• Len Cariou is a 79 year old Canadian actor
• He has a net worth of over $6 million
• Len is of Breton and Irish ancestry
• He has been married twice and has a daughter
• He has worked on projects such as "Spotlight", "Death Wish" and "Thirteen Days"

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SpouseHeather Summerhayes, Susan Kapilow
FactDaughter, Laurel.

Len Cariou Wiki and Biography

Leonard Joseph ‘Len’ Cariou was born on 30 September 1939 in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada, which means that he is 79 years old and his zodiac sign is Libra. Len, whose nationality is Canadian, is best known as an actor, and in that field he has worked on projects such as “Spotlight”, “Death Wish” and “Thirteen Days”. Being successful in that field, Cariou gained recognition among the audience, which also poses some questions regarding his early life and formative years.

Net Worth

So just how rich is Len Cariou as of mid-2019? According to authoritative sources, this actor has a net worth of over $6 million, with his wealth being accumulated from his astonishing career in the previously mentioned field. However, he hasn’t spoken about his assets, such as vehicles and houses, but he is seemingly well able to take care of himself financially.

Ethnicity and Background

Speaking about Cariou’s ethnicity, Len is Caucasian and has grey hair and blue eyes. In his youth, Len had brown hair, and judging from the photos available on the internet, he had a fit figure and always took care of his looks. He is the son of Molly Estelle and George Marius Cariou, and was born into a family of Breton and Irish ancestry. Although born in St. Boniface, he spent his formative years in East Kildonan, Manitoba, and was a student of Miles Macdonell Collegiate, where he studied 10th and 11th grade, and directed and starred in plays. Later on, he studied at St Paul’s College.

Len Cariou

Len isn’t active on any social media, which makes it harder for his fans to communicate with him. However, he still has loyal followers on those platforms, and people often tweet about him. One fan posted a photo of him and Cariou, with the caption saying “Love Grandpa Reagan, aka Len Cariou, dining at @WahlburgersCA today in Toronto!”.  Sami Gayle wrote a tweet about interviewing Len, and said “Love talking Broadway with Len Cariou during the dinner scenes! What a legend! #bluebloods #cbstweetweek”.

Relationship Status

Despite being a public figure, Cariou prefers keeping the majority of personal information behind closed doors. However, we do know that he has married twice – in 1975 he married artist Susan Kapilow, however, their marriage fell through, and three years later they divorced. He went on to marry Heather Summerhayes, his fellow actor, and the couple is still married as of today. They have one child, a daughter name Laurel.


Len made his acting debut in 1963 with a minor role in the series entitled “Quest”, and continuing to work at a rapid pace, he followed by appearing in numerous TV and cinematic projects, such as “One Man”, “A Little Night Music”, “Drying Up the Streets”, “Who’ll Save Our Children?” and “The Great Detective ”. As of 1981, he played the role of John Abbot in “Madame X”, starring alongside actors such as Tuesday Weld, Jeremy Brett and Martina Deignan, in the story of a woman thrown out of her house by her jealous husband, as she deals with strange life obstacles.

Remaining busy in the ‘80s, Cariou could be seen in “Cold Storage”, “Louisiana”, “100 Centre Street” and “An Amazing Era: Revised and Updated”.  As of 1985, he began appearing in the renowned and beloved TV series entitled “Murder, She Wrote”, collaborating with people such as Angela Landsbury. In the early ‘90s, Len worked on “Miracle on Interstate 880” and “Class of ’61”.

Most Successful Projects

In 2000, Cariou landed the role of Dean Acheson in “Thirteen Days”, the critically acclaimed movie which follows the coverage of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and this gave him a chance to work with people such as Shawn Driscoll, Kevin Costner and Drake Cook. The movie, directed by Roger Donaldson was given a limited theatrical release on Christmas of 2000, and was widely released in January 2001, grossing $66 million.

As of 2013, Len had yet another prominent role, playing Father Patrick Dunn in “Prisoners”, which ultimately earned an Oscar nomination and was rewarded with awards such as Saturn Award, ASCAP Award, Golden Schmoes in categories of Most Underrated Movie of the Year, and Biggest Surprise of the Year. Two years later, Cariou joined the cast of an appraised double-Oscar winner, “Spotlight”, which follows the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered and exposed a scandal regarding child molestation and its cover-up in the Catholic Archdiocese, an event that shook the church to its core. The movie was ultimately rewarded with 123 other awards, including BAFTA, AACTA International, AFI and Awards Circuit Community Awards.

