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Gary Sinise

Highest Rated:   96% Of Mice and Men (1992)
Lowest Rated:   16% The Big Bounce (2004)
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Birthplace:   Blue Island, Illinois
A founding member of the Chicago's influential Steppenwolf Theatre Company (along with Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry) when he was barely 19, Gary Sinise made his professional acting debut at the age of 17 in a 1973 production of The Physicist. Sinise himself would sum up his career best by noting that the secret to a successful career is not to focus on taking off like a rocket, but to "always keep the engine running." With a prolific and well-defined career on each side of the camera in addition to his stage work, keeping the engine running is precisely what Sinise has done, and that engine has been well maintained.Born March 17th, 1955 in Blue Island, IL, Sinise's attraction to the stage was supported early on through the encouragement of Barbara Patterson, his high school drama teacher. After a role in West Side Story, Sinise's love for the stage was set in stone, leading him to found the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he would meet his future wife, actress Moira Harris. Initially based in a church basement, the Steppenwolf quickly grew in stature and respectability, serving as the breeding ground for such talents as John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf, and earning critical praise with productions like Sam Shepard's True West, which would eventually become the company's Broadway debut. Sinise's film and television career began as a director on such television series' as Crime Story and thirtysomething, eventually leading to his feature directorial debut with the rural drama Miles From Home (starring fellow Steppenwolfers Metcalf and Malkovich) and his feature acting debut in the haunting war drama A Midnight Clear (1991). Sinise's love for the stage resurfaced with his ambitious 1992 remake of Of Mice and Men (in which he also starred, again with fellow Steppenwolf alum Malkovich, in the roles they had both portrayed on stage).But it was his performance as the physically crippled and emotionally shattered Lt. Dan in Robert Zemeckis' blockbuster Forrest Gump (1994) that brought Sinise to light as an actor of considerable talent. His sensitive portrait of a once invincible soldier reduced to a pathetic self-pitying ghost of his own former glory was the perfect vessel for the actor's quiet intensity and florid emotional capabilities, and brought him the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. That same year Sinise had a starring role in the long-anticipated television adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic thriller The Stand.Sinise continued to display his dramatic abilities through the '90s, rejoining Gump co-star Tom Hanks in Ron Howard's Apollo 13 and starring as both Harry S. Truman and George Wallace in the biopics Truman (1995) (for which he won a Cable Ace Award and a Golden Globe) and George Wallace (1997) (for which he won an Emmy). With minor appearances in The Green Mile and Being John Malkovich (both 1999), Sinise brought in the year 2000 in a sci-fi mode, with Brian De Palma's existential thriller Mission to Mars and as a weapons engineer with questionable motives in Imposter. Throughout the next decade Sinise worked in a variety of films including The Big Bounce, The Human Stain, and The Forgotten. However he had is most visible role on the small screen when he was cast as the male lead in the third of the popular CSI series, CSI: NY. In 2006 he brought his theater trained voice to the animated Open Season.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Beyond Glory
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Finding Noah
  • Narrator
2015
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Smithsonian Narrator
$228.7M 2014
No Score Yet Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
  • Narrator
2014
No Score Yet Chicago Cubs: The Heart and Soul of Chicago
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet WWII in HD: The Air War
  • Actor
2010
70% Brothers at War
  • Executive Producer
$33.6k 2009
No Score Yet We Believe
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet When We Left Earth
  • Actor
2008
48% Open Season
  • Shaw
$84.3M 2006
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • Gene Cernan
$32.6M 2005
31% The Forgotten
  • Dr. Jack Munce
$66.7M 2004
41% Made-Up
  • Duncan Tivey
2004
74% This Old Cub
  • Actor
2004
16% The Big Bounce
  • Ray Ritchie
$6.4M 2004
No Score Yet Fallen Angel
  • Terry McQuinn
2003
43% The Human Stain
  • Nathan Zuckerman
2003
No Score Yet A Gentleman's Game
  • Foster Pearse
2002
No Score Yet Path to War
  • George Wallace
2002
22% Impostor
  • Producer
  • Spence
$5.3M 2002
No Score Yet Bruno
  • Dino
2000
25% Mission to Mars
  • Jim McConnell
2000
27% It's the Rage
  • Norton Morgan
2000
25% Reindeer Games (Deception)
  • Gabriel
2000
80% The Green Mile
  • Burt
1999
No Score Yet Inside the Space Shuttle
  • Narrator
1999
40% Snake Eyes
  • Cdr. Kevin Dunne
1998
No Score Yet George Wallace
  • George Wallace
1997
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
1997
75% Ransom
  • Jimmy Shaker
1996
44% Albino Alligator
  • Milo
1996
88% Truman
  • Truman
1995
95% Apollo 13
  • Ken Mattingly
1995
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Marshal
1995
72% Forrest Gump
  • Lt. Dan Taylor
$0.5M 1994
29% Jack the Bear
  • Norman Strick
1993
96% Of Mice and Men
  • Director
  • George
  • Producer
1992
87% A Midnight Clear
  • Mother Wilkins
1992
No Score Yet The Witness
  • Actor
$0.5M 1992
No Score Yet My Name Is Bill W.
  • Ebby
1989
No Score Yet Miles from Home
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • Director
  • Austin
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
2016
  • Jack Garrett
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Jack Garrett
  • 2015
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Mac Taylor
  • 2013
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Screenwriter
  • Mac Taylor Det. Mac Taylor
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 1993
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Det. Mac Taylor
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Sid
  • 1995
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor

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