Gary Sinise

Actor, Director, Producer
As one of the founding members of the renowned Steppenwolf Theater, actor Gary Sinise honed his skills on the stage before becoming an accomplished supporting and lead actor on television and in films. Sinise began his ... Read more »
Born: 03/16/1955 in Blue Island, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

A Hero's Welcome 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Criminal Minds 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 (Movie)

The Smithsonian Narrator (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

We Believe 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: New York 2005 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Giving Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

WW II HD 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

When We Left Earth: 40th Anniversary Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

National Memorial Day Concert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

National Memorial Day Concert (2007) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Open Season 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Shaw (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 (Tv Show)

Guest

CSI: Miami 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Fallen Angel 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Made-Up 2004 (Movie)

Duncan Tivey (Actor)

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

Ray Ritchie (Actor)

The Forgotten 2004 (Movie)

Dr Jack Munce (Actor)

The Human Stain 2003 (Movie)

Nathan Zuckerman (Actor)

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

Spence Olham (Actor)

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barrymores 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mayday! Lost at Sea 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gentleman's Game 2000 (Movie)

Foster Pearse (Actor)

Bruno 2000 (Movie)

Dino (Actor)

It's The Rage 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

Jim McConnell (Actor)

Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Burt Hammersmith (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

Kevin Dunne (Actor)

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Albino Alligator 1997 (Movie)

Milo (Actor)

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rage 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

Jimmy Shaker (Actor)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Ken Mattingly (Actor)

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Apollo 13 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

Lieutenant Dan Taylor (Actor)

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

Norman Strick (Actor)

The Witness 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Midnight Clear 1992 (Movie)

"Mother" Wilkins (Actor)

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Grapes of Wrath 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

My Name Is Bill W. 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Family Secrets 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Shepard's "True West" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Fallen Angel (Movie)

Terry McQuinn (Actor)

George Wallace (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Space Shuttle (TV Show)

Narrator

That Championship Season (TV Show)

Actor

The Final Days (TV Show)

Actor

The Witness (Movie)

(Actor)

Truman (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Brothers at War 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Miles From Home 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As one of the founding members of the renowned Steppenwolf Theater, actor Gary Sinise honed his skills on the stage before becoming an accomplished supporting and lead actor on television and in films. Sinise began his rise to prominence with a taped stage performance of Sam Shepard's "True West" (PBS, 1984), which was previously performed off-Broadway to great acclaim. But his first real forays into Hollywood were as a director, not an actor - he helmed episodes of "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986-88) and "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991), while making his feature directorial debut with "Miles from Home" (1988), before finally stepping in front of the camera for a memorable performance as an emotionally fragile soldier in "A Midnight Clear" (1992). He next received high praise for both his directing and acting with his adaptation of "Of Mice and Men" (1992). But Sinise soon delivered his most enduring role, playing Lt. Dan in the winning drama "Forrest Gump" (1994), a role many fans identified with the actor for the rest of his career. Following a pivotal supporting turn in Ron Howard's "Apollo 13" (1995), he went on to deliver two powerful leading performances of historical figures, playing "Truman" (HBO, 1995) and "George Wallace" (TNT, 1997); the latter of which earned him an Emmy Award. A string of varied roles, playing both hero and villain in movies like "Reindeer Games" (2000), "Mission to Mars" (2000) and "The Human Stain" (2003) soon followed. But he took an unpredictable turn toward series television, landing the lead role in the hit spin-off procedural, "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004- ). While the show took him away from features, Sinise nonetheless remained a prominent performer capable of maintaining a high-level of public interest and critical acclaim.

Relationships

Millie Sinise

Mother

Moira Harris Actor

Wife
Together since c. 1975 Married in 1981

Robert L Sinise Editor

Father
Born May 17, 1931 Edited son's film "Of Mice and Men" (1992)

Ella Sinise

Daughter
Born in 1992; mother, Moira Harris

Sophie Sinise Editor

Daughter
Born Nov. 9, 1988; mother, Moira Harris

McCanna Anthony Sinise Editor

Son
Born Nov. 10, 1990; mother, Moira Harris

EDUCATION

Highland Park High School

Highland Park , Illinois
first acting role in production of "West Side Story"; credits drama teacher Barbara Patterson for her encouragement

Milestones

2010

Narrated The History Channel's "Missions That Changed the War"

2009

Guest starred as his "CSI: NY" character on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS)

2006

Voiced a paranoid über-hunter in the animated comedy "Open Season"

2004

Cast in starring role on "CSI: NY" (CBS) as a crime-scene investigator; first foray into series television

2004

Played a psychiatrist opposite Julianne Moore in the thriller "The Forgotten"

2004

Played wealthy developer Ray Ritchie in "The Big Bounce" opposite Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman

2003

Portrayed a novelist opposite Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman in "The Human Stain"

2002

Starred in the sci-fi tilm "Impostor"; originally intended as one of three short films to be released under the title "Alien Love Story," movie was re-worked into a feature; also co-produced with director Gary Fleder

2001

Recreated role of McMurphy in Broadway revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; earned Tony nomination

2000

Returned to outer space as an astronaut leading a "Mission to Mars," helmed by De Palma

2000

Undertook villainous role in the Frankenheimer-directed "Reindeer Games"

