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Gary Sinise
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Intro American actor
A.K.A. Gary Alan Sinise
Is Film director Musician Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Theatre director Theater professional Film producer
From United States of America
Field Arts Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 17 March 1955, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Age 68 years
Star sign Pisces
Politics Republican Party
Spouse: Moira Harris
Height: 1.7272 m
Illinois State University
Presidential Citizens Medal  
Golden Globe Award  
Emmy Award  
Bass guitar
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Gary Alan Sinise (/sɪˈns/; born March 17, 1955) is an American actor, director, musician, producer and philanthropist. Among other awards, he has won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was nominated for multiple Tony Awards and an Academy Award.

Sinise first starred in a film when he directed, produced, and starred in the film adapatation of John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice and Men. Sinise played George Milton alongside John Malkovich who played Lennie. Subsequent roles include Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump (1994), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Harry S. Truman in Truman (1995), for which he won a Golden Globe, Ken Mattingly in Apollo 13 (1995) and Detective Jimmy Shaker in Ransom (1996).

Sinise has appeared in other films including The Green Mile (1999) and Impostor (2002). On television, he has played Detective Mac Taylor in the CBS series CSI: NY (2004–13), and George C. Wallace in the television film George Wallace (for which he won an Emmy). From 2016 to 2017, Sinise starred as Special Agent Jack Garrett in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. He is a supporter of various veteran organizations and founded the Lt. Dan Band; they play at military bases around the world.

Early life

Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, son of Robert L. Sinise, a film editor, and Mylles (Alsip) Sinise. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, Sinise's great-grandfather Vito Sinisi having immigrated from Ripacandida, in the Italian region of Basilicata. Sinise briefly attended Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and later graduated from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois.

In 1974, Sinise and two friends, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Since then, Steppenwolf has showcased the talents of notable actors such as Joan Allen, Kevin Anderson, Gary Cole, Ethan Hawke, Glenne Headly, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton, Jim True-Frost, and most recently William Petersen. Sinise honed his acting and directing skills at Steppenwolf, and received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction of Lyle Kessler's play Orphans. That took him from Chicago to New York City, and then to London's West End, where he worked on more than thirty of the company's productions.


Sinise on the set of Forrest Gump, in 1993

In 1982, Sinise's career began to take off when he directed and starred in Steppenwolf's production of True West. In 1983, he earned an Obie Award for his direction, and a year later appeared with John Malkovich in the PBS' American Playhouse production of the play. In 1988, Sinise directed Miles from Home, a film starring Richard Gere, about two brothers' fight against the foreclosure of the family farm. Sinise collaborated with fellow actor Tom Hanks five times, including Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, and The Green Mile. Other noteworthy films in which Sinise has appeared include Of Mice and Men (which he directed), Reindeer Games, Snake Eyes, Ransom, Mission to Mars, The Stand and Impostor. He narrated the audiobooks for John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley.

In 2004, he began his first regular television series, in the crime drama CSI: New York, in which he plays Detective Mac Taylor. He was credited as a producer from season two onwards and wrote the storyline of an episode. Several episodes have allowed Sinise to demonstrate his musical prowess, including a season-two episode where Mac Taylor plays the bass guitar in a jazz club with musicians Kimo and Carol Williams and Danny Gottlieb, members of the Lt. Dan Band, which Sinise and Kimo Williams co-founded in 2003. The band is named for Sinise's character in Forrest Gump.

Apart from his television and movie work, Sinise is the host in the video for the Epcot ride Mission: SPACE, at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, and a model for Baume & Mercier watches. He co-founded Operation Iraqi Children. Sinise said, "Iraq is in the news every day, and most of it is bad. But there are some positive stories. And how our soldiers are rebuilding schools and helping kids is one of them."

Sinise was the narrator for the Discovery Channel's miniseries When We Left Earth in 2008. He was awarded the Presidential Citizen Medal by George W. Bush for work he did supporting the U.S. military and humanitarian work supporting Iraqi children. He narrated Army and Army Reserve Army Strong recruitment ads in late 2008. He is also the national spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

Sinise is the executive producer—along with David Scantling—of the Iraq War documentary Brothers at War. The film features an American military family and the experiences of three brothers: Jake Rademacher, Isaac Rademacher, and Joseph Rademacher.

In November 2009, Sinise narrated the highly acclaimed World War II in HD on the History Channel. In 2010, he narrated the World War II documentary Missions That Changed The War on the Military Channel. In late 2002, he started the Cadillac commercials starting with the 2002–2003 Season's Best commercial and has been with the Break Through campaign since it started the campaign in the 2002 Super Bowl with Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" then ended in late 2006. In 2009, Sinise lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise, playing the character of David.

On April 17, 2017, Sinise received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the television industry, located at 6664 Hollywood Boulevard.

