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Date of Birth 17 March 1955Blue Island, Illinois, USA
Birth NameGary Alan Sinise
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gary Alan Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, to Mylles S. (Alsip) and Robert L. Sinise, A.C.E., a film editor. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Swedish ancestry. His family moved to Highland Park, where he attended high school. He was something of a rebel, playing in bands but paying little attention to school.

Gary and some friends tried out for "West Side Story" as a lark, but Gary was hooked on acting for life by closing night. Gary credits his love for theatre to his drama teacher, Barbara Patterson. In 1974, Gary, Terry Kinney, and Jeff Perry founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Initially performing in a church basement, the company grew and gained stature in the Chicago area. In addition to acting in many plays, Gary also directed some of Steppenwolf's most notable productions, including Sam Shepard's "True West". The company made its off-Broadway debut with that production, starring Gary and John Malkovich, and its Broadway debut with "The Grapes of Wrath" at the Cort Theatre in 1990. Gary's Hollywood career also started in the director's chair with two episodes of the stylish TV series Crime Story (1986), followed in 1988 by the feature Miles from Home (1988) starring Richard Gere. Gary's first feature film as an actor was the World War II fable A Midnight Clear (1992) in 1992. That year also found Gary combining his acting and directing talents with the critically acclaimed Of Mice and Men (1992). His first real notice by the public came in 1994, however. He starred in the blockbuster miniseries The Stand (1994), rapidly followed by his bravura performance as "Lt. Dan" in Forrest Gump (1994). His portrayal of the disabled, emotionally tortured veteran earned Gary numerous awards and an Oscar nomination. Busy 1994 was followed by busy 1995, first reuniting with Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (1995) and then starring in the HBO film Truman (1995) which earned him the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards and an Emmy nomination.

Gary is married to Moira Sinise, an actress and original member of the Steppenwolf company. They have three children, Sophie Sinise, McCanna Anthony Sinise and Ella Sinise.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lynn <lynnishmail-misc@yahoo.com>

Spouse (1)

Moira Sinise (1981 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently plays Southerners

Trivia (38)

His Steppenwolf theater company, started by high-school grads in a Catholic-school basement, is now an institution housed in an $8 million theater.
Nominated for a Tony Award for directing a new version of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child".
Gary appeared on screen with his spouse, Moira Sinise, in Crime Story (1986), portraying a married couple. Moira had a small role in Miles from Home (1988), the first feature Gary directed, but Moira's role was left on the cutting-room floor. Moira appeared as the "Girl in the Red Dress" in Of Mice and Men (1992).
Won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a mini-series or dramatic special for portraying George Wallace the very night the real George Wallace died.
Gary Sinise was born on March 17, 1955. In the movie Apollo 13 (1995), Gary Sinise played original Apollo 13 pilot, Kenneth Mattingly. Mattingly was born on March 17, 1936.
Received his first college degree in 2003 - an honorary degree from Amherst College.
Was considered for the starring role in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). When he didn't get the part, he recommended that the producers hire William Petersen, which they did. Ironically, he is currently the star of CSI: NY (2004), the spin-off of Petersen's successful TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
In 1997, played George Wallace in George Wallace (1997). He re-prised the role, uncredited, in Path to War (2002).
Has been nominated for Tony Awards three times: in 1990, as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play), for portraying Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath," a role he recreated in the television version of the same title, American Playhouse: The Grapes of Wrath (1991); in 1996, as Best Director for a revival of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child;" and in 2001 as Best Actor (Play), for portraying Randle McMurphy in a revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Kimo Williams first worked with Gary as composer for a Steppenwolf production of "Streetcar Named Desire". After learning of Gary's talents on the bass, Kimo encouraged him to do more playing and, over the years, they enjoyed the occasional jam session. As Gary began what has turned out to be an extraordinary commitment to the USO, these jams eventually led to gigs in the Chicago area, gathering local talent and performing for troops and their families.
Shares a birthday with Rob Lowe, with whom he co-starred in The Stand (1994).
Founded Operation Iraqi Children (www.operationiraqichildren.org) in early 2004 with "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" author Laura Hillenbrand.
While most of the CSI: NY (2004) cast is from New York, Sinise is one of three exceptions. The others are Melina Kanakaredes (who was born in Ohio) and Anna Belknap (who was born in Maine). However, Sinise, Belknap and Kanakaredes have all lived in NY at some point in time.
The two episodes of Crime Story (1986) that he directed are the only times he has been credited as "Gary A. Sinise."
Performed in a band called "Half Day Road" as a teen. Band broke up before their first album "Half Day Road" could be recorded.
Formed the "Lt. Dan Band", a band consisting of several singers, guitarists, drummers and keyboardists. The band has a total of 12 members. Sinise plays bass guitar. The name is, of course, in homage to his character in Forrest Gump (1994), Lt. Dan".
On December 10, 2008, was awarded the United States of America Presidential Citizens Medal (which was established on November 13, 1969 to recognize U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for the nation. The medal is bestowed by the President and may be conferred posthumously. The Presidential Citizens Medal is one of the highest honors the President can confer upon a civilian, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom.) for his work with the USO and Operation Iraqi Children.
He was awarded the 1980 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Getting Out" at the Wisdom Brige Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1981 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Balm in Gilead" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1982 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for "True West" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for "Tracers" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1985 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a play for "Orphans" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was awarded the 1996 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for "Buried Child" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 2000 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Lives in Calabasas, California.
He has played the same character (Detective Mac Taylor) on three different television series: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), CSI: Miami (2002) and CSI: NY (2004).
His band, "Lt. Dan Band", to date has performed for more than 240,000 troops and their families in the U.S., Belgium, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Iraq, and Afghanistan, among others. They have performed in about 50 USO tours and 119 USO concerts. The band plays 30 to 40 shows each year, with 75 percent of those shows for charities, benefits or the USO. [June 2012]
Along with his band, "Lt. Dan Band", he performed three shows in Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, and at the Coast Guard Base Kodiak on Kodiak Island. This was there second show in Kodiak after first visiting in 2010. [June 2012]
Is a Republican.
He has Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English, Scots-Irish, Irish, French, German, and Swedish ancestry.
Onstage at the Royale Theatre on Broadway as R. P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." [March 2001]
(April - June 1997) Returns to Steppenwolf Theatre Company to star in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Set to star as Detective Mac Taylor in the series CSI: NY (2004). [September 2004]
Slated to star as George Wallace in a TNT biopic based on 'George Frady''s book, John Frankenheimer to direct. Scheduled to air November 1997.
As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995) and The Green Mile (1999). Forrest Gump (1994) won the award in the category. Coincidentally, all three movies star Tom Hanks in the leading role and were all released in the 1990's.
Founder, "Gary Sinise Foundation".

Personal Quotes (4)

Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running.
Sometimes you're in great demand. Then suddenly your career hits the brakes.
Wherever I go for the military, they always call me Lt. Dan. They just can't help it.
[on his work ethic]: There's always the ongoing actor frustration of finding the great role to do next. I don't go to work a lot. I wait as long as I can until the money runs out or a great part comes along.

Salary (1)

CSI: NY (2004) $275,000 /episode (2010-11)

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