Birth Date: March 17, 1955 / Age: 61
Birth Place: Illinois
Biography: Gary Sinise, born on March 17, 1955 in Blue Island, Illinois, is an American actor and film director. Sinise was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 for his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump. He won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for his role in Truman. In 1998 Sinise was awarded an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for George Wallace.
In 1973 Sinise and two friends, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, founded the Steppenwolf Theatre. Since its founding, the Steppenwolf Theatre has showcased the talents of such notable actors as Kevin Anderson, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Glenne Headly, John Malkovich, and Laurie Metcalf.
At Steppenwolf, Sinise was able to hone his acting and directing skills. In 1982, Sinise's career began to take off when he directed and starred in Steppenwolf's production of True West. In 1983, he earned an Obie Award for his direction and a year later appeared with John Malkovich in the PBS' American Playhouse production of the play.
Sinise has also appeared in Of Mice and Men, Apollo 13, Ransom, The Green Mile, Reindeer Games, Mission to Mars, and The Stand. He has been married to actress Moira Harris since 1981 and they have three children together.
Since 2003 he has been involved with the Lieutenant Dan Band, performing for charities and non-profit organisations including the United Service Organizations and Operation Iraqi Children.
In 2004, he began his first regular television series, in the crime drama CSI: New York.
Sinise has appeared in three movies with Tom Hanks; Forrest Gump, The Green Mile and Apollo 13.