David Strathairn

David Strathairn

Highest Rated: 100% Temple Grandin (2010)

Lowest Rated: 0% November Criminals (2017)

Birthday: Jan 26, 1949

Birthplace: San Francisco, California

One of the more underrated actors in Hollywood, tall, soft-spoken David Straithairn has earned almost consistent critical appreciation for his work in a number of films, most notably his many collaborations with director John Sayles. Born in San Francisco on January 26, 1949, Straithairn gained an entrance into acting via his days at Williams College. It was there that he met fellow student Sayles, and the two had their first collaboration with Return of the Seacaucus Seven. The 1980 film, which told the story of a group of friends reuniting after college, inspired a number of similar efforts, including The Big Chill. Following his debut, the actor -- whose additional performing experience came from his training at the Ringling Brothers Clown College -- appeared in supporting roles in a number of films, including Silkwood (1983) and Dominick and Eugene (1988). He continued to collaborate with Sayles, acting in The Brother From Another Planet (1984), Matewan, (1987), and Eight Men Out (1988). Straithairn was also introduced to television audiences with his role as bookstore owner Moss Goodman on the popular dramedy series Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.In the 1990s, Straithairn had prominent roles in a number of critically acclaimed films and television miniseries. In addition to his continuing work with Sayles, in 1991's City of Hope and Passion Fish (1992), the actor lent his talents to such films as Bob Roberts (1992), Sneakers (also 1992), The River Wild (a 1994 film which reunited him with Silkwood co-star Meryl Streep), and Losing Isaiah (1995). He also appeared in miniseries such as the 1991 O Pioneers! and In the Gloaming (1997), in which he played the father of an AIDS-stricken Robert Sean Leonard. In 1997, Straithairn had a memorable turn as a high-class pimp with a dodgy mustache in the wildly lauded L.A. Confidential and after a supporting role in Simon Birch (1998), once again collaborated with Sayles, this time playing a fisherman with a past in the 1999 Limbo. He remained one of the most respected character actors of his generation appearing as the father in the remake of The Miracle Worker, and starring in the drama Blue Car as a manipulative teacher. In 2005 he garnered an Oscar nomination and the biggest high-profile success of his career playing Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck. He followed up that success with appearances in such films as We Are Marshall, The Bourne Ultimatum, Howl, and Temple Grandin. In 2012 he was cast in Steven Spielberg's long-planned biopic Lincoln as William Seward.


Highest Rated Movies



42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters Admiral William Stenz 2019
82% Fast Color Ellis 2019
No Score Yet Nomadland Actor 2019
No Score Yet Una entrevista con Dios The Man 2018
83% My Dinner with Hervé Marty Rothstein 2018
No Score Yet UFO Franklin Ahls 2018
0% November Criminals Theo Schacht 2017
22% American Pastoral Nathan Zuckerman $0.6M 2016
44% The Debt (Oliver's Deal) Nathan 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs Richard 2016
65% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Ty Burley $39M 2015
75% Godzilla Admiral William Stenz $173M 2014
73% No God, No Master William Flynn 2014
5% Maladies Delmar 2014
No Score Yet Lincoln@Gettysburg Actor 2013
No Score Yet Root Actor 2013
89% Lincoln William Seward $129.5M 2012
56% The Bourne Legacy Noah Vosen $113.2M 2012
50% Hemingway & Gellhorn John Dos Passo 2012
75% The Whistleblower Peter Ward $1M 2011
30% The Tempest King Alonso $0.3M 2010
63% Howl Ralph McIntosh $0.7M 2010
100% Temple Grandin Dr. Carlock 2010
75% Cold Souls Dr. Flintstein $0.8M 2009
31% The Uninvited Steven $28.6M 2009
No Score Yet The People Speak Actor 2009
50% The Sensation of Sight Finn Producer 2008
80% The Spiderwick Chronicles Arthur Spiderwick $71.2M 2008
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
92% The Bourne Ultimatum Noah Vosen $227.5M 2007
No Score Yet Racing Daylight Henry 2007
No Score Yet Steel Toes Danny Dunckelman 2007
46% My Blueberry Nights Arnie $0.8M 2007
71% Fracture Joe Lobruto $39.1M 2007
49% We Are Marshall President Dedmon $43.6M 2006
No Score Yet Heavens Fall Judge James Horton 2006
57% The Notorious Bettie Page Estes Kefauver $1.4M 2006
93% Good Night, And Good Luck Edward R. Murrow $31.6M 2005
No Score Yet Missing in America Henry R. Hocknell Jr. 2005
No Score Yet Willa Cather: The Road is All Narrator 2005
No Score Yet Paradise Bobby Paradise 2004
1% Twisted Dr. Melvin Frank $25.1M 2004
80% Blue Car Auster 2003
No Score Yet Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Jack Hoschouer 2002
No Score Yet Master Spy: The Life Of Robert P. Hanssen Actor 2002
No Score Yet Lathe of Heaven Mannie 2002
49% Harrison's Flowers Harrison Lloyd $1.7M 2002
No Score Yet Lathe of Heaven Actor 2002
No Score Yet Ball in the House (Relative Evil) Dr. Charlie 2001
No Score Yet Speakeasy Bruce Hickman 2001
No Score Yet The Miracle Worker Arthur Keller 2000
No Score Yet Freedom Song Peter Crowley 2000
No Score Yet The Giraffe (Meschugge) Actor 2000
65% A Map of the World Howard Goodwin 1999
No Score Yet A Good Baby Truman 1999
72% Limbo Joe Gastineau 1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Theseus 1999
No Score Yet A Hero's Climb Earl Himes 1999
85% Bad Manners Wes 1998
44% Simon Birch Rev. Russell 1998
50% With Friends Like These Armand Minetti 1998
No Score Yet Evidence of Blood Jackson Kinley 1998
99% L.A. Confidential Pierce Patchett 1997
No Score Yet In the Gloaming Martin 1997
No Score Yet Song of Hiawatha Marcel 1997
63% Mother Night Bernard B. O'Hare 1996
No Score Yet Beyond the Call Russell Cates 1996
63% Home for the Holidays Russell Terziak 1995
84% Dolores Claiborne Joe St. George 1995
45% Losing Isaiah Charles Lewin 1995
56% The River Wild Tom 1994
55% A Dangerous Woman Getso 1993
75% The Firm Ray McDeere 1993
71% Lost in Yonkers Johnny 1993
No Score Yet Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing Narrator 1993
No Score Yet The American Clock Young Arthur Huntington 1993
100% Passion Fish Rennie 1992
78% Sneakers Whistler 1992
97% Bob Roberts Bug's Attorney Mack Laflin 1992
78% A League of Their Own Ira Lowenstein 1992
No Score Yet Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even Keith 1992
50% Shadows and Fog Actor 1992
94% City of Hope Asteroid 1991
No Score Yet Without Warning: The James Brady Story Dr. Arthur Korine 1991
No Score Yet O Pioneers Carl Linstrum 1991
No Score Yet Son of the Morning Star Actor 1991
No Score Yet Judgment Father Frank Aubert 1990
67% Memphis Belle Commanding Officer 1990
No Score Yet Heat Wave Bill 1990
No Score Yet Day One J. Robert Oppenheimer 1989
No Score Yet The Feud The Stranger 1989
86% Eight Men Out Eddie Cicotte 1988
No Score Yet Call Me Sam 1988
80% Dominick and Eugene Martin Chernak 1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars Charlie 1988
94% Matewan: A Luta Final Sid Hatfield 1987
No Score Yet Broken Vows Stuart Chase 1986
87% At Close Range Tony Pine 1986
No Score Yet When Nature Calls (The Outdoorsters) Weejun 1985
89% The Brother from Another Planet Man In Black 1984
No Score Yet Iceman Dr. Singe 1984
74% Silkwood Wesley 1983
40% Lovesick Marvin Zuckerman 1983
No Score Yet Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Jerry 1983
81% Return of the Secaucus Seven Ron 1980


