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Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise
Sinise at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert.
Born Gary Alan Sinise
(1955-03-17) March 17, 1955
Blue Island, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, musician
Years active 1973–present
Religion Roman Catholic [1]
Spouse(s) Moira Harris
Children 3

Gary Alan Sinise (; born March 17, 1955) is an American actor, director, and musician.[2] Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Sinise is known for several memorable roles. These include George Milton in Detective Mac Taylor in the CBS series CSI: NY from 2004 to 2013.

On October 22, 2015, Sinise was presented with the Sylvanus Thayer Award at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Other work 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Politics 5
  • Filmography 6
    • Film 6.1
    • Television 6.2
  • Awards and nominations 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, son of Robert L. Sinise, a film editor, and his wife Mylles (Alsip) Sinise.[3][4][5] His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent.[6][7] Sinise briefly attended Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and later graduated from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois.[8] followed by Illinois State University.[9] In 1974, Sinise and two friends, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.[10] 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.


A man is at the center of the image looking at the camera. He is dressed in Vietnam War–era military attire including a vest and helmet. He has a cigarette sitting on his lips and is wearing a backpack.
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 starred and collaborated with fellow actor Tom Hanks three times including Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, and The Green Mile. Other noteworthy films Sinise has appeared in 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.[11] 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."[12]

Sinise was the narrator for the Discovery Channel's mini series David Petraeus and Ray Odierno.[31] 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.[32] 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. Sinise hosted a 10-minute online video tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on its website, indicating his reverence for the 40th U.S. President.



Year Title Role Notes
1978 A Wedding Extra Uncredited
1988 Miles from Home Directed
1992 Of Mice and Men George Milton Also directed
1992 Midnight Clear, AA Midnight Clear Vance 'Mother' Wilkins
1992 Witness, TheThe Witness Young Soldier Short film
1993 Jack the Bear Norman Strick
1994 Forrest Gump Lieutenant Dan Taylor
1995 Apollo 13 Ken Mattingly
1995 Quick and the Dead, TheThe Quick and the Dead The Marshal
1996 Ransom Detective Jimmy Shaker
1996 Albino Alligator Milo
1998 Snake Eyes Commander Kevin Dunne
1999 Green Mile, TheThe Green Mile Burt Hammersmith
1999 It's the Rage Morgan
2000 Bruno Dino Battaglia
2000 Impostor Spencer Olham
2000 Mission to Mars Jim McConnell
2000 Reindeer Games Gabriel Mercer
2002 Gentleman's Game, AA Gentleman's Game Foster Pearse
2002 Made-Up Duncan Tivey
2003 Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain Nathan Zuckerman
2003 Mission: SPACE Capcom Short film
2004 Forgotten, TheThe Forgotten Dr. Jack Munce
2004 Big Bounce, TheThe Big Bounce Ray Ritchie
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Gene Cernan Voice only
2006 Open Season Shaw Voice only
2011 None Less Than Heroes: The Honor Flight Story Narrator Video documentary
2011 Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good Himself Documentary
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Smithsonian Narrator Voice only


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Knots Landing Lee Maddox Episode: "Small Surprises"
1984 Family Secrets Motorcyclist Movie
1984 True West Austin American Playhouse broadcast of play
Crime Story Howie Dressler "For Love or Money"
"Top of the World"
1989 Final Days, TheThe Final Days Richard Ben-Veniste Movie
1989 My Name Is Bill W. Ebby, Bill's best friend Hallmark Hall of Fame movie
1991 Grapes of Wrath, TheThe Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad American Playhouse broadcast of play
1994 Stand, TheThe Stand Stu Redman Miniseries
1995 Truman Harry S. Truman Movie
1995 Frasier Sid Episode: "The Club"; voice only
1997 George Wallace George C. Wallace Movie
1999 That Championship Season Tom Daley Movie
2002 Path to War George Wallace Movie; uncredited
2003 Fallen Angel Terry Movie
CSI: Miami Detective Mac Taylor "MIA/NYC NonStop"
"Felony Flight"
2004–13 CSI: NY Detective Mac Taylor All 197 episodes
2009 WWII in HD Narrator Miniseries; episode: "Battle Stations"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Detective Mac Taylor "The Lost Girls" (uncredited)
"In Vino Veritas"
2010–12 Missions That Changed the War Narrator All 14 episodes
2015 Criminal Minds Agent Jack Garrett 1 episode; "Beyond Borders"
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Agent Jack Garrett Main Role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result
1994 National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor Forrest Gump Won
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Forrest Gump Won
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Forrest Gump Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Forrest Gump Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Forrest Gump Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Forrest Gump Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Forrest Gump Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Stand, TheThe Stand Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Apollo 13 Won
CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Truman Won
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Truman Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Truman Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Truman Nominated
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense Snake Eyes Nominated
1997 CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries George Wallace Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie George Wallace Won
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film George Wallace Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie George Wallace Won
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film George Wallace Nominated


