Gary Sinise Biography

Actor, Film Actor, Director, Producer (1955–)
Actor Gary Sinise played Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 blockbuster Forrest Gump. He received an Academy Award nomination for the role.


Gary Sinise was born on March 17, 1955, in Blue Island, Illinois. He helped launch the Steppenwolf Theater Company at age 18. He started his career as a director, but his 1994 appearance in Forrest Gump as Lieutenant Dan made him famous and earned him an Academy Award nomination. He worked with Tom Hanks again in Apollo 13. He later starred in the television biopics Truman and George Wallace.


Early Life and Career

Gary Alan Sinise was born on March 17, 1955, in Blue Island, Illinois. The son of a film editor, Sinise attended Highland Park High School, where an appearance in West Side Story eventually led to his cofounding of Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company. The then 18-year-old Sinise, along with Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, started the ambitious enterprise in a local church basement, launching the careers of such talents as John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf.

Commercial Success

Gary Sinise began his film and television career in the director's chair on such series as Crime Story and thirtysomething and the feature film Miles From Home. In 1992, he directed, produced and starred in a remake of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

In 1994, Sinise became familiar to mainstream audiences as Lieutenant Dan in the blockbuster film Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks. His performance as the physically crippled and emotionally shattered veteran earned him an Oscar nomination. He re-teamed with Hanks for Apollo 13 in 1995, and starred in the television biopics Truman (for which he won a Golden Globe Award) and George Wallace (for which he won an Emmy Award) in 1995 and 1997, respectively.

In 2000, Sinise appeared in the drama Mission to Mars and the thriller Imposter. Sinise returned to the small screen in 2004 to star in the crime series CSI: New York.

Personal Life

Sinise is married to actress Moira Harris, an original member of Steppenwolf Theater. They have two daughters, Sophie and Ella, and a son named McCanna.

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