Who Is Gabriel Macht, The Actor Who Plays Harvey Specter In Suits?

Most people know Gabriel Macht as one of the leading stars of the popular legal drama, Suits. Many people also know that he has appeared in several movies, including the 2008 cult hit, The Spirit. However, did you know that Macht’s wife, as well as his father, are accomplished actors? Did you also know that the Suits star once appeared in a high school production alongside the one and only Monica Lewinsky herself? Discover these and more exciting facts about Macht below.

Who is Gabriel Macht?

Gabriel Swann Macht was born on the 22nd of January 1972 in The Bronx, New York. He spent the first five years of his life in New York before his family relocated to California. In California, Macht obtained his diploma from Beverly Hills High School. He thereafter attended Carnegie Mellon University and obtained a BFA in Drama in 1994. Gabriel Macht commenced his acting career when he was just eight, appearing in the movie, Why Would I Lie? – a 1980 comedy/drama about Cletus Hayworth, a social worker who is a compulsive liar. Hayworth attempts to find a home for a young boy named Jorge and ends up falling for his co-worker who turns out to be Jorge’s mom. Why Would I Lie? featured Treat Williams and Lisa Eichhorn while Macht portrayed the role of Jorge. His excellent performance earned him a nomination for best young actor in a motion picture at the Young Artists Awards.

Gabriel Macht’s Movies and TV Shows

Since his 1980 debut, Macht has gone on to feature in several movies and TV series. On the big screens, the actor has appeared in movies such as A Bag of Hammers, S.W.A.T., Firefight, Love & Other Drugs, Whiteout, Middle Men, Because I Said So, The Good Shepherd, Grand Theft Parsons, The Recruit, Bad Company, Behind Enemy Lines, Simply Irresistible, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and The Spirit. The latter is a 2008 neo-noir superhero film about Danny Colt, a rookie cop who is murdered in the line of duty. Colt returns as The Spirit, a superhero who cleanses the crime-infested streets of Central City. The Spirit featured stars such as Eva Mendes, Paz Vega, and Samuel L. Jackson while Macht played the eponymous part. The movie failed to impress either the critics or the moviegoers but it has since achieved cult status.

On the small screens, Gabriel Macht has featured in TV series such as Pearson, Archangels, The others, Wasteland, Sex and The City, Sin City, Follow The River and Suits. The latter is a hit legal drama which is set in a fictional NYC law firm. The series revolves around Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout who enjoys a lucrative practice as a law associate. Suits features Patrick J. Adams in the role of Mike Ross while Macht portrayed his immediate boss, Harvey Specter who is one of the named partners at the law firm and is the best closer in the game. He is also a slick, uber-confident attorney, as well as a fiercely-loyal family man. Suits ran from 2011 until 2019, and Macht was one of the leading stars of the show.

Gabriel Macht
Macht and his wife, Jacinda image source


Gabriel Macht hails from an accomplished Jewish family. His birth family includes his father, Stephen, his mother, Suzanne Victoria, brothers – Jesse and Ari, as well as a sister named Julie. Macht’s dad is an accomplished TV and film actor. He started out as a drama teacher and by the mid-70s, signed a contract with Universal Studios. He would later go on to feature in several movies and TV series, including Knots Landing, Raid On Entebbe, Strange Voices, Cagney & Lacey, The Siege, A Friendship In Vienna, Babylon 5, One Life to Live, General Hospital, The Choir Boys, The Legend of Galgameth, Watchers Reborn, and Galaxina. The senior Macht also appeared in several episodes of Suits, between 2014 and 2019. He portrayed Gerald, a Harvard Law professor who is notorious for his high standards and rigid ways.

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Wife and Kids

Macht is not just a winner in his professional life but is also winning in his personal life. The Suits star is married to Australian-American actress, Jacinda Barrett who was born on the 2nd of August 1972 in Brisbane, Australia. She started modeling in 1989 and by 1995, she appeared in the MTV show, The Real World: London. She has since gone on to appear in several movies and TV series, including Guys like Us, Bull, D.C., Citizen, Baines, Zero Hour, The Following, Bloodline, Middle Men, The Last Kiss, Ladder 49, Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason, Poseidon, and The Human Stain.

Macht and Barrett commenced their relationship in the early 2000s and tied the knot in 2004. The couple now has two children. Their first is a daughter named Satine Anais Geraldine, born in August 2007 and their second is a son, named Luca, born in February 2014. Macht and his wife are one couple who have no hang-ups about collaborating professionally. The duo featured in the 2009 drama film, Middle Men. Barrett also appeared in some episodes of Suits during the 2012/2013 season. Coincidentally, she portrayed the role of Zoe, a love interest for her husband’s character, Harvey.

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