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Career

2017

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

as Jack Garrett(2016 - 2017)

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Also starring Alana De La Garza, Daniel Henney, Tyler James Williams, Annie Funke

2014

Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

as Narrator

Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
Directed by Carol L. Fleisher

Medal of Honor: The History

as Narrator

Medal of Honor: The History
Directed by Nathan Haun

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

as The Smithsonian Narrator

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Also starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford

2013

CSI: NY

as Detective Mac Taylor(2004 - 2013)

CSI: NY
Created by Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker
Also starring Carmine Giovinazzo, Sela Ward, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill, Anna Belknap, Robert Joy, A.J. Buckley, Melina Kanakaredes

CSI: NY ran for nearly a decade. The series, the role and the folks I worked with were all wonderful. Being on set for that long with the same group of people starts to feel like a family. The producers and I started hosting a mid-season bash for the crew and their families with a cookout on the backlot and a Lt. Dan Band concert—each year we tried to top ourselves until, thanks to our incredible special effects crew, we brought out a full pyrotechnics show and a fireworks display. It was really special. Beyond that, however, CSI: NY afforded me the rare stability to do a lot of things. As an actor, your next job is always in question. But being on the series, knowing I did not have to worry about the next acting job during that time, allowed me to travel the world in support of our defenders. It gave me the resources to contribute to non-profit organizations and eventually establish my own foundation. And being on television every week allowed me to bring the public’s attention to many important causes. It was a blessing in so many different ways. I loved our wonderful cast and crew and will forever cherish that time.

2012

High Flight: A Voyage to the Edge of Infinity

as Gary Sinise

High Flight: A Voyage to the Edge of Infinity
Directed by Jon Tennyson

Horse Soldiers of 9/11

as Narrator

Horse Soldiers of 9/11
Directed by Alex Quade

Missions That Changed the War

as Narrator(2010 - 2012)

Missions That Changed the War
Also starring Walter Boyne, Kurt Braatz

2011

A Game of Honor

as Narrator

A Game of Honor
Directed by Peter Radovich, Jr.

Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good

as As Self

Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good
Directed by Jonathan Flora
Also starring Jon Voight, Robert Duvall, Raquel Welch, Connie Stevens

Travels with Charley in Search of America

as Audiobook Narrator

Travels with Charley in Search of America
Directed by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

as Audiobook Narrator

Of Mice and Men
Directed by John Steinbeck

2009

Beyond All Boundaries

as Ernie Pyle

Beyond All Boundaries
Directed by David Briggs
Also starring Kevin Bacon, Corbin Bleu, Patricia Clarkson

World War II in HD

as Narrator

World War II in HD
Also starring Franklin D. Roosevelt (archive footage), Charles Scheffel, Justin Bartha, Ron Livingston, Rob Lowe

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

as Narrator(2008 - 2009)

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Also starring Gene Kranz, Buzz Aldrin

We Believe: Chicago and Its Cubs

as Narrator

We Believe: Chicago and Its Cubs
Directed by John Scheinfeld
Also starring Lou Piniella, Ron Santo

Brothers at War

as Executive Producer

Brothers at War
Directed by Jake Rademacher
Also starring Jake Rademacher, Isaac Rademacher, Joe Rademacher

Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume III

as Audiobook Narrator

Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume III
Directed by Stephen King

On the Road in Iraq with Our Troops and Gary Sinise

as Gary Sinise

On the Road in Iraq with Our Troops and Gary Sinise
Directed by Jonathan Flora
Also starring Jonathan Flora, Kimo Williams

2006

Open Season

as Shaw

Open Season
Directed by Roger Allers, Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi
Also starring Ashton Kutcher, Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing, Billy Connolly

2005

CSI: Miami

as Mac Taylor(2004 - 2005)

CSI: Miami
Created by Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker
Also starring David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn, Jonathan Togo, Eva LaRue, Khandi Alexander

2004

The Forgotten

as Dr. Jack Munce

The Forgotten
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Also starring Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Christopher Kovaleski

