Victor Garber “comes out” officially, he’s been with the same hottie for 13 years

Looking at the post-Globes coverage on our site and other sites, I think I’m probably the only person in the world who wasn’t moved by Jodie Foster’s “coming out” speech, mostly because she didn’t come out, and she seemed to be throwing shade on everyone in the room who does come out publicly and who didn’t meet up to her exacting standards of privacy (privacy standards… and nothing else). Like, Jodie Foster will judge you harshly for having a Twitter account and for talking about your boyfriend on Facebook. But if you want to be a rabid anti-Semite who beats the hell out of your baby-mama, Jodie will totally be BFFs with you.

Anyway, in the wake of Jodie’s “coming out but not really,” it seems that another Hollywood star – a guy who, much like Jodie, we’ve known about their sexuality for years – has decided to formally come out of the glass closet. That man? Victor Garber!

While Jodie Foster made her sexual orientation a public spectacle at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills Jan. 13, Titanic actor Victor Garber quietly confirmed that he’s gay in an interview with Greg in Hollywood blogger Greg Hernandez.

Garber — best known for his roles in the movies Argo, Legally Blonde, Milk, The First Wives Club and Sleepless in Seattle — addressed his homosexuality during the TV Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. in early January.

Hernandez asked Garber about a Wikipedia entry that claimed he lives in New York City with artist and model Rainer Andreesen.

“I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows,” the 63-year-old actor said of his relationship with Andreesen, a fellow Canadian. “He’s going to be out here with me for the SAG Awards.”

Garber — who has been nominated for six Emmy Awards since entering show business — first spoke about his longtime love in an April 2012 interview with Canada’s Forever Young.

“My companion Rainer Andreesen and I have been together almost 13 years in Greenwich Village,” he said. “We both love New York.”

In addition to his film career, Garber has also appeared on the small screen in Alias, 30 Rock, Frasier, Ugly Betty, Web Therapy, The Big C, Damages, Deception, Eli Stone, Nurse Jackie and Glee.

[From Us Weekly]

Aw. I mean, I knew he was gay, but I didn’t know he had been with a guy for 13 years! That’s epic. Would you like to see this Rainer guy? Here you go:

HOT. That’s a really good looking man. Well done, Victor! I can’t believe Victor has been hitting that for 13 years and he hasn’t told everybody about it before now. Lay claim to that hot piece!

Incidentally, I thought it was so cute/sweet/lovely that Victor was at Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s table at the Golden Globes. Ben puts Victor in his movies (Victor was in The Town and Argo) and I think Victor is something of a second father to Jennifer Garner – they’ve been really close since Alias, and Victor is really tight with Bradley Cooper too. I like that the Garner-Afflecks always include him in what they’re doing. The friendship seems genuine.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Katie says:

    I think he officiated Ben and Jennifer’s wedding too.

  2. Beatriz says:

    Yay for him! On a more superficial note: His boyfriend is hot xd!

  3. marie says:

    I thought he was out years ago? His partner’s pretty hot..

  4. lucy2 says:

    Spy Daddy! Loved him on Alias. I too like how close he and Jennifer remained, I think he was one of the few people at their wedding.

  5. RocketMerry says:

    Aww… so sweet and cute! 13 years, wow, that is a lifetime.
    Here’s to Victor and his hottie, and to hoping we all find our soulmate to spend the rest of our lives with! *cheers*

  6. Nina W says:

    I have always loved Victor, he is so talented! A great actor and he can sing and dance. I’m always excited when he’s in the cast! How nice to hear he is in a happy long term relationship.

  7. Yama Yama says:

    I never knew that. I first saw him in TITANIC. Congrats to him and his companion/boyfriend :D

  8. T.Fanty says:

    The BF is like a hot Richard Dreyfus.

    Poor B.Coop and his sad little serial killer eyes.

  9. DeltaJuliet says:

    OK, I had NO IDEA that he was gay. I feel like I missed something now. He’s so handsome and always has been.

    Funny, though, someone the other day was talking about not knowing Jodie Foster was gay and I was like, how did you not know that?!?!

  10. Rochelle says:

    I love Victor Garber! I knew he had a long-term bf, but had never seen a picture before. I approve.

    Also, I believe (why do I remember these things?) that VG officiated the Afflec – Garner nuptials.

  11. lori says:

    Maybe now everyone will stop saying he’s Bradley Coopers side piece. If I had a hot man like that I would not be stepping out with Coop.

