Victor Garber on Being Labeled a Character Actor: “I don’t see that term as diminishing at all”

VICTOR-GARBER-DECEPTIONVictor Garber has appeared on and off Broadway and in dozens of films and television series dating back to the early 1970s, but now has a major role in the NBC series Deception.  In many ways it’s the biggest role of his five-decade career.  That’s because Garber is what would be traditionally labeled a character actor, but as he tells the New York Daily News, he is fond of that because it has allowed him to play so many different roles in his long career.

Unlike some who see the term “character actor” as a slight (i.e., “he’s not leading man material”), Garber has no issue with the classification.  He says, “I don’t see that term as diminishing at all.  I’ve always been a character actor. I think almost everyone is.  Perhaps if you’re Tom Cruise it’s a bit different. But I’ve played all types of roles over my career — and with this show, I’ve got another one I haven’t played before.”

It’s been a long progression for Garber, who arrived in New York City as a teenager in the late 1960s.  He explains, “I remember having no money and getting a job in an Off-Broadway show for $110 a week.  I know that probably 99% of people who want to become actors don’t get there. I’ve been fortunate enough to keep getting great roles like this one.”

So in the end, Garber admits he’s quite happy with where his career has taken him.  He sums it up by saying, “I enjoy my life. I’m very contented.”

Leave a Reply
Luke Evans on Being Cast in Beauty and the Beast and the “Huge Moment” He Had Early in His Career
"It's a validation that you are the right person for the job because they've chosen and they've seen you do something connected to that role." - Luke Evans on Auditioning
Parker Posey on Her Improv Skills: “I still don’t think I’m actually good at it”
"Every time I do something, I worry it’s my last job... I think that’s normal though." - Parker Posey
William H. Macy: “This may sound pretentious, but I am getting better at what I do every day”
"I love the fact that I work every day." - William H. Macy
Luke Hemsworth on ‘Westworld’: “It was a no-brainer to me. I was absolutely going to jump onboard”
"As an actor, if you're given very little information about what's going on, then you're forced to make it up." - Luke Hemsworth
Khary Payton on His ‘Walking Dead’ Audition: “It was one of the more substantial auditions I’ve ever done”
"I always say I’m in the hope business. You’ve got to stay hopeful. You’ve got to get up off your behind and try again..." - Khary Payton