2000

Starred as Randle P. McMurphy in Steppenwolf revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; production originated in Chicago before moving to London

1999

Made cameo appearance opposite Tom Hanks in "The Green Mile"; cast as the lawyer hired to defend John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan)

1999

Teamed with fellow Steppenwolf actor Terry Kinney in the Showtime remake of "That Championship Season," co-starring and directed by Paul Sorvino

1998

Appeared in the Brian De Palma-directed thriller "Snake Eyes"

1997

Starred as Stanley in the 50th Anniversary production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Steppenwolf Theatre

1997

Garnered an Emmy Award for portrayal of the Alabama governor in TNT's "George Wallace"

1996

Cast as a police detective investigating a kidnapping in "Ransom," directed by Howard

1996

Broadway debut as co-producer and director, "Buried Child"; received Tony nomination as Director of a Play

1995

Won praise for portrayal of U.S. President Harry Truman in the HBO biopic "Truman"

1995

Portrayed astronaut Ken Mattingly in "Apollo 13"; first collaboration with director Ron Howard

1994

Landed lead role in the ABC miniseries version of Stephen King's "The Stand"

1994

Co-starred as the paraplegic Lieutenant Dan Taylor opposite Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump"; received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1992

Debut as a producer with "Of Mice and Men"; also directed and played first leading film role as George

1992

Made feature acting debut in "A Midnight Clear"

1991

Directed "The Always Goodbye" episode of the ABC drama "China Beach"

1989

Helmed two episodes of "thirtysomething" (ABC)

1988

Feature directorial debut with "Miles From Home"

1988

Starred in the Steppenwolf production of "The Grapes of Wrath," which toured New York, London, Chicago and La Jolla; received Tony Award nomination for Broadway production; reprised role in a 1991 PBS production

1987

TV directorial debut with a two-part episode of "Crime Story"

1986

Acted with wife Moira Harris on an episode of "Crime Story" (NBC)

1985

Appeared in "Balm in Gilead" off-Broadway; production directed by Malkovich

1984

First network TV-movie, "Family Secrets" (NBC); appeared as a motorcyclist

1984

First notable TV work, recreating stage role in "True West" opposite John Malkovich for a presentation of PBS' "American Playhouse"

1982

Co-starred in Steppenwolf staging of "Loose Ends"

1982

Directed Steppenwolf production of "True West" by Sam Shepard; production moved off-Broadway in NYC; also played role of Austin

1981

Early stage directing credit, "Waiting for the Parade" at Steppenwolf

1980

Primetime debut, had a two-line role on CBS drama "Knots Landing"

1980

Made TV debut as an extra in disco scenes on the ABC daytime serial "General Hospital" (date approx.)

1979

Moved to Los Angeles

1976

Appeared in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" at Steppenwolf

1974

At age 18, co-founded (with Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry) Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre at a church in Highland Park

1973

Professional stage debut, "The Physicist" at age 17

Formed band The Bonsoir Boys; played bass and sang

Returned to Chicago and began appearing in Steppenwolf productions

Born in Blue Island, IL (Chicago's south side); raised in Highland Park, IL

Bonus Trivia

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"There are times when I just love acting so much. It's almost spiritual. A visceral adrenaline thing that's kind of addicting. There's something really insecure inside me. I never lose that insecure actor thing, I've always had that. Even when things are working. There's something I have to keep proving to myself I can do it." – from "At Lunch with Gary Sinise: A Takeoff Fueled By Passion" by Bernard Weinraub, The New York Times, July 27, 1994

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"He wasn't the best student, and he hadn't done a lot of reading. We used to tease him that he would only read the plays he was about to do. In that sense, he's come miles." – Steppenwolf Theatre actor Laurie Metcalf on Sinise to Entertainment Weekly, July 29, 1994

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"'The Stand' came out in May of '94 and was seen by 60 million people a night for four nights, and then two months later 'Forrest Gump' opened. So within a very short time I went from being depressed about not getting any work to being in two of the most popular shows of the year." – Sinise to Movieline, June 1995

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"Each time out, I try to have some impact. If the part's important to the story, that's the vital thing." – Sinise quoted in Live!, September 1996

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Ironically, on the night Sinise won his 1998 Emmy for his portrayal of politician George Wallace, Wallace died.

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"I'm still basically a character actor in the business. Until you prove yourself as a box office star, you're not going to get offered those things. But I'm still driven by whether I connect to the character, and does it make sense to me as a movie. I've turned down things, possible commercial choices, but they just didn't feel right. I turned down some starring roles in features, but nothing I've ever regretted." – Sinise quoted in The Boston Globe, Aug. 2, 1998

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"The actors I was most impressed with and who were influencing my taste were all movie actors, so I always wanted to do movies but I didn't want to go to Hollywood and become a waiter in the meantime. The chances are really slim that an actor will be discovered in Hollywood...I've never had to compromise myself for a job, ever." – Sinise to Neon, November 1998

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"Television is very, very good to guys my age. The movies are very good to guys half my age. Things like type, age and celebrity all come into play with what's going to be available to you as an actor. Also, unless you are a very well established movie star, the level of writing you tend see is not all that good. The writing on television these days is quite often much better than in the movies." – Sinise on taking the role in "CSI: NY" to Emmy magazine, Issue no. 5, 2004

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