  12. Miss Kiki says:

    Well that totally debunks the the rumours I’d heard about him BCoop. His partner is quite the hotty.

  13. Nev says:

    YAYYY is right!!!!

    claim it outright!!!

  14. gee says:

    His partner is HOT! And I love the love between him and Jennifer Garner and the Garner/Afleck crew. So sweet.

  15. N-Bear says:

    Rainer = William Hurt’s Longshoreman phase

  16. pinkheart says:

    i had a huge crush on him,since titanic ,well, iam happy that he has been happy with the same person for such a long time and without any intervention from media

  17. aims says:

    My mother will be heartbroken!! She loves him! Congrats to Victor! Wishing him and his partner a happy life.

  18. GiGi says:

    Dear God. Google this Rainer Andreesen. It will keep you happy all day – that is one bleeding hot man… hot. Like, I don’t know how Victor Garber has been living with that – I don’t think I could be in the same room, lol!

  19. fabgrrl says:

    The Jodie Foster thing bothers me too. Did anyone NOT know she was a lesbian? Sad, I used to like her a lot. I respected that she lived her life openly but let everyone know that her personal life is none of their business. But now this. Another black check against her in my book, right next to the one for being Mel Gibson’s bff.

    • Belle says:

      I tend to agree with you on this one. :(

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah I don’t know why but something about the speech — and her need to involve Mel so prominently in it — just isn’t sitting right. Yet I’ve seen other commenters on other sites being ripped for not being intellectual enough to get it.

    • FassDaActor says:

      At first, I was just happy to see JF. After a second view of the speech, I’m gonna go with you guys. It was just weird.

    • Lee says:

      I really don’t get that. Receiving a lifetime achievement award almost always entails thanking one’s family. Unfortunately for Jodie, she can’t easily do that without acknowledging an aspect of her personal life she has, up until now, kept mum on.

      I also didn’t get the feeling that she was attacking those who do want to broadcast their personal lives for all to see but rather, she was making the point that she simply is not one of those people. There is a difference between saying ‘that’s not for me’ and saying ‘absolutely anyone who wants/does that is terrible’. I happen to think Jodie was saying the former.

      It was definitely awkward and came across as angry in some sections, but I took that for nervousness.

  20. megsie says:

    What a sweet man. He was specially ordained in order to marry Jen and Ben back in 2005. Garber’s long been one of my favorites. Old school dashing and so talented.

  21. mia girl says:

    A happy story about a nice guy, great actor, with a long time (hot) love and a lasting friendship with another actor… I love these happy stories. :)

  22. andrea says:

    I thought people knew he was gay, just like everyone knew Anderson Cooper was gay. A friend told me that he’s seen Victor and his hot boyfriend out and about in NYC and they’ve never gone out of their way to hide. They make a hot couple, can’t wait to see them on the red carpet together.

  23. Gia says:

    Didn’t he used to be in a relationship with Bradley Cooper? Sorry ya’ll…I’m on the ‘B Coop is gay train’.

  24. Davis Folly says:

    This is the hottest couple I have seen in a long time…
    I WANT IN ON THIS. I would so do a threesome with these two silver foxes and I would heavily consider getting a sex change if that was a part of the deal. Then Anderson Cooper next cause he’s my boo~

  25. FassDaActor says:

    Rainer is hot…HOT I tell ya! LOL I am not mad at him.

  26. madpoe says:

    Well I was in the dark about that!

  27. Suze says:

    I love Victor Garber, always have, and have a soft spot for the Affleck/Garners because of their relationship with him.

    His boyfriend is very good looking. Nice looking couple altogether!

  28. Madriani's Girl says:

    That cigarette is not hot. Blech.

    This is no surprise to me but it saddens me. Not for Victor but for ME. I have adored him for years. He was so hot on Law & Order.

  29. oivey says:

    I didn’t know but when I heard my reaction was sort of ‘oh yeah…I get it…’ Even though, I just assumed that he was a straight married dude. I have no idea why but I always seem to assume that men around that age are straight and married. Which is rather ignorant and dumb, really.

    Also, anyone else not fawning over Jodie Fosters speech from the GGs? I sort of found it really awkward and not as profound as everyone is making it seem.

  30. Marianne says:

    I never really suspected it, but good for him.

  31. mar says:

    I loved him so much in Titanic.

  32. Gine says:

    I didn’t know he was gay either, but good for him! And yeah, his partner is a fox. Damn.

    I agree about Jodie’s speech. I actually found it really embarrassing to listen to.

