age due to his mum’s influence. After having begun acting at the age of nine, the young boy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1962, at just twelve years of age. Despite this, he was still able to join the children’s program at the Grand Theatre as he attended Ryerson Elementary School.
When he was sixteen years of age, he applied to be a part of a training program which was theatre-based. Luckily, he was accepted and trained by Robert Gill at the University of Toronto, for a three week period.
Victor Garber began his career in entertainment as a singer. He first found work as a folk singer in 1967 before joining forces with Peter Mann to form the group The Sugar Shoppe with two additional members; Lee Harris and Laurie Hood. Throughout the run with the group, just mild success was achieved as the group’s best song, “Canada,” managed to break into the Canadian top 40 charts.
The group went ahead to disband in the coming years even though they had managed to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show.
Career In Movies And More
Having somewhat abandoned his music career, Victor Garber had his breakout role in 1973 in the movie, Godspell, where he played the role of Jesus. In 1997, he was given the role of a shipbuilder named Thomas Andrews in the hit movie, Titanic.
In 2001 and 2002, he starred in the movies, Legally Blonde, and Tuck Everlasting respectively. He then got the chance to star in his first superhero animated movie, Green Lantern: First Flight, where he voiced the character of Sinestro. His next work was in one of the most popular science fiction franchises ever, Star Trek, where he played the role of a Klingon interrogator. Unfortunately for him, however, his role in the movie was part of the deleted scenes.
In 2007, Garber was featured in a highly successful stage production titled Encores! alongside Donna Murphy. The following year, he earned himself a Lifetime Achievement Theatre World John Willis Award.
Is He Gay, Who Is The Husband – Rainer Andreesen
Victor Garber is a very private guy and he has been that way ever since he was a kid. When it comes to his relationship, he prefers to say very little about it as he believes it is his private business.
Nevertheless, there has been speculations with regards to his sexuality as he has never been reported or revealed to be in any relationship with a member of the opposite sex, hence the question, “Is Victor Garber Gay?” Well, to put your curiosity to rest, he is indeed a gay man.
Though he waited until 2012 to come out publicly about his sexuality, Garber revealed that most people around him had known about his sexuality and that it wasn’t hidden per se. More so, he has been in a relationship with his longtime boyfriend, Rainer Andreesen, a Canadian artist and model. The pair went a step further to make their relationship official by tying the knot in Canada on the 10th of October 2015. The announcement was made by Garber via his Instagram page.