Henry Czerny Biography

Henry Czerny is a Canadian film, theater, and TV actor. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

Henry Czerny
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Birthday: February 8, 1959

Nationality: Canadian

Famous: Actors Voice Actors

Age: 60 Years, 60 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born Country: Canada

Born in: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Claudine Cassidy

City: Toronto, Canada

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education: York University

awards: 1994 · The Boys of St. Vincent - Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2009; 2005 · Flashpoint; The Eleventh Hour - Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series

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Henry Czerny is a Canadian theater, film, and TV actor, best known for his performance as ‘Conrad Grayson’ in ‘ABC’s primetime soap opera ‘Revenge’ and as ‘CIA’ agent ‘Matthew Keyes’ in the studio’s spy-thriller series ‘Quantico.’ He is regarded as one of Canada's most accomplished and respected theater personalities. He has earned both accolades and awards for his performances on stage, on TV, and in feature films, both in his own country and in Hollywood. Czerny has had a long and successful acting career and has shared screen space with stalwarts such as Harrison Ford (in ‘Clear and Present Danger’) and Tom Cruise (in ‘Mission Impossible’). Known for his versatility, he switches between film and TV effortlessly, and as a result, has played a wide array of characters over the years. He is equally believable in comic roles and has appeared as ‘Mr. Bottoms’ in the indie zombie film ‘Fido’ (with Carrie-Anne Moss) and as ‘Yuri,’ the Russian trainer, in ‘The Pink Panther’ (with Steve Martin). He has also appeared as a 16th-century nobleman in ‘The Tudors’ and as Neale Donald Walsch and the voice of ‘God’ in ‘Conversations with God’.

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Henry Czerny
Childhood & Early Life
  • Born on February 8, 1959, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Czerny was the youngest of the three children of his parents. His parents were of Polish heritage. His father was a welder, and his mother was a bakery worker.
  • Young Henry was sent to ‘York University,’ Toronto.
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Career
  • Czerny is a classically trained actor who started his career on stage, starring in both plays and musicals. It all began at ‘Humberside Collegiate Institute’ in Toronto, under the direction of Janet Keele, who gave him his first role, ‘Lucky Larry.’
  • After graduating from the ‘National Theatre School of Canada’ in Montreal in 1982, he immersed himself in Shakespearean and classical theater, especially at the ‘Canadian Stage’ and the ‘Toronto Free Theatre.’
  • Theater took a young and exuberant Henry all over Canada. He performed at Ottawa's ‘National Arts Centre,’ Edmonton's ‘Citadel Theatre,’ and the ‘Stratford Festival.’ By the late 1980s, he had already established himself as a seasoned thespian of the Canadian stage.
  • He started guest-starring occasionally on TV shows such as ‘Hot Shots’ and ‘Night Heat’ (1986) during this period. This was the beginning of an on-screen career that has continued for over 3 decades now.
  • Czerny got his breakthrough role in the Canadian TV film ‘The Boys of St. Vincent’ (1992). It brought him widespread recognition and several awards, including the first of his two ‘Gemini Awards’ (for the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries’) and the ‘FIPA d’Or’ for the ‘Best Actor’ in Cannes.
  • After the critical and commercial success of his first major role in a feature film and its theatrical release in the US in 1994, he appeared in a number of made-for-TV films, such as ‘Trial at Fortitude Bay’ (1994), ‘Shattered Vows’ (also known as ‘Deadly Matrimony’), and ‘Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story’ (1995). He met co-star Dana Delany while filming the last one.
  • He entered the arena of feature films and major motion pictures around this time, starting with supporting roles in Canadian police thrillers such as ‘A Man in Uniform’ (also known as ‘I Love a Man in Uniform,’ 1993) and ‘Cold Sweat’ (1993).
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  • Czerny got his big break in Hollywood after he was noticed for his intense performance as an incestuous father in the ‘CBS’ telefilm ‘Ultimate Betrayal: The Rodgers Sisters Story’ (1994). He signed with the agency ‘William Morris Endeavor’ in Los Angeles and soon bagged the role of a diabolical ‘CIA’ chief, alongside Harrison Ford, in ‘Clear and Present Danger’ (1994).
  • There has been no dearth of offers for Czerny since then, in both Canada and Hollywood. He featured in films such as ‘Jenipapo’ (1995), ‘Mission: Impossible’ (1996), ‘The Ice Storm’ (1997), and ‘Kayla’ (1997) in the next few years.
  • Meanwhile, theater never took a backseat for Czerny. In 2000, he received the ‘Theatre World Award’ for his work in the acclaimed ‘off-Broadway’ production ‘Arms and the Man.’
  • In the first decade of the new millennium, he was busy with steady work, both on the big and the small screens. Some of his projects during this time were ‘Possessed’ (2000), ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ (2005), and the new adaptation of ‘The Pink Panther’ (2006).
  • Many more telefilms and guest-starring roles followed. He appeared in ‘Fido’ (2006) and ‘Conversations with God’ (2006), leading up to arguably his most memorable performance, as the colorful Duke of Norfolk in ‘Showtime’s multiple award-winning period drama ‘The Tudors’ (2007).
  • He continued appearing in telefilms and series, which led to him being cast in the big-ticket Hollywood adaptation of ‘The A-Team’ (2010). The movie saw him share screen space with Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson.
  • He then appeared in the famous recurring role of the enigmatic patriarch ‘Conrad Grayson’ in ‘ABC’s hit soap ‘Revenge’ (2011–2014), which made him an instantly recognizable face on TV.
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  • Later, Czerny was seen as the highly anticipated ‘Toyman’ in the ‘CBS’ series ‘Supergirl’ (2016). He also made a guest appearance as ‘TMI’s estranged father in the Fox series ‘Rosewood,’ the same year.
  • In 2016, Czerny was cast in the ‘ABC’ thriller series ‘Quantico,’ which featured him in the recurring role of ‘CIA’ director ‘Matthew Keyes,’ alongside Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra.
  • He portrayed the role of ‘Alan Crellin’ in the ‘Golden Globe’-winning crime-drama mini-series ‘Sharp Objects’ (2018), starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. He is set to appear in the horror–thriller film ‘Ready or Not,’ as ‘Tony Le Domas,’ later in 2019.
  • He lent his voice to a character in the 2011 series ‘Torchwood: Web of Lies.’
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Family and Personal Life
  • Henry Czerny got married to Claudine Cassidy in 2001. They have a son named Cameron.
  • Besides devoting his time to acting, Czerny enjoys photography, travel, crafts, and carpentry in his leisure time.
  • His Canadian roots are strong. His mother is still a resident of Toronto.
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Trivia
  • Czerny once dated multiple ‘Primetime Emmy’-winner Dana Delany, a colleague, during the filming of one his early films.
  • He had to leave his old agency, ‘William Morris,’ to escape being typecast after being constantly bombarded with negative roles similar to his early work. He later joined the agency ‘IFA.’ He is currently managed by Canada-based Perry Zimel of ‘Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates Inc.’
  • Czerny is the voice behind the famous line "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..." from the Tom Cruise-starrer hit ‘Mission Impossible.’
  • He had previously worked with his ‘Revenge’ co-actor Courtney Ford in an episode of the ‘Golden Globe’-winning show ‘Monk.’
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