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Luke Farrell Kirby (born June 29, 1978) is a Canadian actor.[1]

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Kirby at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Take This Waltz
Luke Farrell Kirby

(1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 40)
EducationChatham South School
Years active2000–present


Early lifeEdit

Kirby was born in Hamilton, Ontario, to American parents. His mother is from Brooklyn, New York, and his father grew up "along the eastern seaboard."[2] His parents moved from New York City, New York, to Canada in 1974. Kirby studied drama at the National Theatre School of Canada, a theatre conservatory which focuses on classical works, and graduated in 2000.[3]


Kirby has been performing since his teens after he was accepted at The National Theatre School of Canada. He graduated in May 2000 and after two auditions found himself working on two separate projects in major roles; the CBS/Alliance mini-series Haven and director Léa Pool's feature Lost and Delirious.

Soon after, Kirby performed the role of 'Morgan' in the Factory Theatre's production of Geometry in Venice in Toronto, a performance that garnered him a Best Actor nomination at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. This was quickly followed by the role of 'Patroclus' in Theatre for a New Audience's production of Troilus and Cressida directed by Sir Peter Hall in New York City. In 2006, he gave a critically acclaimed performance in the Women's Project Theater production of Jump/Cut.[4] Other theatre credits include Judith Thompson's premiere of Habitat at Canadian Stage followed by Daniel Brooks premiere of The Good Life at the Tarragon Theatre (both in Toronto). His latest theatre venture was in NYC where he performed the lead role in Defender of the Faith (Irish Repertory Theatre).[5][6]

Kirby's first feature film was the role of Jim in Halloween: Resurrection.[7] Other film credits include lead roles in Peter Wellington's feature Luck and Mambo Italiano[8] directed by Émile Gaudreault. Mambo Italiano received a gala presentation at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation and earned Kirby a Canadian Comedy Award Nomination. Following on the success of Luck and Mambo Italiano, Kirby ended up with a part that was written for him in the feature film Shattered Glass produced by Cruise/Wagner. In 2007, he played the lead role of Ray Dokes opposite Rachael Leigh Cook and Keith Carradine in the Canadian feature All Hat.[9] A 2009 film role had him opposite Lindsay Lohan in a feature titled Labor Pains.

In television, one of Kirby's favourite roles was the critically acclaimed TMN/Showcase mini-series, Slings and Arrows, featuring some of Canada's top actors and directed by his friend Peter Wellington. Sex Traffic, a mini-series for Channel 4 and CBC that aired in the fall of 2004, had him working with one of Britain's top directors, David Yates, and earned him a Gemini nomination. That same year he received a second Gemini nomination for his guest starring role in the dramatic series The Eleventh Hour. In the fall of 2005, Kirby landed a role as a series regular in HBO's Tell Me You Love Me, directed by Patricia Rozema. The first season aired in HBO in September 2007. He starred as Jimmy Burns in the critically acclaimed 2009–2010 Canwest Global television series Cra$h & Burn.

In 2017, Kirby joined the cast of the Golden Globe winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an original series from Amazon, as the now iconic comedian Lenny Bruce.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Lost and Delirious Jake Hollander
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Jim
2003 Mambo Italiano Angelo Barberini
2003 Shattered Glass Rob Gruen
2003 Luck Shane Bradley
2004 Window Theory Brad
2004 The Human Kazoo Zacharia Short film
2004 The Greatest Game Ever Played Frank Hoyt
2007 All Hat Ray Dokes
2007 The Stone Angel Leo
2009 Labor Pains Nick Steinwald
2011 Take This Waltz Daniel
2012 Fury Ethan
2013 Empire of Dirt Russell
2015 Mania Days[10] Marco Also titled Touched with Fire
2017 A Dog's Purpose Jim Montgomery
2017 Another Kind of Wedding Misha
2018 Little Woods Bill
2019 Glass Pierce


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Give Me Your Soul... Narrator Television documentary
2001 Haven Daniel Weinzweig Television mini-series
2002 Halloween: Resurrected Himself Television short
2003–2005 Slings and Arrows Jack Crew 7 episodes
2004 Sex Traffic Callum Tate Television mini-series
2005 Bury the Lead Josh Casey Episode: "Hit Delete"
2005 It's Me...Gerald Dr. Dan Episode: "How Do You Know You've Hit Bottom?"
2006 Northern Town Brian
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Hugo 8 episodes
2009 Labor Pains Nick Steinwald Television film
2009 Flashpoint Evan Hewson Episode: "Last Dance"
2009 Law & Order Bobby Amato Episode: "The Drowned and the Saved"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Andre Haslum Episode: "Folie a Deux"
2009–2010 Cra$h & Burn Jimmy Burn 13 episodes
2012 Elementary Aaron Ward Episode: "The Rat Race"
2012-2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Braden Leddy / Andrew Leibowitz 2 episodes
2012–2014 Republic of Doyle Clyde Cowley 2 episodes
2013 Person of Interest Chris Beckner Episode: "2 Pi R"
2013–2016 Rectify Jon Stern 26 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods Detective Wolf Landsman Episode: "Men in Black"
2015 Show Me a Hero Edwin E. McAmis Miniseries; 2 episodes
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Mark Kaplan 10 episodes
2015 The Good Wife Harry McGrath Episode: "Cooked"
2017-2018 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Lenny Bruce 7 episodes
2017 The Good Fight Harry McGrath Episode: "Self Condemned"
2017 Bull Harry Kemp Episode: "Dirty Little Secrets"
2018 The Deuce Gene Goldman 9 episodes
2018 Sorry for Your Loss Tripp Episode: "Welcome To Palm Springs"
2019 The Twilight Zone Dylan Episode: "Not All Men"

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Lucas, Ralph (2016-06-19). "Luke Kirby -". Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  2. ^ "Interview with Luke Kirby by Vittorio Carli". Archived from the original on 5 January 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Alumni, Acting: 2000-2009". National Theatre School of Canada. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12.
  4. ^ "Jump/Cut (New York Premiere)". Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  5. ^ David Finkle. "Defender of the Faith review". Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  6. ^ Paricia Jameson-Sammartano. "An IRA Family Unravels In 'Defender of the Faith'". Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  7. ^ "The Movie Spoiler - Halloween: Resurrection". Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Canada's BiG Gay Italian Fat Wedding Comedy Strikes Universal Chord". Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Straight Shooter: The horse opera All Hat talks tough but fails to deliver". Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Mania Days (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved 6 June 2013.

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