The Big Bounce

as Ray Ritchie

The Big Bounce
Directed by George Armitage
Also starring Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen

2003

Fallen Angel

as Terry McQuinn

Fallen Angel
Directed by Michael Switzer
Also starring Joely Richardson, Gordon Pinsent

The Human Stain

as Nathan Zuckerman

The Human Stain
Directed by Robert Benton
Also starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris

Mission: Space

as Capcom

Mission: Space
Directed by Peter Hastings
Also starring Parminder Nagra

2002

A Gentleman's Game

as Foster Pearse

A Gentleman's Game
Directed by J. Mills Goodloe
Also starring Mason Gamble, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker

Hideous Man

as Hideous Man

Directed by John Malkovich
Also starring John Malkovich, Camilla Rutherford, Arielle Dombasle

Path to War

as George Wallace

Path to War
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Also starring Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill, James Frain

Made-Up

as Duncan Tivey

Made-Up
Directed by Tony Shalhoub
Also starring Brooke Adams, Lynne Adams, Eva Amurri Martino, Kalen Conover, Light Rand

2001

Impostor

as Spencer Olham

Impostor
Directed by Gary Fleder
Also starring Shane Brolly, Vincent D'Onofrio, Madeleine Stowe

2000

The Dress Code

as Dino Battaglia

The Dress Code
Directed by Shirley MacLaine
Also starring Alex D. Linz, Shirley MacLaine

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

as Randle P. McMurphy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Directed by Terry Kinney
Also starring K. Todd Freeman, Mariann Mayberry, Amy Morton, Rick Snyder

Mission to Mars

as Jim McConnell

Mission to Mars
Directed by Brian De Palma
Also starring Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Connie Nielsen, Jerry O'Connell

Reindeer Games

as Gabriel

Reindeer Games
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Also starring Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron, James Frain, Dana Stubblefield, Mark Acheson

1999

The Green Mile

as Burt Hammersmith

The Green Mile
Directed by Frank Darabont
Also starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell

That Championship Season

as Tom Daley

That Championship Season
Directed by Paul Sorvino
Also starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Terry Kinney, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Sorvino

It's the Rage

as Morgan

It's the Rage
Directed by James D. Stern
Also starring Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Robert Forster, Andre Braugher, Bokeem Woodbine

1998

Snake Eyes

as Tom Daley

Snake Eyes
Directed by Brian De Palma
Also starring Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Stan Shaw

1997

George Wallace

as George C. Wallace

George Wallace
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Also starring Mare Winningham, Clarence Williams III, Joe Don Baker, Angelina Jolie

Having just done a political biopic (Truman), I initially passed when I got a call about George Wallace. Not long after, I’m having a meeting with the legendary film director John Frankenheimer, at the Hamburger Hamlet in Brentwood of all places, talking about a project he’s working on with producer Brian Gazer called The Long Rains. Suddenly, Frankenheimer pulls out the script for George Wallace and starts talking about it. I didn’t know he was involved in the project. I took the script home, read it, and told John that I still had some reservations. He shouts, “No! No! You can’t pass on this! Let me come out to your house right now and show you some video tape and we'll talk about it some more!” Before I know it, John Frankenheimer is pulling into my driveway. He’s brought tapes and books on George Wallace and here he is, sitting in my living room, John Frankenheimer, who has worked with everybody in the world and he wants me to do this project with him, and he’s not going to take no for an answer. I’m glad he didn’t. I did the film and George Wallace ended up being one of the best experiences and certainly one of the best acting moments I’ve ever had. And John and I became fast, deep, very good friends. It was something I’ll always be grateful to him for.