Cariou’s most recent projects include “When They See Us” and “Wake”, with the latter being in pre-production. Overall, he has had 80 acting gigs, which helped him rise to fame and gain attention in the media, and as he’s a hardworking individual, we believe there is still more to come for him career-wise.

General Info

Full NameLen Cariou
ProfessionActor, Singer


SpouseHeather Summerhayes, Susan Kapilow
ChildrenLaurel Cariou
ParentsMolly Estelle Cariou, George Marius Cariou


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Helen Hayes Awards for outstanding Supporting Performer, Visiting Production, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding ...
MoviesSecret Window, About Schmidt, Prisoners, Executive Decision, The Onion Movie, Lady in White, Boynton Beach Club, Flags of Our Fathers, The Four Seasons, 1408, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Never Talk to Strangers, Spotlight, Into the Storm, Miracle on I-880, The Skulls III, A Little Night Music, Su...
TV ShowsSwift Justice, Murder, She Wrote, Blue Bloods, Nuremberg, Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House

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1[on why violence is so common an element in entertainment media] It appeals to the little badness all of us have in our makeup.It's part of human nature and, being privy to that kind of thing, people find it somewhat fascinating and the more you give them, the more they want.


1He was awarded the 1985 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Traveler in the Dark" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Len Cariou sang in both the NYC Broadway "What the World Needs Now" and the Broadway for Orlando on Maya & Marty singing to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
3New York, NY USA: An NYU Faculty Coach for workshops leading up to the 2011 National High School Musical Theater Awards. [June 2011]
4Performing in the CanStage production of Frost/Nixon at the Bluma Appel theatre in Toronto. [October 2008]
5Although he plays Tom Selleck's father in Blue Bloods (2010), he is only 5 years his senior in real life.
6Member of the Theatre Hall of Fame.
7Daughter, Laurel.
8Won a Canadian Genie Award for Best Actor in "One Man".
9Accomplished singer/actor in numerous Broadway shows. He won a Best Actor (Musical) Tony Award in 1979 for "Sweeney Todd". He was also Tony-nominated in the same category in 1970 for "Applause," and in 1973 for "A Little Night Music," a role he recreated in the film version of the same name, A Little Night Music (1977).
10Lived with Glenn Close in the '70s.




