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Gary Sinise


Gary Sinise is an actor, director, producer, musician, and humanitarian from the United States. Gary Sinise is well-known for his versatile acting career in film, television, and theatre. Some of his notable film roles include Lieutenant Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump” (1994), Ken Mattingly in “Apollo 13” (1995), and Detective Jimmy Shaker in “Ransom” (1996).

Early Life

Gary Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, the United States, on March 17, 1955. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Pisces and is currently 68 years old.

His full name is Gary Alan Sinise and he holds American nationality. He has his belief in Christianity and belongs to a mixed ethnicity of Italian, German, Swedish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, and French descent.

He was born to his parents; Robert L. Sinise and Mylles Sinise. Moreover, his father is a film editor. In addition, he has two siblings; a brother named Craig and a sister named Lori.

Caption: Gary Sinise with his father (Source: Facebook)

Gary Sinise – Education

Talking about his academics, he went to Glenbard West High School. Later, he attended Highland Park High School from which he graduated in 1974. Moreover, he enrolled at Illinois State University.

Professional Career

Gary Sinise started his professional journey as an uncredited extra in the 1978 American comedy film “A Wedding.” Then, he starred in one episode of the soap opera “Knots Landing” in 1980.

Later, he started on stage with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1983 when he directed and starred in a production of Sam Shepard’s “True West” for which he earned an Obie Award.

In 1985, he and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company received the Regional Theatre Tony Award. He has garnered Tony Award nominations for his roles in “The Grapes of Wrath” (1988) and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (2001).

Later, he played George Milton in the historical drama “Of Mice and Men,” which was released on October 2, 1992. He was also the film’s producer and director. The critically praised picture was screened at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’ that year. It also got him a nomination for the ‘Palme d’Or’ award.

Rose to Fame

He played Lieutenant Dan Taylor in the romance drama “Forrest Gump,” which was released in theatres across the United States on July 6, 1994. The movie, which was starring Tom Hanks, was Sinise’s first of three collaborations with Hanks.

The picture received critical praise and made $677.9 million at the box office, becoming the year’s highest-grossing North American movie.

Caption: The poster of romance drama Forrest Gump (Source: IMDb)

The film’s success boosted Sinise’s professional career. He again collaborated with Hanks  in two dramas; the 1995 space docu-drama “Apollo 13” and the 1999 fantasy crime-drama “The Green Mile.” Both of the dramas became critical and commercial hits.

In September 1995, he was cast as Harry S Truman in the award-winning HBO TV movie “Truman.” For his role in the movie, he won several awards and nominations. Similarly, he played the titular role of former Governor of Alabama George C Wallace in the TV movie “George Wallace” which was aired on August 24, 1997 on TNT network.

Continued appearing successful projects

He was cast in his first regular TV series when he played Detective Mac Taylor in the police procedural series “CSI: NY.” Moreover, he appeared in all nine seasons of the series. The series started on ‘CBS’ on September 22, 2004, and lasted for 197 episodes, finishing on February 22, 2013.

He has been recognized as a producer on “CSI: NY” since its second season. Moreover, he also created and acted in the police procedural television show “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”‘ which aired on ‘CBS’ for two seasons, from March 16, 2016, to May 17, 2017. On October 30, the same year, he was appointed as the ‘Grand Marshal’ of the ‘Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade’, which took place on January 1, 2018.

Over the years, he has been in several important films. Among them are the 1996 American criminal thriller “Ransom,” the 1998 American conspiracy thriller “Snake Eyes,” the 2000 science-fiction adventure “Mission to Mars,” and the 2000 crime thriller “Reindeer Games.”

He has also tried his hand at voice acting, appearing in films like “Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D” (2005), “Open Season” (2006), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), and “Beyond Glory” (2016).

Gary Sinise – Awards

Caption: Gary Sinise in Hollywood Walk of Fame (Source: The American Legion)

Moreover, he has won a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Tony, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Sinise has also garnered multiple awards and recognition for his humanitarian efforts and engagement with charitable organizations.

Net Worth

Sinise’s net worth is expected to be approximately $40 million in 2023, gained from his successful professional career. In addition, he earned around $15 million each year from his professional career. In addition, he earned around $275k for each episode from ‘CSI.’

Relationship Status

In 1981, Gary Sinise married his longtime girlfriend Moira Harris, a former actress. With the marriage, the couple has three children: two daughters Sophie Sinise, and Ella Sinise, and a son named McCanna Anthony Sinise.

Caption: Gary Sinise’s family photo (Source: ABC News)

The couple has a solid relationship with one other, and there is no news of a divorce. Sinise has successfully avoided rumours and scandals in his personal and professional life.

Body Measurements

Caption: Gary Sinise with his friend (Source: People)

The handsome actor is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 85 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of green eyes with black hair colour and he wears a shoe size of 10 US.

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@garysiniseofficial’ there are over 304k followers. Likewise, there are over 711.5k followers on his Twitter page ‘@GarySinise’ and over 2 million followers on his Facebook page. He also runs a YouTube channel named ‘@GarySiniseFoundation’ and has over 28.6k subscribers on it.