A Streetcar Named Desire

as Stanley Kowalski

A Streetcar Named Desire
Directed by Terry Kinney
Also starring Kathryn Erbe, Amy Morton, Rick Snyder

1996

Ransom

as Det. Jimmy Shaker

Ransom
Directed by Ron Howard
Also starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor, Liev Schreiber, Donnie Wahlberg

I nearly turned down the role of Jimmy Shaker because I just couldn’t see myself in the guy. When I read the script I hated him. He’s just a purely evil human being. And the fact that I had young kids at the time only made me hate him all the more. But it kept nagging at me, as did the idea of passing up working with Ron [Howard] again. Eventually, I spoke with Ron about it and he was receptive to my concerns about the character. Richard Price was the very talented writer and we, Ron and I, worked with him to shape the role into something we were all satisfied with. From there, I was fully committed to embracing the darkness of Jimmy Shaker—and it was a blast. Everyone involved in the project was top-tier talent. Mel Gibson, producers Brian Grazer and Scott Rudin, a great cast and crew. In Ransom, Ron really crafted an exceptional thriller.

Albino Alligator

as Milo

Albino Alligator
Directed by Kevin Spacey
Also starring Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, William Fichtner, Viggo Mortensen

The West

as Narrator

The West
Also starring Peter Coyote, Philip Bosco, Murphy Guyer

1995

Buried Child

as Director

Buried Child
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Lois Smith, Leo Burmester, James Gammon, Ethan Hawke, Ted Levine, Jim Mohr, Kellie Overbey

Truman

as Harry S. Truman

Truman
Directed by Frank Pierson
Also starring Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore, James Gammon

I had only limited knowledge about Harry Truman when I was approached to play the part. Before I took it on, I knew I’d have to convince myself I could find the essence of the man and bring him to life in a believable way. I also knew it would be an enormous undertaking to cover 35 years of the man’s life in two hours. You’re trying to fit into somebody’s skin, so you have to study the dialect and the mannerisms and then forget all of that and go with your own instincts. After mulling it over for about a week I accepted the part. I'm so glad I did. It turned out to be a terrific acting challenge, through which I ended up with deep respect for the man. It was a true education. A great admiration and gratitude to the producers, director, cast and crew as we worked very long hours.\n\nI was in the make up chair for four hours each day, 25 out of 35 days shooting. The days were long but it was a great experience and well worth it. This kind of role does not come around all the time. I learned a lot.

Apollo 13

as Ken Mattingly

Apollo 13
Directed by Ron Howard
Also starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon

In the Summer of ’94, my agents called to tell me, 'There’s an audition for Apollo 13. They’d like you to come audition. Tom is going to play Jim Lovell. There are three other astronauts. Pick one and go read for it.' So I finished the script and it was great, just a great story. What a perfect story to make into a movie. I particularly loved the astronaut who gets pulled from the mission but then has to return to bring the guys home, so I picked Ken Mattingly. I got the part and we went to work. Everybody involved in Apollo 13 was so into it, so invested. There was endless research and material to look into and to pour ourselves into. Ron gave us all copies of the transmissions between Mission Control in Houston and the Apollo 13 crew so we could listen to them in our cars. We went to Space Camp in Alabama, and to Houston where we met many of the folks who were in Mission Control during the flight. We went up in the KC 135 training plane, better know as the Vomit Comet, to experience weightlessness. I went to Florida and saw a shuttle launch up close, which was just—awesome. Ron was really an exceptional director with such a meticulous eye for every little detail. All of these things found their way into the movie including them actually shooting inside the KC 135 when it drops into zero G for 25 seconds each time. It was incredible fun. An amazing experience. We had a ball and it's a great movie.

Frasier

as Sid

Frasier
Created by David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee
Also starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney

The Quick and the Dead

as Marshall

The Quick and the Dead
Directed by Sam Raimi
Also starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio

1994

Forrest Gump

as Lieutenant Dan Taylor

Forrest Gump
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Also starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field

