Len Cariou

Len Cariou

Infobox actor

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birthdate = Birth date and age|1939|9|30|mf=y
birthplace = Winnipeg, Manitoba
tonyawards = Best Leading Actor in a Musical
1979 "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Leonard Joseph "Len" Cariou (born September 30, 1939) is a Canadian Tony Award-winning actor.


Early life

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Cariou is the son of Molly Estelle (née Moore) and George Marius Cariou, a salesman. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/75/Len-Cariou.html Len Cariou Biography (1939-) ] ] He grew up and attended school in St Boniface and later in East Kildonan, Manitoba. ,He attended Holy Cross School Miles MacDonell Collegiate for grades ten and eleven where he directed and starred in the school plays and he later attended St Paul's College, [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800060054/bio Len Cariou Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ]


Cariou started acting in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and later at the Stratford, Ontario, tackling classical roles like King Lear, Macbeth, Prospero, Coriolanus, Brutus, Petruchio, Iago, Oberon, and Henry V. He was offered a scholarship at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal but, married with a young child and financial responsibilities, he rejected it. In 1968, Cariou made his Broadway debut in "The House of Atreus". Two years later he landed his first starring role in "Applause", a musical adaptation of the film "All About Eve". It earned him a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical and won him the Theatre World Award. In 1973 he garnered his second Tony nod for "A Little Night Music"; he repeated the role for the 1977 film version. Six years later he won both the Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of "" in the Stephen Sondheim musical. His next projects, the Alan Jay Lerner-Charles Strouse musical "Dance a Little Closer" (1983), Arthur Miller's sole musical, "Up from Paradise" (1983), and "Teddy & Alice" (1987) proved to be far less successful.

In 2002, Cariou joined Anne Heche and Neil Patrick Harris as the replacement cast in the award-winning drama "Proof". Cariou's film credits include "Flags of Our Fathers", "About Schmidt", "Thirteen Days", "The Four Seasons", and the Harold Prince-directed screen adaptation of "A Little Night Music" with Elizabeth Taylor. He played the father in the 2007 film "1408". On television, Cariou has appeared in "The West Wing", "Law & Order", "", "The Practice", "Ed", "The Outer Limits", and multiple episodes of "Murder, She Wrote".

Cariou narrated Major League Baseball's World Series films from 1992-1997. He has recorded a number of books, including several by Michael Connelly, for audiotape release. In 2004, he was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.


External links

* [http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=people&first=Len&last=Cariou&middle= Len Cariou] at the Lortel Archives Internet Off-Broadway Database

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title=Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
for "Sweeney Todd"
before=Ken Page
for "Ain't Misbehavin'"
after=Jim Dale
for "Barnum"
NAME= Cariou, Len
DATE OF BIRTH= 1939-9-30
PLACE OF BIRTH= Winnipeg, Manitoba

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