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The Gary Sinise Bio

The Gary Sinise Review – MovieActors.com

by Nate Lee

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Best Films:

Forrest Gump

Next to Hanks, of course, by far the most memorable part of the epic film, as Lt. Dan, who wants to die in battle but is saved by Gump, and who later joins him in his fishing business.

Of Mice & Men

A brilliant, touching adaptation of Steinbeck's masterpiece. Sinise directed the screenplay by Horton Foote and starred as George opposite John Malkovich's Lenny. The film shows the pair's mastery of Steinbeck and modern American drama.
Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
True West (opposite John Malkovich, one of the best performances by both men)
Of Mice and Men (opposite John Malkovich)
Truman (Golden Globe-winning, SAG-winning, Emmy-nominated Harry S Truman)
George Wallace (Emmy-winning, SAG-winning, Golden Globe-nominated performance in the title role)
The Human Stain (a novelist)
The Stand
A Midnight Clear
The Forgotten (a psychiatrist)
Blockbusters:
Forrest Gump (Oscar and Golden Globe nominated performance as Lieutenant Dan)
Apollo 13 (grounded astronaut who helps save the day)
Mission to Mars (grounded astronaut who then gets a flight and helps save the day)
Great Bad Guys:
Ransom (opposite Mel Gibson)
Snake Eyes (opposite Nicolas Cage)
Reindeer Games (opposite Ben Affleck)
The Real Gary Sinise:
Truman

Possibly one of the reasons Gary Sinise could channel the President so convincingly is that he shares his soul. A Midwesterner with a well-grounded, seemingly egoless, natural straightforward style, Sinise was the leader of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre – and its dozen stars – in its crucial formative years. Like Truman to FDR, Sinise has played second fiddle to the more flamboyant John Malkovich for too many years, though he certainly enjoys the respect of his colleague at a level that perhaps Harry never knew.
Acting Style:
Simply put, even with all the accolades following “Forrest Gump,” Gary Sinise is still the most under-rated actor – and director – in American film. Though he and many of the Wolfies are heroes in Chicago, it takes a savvy cinephile to appreciate the constant variety of “theatrical business,” or those tiny nuances, Sinise pours into his work.
Bits and Quirks:
Though he crafts his characters like a puppeteer, giving them well thought-out body English to portray their internal workings, Sinise does have a few reliably recurring traits, foremost of which is a frighteningly intense, sometimes squinting stare. Add the cocked eyebrow for different effects. Sneering lip. Talking out the side of his mouth. Tight-lipped concentration.
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Great Scenes:
Forrest Gump

> “Celebrating” in New York with Forrest
> Joining Forrest on the shrimp boat

Of Mice and Men

> The finale by the creek
> The fight with Curley
> Dressing Lenny's wounds
> The threshing scenes

True West

> The debate over the toasters
> The fight over the toasted bread
> Turning the tables on Malkovich's Lee, drunkenly hitting him on the head

Truman

> The speeches on the back of the train
> FDR dying and his being sworn in > WWI scenes

Apollo 13

> Working the amps in the simulator, saving the day
> Talking the astronauts through re-entry

Mission to Mars

> Using Dr. Pepper to fix the space ship
> Figuring out the Martian DNA test
> Entering the “universe” room
> Taking off in the beam of light, filling up with water
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