Date of Birth: March 17th 1955
Emmy and Golden Globe winning, Golden Palm and Academy Award nominated American actor and film director. In 1992, he directed the film and played the role of George Milton in the movie adaption of Of Mice and Men. 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 1996, he played a corrupt cop in the Ron Howard dramatic hit Ransom. In 1998, Sinise was awarded an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for George Wallace.
Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois. He attended Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois. In 1974, Sinise and two friends, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Since its founding, Steppenwolf has showcased the talents of such notable actors as Kevin Anderson, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Glenne Headly, John Malkovich, Jim True-Frost and Laurie Metcalf. At Steppenwolf, Sinise was able to hone his acting and directing skills.
Sinise has also appeared in Forrest Gump, Of Mice and Men, Apollo 13, Reindeer Games, Mission to Mars, The Stand and Impostor. He has starred in two adaptations of John Steinbeck novels, Of Mice and Men, which he also directed, as well as the television broadcast version of The Grapes of Wrath. He also narrated the audio books for Travels with Charley and Of Mice and Men and is reportedly a great Steinbeck fan. Sinise once directed an episode of Thirtysomething, where his friend Terry Kinney had a recurring role.
In 2004, he began his first regular television series, in the crime drama CSI: New York, in which he plays Detective Mac Taylor. Sinise's musical prowess is demonstrated in CSI: NY season 2 episode 14, where, in the last moments of the episode, he plays the bass guitar in a jazz club with musicians Kimo and Carol Williams. Kimo Williams is a real life friend outside of television, and they belong to a band called the Lt. Dan Band, which frequently plays for the USO and other events dedicated to the United States Armed Forces worldwide.
Sinise has been actively supporting United States troops and has plans of going to Iraq to show his appreciation. Most recently, he has donated $35,000 in support of a veterans hospital.