There’s no question that wounded Vietnam veteran Lieutenant Dan Taylor has played a bigger part of my life than I ever could have imagined it would while we were shooting the film. A month after Forrest Gump’s release, the Disabled American Veterans presented me with the Commanders Award at their annual convention. I accepted the honor on stage, in front of a crowd of wounded service members who are rising out of their wheelchairs to applaud and salute me. It was a life-changing moment. That plaque now hangs on the walls of the Gary Sinise Foundation. More than twenty years later, I still get recognized as Lt. Dan everywhere I go. By embracing that, by making it a part of my life, I’ve been able to help the real Lt. Dans in the world. When I walk into a military hospital and shake hands with a guy who’s lost his legs, many times they identify me with the character and the film. Because I played that character, they think I have the slightest idea what they’re going through. Of course, I don't really as it was simply a movie, but many times it will open the door to conversation and lighten things up. At its center, Lt. Dan’s story is about resilience. It resonates with everyone, but especially with our wounded service members and their families as they begin the long road to recovery. To be a part of that, and to help bring some hope and positivity to their lives has been an incredible gift each and every day. Making the film with the amazing Tom Hanks and the great cast, the genius Bob Zemeckis, our director, shooting from an incredible script by Eric Roth, well, it not only changed my life but my acting career as well. Doors definitely started opening in the movie business after the movie came out.

The Stand

as Stu Redman

The Stand
Also starring Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan

I hadn’t read the book so I didn’t know much about it, but Stephen [King] and the director Mick Garris offered me the part, I think, because they’d seen Of Mice and Men. The book itself is 1,300 pages so the shoot was a massive production. Unlike anything I’d ever done before. There were four 2-hour scripts and we spent a hundred days shooting in Utah and Las Vegas with this huge cast to produce an 8-hour miniseries. The part was fantastic. Stephen, Mick, and the cast and crew were all terrific. Stephen was on set from time to time and even had a role in the movie. As Stu Redman, I got to do all sorts of things. The Stand was really just a great, fun project to be a part of and it wound up being the biggest miniseries of 1994.

1993

Road to Nirvana

as Director

Road to Nirvana
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Francis Guinan, Moira Harris, Rick Snyder, Jeanine Morick, Carlos Tamayo

Jack the Bear

as Norman Strick

Jack the Bear
Directed by Marshall Herskovitz
Also starring Danny DeVito, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Miko Hughes, Art LaFleur

The Witness

as Young Soldier

The Witness
Directed by Chris Gerolmo
Also starring Ryan Alosio, Aaron Freeman, Jono Gero

1992

Of Mice and Men

as George Milton

Of Mice and Men
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring John Malkovich, Ray Walston

In 1990, during our Broadway run of The Grapes of Wrath, composer and friend of mine, the late John Barry, invited me to watch a rough cut of a film he had just scored. It turned out to be Dances with Wolves. I’m sitting there watching this sweeping, epic film that Kevin Costner had produced, directed and acted in and I left thinking, well, I’ve got to do this. Kevin had done it all, found a project that he loved and went for it and I was inspired to find a project and put it together. Shortly thereafter, I’m on the Broadway stage shooting The Grapes of Wrath for PBS American Playhouse and I turn to Elaine Steinbeck, who I had become close to during the run of Grapes, and asked her for the rights to Of Mice and Men to turn it into a film. I loved this story and with my history of working with the material, having performed as George Milton in the play on stage, I knew I could do a good job. She gave me the rights for a year, free of charge. In that time, I teamed up with friend Russ Smith to co-produce with me and my pal John Malkovich to co-star as Lenny. We got it set up at MGM, secured Horton Foote to write the script, cast it and were underway filming one year after Elaine gave me the rights. It was kind of unheard of to get a project going so quickly, but we did it.\n\nOf Mice & Men is among my most cherished projects, not only for my deep appreciation for John Steinbeck, but because it became a personal mission to see it made. I am deeply proud of it.

A Midnight Clear

as Vance 'Mother' Wilkins

A Midnight Clear
Directed by Keith Gordon
Also starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross, Ethan Hawke

1990

The Grapes of Wrath

as Tom Joad(1988 - 1990)

The Grapes of Wrath
Directed by Frank Galati
Also starring Robert Breuler, Kathryn Erbe, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Tom Irwin, Terry Kinney, Sally Murphy, Rondi Reed, Eric Simonson, Lois Smith, Rick Snyder, Jim True-Frost, Alan Wilder

Hunter

as Lord Tony Rutherford

Hunter
Created by Frank Lupo
Also starring Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan

