Gary Sinise is an actor, director, musician, and philanthropist. He has won awards for acting and been honored for his work on behalf of soldier and veterans. He became memorable and award winning for his performances in Of Mice and Men, Forrest Gump, and Truman among other films. His work on behalf of others is inspirational.
Gary Sinise was born in 1955 in Blue Island, Illinois. After high school, he attended Illinois State University. In 1974, he was one of the founding members of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He acted and directed and his direction earned won a Joseph Jefferson Award. He went from Chicago to New York City and then to London where he worked on over thirty of the company’s productions.
In 1988, Sinise directed the film Miles from Home. He went on to star in and collaborate on many films. He narrated audiobooks and in 2004 began starring on television series. He wrote episodes of CSI: New York and was credited as a producer on multiple seasons. In 2003, he co-founded Lt. Dan Band. In addition to other work, he co-founded Operation Iraqi Children to support soldiers helping kids and rebuilding schools in Iraq.
Sinise supports several veterans’ organizations, as does his band, Lt. Dan Band. He performs on USO tours at military bases around the world. He is, also, on the Advisory Council of Hope For The Warriors. He serves as the national spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. In 2012, he was made an honorary U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. In 2013, he was named an honorary U.S. Marine as well. Awards and honors for his work have continued to be given.
Sinise married his wife Moira in 1981. They have three daughters. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters by Amherst College. He has, also, been awarded the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal.
Gary Sinise has shown his talent on screen and has worked on behalf of others in multiple capacities. Be inspired! Have a bright day!