40% Interrogation
Henry Fisher 2020
70% McMafia
Semiyon Kleiman 2018
69% Z: The Beginning of Everything
Judge Anthony Dickerson Sayre 2017
91% The Blacklist
The Director 2015
81% Alphas
Dr. Lee Rosen Dr. Leigh Rosen 2012
91% House
Nash 2010
No Score Yet American Experience
J. Robert Oppenheimer 2009
90% Monk
Patrick Kloster 2008
No Score Yet American Masters
Narrator 2005
92% The Sopranos
Robert Wegler 2004
No Score Yet Wiseguy
Matthew Stemkowsky Stem 1990


Edward R. Murrow says: We're gonna go with the story, because the terror is in this room.

Admiral William Stenz says: This alpha predator of yours doctor, do you really think he has a chance?

Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza says: The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around. Let them fight.

Edward R. Murrow says: You always were yellea.

Fred Friendly says: Yeah well it's better than being red.

Noah Vosen says: Perhaps we can arrange a meet.

Jason Bourne says: Where are you know?

Jason Bourne says: Where are you now?

Noah Vosen says: I'm sitting in my office.

Jason Bourne says: I doubt that.

Noah Vosen says: Why would you doubt that?

Jason Bourne says: If you were in your office right now we'd be having this conversation face to face.

William Seward says: It's ither the amendment or this confederate peace, you can not have both.

William Seward says: It's either the amendment or this confederate peace, you can not have both.

Henry says: Now, I'm content to watch Sadie racing daylight, trying to reach my arms before the light fads behind the trees.

Henry says: You know when people hang around like this, you have to think that their waiting for something.

Henry says: It's like a game of chess. But that's a game that should only be played on a board, not with people, don't you think?

Henry says: There was this lady from West Virginia, her name was Brown. Had twenty three children and sixteen of them were boys. All joined the Union Army and all gone.

Jason Bourne says: Get some rest Pam. You look tired.

Noah Vosen says: He's looking right at her!

Jason Bourne says: Where are you now?

Noah Vosen says: I'm sitting in my office.

Jason Bourne says: I doubt that.

Noah Vosen says: Why would you doubt that?

Jason Bourne says: If you were in your office right now we'd be having this conversation face-to-face.

Jason Bourne says: You didn't really think I was coming to Tudor City, did you?

Noah Vosen says: No. I guess not.

Edward R. Murrow says: Good night, and good luck.

Ira Lowenstein says: Great game, Jimmy. I especially liked that move in the seventh inning when you scratched your balls for an hour.

Jimmy Dugan says: Well, anything worth doing is worth doing right. [spits]

Judge James Horton says: let justice be done, though heavens fall

Judge James Horton says: Let justice be done though the heavens fall.

Edward R. Murrow says: Good night, and good luck.

Edward R. Murrow says: We will not walk in fear, one of another.