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Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise became a mainstream movie star and earned an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump. He received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Board of Review and the Commander's Award from the Disabled American Veterans. He then went on to take starring roles in two films for director Ron Howard in Apollo 13 and Ransom, as well as in Brian DePalma's Snake Eyes. Other recent roles include Robert Benton's The Human Stain and The Big Bounce directed by George Armitage. Upcoming is Michael Apted's Scheherazade with Juliette Binoche.

Sinise was also seen in Gary Fleder's sci-fi thriller Imposter and James D. Stern's ensemble drama All The Rage, as well as John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games, Brian DePalma's Mission to Mars and Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. His additional film credits include Keith Gordon's A Midnight Clear, Kevin Spacey's directorial debut Albino Alligator, Marshall Herskovitz's Jack The Bear, and Sam Raimi's The Quick And The Dead.

On television, he starred in the cable feature Path To War directed by John Frankenheimer and, most recently, in the Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm, Fallen Angel. Other television credits include the cable adaptation of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season directed by Paul Sorvino, the title role in Frank Pierson's Truman (for which he won a Golden Globe, a Cable Ace and a Screen Actors Guild award) and John Frankenheimer's George Wallace for which he won a Screen Actors Guild award, an Emmy and a Cable Ace award, as well as co-starring in My Name is Bill W directed by Daniel Petrie and Stephen King's The Stand directed by Mick Garris.

Starting this fall, Sinise stars as Det. Rick Calucci in CBS's CSI: New York produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Anthony Zuiker.

At the age of 18, Sinise co-founded The Steppenwolf Theatre Company in his native Chicago (along with Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry), for which he served as Artistic Director for seven years. He has since starred in more than a dozen productions at the renowned theatre including the role of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award. Other notable theater work includes True West, Balm in Gilead, Streamers and The Caretaker. He received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Marsha Norman's Getting Out at Chicago's Wisdom Theatre. He starred as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and also starred in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at Steppenwolf, as well as at the Barbican Theatre in London and on Broadway. He won an Obie Award for directing Sam Shepard's True West. He has also directed Shepard's Buried Child, which kicked off Steppenwolf's 20th anniversary and continued with a successful run on Broadway where it was nominated for five Tony Awards, including one for best director. His other directing credits include Tracers, Frank's Wild Years, The Miss Firecracker Contest and Landscape of the Body at The Second Stage in New York. He received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction of Lyle Kessler's Orphans, which also played off-Broadway and in London with Albert Finney.

Sinise made his mark as a feature film director with Of Mice and Men, which he co-produced and co-starred in with John Malkovich and Miles From Home starring Richard Gere, Kevin Anderson, Helen Hunt and Malkovich. Both were screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Over the past year Sinise has traveled to Iraq in support of the troops and started Operation Iraqi Children with author Laura Hillenbrand. Through this charitable organization, and with the support of corporate sponsors, schools in the United States can visit operationiraqichildren.org, and learn how to organize their own school drive to collect and send much-needed classroom supplies to the children of Iraq.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Gary Sinise Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayMarch 17, 1955 (62)
SignPisces
BirthplaceBlue Island, Illinois, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Gary Sinise compared to you?
Awards1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for George Wallage)
1996 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Truman)
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Truman)
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