Gary Sinise

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Gary Sinise is a film, theater and television actor, as well as a director and producer. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Lieutenant Dan in "Forrest Gump." He is a three-time Golden Globe nominee and received the award in 1996 for the title role in "Truman." He is a two-time Emmy Award nominee and won the award in 1998 for his lead role in "George Wallace." Sinise is a four-time Tony Award nominee and a four-time nominee and two-time winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award ("Truman," 1996, and "George Wallace," 1998). He has won numerous other awards for his work, including a Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Board of Review ("Forrest Gump") and the Commander's Award from Disabled American Veterans (also for "Forrest Gump"). His additional feature film credits include "Apollo 13," "Ransom," "The Green Mile," "The Human Stain," "Snake Eyes," "Impostor," "It's the Rage," "Reindeer Games," "The Forgotten," "Mission to Mars," "A Midnight Clear," "Of Mice and Men," "Albino Alligator," "Jack the Bear" and "The Quick and the Dead." He also provides the voice of Shaw in the upcoming animated film "Open Season."

On television, Sinise has also appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "Fallen Angel," on CBS, "My Name Is Bill W.," "Path to War," "That Championship Season" and the mini-series "The Stand." Sinise directed the films "Of Mice and Men" and "Miles from Home," both of which were screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. At the age of 18, Sinise co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago, where he served as artistic director for seven years. He has since starred in over a dozen productions at the renowned theater, including the role of Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath," for which he received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award.

In 1996, he also directed "Buried Child," which was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Director and Best Play. In the spring of 2000, he starred in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at Steppenwolf, as well as at the Barbican Theatre in London. He brought the production to Broadway in April 2001, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. His other theater directing credits include "True West," "Orphans," "Tracers," "Frank's Wild Years," "The Miss Firecracker Contest," "Waiting for Parade," "Action," "Road to Nirvana" and "Landscape of the Body." Sinise launched "Operation Iraqi Children," a program that enables Americans to send school supplies to children living in Iraq. He and Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend, started the program after being inspired by their conversations with Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers, as well as his USO tours of the region. For more information, go to www.operation iraquichildren.org.

Sinise, a Chicago native, lives in Los Angeles. He is married to actress Moira Harris, an original member of the Steppenwolf company. They have three children. His birth date is March 17 1955

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