Brent Carver (born November 17, 1951) is Canadian actor best known for his performances on Broadway in Parade as Leo Frank and Kiss of the Spider Woman as Molina, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 1993.
|Born||November 17, 1951|
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Carver was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, the son of Lois (Wills), a clerk, and Kenneth Carver, who was in the lumber business. He was the third of seven, none of which went into showbusiness He almost became a teacher, but continued participating in theatre. He attended the University of British Columbia from 1969 to 1972. He sang from an early age, with his father who played guitar.
Carver is known for a variety of stage and film roles, including The Wars, Kronborg: 1582, Lilies, Larry's Party, Elizabeth Rex, Millennium, Shadow Dancing, and Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. Carver originated the role of Gandalf in the Toronto stage production of The Lord of the Rings and has appeared in several Soulpepper Theatre Company productions such as The Wild Duck, Don Carlos and as the Pirate King in the 1985 production of The Pirates of Penzance.
Carver made his U.S. debut in The Tempest, playing Ariel to Anthony Hopkins's Prospero. Carver went on to win a Dora Award as Horst in Bent, in Toronto. His stage work involved an extended association with Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the 1980s, including an original rock version of Hamlet, as the lead, and later in 2000 as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
In 1993, Carver won a Tony Award which he dedicated to the late Canadian actress Susan Wright, who had died two years earlier in a house fire in Stratford, Ontario. In May 2014, Carver received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honor in the performing arts, for his lifetime contribution to Canadian theatre.
Carver portrayed Ichabod Crane in the 1999 TV film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow which aired on Odyssey. He played the title role in "The Trouble With Harry", an episode of the television series Twice in a Lifetime directed by David Winning. He portrayed Leonardo da Vinci in Leonardo: A Dream of Flight in 2002.
In 2016, Carver is performing in a musical show called Walk Me to the Corner at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company in Toronto.
Carver's favorite actors are Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis.
- The Beachcombers (1972)
- Inside Canada (1974)
- One Night Stand (1978)
- Leo and Me (1978)
- Crossbar (1979)
- The Wars (1983)
- Cross Country (1983)
- Anne's Story (1984)
- All for One (1985)
- The Pirates of Penzance (1985)
- Love & Larceny (1985)
- Adderly (1987)
- Much Ado About Nothing (1987)
- Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs (1988)
- Shadow Dancing (1988)
- The Twilight Zone (1989)
- War of the Worlds (1989)
- Millennium (1989)
- Love and Hate (1989)
- The Hidden Room (1991)
- The Shower (1992)
- Last Rights (1994)
- The Song Spinner (TV Movie) (1995)
- Lilies (1996)
- Margie Gillis: Wild Hearts in Strange Times (1996)
- Whiskers (1997 TV Movie) (1997)
- Due South (1997)
- Balls Up (1997 TV Movie) (1997)
- L'histoire de l'Oie (1998)
- Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (1998)
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999 film) (1999)
- Deep in the City (2000)
- Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
- Deeply (2000)
- Ararat (2002)
- The Event (2003)
- Elizabeth Rex (2004)
- This Is Wonderland (2005)
- Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (2006)
- Lightchasers (2007)
- The Whale (2014)
- Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1972)
- Bent (1981)
- Hamlet (1986)
- Cabaret (1987)
- Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (1990)
- Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993–95)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1994)
- Richard II (1995)
- High Life (play) (1996)
- Don Carlos (1998)
- Parade (1998–99)
- Fiddler on the Roof (2000)
- Larry's Party (2001)
- King Lear (2004)
- Lord of the Rings (2006)
- Elephant Man (2007)
- As You Like It (2010)
- Romeo and Juliet (2013)
- Evangeline (2015)
- Twelfth Night (Stratford Festival) (2017)
- The School for Scandal (Stratford Festival) (2017)
- "Something From Nothing". Playbill, March 19, 2004.
- PACHECO, PATRICK (1993-05-16). "THEATER : The Sweet 'Kiss' of Success : After 20 years of anonymity, Brent Carver is being hailed as a new star--with a Tony nod to boot--for his turn in the musical". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
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- O'toole;, Lawrence (1993-05-23). "THEATER; A Very Private Actor Leads At Least Two Lives Onstage". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
- "Carver convincingly troubled in rare TV outing". Toronto Star, March 17, 2000.
- "The view from Brent Carver's corner". Toronto Star, November 6, 2016, page E1. Karen Fricker.
- "The Sweet 'Kiss' of Success". Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1993.