Len Cariou

Born Sep 30, 1939

Leonard Joseph “Len” Cariou is a Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd in the original cast of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He currently plays the patriarch, Henry Reagan, NYPD Police Commissioner (retired), in the multi-generational television series Blue Bloods on CBS.… Read More

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    Huffington Post - Nov 29, 2015
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Len Cariou.


1939 Birth Born on September 30, 1939.


1959 19 Years Old Cariou made his first appearance in Damn Yankees at Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg in 1959, and was a founding member of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. … Read More


1968 28 Years Old In 1968, Cariou made his Broadway debut in The House of Atreus. … Read More


1973 33 Years Old In 1973 he garnered his second Tony nod for A Little Night Music; he repeated the role for the 1977 film version opposite Elizabeth Taylor. … Read More


1985 45 Years Old 1 More Event
During these years, Cariou also appeared in a number of benefits, including A Christmas Carol for the Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York, playing Scrooge, with Helen Hayes, Raul Julia, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, directed by W. Stuart McDowell at the Symphony Space in 1985. … Read More


1993 53 Years Old In 1993, Cariou was in the made-for-TV movie Miracle on Interstate 880. … Read More
1995 55 Years Old In 1995, Cariou became the first actor to portray Walt Disney in the Annette Funicello biography A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story based on her book of the same name.


2004 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Cariou was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. … Read More
2009 69 Years Old In 2009, Cariou portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt in the HBO movie Into the Storm, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
2010 70 Years Old In 2010, Cariou appeared as Madoff-like Ponzi scheme man Louis Tobin in FX's drama Damages, the main antagonist in season three. … Read More
2012 72 Years Old On June 23, 2012, Cariou was honored by having his name added to the Miles Macdonell Collegiate Alumni of Distinction, for his contribution to theater and arts. … Read More
2015 75 Years Old More recently, Cariou portrayed Cardinal Law in Spotlight, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2015. … Read More
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