  33. paranormalgirl says:

    I thought this has been well known, going back to his “Godspell” days. I did not know he was with Rainer Andreeson… I own 2 of his paintings!

  34. maria says:

    What I love is that it’s a non factor to him and not a defining characteristic to him as a person; I hope society gets to that point eventually.

  35. Thiajoka says:

    Or, as they might be referred to, as “unqueer” relationships. (?)

  36. Reece says:

    I’ve known it for years. Although I’ve never seen his bf. DAAYUM! Get it Garber!!

    Btw no you weren’t the only unimpressed by Jodie Foster.

  37. grabbyhands says:

    Dang, Victor-if I was hitting that, I’d be telling evvabody.

  38. Hmmm says:


    I love what you wrote, and I agree! I’m glad somebody’s not falling all over Jody’s “courage”. Jody was non-commital and seemed conflicted. But not conflicted about Mel; no shame for him there. There’s nothing bad about being gay, but there sure is a whole lot of bad with being a hateful, abusing, racist, misogynist.

    I did not know Victor Garber was gay. Now that I know….well, it’s not a big deal. On the other hand, I’ve never had a crush on him. Heh. He has handled it all with grace, IMO. Jody should take lessons.

  39. Memphis says:

    Huh..I had no idea. How did I love Alias and just about everything he has ever been in and not know this? Oh well still love me some Victor :) And his partner is damn hot!

  40. Jess says:

    I am usually up on all the celebs in the glass closet and had no idea about VG. But good for him and his man is mega-hot! I’ve loved VG ever since Alias and one of the few things I like about Jennifer Garner is that she’s such good friends with VG. By the way, I wasn’t impressed by Jodie’s speech either. Hypocritical and self-righteous (maybe that’s why she and Mel are buddies)!

  41. Agnes says:

    i like victor a lot, never thought about his sexual orientation, though. good for him re his partner – both of them are very handsome. aaahhh, love is all around us. :)

    as an aside – kaiser, i am totally with you on the jodi foster thing.

  42. murmur says:

    He played the lead in the movie Godspell in the 1970′s. Should that have tipped me off?

  43. serena says:

    Awww I really like Victor and now I’m happy for him too.

  44. ks says:

    He was never “in”…… You had to be living under a rock not to know.

  45. ZenB!tch says:

    I thought he was already out. His relationship with BC is where I first heard the BC is gay rumors, although, I didn’t get any romance vibe from them as a couple.

    As for Jodie… you have to be private about your sex life but you can out your mom as having Alzheimer’s for everyone to know.

    And now for the crude part – we all know Mel only likes her because she is a lesbian and he wanted to get it on with her and Cydney or maybe her and Oksana.

    • Kim says:

      ITA I noticed all the antigay comments are about Gay men .I was on another site and the topic was Frank Ocean.All the guys were making vile comments or saying God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.So I asked if they are disgusted when they see two women having sex in an adult film.One guy wrote that’s not a fair comparison.I responded it’s the same thing God made Adam and Eve not Lisa and Eve.Of course they couldnt or wouldn’t accept it’s the same thing .

  46. b says:

    He is a great actor and a really nice, down to earth guy. I’m glad he is happy.

  47. Bitca says:

    He’s not a big “Name” (except on legit stage perhaps & thru Alias re-runs), but Victor Garber is a powerfully talented, all-round actor. Whether or not you knew he was gay, he & Spy-Mom were super-HOT together on Alias.

    Also, one of the most likable things about Jennifer Garner is her long-standing friendship with Garber. Affleck is smart to take advantage of that connection, & cast him whenever he can.

  48. Jackson says:

    I’m very late to the party but I agree with you, Kaiser, on the Jodie Foster speech. Meh.

  49. A says:

    The Gawker photo of his boyfriend is even better. Dude is really good looking. Glad that Garber has such a steady, long term relationship…He seems like such a classy, nice guy.

  50. Moi says:

    I just got a serious case of envy. I want to be a gay male, living with that man forevermore in Greenwich Village.

  51. lady X says:

    Good Lord is everyone GAY !!!!!!!?????? I mean good for him and all … but this whole coming out things is getting to be a but much sorry …..

  52. lola lola says:

    Yowsa! That’s one super hot couple.

  53. aston martin says:

    My Gaydar needs a tune-up. And whoa, is his significant other HOTT. Good for him! I think older men are much sexier than younger men.

    Just checked out his partner’s art site after reading paranormalgirl’s mention of owning his work. He’s really talented. Has a way with soft texture and light.

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