TV fans may remember Garber best as Sydney Bristow’s complicated father in “Alias.” The sophomore series from JJ Abrams starred Jennifer Garner as a spy who was really into wigs. Sydney Bristow (Garner) is a CIA operative who at first thinks she’s working in an official black-ops branch, SD-6. In the show’s pilot, her father Jack (Garber), explains to her that SD-6 is actually its own entity, working separately from the United States government.
Jack Bristow was cold and emotionally distant to Sydney, but he proved his love for her time and time again by doing heinous crimes in order to protect her. Garber was nominated for three Emmys for his work on the show. TV Guide ranked him #29 in its list of all-time greatest TV dads, outranking Sisko from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Alan Thicke’s character on “Growing Pains,” and the Walsh patriarch on “Beverly Hills: 90210.”