1989

The Final Days

as Richard Ben-Veniste

The Final Days
Directed by Richard Pearce
Also starring Lane Smith, Richard Kiley, David Ogden Stiers, Ed Flanders

My Name Is Bill W.

as Ebby

My Name Is Bill W.
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Also starring James Woods, JoBeth Williams, James Garner, George Coe

1988

Miles from Home

as Director

Miles from Home
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Richard Gere, Penelope Ann Miller, Brian Dennehy

1987

Crime Story

as Howie Dressler(1986 - 1987)

Crime Story
Created by Chuck Adamson, Gustave Reininger
Also starring Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan, Billy Campbell

1986

The Caretaker

as Mick(1985 - 1986)

The Caretaker
Directed by John Malkovich
Also starring Jeff Perry, Alan Wilder

Frank's Wild Years

as Director

Frank's Wild Years
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Randall Arney, Gary Cole, Moira Harris, Tom Irwin, Rondi Reed, Alan Wilder

1985

Streamers

as Billy

Streamers
Directed by Terry Kinney
Also starring Randall Arney, Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise, Alan Wilder, Vito D'Ambrosio, Afram Duende, Dennis Farina, Eric King

Orphans

as Director

Orphans
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Kevin Anderson, Terry Kinney, John Mahoney

1984

Landscape of the Body

as Director

Directed by Gary Sinise

Tracers

as Director

Tracers
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Gary Cole, Tom Irwin, Terry Kinney, Alan Wilder

1983

The Miss Firecracker Contest

as Director

The Miss Firecracker Contest
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Joan Allen, Francis Guinan, Moira Harris, Tom Irwin, Laurie Metcalf

True West

as Director, Austin(1982 - 1983)

True West
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Francis Guinan, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry

1982

Loose Ends

as Paul

Loose Ends
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Also starring Joan Allen, John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, Rondi Reed, Alan Wilder, Glenne Headly

1981

Waiting for the Parade

as Director

Waiting for the Parade
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Joan Allen, Moira Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Rondi Reed, Shirley Spiegler-Jacobs

Of Mice and Men

as George

Of Mice and Men
Directed by Terry Kinney
Also starring Joan Allen, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Jeff Perry, Rick Snyder, Greg Williams

Balm in Gilead

as Dopey

Balm in Gilead
Directed by John Malkovich
Also starring Joan Allen, Randall Arney, Gary Cole, Francis Guinan, Tom Irwin, Terry Kinney, John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, William Petersen, Rondi Reed, Rick Snyder, Alan Wilder

Action

as Director

Action
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf, Don Moffet, Jeanine Morick

1980

The Collection

as Bill

The Collection
Directed by Harold Pinter

Getting Out

as Supporting Role

1978

The Fifth of July

as John

The Fifth of July
Directed by Steven Schachter
Also starring Joan Allen, Moira Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry

Sandbar Flatland

as Jack Crack/Eric Goldeye

Sandbar Flatland
Directed by John Malkovich
Also starring Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry

1977

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

as Rosencrantz

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Directed by Dr. Ralph Lane
Also starring Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf, Alan Wilder

Mack, Anything Goes Over the Rainbow

as Musical Revue

Mack, Anything Goes Over the Rainbow
Directed by H.E. Baccus
Also starring Moira Harris, Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, Alan Wilder

The Seahorse

as Harry Bales

The Seahorse
Directed by John Malkovich
Also starring Moira Harris, Laurie Metcalf

1976

The Indian Wants the Bronx

as Joey

The Indian Wants the Bronx
Directed by John Malkovich
Also starring Terry Kinney, H.E. Baccus

1975

The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds

as Music Writer

The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds
Directed by Barbara Patterson

1974

The Glass Menagerie

as Tom

The Glass Menagerie
Directed by Rick Argosh
Also starring Barbara Patterson

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

as

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Directed by Rick Argosh
Also starring Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry

Grease

as Roger, Director, Produce

Grease
Directed by Gary Sinise
Also starring Leslie Wilson

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

as Bob Stein

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
Directed by Rick Argosh