Wakepre-productionRichard Moore
Blue Bloods2010-2016TV SeriesHenry Reagan
The Last Day of Charley E. Rays2016ShortCharley
Spotlight2015/ICardinal Law
The Sonnet Project2014TV Series
Prisoners2013Father Patrick Dunn
Wallander2013TV SeriesAtkins
The Escape2012/IShortJerry
Damages2010TV SeriesLouis Tobin
Power, Privilege & Justice2009TV Series documentaryNarrator
Into the Storm2009TV MovieFranklin J Roosevelt
Army Wives2008TV SeriesRandall Meade
Law & Order1993-2008TV SeriesEdgar Beezley / Mac Geller / Capt. Allard Bunker
The Onion Movie2008Norm Archer
Brotherhood2006-2007TV SeriesJudd Fitzgerald
War Stories2007TV SeriesNarrator
14082007Mike's Father
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2007TV SeriesFrank McCarty
Flags of Our Fathers2006Mr. Beech
Boynton Beach Club2005Jack
The Greatest Game Ever Played2005Stedman Comstock
Numb3rs2005TV SeriesAlan Emrick
The Skulls III2004VideoDean Lawton
Secret Window2004Sheriff Dave Newsome
Sex Traffic2004TV Mini-SeriesMagnus Herzoff
Ed2003TV SeriesMr. Stuckey
About Schmidt2002Ray Nichols
Thirteen Days2000Dean Acheson
The West Wing2000TV SeriesPharmaceutical Executive
Nuremberg2000TV Mini-SeriesFrancis Biddle
D.C.2000TV SeriesSenator William Abbott
The Outer Limits1995-2000TV SeriesDoc Wells / Father Anton Jonascu
In the Company of Spies1999TV MovieThe President
Border Line1999TV MovieJerry, Allison's Associate
The Practice1999TV SeriesDefense Attorney Weiland
Mentors1998TV SeriesAlexander Graham Bell
American Experience1997TV Series documentaryNarrator
F/X: The Series1997TV SeriesCharles Emery
Star Trek: Voyager1997TV SeriesAdmiral Edward Janeway
The Summer of Ben Tyler1996TV MovieSpencer Maitland
Executive Decision1996Secretary of Defense Charles White
Swift Justice1996TV SeriesMichael Swift
A Brother's Promise: The Dan Jansen Story1996TV MovieHarry Jansen
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story1995TV MovieWalt Disney
Never Talk to Strangers1995Henry Taylor
Derby1995TV MovieHenry Woods
The Man in the Attic1995TV MovieJoseph Heldmann
Love on the Run1994TV MovieNoah Cross
Getting In1994Dr. Lionel Higgs / Dr. Ezekial Higgs
Witness to the Execution1994TV MovieJake Tyler
North of 601993TV SeriesMike Birkett
The Sea Wolf1993TV MovieDr. Picard
Class of '611993TV MovieDr. Leland Peyton
Miracle on Interstate 8801993TV MovieBuck Helm
Murder, She Wrote1985-1992TV SeriesMichael Hagarty / Monsignore O'Shaugnessy
Street Legal1992TV SeriesChristian Peveril
The Ray Bradbury Theater1992TV SeriesDouglas
Monkey House1991TV SeriesAmbassador Kelly
Gabriel's Fire1990TV SeriesJudge Norton Heller
American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts1989TV SeriesPat Sweeney
An Amazin Era: Revised and Updated1989VideoNarrator
My Dad the Babe1988VideoNarrator
Lady in White1988Phil Terragarossa
Killer in the Mirror1986TV MovieJason Howell
There Were Times, Dear1985TV MovieBob Millard
Surviving1985TV MovieDavid Brogan
100 Centre Street1984TV MovieJudge Charles Felt
Louisiana1984TV MovieOswald
Cold Storage1983TV MovieRichard Landau
The Tempest1983TV MovieProspero
The Taming of the Shrew1982TV MoviePetruchio
The Four Seasons1981Nick Callan
Madame X1981TV MovieJohn Abbott
The Great Detective1979TV SeriesTanner
Canada Vignettes: Lady Frances Simpson1978Short voice
Canada Vignettes: Spence's Republic1978Short voice
The Mad Trapper1978
Who'll Save Our Children?1978TV MovieMatt Laver
Drying Up the Streets1978Larry
A Little Night Music1977Frederick Egerman
One Man1977Jason Brady
Festival1964TV SeriesRagner


Great Performances1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV Special performer: "Manhattan"
A Little Night Music1977performer: "Now/Soon/Later", "You Must Meet My Wife", "A Weekend in the Country", "It Would Have Been Wonderful", "Finale"


Another Day Gone By2015Short executive producer
Days Like This2013Short executive producer


Space Station 762014special thanks
Desolation Sound2005special thanks


The Talk2014TV SeriesHimself
The Chase Backer Show2014TV MovieHimself for charity-actor
Showing Up2014DocumentaryHimself
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen2013DocumentaryErnest Hemingway (voice)
The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Creating Characters2011Video shortHimself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Mr. Prince2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Vintage World Series Films: Toronto Blue Jays 19922007Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
Vintage World Series Films: Toronto Blue Jays 19932007Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001Video documentaryDean Acheson
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Working in the Theatre2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Race for the Record1998Video documentaryNarrator
A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury1996TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Previous Winner
1995 World Series1995Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Johnstown Flood1989Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Great Performances1985-1989TV SeriesHimself
An Amazin' Era1986Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
Something Hidden - A Portrait of Wilder Penfield1981DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Captain Kangaroo1979TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Winner: Best Actor in a Musical
Canada Vignettes: Fort Prince of Wales1978Documentary shortNarrator (voice, uncredited)
The 27th Annual Tony Awards1973TV SpecialHimself
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHimself
Blindness1964Documentary short

Archive Footage

Damages2010TV SeriesLouis Tobin
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesFather Anton Jonascu


Won Awards

2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastSpotlight (2015)
1977EtrogCanadian Film AwardsBest Performance by a Lead ActorOne Man (1977)

Nominated Awards

2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieInto the Storm (2009)
2009OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesInto the Storm (2009)
2007Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActorThe Boynton Beach Bereavement Club (2005)
1992GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesMonkey House (1991)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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