Gary Sinise

Highest Rated: 100% CinemAbility (2018)
Lowest Rated: 16% The Big Bounce (2004)
Birthday: Mar 17, 1955
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.


Highest Rated Movies



25% Sgt. Will Gardner Larry 2019
100% CinemAbility Actor 2018
No Score Yet Lifeline: Pearl Harbor's Unknown Hero Actor 2018
No Score Yet Steve McQueen: American Icon Narrator 2017
No Score Yet Beyond Glory Actor 2016
No Score Yet Finding Noah Narrator 2015
90% 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 $84.4M 2006
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Gene Cernan $32.6M 2005
32% 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
42% 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 Spence Producer $5.3M 2002
20% Bruno Dino 2000
25% Mission to Mars Jim McConnell 2000
27% It's the Rage Norton Morgan 2000
25% Reindeer Games (Deception) Gabriel 2000
79% 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
76% Ransom Jimmy Shaker 1996
50% Albino Alligator Milo 1996
88% Truman Truman 1995
95% Apollo 13 Ken Mattingly 1995
57% The Quick and the Dead Marshal 1995
72% Forrest Gump Lt. Dan Taylor $330.1M 1994
29% Jack the Bear Norman Strick 1993
97% Of Mice and Men Producer George Director 1992
88% 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
60% Miles from Home Director 1988
No Score Yet American Playhouse Director Austin 1986


25% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Jack Garrett Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
  • 2017
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 2016
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Jack Garrett
  • 2015
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Mac Taylor
  • 2013
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Mac Taylor Det. Mac Taylor Screenwriter Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
  • 2012
  • 1993
No Score Yet Colbert Report
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Det. Mac Taylor
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2000
94% Frasier
Voice of Sid
  • 1995
78% The Stand
Stu Redman
  • 1994
85% Thirtysomething
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Austin Director
  • 1984
No Score Yet Great Performances