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Gary Sinise – MovieActors.com

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Sinise in APOLLO 13.

About Gary Sinise (1955 – )

Gary Sinise was born on March 17, 1955 in Blue Island, Illinois. While attending high school in Highland Park, Illinois, he began to play in bands, and wasn't much of a student. On a whim, Gary and some of his friends tried out for the high school musical, WEST SIDE STORY, and by the last performance, he was hooked line and sinker to acting.

At the age of 19, in 1974, Gary and some friends established The Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, starting off in the basement of a church. It grew and grew, becoming an established, famous Chicago theatre. Gary had the opportunity to act in many plays and direct as well. His wife, Moira, is also an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

In 1980, Gary was honored by winning a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in a stage play, GETTING OUT.

In 1981, Gary married the love of his life, Moira, and they have three children: Sophie, McCanna Anthony, and Ella.

Gary's Hollywood career started in the director's chair with two episodes of the stylish TV series, CRIME STORY; (1986). He also appeared in the film with his actress wife, Moira Harris, portraying a married couple in the episodes that he directed.

In 1988, he directed the film, MILES FROM HOME.

In 1992, A MIDNIGHT CLEAR was Gary's first feature film as an actor. Also in 1992, he directed and co-starred with John Malkovich, in the film OF MICE AND MEN.

Sinise won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a mini-series or dramatic special for portraying George Wallace in the 1997 TV movie, GEORGE WALLACE.

Gary was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as Lieutenant Dan, in the 1994 film, FORREST GUMP.

Gary and his friend, actor Kimo Williams, formed the twelve member, "Lt. Dan Band" whose first mission was to tour Iraq U.S. military bases, with the USO. The band now also tours other military bases all over America and the world.

The Lt. Dan Band performs for charities, non-profit organizations like the UFO and Operation Iraqi Children, which is an organization that Gary formed with author HIlda Hillenbrand that provided school supplies. This non-profit grew into Operation International Children, and raises money to send school supplies to children all around the world.

In the 1994 movie, APOLLO 13, Gary Sinise played original Apollo 13 pilot, Ken Mattingly. Ken Mattingly and Gary share the same birthday. Ken was born March 17, 1936 and Gary was born on March 17, 1955.

In 1995, Gary Sinise played Harry S. Truman in a TV movie called TRUMAN.

From 2004 to 2013, Gary Sinise starred along with Carmine Giovinazzo and Hill Harper, in the TV series, CSI:NY.

Sinise has been nominated for Tony Awards three times: in 1990; as Best Actor in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, in 1996; as Best Director for BURIED CHILD and in 2001; as Best Actor (Play) for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.

On December 10, 2008, Gary Sinise was awarded the United States of America Presidential Citizens Medal for his work with the USO and Operation Iraqi Children.

Gary Sinise's notable movie credits include...

OPEN SEASON (2006)
THE FORGOTTEN (2004)
THE BIG BOUNCE (2004)
THE HUMAN STAIN (2003)
MADE-UP (2002)
A GENTLEMAN'S GAME (2002)
IMPOSTER (2001)
BRUNO (2000)
REINDEER GAMES (2000)
MISSION TO MARS (2000)
THE GREEN MILE (1999)
ALL THE RAGE (1999)
SNAKE EYES (1998)
RANSOM (1996)
APOLLO 13 (1995)
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD (1995)
FORREST GUMP (1994)
OF MICE AND MEN (1992)



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Gary Sinise in FORREST GUMP.

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Gary Sinise in THE BIG BOUNCE (2004).

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Sinise in THE GREEN MILE (1999).

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Gary Sinise APOLLO 13.