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David Strathairn

Highest Rated:   100% Temple Grandin (2010)
Lowest Rated:   0% November Criminals (2017)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% November Criminals
  • Theo Schacht
2017
22% American Pastoral
  • Nathan Zuckerman
$0.6M 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs
  • Richard
2016
64% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Ty Burley
$39M 2015
74% Godzilla
  • Admiral William Stenz
$173M 2014
71% No God, No Master
  • William Flynn
2014
6% Maladies
  • Delmar
2014
No Score Yet Lincoln@Gettysburg
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Root
  • Actor
2013
90% Lincoln
  • William Seward
$129.5M 2012
56% The Bourne Legacy
  • Noah Vosen
$113.2M 2012
56% Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • John Dos Passo
2012
74% The Whistleblower
  • Peter Ward
$0.9M 2011
31% The Tempest
  • King Alonso
$0.3M 2010
62% 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
  • Producer
  • Finn
2008
80% The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Arthur Spiderwick
$71.2M 2008
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
$28.6k 2007
93% The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Noah Vosen
$227.4M 2007
No Score Yet Racing Daylight
  • Henry
2007
No Score Yet Steel Toes
  • Danny Dunckelman
2007
48% My Blueberry Nights
  • Arnie
$0.8M 2007
71% Fracture
  • Joe Lobruto
$39M 2007
49% We Are Marshall
  • President Dedmon
$43.6M 2006
No Score Yet Heavens Fall
  • Judge James Horton
2006
56% 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
81% 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 The 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
62% Mother Night
  • Bernard B. O'Hare
1996
No Score Yet Beyond the Call
  • Russell Cates
1996
63% Home for the Holidays
  • Russell Terziak
1995
83% Dolores Claiborne
  • Joe St. George
1995
45% Losing Isaiah
  • Charles Lewin
1995
57% The River Wild
  • Tom
1994
60% 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
100% Passion Fish
  • Rennie
1992
81% Sneakers
  • Whistler
1992
100% 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
64% 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
100% Dominick and Eugene
  • Martin Chernak
1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars
  • Charlie
1988
93% Matewan: A Luta Final
  • Sid Hatfield
1987
No Score Yet Broken Vows
  • Stuart Chase
1986
86% At Close Range
  • Tony Pine
1986
No Score Yet When Nature Calls (The Outdoorsters)
  • Weejun
1985
92% The Brother from Another Planet
  • Man In Black
1984
No Score Yet Iceman
  • Dr. Singe
1984
75% Silkwood
  • Wesley
1983
40% Lovesick
  • Marvin Zuckerman
1983
81% Return of the Secaucus Seven
  • Ron
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
70% Z: The Beginning of Everything
2015
  • Judge Anthony Dickerson Sayre
  • 2017
  • 2015
85% The Blacklist
2013
  • The Director
  • 2015
87% Alphas
2011-2012
  • Dr. Lee Rosen Dr. Leigh Rosen
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Nash
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • 2009
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Patrick Kloster
  • 2008
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • 2005
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Robert Wegler
  • 2004

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