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Place of Birth Edmonton - Alberta - Canada
Birthday 1959-03-16

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Gary Basaraba (born March 16, 1959) is a Canadian actor best known for playing American police officers. He appeared as Sergeant Richard Santoro on Steven Bochco's Brooklyn South and Officer Ray Heckler on Boomtown. According to the DVD commentary for the first season of the police drama Boomtown, he did most of his driving stunts in the series and he made sure he accurately portrayed police procedures. Basaraba played Heywood Broun, one of the greatest American journalists of the 20th Century, in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle in 1994. He played Sheriff Grady Kilgore in Fried Green Tomatoes. He also played Saint Andrew in The Last Temptation of Christ, and had a role in Sweet Dreams. Basaraba played Homer Zuckerman in the remake of Charlotte's Web. Basaraba also portrayed the father, Jack Grainger, in One Magic Christmas, opposite Mary Steenburgen. Since 2007, he has appeared in the Canadian television series Mixed Blessings. Basaraba has also made three appearances in the Law & Order franchise, as a bartender in the original series titled "Point of View", as a corrections officer in the Law and Order episode "The Brotherhood" in 2004 and in the fifth season of SVU. It has been announced that Basaraba will be the voice of Hefty Smurf in the live-action/CG family film The Smurfs.

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2019The Irishman as Frank 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons
2018Little Italy as Vince
2018American Animals as Warren Lipka Senior
2017Suburbicon as Mitch
2017Suburbicon as Uncle Mitch
2016Dallas, Sunday Morning as Jack Ruby
2013The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow as Hefty Smurf (voice)
2013The Smurfs 2 as Hefty Smurf (voice)
2012Hornet's Nest as Seth
2011The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol as Hefty (Voice)
2011The Smurfs as Hefty Smurf (voice)
2009The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 as Jerry Pollard, motorman
2008Recount as Clay Roberts
2006Charlotte's Web as Homer Zuckerman
2006Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise as Norman Shaw
2002K-9: P.I. as Pete Timmons
2002Unfaithful as Detective Mirojnick
2002Recipe for Murder
2002Guilty Hearts as Matt Moran
1999Holy Joe as Ernie Blevins
1997What Happened to Bobby Earl?
1996Striptease as Alberto
1995A Horse for Danny as Solly
1994The War as Dodge
1994Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle as Heywood Broun
1993For Their Own Good as Roy Wheeler
1992Afterburn as Bill Decker
1991Fried Green Tomatoes as Grady Kilgore
1991Manhunt in the Dakotas as Leland Winters
1989Little Sweetheart as Barkeeper
1988The Last Temptation of Christ as Andrew, Apostle
1986No Mercy as Joe Collins
1985One Magic Christmas as Jack Grainger
1985Sweet Dreams as Woodhouse


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