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  5. ^ The Film daily year book of motion pictures, Volume 47. J. W. Alicoate. 1965. p. 324. 
  6. ^ Byrne, Bridget (February 7, 2007). " – Living – This 'CSI' has a New York state of mind – February 7, 2007". Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
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  8. ^ 2014 Alumni Directory
  9. ^ "ISU’s theatre program prepared Steppenwolf founders". May 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gary Sinise: Ensemble Member Bio". Retrieved January 3, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Baume & Mercier and Gary Sinise". Retrieved January 3, 2008. 
  12. ^ "In Step With: Gary Sinise". Parade Magazine. September 12, 2004. 
  13. ^ "New Recipients Of Presidential Citizen Medals". WBKO. Retrieved December 10, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Soldier Life > Army Families". Retrieved December 17, 2009.  (Archived by WebCite at
  15. ^ "Sinise produces pro-military documentary". March 11, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Film review: ‘Brothers at War’ – Military Movies". Military Times. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  17. ^ Groves, Martha (November 16, 2009). "BELIEFS : Stars lined up for elaborate audio Bible : Michael York, Jason Alexander and many others gave voice to a 79-CD reading of Old and New Testaments". Los Angeles Times. 
  18. ^ Lt. Dan' flies high"'". June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Board of Directors". Hope for the Warriors. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  20. ^ Rosprim, Thomas (August 27, 2012). "MCPON Names Gary Sinise Honorary Chief". Navy News Service NNS120827-07. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  21. ^ Seck, Hope Hodge (August 30, 2013). "Lt. Dan' Gary Sinise becomes newest honorary Marine".  
  22. ^ "Actor Gary Sinise becomes Honorary Marine". USMC -  
  23. ^ "Families of Disabled Vets | National Memorial Day Concert". PBS. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
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  27. ^ "Amherst College Commencement: 2003 Honorary Degree Citations". Retrieved January 3, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Gary Sinise In His Mission as The Messenger". Amici Journal. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Nicole Kidman and 84 Others Stand United Against Terrorism" Hollywood Grind. August 18, 2006
  30. ^ "Gary Sinise's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". 
  31. ^ "Actor Gary Sinise floated as possible GOP savior". CNN. May 11, 2009. 
  32. ^ Dominic Patten. "Romney Eyes Hollywood Return After Successful Weekend Fundraiser". Deadline. 

External links

Sinise's name was in an advertisement in the


He is a devoted Chicago Bears fan of the National Football League.[28]

Sinise married actress Moira Harris in 1981. They have three children: Sophie (b. 1988), McCanna Anthony (b. 1990), and Ella (b. 1992). In 2003, Sinise was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Amherst College[27] He has been awarded the US Presidential Citizens Medal.

Sinise playing bass guitar in the Lt. Dan Band

Personal life

Sinise is a supporter of various veterans' organizations, both personally and through the Joe Foss Institute for his dedication to veterans. He participated in Troopathon VI for 2013, as he has in the past, to help raise money for care packages for American troops.[24] He received 2015's Sylvanus Thayer Award, awarded by the West Point Association of Graduates to a civilian whose character, service and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy.[25][26]

Other work

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.[17]

Sinise is the executive producer—along with David Scantling—of the Iraq War documentary Brothers at War.[15] The film features an American military family and the experiences of three brothers: Jake Rademacher, Isaac Rademacher and Joseph Rademacher.[16]

. American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in late 2008. He is also the National Spokesperson for the [14] recruitment adsArmy Strong He narrated Army and Army Reserve [13]

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