On October 30, 2017, Sinise was selected as Grand Marshal of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, which took place on January 1, 2018.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1985 Tony Award Regional Theatre Award The Steppenwolf Theatre Company Won
1990 Best Featured Actor in a Play The Grapes of Wrath Nominated
1994 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Forrest Gump Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The Stand Nominated
1995 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Truman Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Won
Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Apollo 13 Won
1996 Tony Award Best Play Buried Child Nominated
Best Direction of a Play Nominated
1997 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie George Wallace Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Won
2001 Tony Award Best Play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nominated

Personal life

Sinise with President George W. Bush after receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2008

Sinise married actress Moira Harris in 1981. They have three children. In 2003, Sinise was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Amherst College. He was awarded the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Sinise is a devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He also is a fan of the band Kansas.

Sinise is a practicing Roman Catholic. He converted to the faith on December 24, 2010. His wife, Moira, converted in 2000.


In 2005, Sinise founded Friends of Abe, a support and networking group for conservative members of Hollywood.

Sinise's name was in an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times (August 17, 2006) that condemned Hamas and Hezbollah and supported Israel in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. In June 2008, Sinise donated $2,300 to the Republican presidential primary campaign of Arizona Senator John McCain. Nicolle Wallace, a former adviser to George W. Bush and the presidential campaign of John McCain, stated in May 2009 that she believed Sinise could help bring about a resurgence of the Republican Party. Wallace stated, "The natural strengths that an actor brings to politics would come in handy to anyone going up against Obama in 2012. We will need an effective communicator who can stand toe to toe with Obama’s eloquence." Other names mentioned were those of Generals David Petraeus and Ray Odierno. Sinise narrates the online virtual tour for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and spoke at the centennial celebration of Reagan's birth at the library in February 2011.

In September 2012, Sinise donated to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Sinise's Republican-leaning has been written into his character of Mac Taylor who has a picture of Ronald Reagan displayed in his office, and is once the subject of a joke by one of his colleagues about an eight-hour documentary about Reagan he keeps watching over and over.

Although a staunch supporter of the Republican Party, Sinise refused to vote or show support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. After Trump questioned McCain's status as a hero because he was captured as a prisoner of war, Sinise rebuked Trump.

Humanitarian work

Sinise is a supporter of various veterans' organizations, both personally and through the Lt. Dan Band. He frequently performs on USO tours at military bases around the world, and volunteered for the National Vietnam Veterans Arts Museum now called the National Veterans Art Museum. On June 8, 2011, he put on a space suit to become one of the few people to fly in a U-2 spy plane up to 70,000 feet (21,000 m). Sinise is also on the Advisory Council of Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to provide a full cycle of nonmedical care to combat-wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen from each military branch. Sinise narrates the audiobook of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," which was released on April 13, 2011. In December 2011, Sinise was the narrator at the Candelight Processional at Disneyland. In August 2012, Sinise was honored at the United States Navy Memorial, by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West, and was made an honorary U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer for his efforts in helping veterans. On August 29, 2013, he was named an honorary Marine by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In 2006, Sinise began co-hosting the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C., with actor and Illinois native Joe Mantegna. He serves as the national spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial and spends much of his time raising awareness for the memorial and other veterans' service organizations. In 2012, he was honored by the Joe Foss Institute for his dedication to veterans. In 2013, he was awarded the third highest honor within the Department of the Army Civilian Awards, the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, for substantial contributions to the U.S. Army community through his work with the Gary Sinise Foundation. Each year the foundation raises over $30 million which it uses to benefit military veterans, including building smart homes for those who are disabled. He participated in Troopathon VI for 2013, as he has in the past, to help raise money for care packages for American troops. He received the 2015 Sylvanus Thayer Award, awarded by the West Point Association of Graduates to a non-West Point graduate whose character, service, and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy.


Over the years, Sinise has received numerous honors for his humanitarian work and his work on behalf of military veterans and families.

  • 2007 - the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment
  • 2008 - the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush.
  • 2008 - Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition
  • 2008 - Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State Stanislaus
  • 2009 - Spirit of the USO Award from the USO
  • 2012 - Boy Scouts of America Leader of the Year
  • 2012 - United States Navy, Honorary Chief Petty Officer
  • 2012 - Spirit of Hope Award from Department of Defense
  • 2013 - Civic Statesmanship Award
  • 2013 - Honorary Marine
  • 2016 - FDNY, Honorary Battalion Chief
  • 2017 - James Cardinal Gibbons Medal from The Catholic University of America
  • 2018 - The Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit (Citizen Artist)
  • 2018 - American Spirit Award from The National WWII Museum
  • 2018 - Grand Marshal, Rose Bowl Game, Honorary
  • 2019 - The Eisenhower Award from Business Executives for National Security
  • 2019 - Marine Corps League Honorary Membership
  • 2020 - United States Naval Academy, Honorary Graduate
  • 2020 - The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot Award

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