Who is Colm Feore?
Colm (pronounced ‘Column’) Feore is a decorated stage and on-screen actor, who is possibly most famous for starring as a Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the critically praised biographical drama movie “Trudeau”. He is also widely recognized for appearing in movies such as “The Chronicles of Riddick” (2004), “Bon Cop Bad Cop” (2006) and “Thor” (2011).
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Early Life and Education
Besides American, he is also of strong Irish ancestry. He has a brother named Rory Fiore, alongside whom he spent his early childhood in his parent’s home country of Ireland, before eventually settling in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
For his secondary education, Colm matriculated from Ridley College in St. Catherines, Ontario, then enrolled at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec, where he studied acting, and from which he graduated in 1980. Additionally, in 2002 he was rewarded with the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from the University of Windsor, while in 2012 he received an honorary doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario.
Theatre Acting Career
Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Feore began his on-stage acting career as a member of the Acting Company. He then went on and honed his skills by regularly appearing at the Stratford Festival of Canada in the course of the next 17 years. During that period, Colm appeared in a vast number of leading roles in a variety of productions, including critically praised stage plays such as “Hamlet”, “Richard III” and “Romeo and Juliet”.
In 2002 he appeared in the play “My Fair Lady”, while in 2005 he starred as Cassius alongside Denzel Washington in the role of Brutus in the Belasco Theatre’s Broadway production of “Julius Caesar”. Additionally, he made memorable appearances in stage plays such as “Don Juan”, “Oliver!” and “Coriolanus”.
For his great contribution to the growth of theatre, in 2013 Colm was honored with the prestigious Gascon-Thomas Award given by the National Theatre School of Canada.
Screen Acting Career
Colm Feore made his on-screen debut in 1981, when he appeared in an episode of the TV series “For the Record”, after which he featured in an episode of “The Great Detective”. In 1986 he landed the leading role in the TV movie “Twelfth Night”, while in 1988 he appeared in the action war drama film “Iron Eagle II”. Later that year he starred in the TV movie “The Taming of the Shrew”, while between 1989 and 1990 he made guest appearances in the television horror series “Friday the 13th: The Series” as well as in the TV Sci-Fi series “War of the Worlds”.
In 1990 Feore starred in the drama movie “Beautiful Dreamers”, after which he made a streak of small screen appearances in TV series such as “Heritage Minutes” and “Street Legal”. In 1993 he was cast for the title role in the critically acclaimed biographical drama movie entitled “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”, then through the mid-1990s he appeared in the TV crime drama horror series “Forever Knight”, then starred opposite Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner in the drama movie “Friends at Last”. These were followed by appearances in the Golden Globe-winning biographical drama film “Truman”, and the crime thriller movie “Night Falls on Manhattan” in which he portrayed the role of prosecutor Harrison.
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In 1997 Colm appeared as Dr. Malcolm Walsh, opposite Nicholas Cage and John Travolta in the Oscar-nominated crime thriller movie “Face/Off”, after which he was cast in the comedy movies “The Wrong Guy” and “Critical Care”. He also portrayed the role of Alexander Hamilton in the highly-rated TV mini-series “Liberty! The American Revolution”. By the end of the 1990s, he had made several memorable appearances in drama movies including the Golden Globe-nominated “City of Angels”, Oscar-winning “The Red Violin”, seven-time Oscar-nominated “The Insider”, and the Oscar-nominated “Titus”.
In 2000 Feore had the leading role in the drama film “A Perfect Son”, after which he appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the crime drama movie “The Caveman’s Valentine”.
In 2001 he appeared in the role of Admiral Kimmel in Michael Bay’s 2001 Oscar-winning war drama masterpiece “Pearl Harbor”, and into the limelight Feore stepped again in 2002 for portraying the title role in CBC TV’s mini biography series “Trudeau”.
To greater prominence Colm Feore came during the early 2000s, when he made a wide range of appearances in critically acclaimed movies such as “The Sum of All Fears”, “Point of Origin”, and “The Baroness and the Pig”, and additionally reprised his role of Harrison in the 2002 six-time Oscar-winning musical film “Chicago”. He then appeared in the television crime drama series “Widows”, and in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning documentary mini-series’ “Napoléon” and “Benjamin Franklin”.
He then went on to make a streak of big screen appearances in movies such as “National Security”, “Paycheck” and “Highwaymen”, before being cast for the role of Lord Marshal in the 2004 Sci-Fi action movie “The Chronicles of Riddick”, featuring Vin Diesel in the title role. These were followed by the recurring role of Caesar in the TV mini-series “Empire”, as well as the supporting role in the TV comedy series “Slings and Arrows”.
In 2006 Feore starred in the leading role of Martin Ward in the action comedy film “Bon Cop Bad Cop”, before appearing in movies “The Poet” and “Killing Zelda Sparks”.
In 2009, opposite Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich, Colm starred as Chief James E. Davis in the Clint Eastwood three-time Oscar-nominated biographical drama movie “Changeling”, and later that year made memorable appearances in television series’ “24” and “The Listener”, before appearing in the comedy drama film “The Trotsky”.
In 2011 Feore appeared as a super villain and the King of the Frostgiants Laufey in Marvel’s fantasy blockbuster “Thor“, which was followed by the recurring role of Giuliano Della Rovere in the Golden Globe-nominated historic crime drama series “The Borgias“. Between 2012 and 2013 he could be seen in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV series “Revolution”, before starring as Santo Versace in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated TV movie “House of Versace”. In 2014 he appeared in movies “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Elephant Song” before starring in the title role of the drama film “King Lear” in 2015.
Between 2016 and 2017 he appeared as General Ted Brockhart in the Golden Globe Award-winning TV series “House of Cards”, which was followed by appearances in the TV series “21 Thunder”. Later that year he reprised his role of Martin Ward in the action comedy film “Bon Cop Bad Cop 2” before appearing opposite Clive Owen in the 2018 fantasy crime drama “Anon”. Colm also appeared in television series “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” and “The Umbrella Academy”. Some of his most recent on-screen appearances include movies “Astronaut”, “Hunter’s Moon” and “My Salinger Year” as well as the TV Sci-Fi series “For All Mankind”.
In 2019, he was rewarded with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in Film.
Speaking of Feore‘s private life, since August 1994 he has been married to Donna Feore, who is a theatre director and choreographer. The couple have welcomed two children, son Thomas and daughter Anna. Prior to this marriage, between 1983 and 1994 he was married to Sidonie Boll, with whom he has a son named Jack.
For his great achievements in acting as well as for his committed contribution to culture, in 2013 Colm Feore was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Authoritative sources have estimated that the total of Colm’s wealth, as of mid-2020, figures around a sum of $3 million. It has all been acquired through his prosperous acting career since the early 1980s, and including his abundant portfolio currently counting nearly 160 on-screen and stage acting credits.