THE BIG BOUNCE
GARY SINISE's (Ray Ritchie) portrayal of Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump made him a mainstream movie star and earned him nominations for both Academy and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Board of Review and the Commander's Award from the Disabled American Veterans. After that career-changing performance, Sinise went on to starring roles in the acclaimed
Apollo 13 opposite Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon; the thriller Ransom, with Mel Gibson and Rene Russo; and Brian DePalma's psychological thriller
Sinise was most recently seen in The Human Stain and Gary Fleder's sci-fi thriller
Imposter. Before that, Sinise has been seen in the ensemble drama It's the
Rage, John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games, Brian DePalma's Mission to
Mars, and Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. His additional film credits include
A Midnight Clear, Kevin Spacey's directorial debut Albino Alligator, Jack the Bear
and The Quick and the Dead.
Sinise 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 films were screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
On television, he recently starred in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm Fallen
Angel. Before that, he was seen in Path to War on HBO, directed by John Frankenheimer. Other television credits include Showtime's adaptation of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play
That Champion Season, directed by Paul Sorvino, 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 18, 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 earned 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. He starred as Stanley Kowalski in
A Streetcar Named Desire, and most recently in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Steppenwolf, as well as at the Barbican Theatre in London, before bringing the production to Broadway in April 2001.
In 1996, Sinise 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 Tony's, including one for best director. His other directing credits include
Orphans, Tracers, Frank's Wild Years with Tom Waits, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Waiting for Parade, Action, Road to Nirvana,
and Landscape of the Body at The Second Stage in New York.
He is busy filming his next project, The Forgotten, a thriller with Julianne Moore.
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