Boris McGiver – Famous Actor

Who is Boris McGiver?

Boris McGiver is an American actor known for his roles in Person of Interest, The Wire, and House of Cards.


January 23, 1962

Birth Place

Cobleskill, New York, the United States of America

Zodiac Sign


Personal Life

McGiver is the son of John McGiver, also an actor, and he was one of ten kids. In addition, he has Irish and Ukrainian heritage.

Professional Life

McGiver debuted in film in 1987 in Ironweed. This was followed by a 1990 role in Antigone/Rites of Passion. McGiver was also active in television. He made his debut on the small screen in 1993 in Law & Order. In 1998, he was in New York Undercover and Trinity.

In 2001, he got a role in As The World Turns.

His next film roles came in 2004 in Connie and Carla, where he played Tibor, and in Taxi, where he played Franklin.

In 2005, he was in Rescue Me. The next year, he returned to the Law & Order franchise in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2006, he appeared in The Pink Panther. In 2008, he got a role as Isaac in The Clique. In 2006, he was cast in The Wire, where he had a recurring role as Charles Marimow. The next year he appeared in 30 Rock.

2012 saw him appear in Lincoln as Alexander Hamilton. This was followed by another politically-themed role in Killing Kennedy, where he played John W. Fain. In 2019, he was Masterson in Point Blank. In the same year, he was in Damages. Between 2012 and 2014, he had a recurring role in Person of Interest as George Hersh.

In 2013, he appeared in The Carrie Diaries, White Collar, and Blue Bloods. In the same year, McGiver was cast in House of Cards. He played the role of Tom Hammerschmidt for 30 episodes.

Other cast members seen in The House of Cards include Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael KellyDerek Cecil and Jayne Atkinson.

In 2014, he appeared in Boardwalk Empire, and in 2015, he appeared in Flesh and Bone. 2017 saw him appear in The Blacklist.

In 2019, the actor was in Evil, with the recurring role of Matthew Korecki. Between 2019 and 2021, he appeared in Servant for six episodes, playing the character of Uncle George.

In 2020, he was part of the cast of For Life, playing Glen Maskins for eleven episodes.


As McGiver’s father was also an actor, he stated that he was not eager to pursue this career at first, as he felt that his father was never present.

The actor lives in an 1831 Baptist church.

He graduated from of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, where he studied under Ron Van Lieu.

McGiver spent one year in Sweden.

He is a French horn player and has been for many years.

He originally meant to go into the Air Force and was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy, class of 1984, but chose not to go. Space flight has remained as a dream for the actor.

McGiver has described his work as an adult as not feeling like work, thanks to his experience working on farms as a child.


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