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GARY SINISE plays astronaut Jim McConnell whose entire life's work has been devoted to becoming the first man on Mars, but instead he becomes the co-pilot on a more important mission, to rescue the Mars One team.

His portrayal of Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump" made him a mainstream movie star, and earned him nominations for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Board of Review and the Commander's Award from the Disabled American Veterans. He then went on to take starring roles in the acclaimed "Apollo 13" opposite Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon; the thriller "Ransom" with Mel Gibson and Rene Russo; and in Brian De Palma's psychological thriller "Snake Eyes." He most recently appeared in Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile."

Mr. Sinise's forthcoming films include John Frankenheimer's "Reindeer Games," Gary Fleder's sci-fi thriller "Impostor," "Bruno," a comedy-drama directed by Shirley Maclame; and the ensemble drama "All the Rage." His additional film credits include "A Midnight Clear," Kevin Spacey's directorial debut "Albino Alligator," "Jack the Bear" and "The Quick and the Dead."

He has also made his mark as a feature film director with "Of Mice and Men," which he co-produced and co-starred in with John Malkovich, and "Miles from Home" starring Richard Gere, Kevin Anderson, Helen Hunt and John Malkovich. Both were screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

On television, he recently starred in the Showtime adaptation of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play "That Championship Season" directed by Paul Sorvino. Other television credits include award- winning performances in "Truman" (Golden Globe, CableACE and Screen Actors Guild) and John Frankenheimer's "George Wallace" (Screen Actors Guild, Emmy and CableACE), as well as "My Name Is Bill W." with James Woods and Stephen King's "The Stand."

At the age of 1 8, the Chicago native co-founded The Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago (along with Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry), where he served as artistic director for seven years. He has since starred in over a dozen productions at the renowned theatre including the role of Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath," for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award; as well as "True West " "Balm in Gilead " "Streamers" and "The Caretaker." He received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Marsha Norman's "Getting Out" at Chicago's Wisdom Theatre. Most recently, he starred as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar named Desire" and in spring 2000 he will star in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at Steppenwolf.

In 1996, he directed Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" which kicked off Steppenwolf's 20th anniversary and continued with a successful run on Broadway where it was nominated for five Tonys, including one for Best Director. He also directed "True West" at Steppenwolf and in New York, where he won an Obie Award for directing. In Chicago, his production of "Orphans" earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director. The same production enjoyed a successful run in New York and also in London. His other directing efforts include "Tracers," "Frank's Wild Years " "The Miss Firecracker Contest," "Waiting for the Parade," "Action," "Road to Nirvana" and "Landscape of the Body" at the Second Stage in New York.


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