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) and Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1989), starring Donald Sutherland. Feore himself starred as a 19th century doctor in Beautiful Dreamers (1991). He caught the attention of film critics and art house audiences as the famed reclusive pianist Glenn Gould in François Girard's biopic 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (1994), a musically structured combination of documentary reminiscences and fancifully staged incidents from Gould's troubled life. Feore also appeared in the esteemed TV biopic Truman (1995).
Feore's 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. Along with the TV movie Hostile Waters (1997), about a U.S.-Soviet submarine incident, Feore also acted in several major 1997 releases, playing an unlucky surgeon in John Woo's blockbuster Face/Off and appearing in Sidney Lumet's New York policier Night Falls on Manhattan and black comedy Critical Care. The following year, Feore played parts in both the Canadian action movie Airborne (1998) and the Canadian action movie send-up The Wrong Guy (1998). Whatever artistic credibility Feore may have sacrificed to star opposite Shannen Doherty in the thriller Striking Poses (1998) and play Meg Ryan's fiancé in City of Angels (1998) was mitigated by his appearance in François Girard's The Red Violin (1998). Feore subsequently played Marcus in Titus (1999), Julie Taymor's ambitious reworking of Shakespeare's maligned Titus Andronicus, and joined the lauded ensemble cast of Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated docudrama, The Insider (1999). Feore's sharp features also enhanced his performance as Satan's minion in Stephen King's TV miniseries Storm of the Century (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. Along with the miniseries Haven (2001), about the rescue of concentration camp refugees, Feore appeared in off-center murder mystery The Caveman's Valentine (2001) and played Admiral Kimmel in Michael Bay's overblown blockbuster Pearl Harbor (2001). ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi