PROFILE: BRISTOW, JACK D.
Present Location: Classified
Date of Birth: 03/16/50
Place of Birth: London, Ontario, Canada
Training/Special Skills: Physics, Aeronautics, Engineering, Game Theory, Cryptology, Linguistics
Languages: English, Russian, Chinese
Education: Doctorate, LAS
Personal Details: Widowed. Recruit of the CIA, 1967. Recruit of the SD-6 Division, Jan. 1982.
from the Alias magazine
Jack Bristow, the Spy Daddy extraordinaire, has kept the odd thing from his super-spy daughter, Sydney, over the years: he worked with her arch enemy, Arvin Sloane, at the CIA; her mother was really a Russian agent; and he has 'removed' several people who've threatened Sydney's safety. In this issue, Victor Garber explains why Jack is so enjoyable to play. Garber praises the way the writing team developed his character:
"It's been, so far, a great collaboration. I think this year, as they have some new writers, they want to talk to us more about our ideas - but of course, I don't really have any ideas! I'm just happy to let them play!"
When asked about his thoughts on the season four premiere, Garber replied,
"I thought it was brilliant. I felt so fortunate to be in the hands of such a great master craftsman... I've always loved his [Jack's] stillness, his inscrutability. He still remains fun to play because he's so complicated!"
One of Victor Garber's most notable film roles to date is his charismatic performance as the architect of the ill-fated ship in Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Also on the big screen he performed opposite Goldie Hawn in The First Wives Club and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle.
Garber's numerous television credits include Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, for which he was nominated for an Emmy; Annie; Invisible Child; and Love And Murder. His episodic work includes guest-starring roles on The Outer Limits, Law & Order and Frasier, the latter of which garnered him another Emmy nomination.
Garber's stage performances are legendary. He has earned four Tony nominations for his work on Damn Yankees, Lend Me A Tenor, Deathtrap and Little Me.
* Many thanks to Amy for some updates to Jack's profile!