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Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words

"Release day for this new book on Steppenwolf Theatre. Proud to have co founded this company with my pals 42 years ago." -GS

Summary from Amazon: "In 1974, a group of determined, young high school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, eventually taking residence in the basement of a church in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Thus began their unlikely journey to become one of the most prominent theatre companies in the world.

This is the first book to chronicle this iconic theatre company, offering an account of its early years and development, its work, and the methodologies that have made it one of the most influential ensemble theatres today."

Now Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

And check out this short film on Steppenwolf Theatre's history with the National Endowment For The Arts:

U.S. Army

Happy Birthday US Army! It was an honor to play a member of the 9th Infantry Division. God bless America

Bagram Air Base Afghanistan

Ten years ago on the flight line at Bagram Air Base Afghanistan. Troops continuing the mission today in Americas longest war. As we approach Memorial Day May 30, we pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in defense of our nation, those who have served or are currently serving, and the families who stand strong and sacrifice alongside them. And let us try to make each day a day of honor and remembrance for these brave defenders of freedom. We will not forget.

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John Frankenheimer Tribute

John Frankenheimer

Today, legendary film director John Frankenheimer would have been 86 years old. I had the great pleasure of working with John three times. First in 1997 on the TNT Mini Series George Wallace, again in 1999/2000 on Reindeer Games and briefly, repeating my performance as George Wallace in a scene in his final film, Path to War. John died too young, at age 72, shortly after finishing this film, 14 years ago, on July 6, 2002. He was a remarkable director to work with and a very dear friend. I was fortunate to know him for the last five years of his life and he made a tremendous impact on me during those five years. He was so filled with love for film and had so much more to give. I looked forward to working with him again. I miss him very much.

John Frankenheimer and Gary Sinise

His career spanned the decades giving us some of films great classics. The Manchurian Candidate, Birdman of Alcatraz, Seven Days in May, The Train, Black Sunday.

Great mini-series and television films such as Andersonville and The Burning Season, and so many others including one of his final films, Ronin, with Robert DeNiro.

I had the great privilege of co-producing and directing, with John Manulis, his tribute at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) a few weeks after his death. For the event, we put together this short film using some of the extraordinary photos he and his family had collected over the years during his incredible career, and many of the letters that poured in to his dear wife Evans.

So, for his 86th birthday, for the many fans of his movies, for film students everywhere, for all lovers of film, and for anyone who misses a close friend, I share this with you. I am sending John much love today, sending many prayers for him and his family, and all the actor pals he is directing once again in Heaven, and a very Happy 86th Birthday wish to my dear friend.

I hope you enjoy the following speech I made the evening of his DGA memorial, and the video tribute to the great John Frankenheimer.