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Fast Facts

  • Sang in a church choir and at weddings as a boy soprano.
  • Made his stage debut in the chorus of a Canadian production of Damn Yankees in 1959.
  • Starred alongside Angela Lansbury in the original 1979 Broadway production of Sweeney Todd; the pair teamed up again when Cariou landed a recurring role as a spy on Lansbury's series Murder, She Wrote.
  • Narrated the Oscar-winning 1989 documentary short film The Johnstown Flood.
  • Elected into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • Featured as corrupt billionaire Louis Tobin in season three of Damages.


  • 1979, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1970, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1973, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee


  • Molly Estelle Cariou — Mother
  • Laurel Cariou Freedy — Daughter
  • George Marius Cariou — Father
  • Patricia Otter — Ex-wife
  • Glenn Close — Ex-significant Other
  • Susan Kapilow — Ex-wife
  • Heather Summerhayes Cariou — Wife
  • Lauren Bacall — Ex-significant Other


  • University of Manitoba, St. Paul's College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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  • Birth Name: Leonard Joseph Cariou
  • Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Profession: Actor

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