Colm Feore

Active - 1987 - 2021  |   Born - Aug 22, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller, Action

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Biography by Lucia Bozzola

A classically trained stage star in his adopted home of Canada, Colm Feore became an increasingly familiar presence to movie and TV audiences as a prolific supporting actor in the 1990s.

Though he was born in the U.S. and spent the first years of his life in Ireland, Feore and his family moved to Ottawa when he was three and Canada became his official home. After studying acting at Canada's National Theater School, Feore built a distinguished Canadian stage career, performing in over 40 productions during 13 seasons with the prestigious Stratford Festival.

Feore began adding film and TV to his acting experience in the late '80s with such movies as Iron Eagle II (1988), Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1989), Beautiful Dreamers (1991) and Truman (1995). His non-stage career expanded further in the latter half of the 1990s and into the 2000s with numerous roles in a wide range of projects likeFace/Off, The Wrong Guy (1998), City of Angels, Titus (1999), and Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated docudrama, The Insider (1999). Though he spent part of 2000 acting in the New York Public Theater production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Feore was soon back in front of the cameras in an eclectic mix of works, like off-center murder mystery The Caveman's Valentine (2001) and played Admiral Kimmel in Michael Bay's overblown blockbuster Pearl Harbor (2001). As the years rolled on, Feore would continue to remain an active force on screen, appearing in movies like Chicago, Paycheck, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Changeling, and Thor. Feore would also find success on the small screen on shows like 24 and The Borgias.

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  • Born in New England to Irish parents, who moved the family to Ireland and then Ontario, where Colm (pronounced the same as "column") grew up.
  • Speaks fluent French, as evidenced by his role in the 2006 film Bon Cop, Bad Cop.
  • Spent his early career at Ontario's prestigious Stratford Festival Company, playing such roles as Richard III, Hamlet and Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Returned to the Stratford Festival for a handful of roles in the 2000s, including his long-awaited lead in Macbeth.
  • Often plays villainous characters, such as the king of the frost giants in Thor (2011), which required 4-5 hours of daily makeup.