Gary Basaraba

Gary Basaraba (born March 16, 1959) is a Canadian-American actor best known for playing American police officers. He appeared as Sergeant Richard Santoro on Steven Bochco's Brooklyn South and Officer Ray Heckler on the critically acclaimed but short-lived Boomtown. He also played a role as an officer investigating the disappearance of Diane Lane’s French lover in the film Unfaithful.

Gary Basaraba
Gary Basaraba at the 2003 Peabody Awards (8188358479) (cropped).jpg
Born (1959-03-16) March 16, 1959 (age 61)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada[1]
Alma materYale Drama School
Years active1985–present

According to the DVD commentary for the first season of the police drama Boomtown, he did most of his driving stunts in the series and he made sure he accurately portrayed police procedures.[citation needed]


Basaraba played Heywood Broun, one of the greatest American journalists of the 20th century, in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle in 1994. He played Sheriff Grady Kilgore in Fried Green Tomatoes. He also played Saint Andrew in The Last Temptation of Christ, and had a role in Sweet Dreams.

In 2001 he had the lead role in Recipe for Murder.[2]

Basaraba portrayed the father, Jack Grainger, in One Magic Christmas, opposite Mary Steenburgen, and played Homer Zuckerman in the remake of Charlotte's Web. Since 2007, he has appeared in the Canadian television series Mixed Blessings.

Basaraba has also made three appearances in the Law & Order franchise, as a bartender in the original series episode titled "Point of View", as a corrections officer in the Law & Order episode "The Brotherhood" in 2004, and in the SVU episode entitled "Parasites", as the husband of a woman who has gone missing.

In 2010, he played the role of Jimmy Burke in After Hours, the tenth episode of the first season of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods.

Basaraba also played the role of Herb Rennet in the television series Mad Men.[3]

Basaraba was the voice of Hefty Smurf in the live-action/CG family film The Smurfs.[4] In 2015, he played the role of Neil on an episode of The Leftovers. In 2016, he played the role of Don in The Accountant.

In the Martin Scorsese 2019 epic crime film The Irishman, Basaraba played Frank "Fitz" Fitzsimmons who was the acting president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1967 to 1971, and president from 1971 to 1981.


  1. ^ "Gary Basaraba Biography (1959-)".
  2. ^ "Recipe for Murder (2001): New York chief medical examiner Murray Maguire (Gary Basaraba) refuses to believe that his goddaughter's death was an accident, and investigates the case". Television Guide. 53: 94. 2005.
  3. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (May 14, 2015). "The 10 best "Mad Men" episodes: A critical ranking of the show's most memorable moments". Salon.
  4. ^ Sperling, Nicole (April 29, 2010). "Smurfs casting update: 'SNL' cast members and John Oliver join voice cast". Hollywood Insider. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.

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