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Gary Sinise's portrayal of Lt. Dan in the Academy Award-winning film, "Forrest Gump," made him a mainstream movie star and earned him nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and 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 for the role as well. He went on to take starring roles in "Apollo 13," "Ransom" and "Snake Eyes." Most recently, he appeared on the big screen in "The Forgotten" and "The Human Stain," and provided the voice of Shaw in the animated feature, "Open Season." His additional film credits include Gary Fleder's sci-fi thriller "Imposter," "It's The Rage," John Frankenheimer's "Reindeer Games," Brian DePalma's "Mission To Mars," Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile," "A Midnight Clear," "Albino Alligator," "Jack The Bear," "The Quick And The Dead" and "The Big Bounce." Sinise was born in Blue Island, Ill. After graduating from high school in Highland Park at the age of 18, he co-founded Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago, along with friends Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, where he served as Artistic Director for seven years. Since its founding, Steppenwolf has showcased the talents of many notable actors and, now in its fourth decade as a professional theater company, has received unprecedented national and international recognition from the media, theater critics, and audiences alike. Sinise starred in more than a dozen productions at the renowned Steppenwolf theater, including the role of Tom Joad in "The Grapes Of Wrath," for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award, "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 Randle Patrick McMurphy in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" at Steppenwolf, the Barbican Theatre in London, and then on Broadway, earning him another Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. Sinise directed and co-starred with John Malkovich in the landmark production of Sam Shepard's "True West" at Steppenwolf and Off-Broadway, where he won an Obie Award for Best Director. Also, 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 Tony Awards, including one for Sinise for Best Director. His other directing credits include "Tracers," "Frank's Wild Years," "The Miss Firecracker Contest," "Waiting For Parade," "Action," "Road To Nirvana" and "Landscape Of The Body." He received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction of Lyle Kessler's "Orphans," which also played off-Broadway and in London. Sinise made his mark as a feature film director with "Of Mice And Men," which he co-produced and co-starred in, as well as "Miles From Home." Both were screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. On television, Sinise, a four-time SAG Award nominee, starred in "Path To War" and "That Championship Season." He won Screen Actors Guild, CableACE and Golden Globe Awards for his performance in "Truman," and Screen Actors Guild, CableACE and Emmy Awards for his performance in "George Wallace." He also starred in "My Name Is Bill W," "The Stand" and "Fallen Angel." Sinise narrated the mini-series "When We Left Earth," the 10-part docudrama "WWII in HD," the Chicago Cubs documentary, "We Believe," and the audio books for John Steinbeck's "Travels With Charley" and "Of Mice And Men." Sinise was an executive producer for the film, "Brothers At War," a rare look at the bonds and service of our soldiers on the frontlines, and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind. He was the subject of the Fox News documentary, "On the Road in Iraq with Our Troops and Gary Sinise," which highlighted his fourth USO tour to the country. He is also the subject of the feature length documentary, "Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good," a film about remembering those who serve, those who are willing to lay down their lives for others and those who are left behind. In 2008, he received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. He is only the second actor, and one of only 110 people in history, to receive the honor. As a result of Sinise's first two trips to Iraq, he started Operation International Children with Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand, which has worked with schools in the U.S., corporate sponsors and People to People International to supply the military with more than a quarter million school supply kits, and more than a half million toys, thousands of blankets, backpacks, pairs of shoes, Arabic-language books and sets of sports equipment to provide to children in conflict areas. Sinise serves as the spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Foundation, which is building a memorial for America's three million living disabled military veterans. He was involved in raising funds for the Pentagon Memorial located southwest of the Pentagon in Arlington County, Va., as well as funds to build the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in KeySpan Park, NY. In addition, Sinise launched the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor the Nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. The foundation provides and supports unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. Some of the many programs include relief for wounded warriors, entertainment for service members and their families, school supplies for children where U.S. troops are deployed, and scholarships for veterans. The foundation supports and promotes several quality organizations, some of which include The United Service Organization (USO), Operation International Children, Snowball Express, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial, Fisher House Foundation, People to People International, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, TAPS-Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, The FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, Hope For The Warriors, The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, The Navy Seal Foundation, and Disabled American Veterans. He received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters for his work in theater and film as a producer, director and actor from Amherst College, and an Honorary Degree of the Doctor of Fine Arts from California State University Stanislaus. Also, Sinise hosts via video the Epcot ride, "Mission: Space," at Walt Disney World in Florida. Gary has been married to actress Moira Harris since 1981, and they have three children: Sophia, McCanna and Ella. His birth date is March 17. Follow him on Twitter @garysinise.