Len Cariou


Len Cariou Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Len Cariou appeared on Broadway in The Dinner Party, appearing with Henry Winkler and John Ritter.

    • Len Cariou appeared in Proof on Broadway, appearing with Anne Heche.

    • Len Cariou appeared on two episodes of Law & Order with Jerry Orbach. Both Cariou and Orbach had recurring roles on Murder, She Wrote as well as backgrounds in Broadway.

    • After studying at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in his youth, Len Cariou was named its artistic director in 1972.

    • Len Cariou received his training at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre.

    • Before he started acting, Len Cariou worked as a sales clerk, handling a wide variety of goods including mens' clothing and farm equipment.

    • In 2004, Len Cariou was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

    • From 1992 to 1997, Len Cariou was the narrator of Major League Baseball's World Series films.

    • When Len Cariou was a sophomore and junior in high school at Miles Macdonnell Collegiate, he directed and starred in school plays.

    • Len Cariou attended St. Paul's College in Winnipeg.

    • Len Cariou married his current wife, Heather Summerhayes, on October 25, 1986. He had been married twice before.

    • In 1992, Len Cariou was nominated for a Gemini award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for Monkey House.

    • In 1977, Len Cariou won a Canadian Film Award for Best Performance by Lead Actor for One Man.

    • In the original pilot of Numb3rs, Len Cariou played the role of Alan Eppes. The role was recast in the second pilot and subsequent series by Judd Hirsch.

    • Len Cariou and Glenn Close briefly lived together in the 1970s.

    • Years after starring in the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd opposite Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou reunited with her in a recurring role as MI6 Agent Michael Hagarty on Murder, She Wrote.

    • Len Cariou has narrated several of the audiobooks for Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series.

    • Len Cariou won won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1979 for Sweeney Todd.

  • Quotes

    • Len Cariou: (describing his childhood exposure to music) My mother - the Irish side of the family - was very musical. My mother was a singer; there was music around the house all the time. I was a boy soprano. I had a natural kind of voice and then trained it after my voice changed. My mother was pretty instrumental in that. And I took piano. So there was music around me all the time.

    • Len Cariou: (describing his performance as Ben in Stephen Sondheim's "Follies") All you have to do is look at the lyrics. This is the most gorgeous score the man ever wrote. It borders on genius, like everything else he's done.

    • Len Cariou: I like to keep busy. There here are a few people, not many, who do all this [type of work]. So it's a rare breed, if you will.

    • Len Cariou: (on working with Angela Lansbury in "Sweeney Todd") We kept one another on our collective toes. We kind of made a pact. I think the thing that both Angela and I were most proud of was that we managed to never let this thing get away from us - a very fine line, because you could easily go into farce there. So we prided ourselves on being there and really listening and working, really paying attention.