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Born Jan. 26, 1949, in San Francisco, David Strathairn attended Williams College, where he acted in experimental theater and befriended future filmmaker John Sayles. Before embarking on a professional acting career, Strathairn had a brief stint as a circus clown. He then returned to theater, and in 1980 appeared in Return of the Secaucus 7, Sayles's directorial debut.

Known as a strong character actor who delivers understated yet potent performances, Strathairn has appeared in many Sayles films, including Eight Men Out (1988), Passion Fish (1992) and Limbo (1999). Strathairn also claims Silkwood (1983) and L.A. Confidential (1997) among his notable movies.

In 2005, Strathairn received critical acclaim and numerous award nominations for his role as newsman Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. Strathairn's television credits include the HBO drama Temple Grandin, which brought him a 2010 Golden Globe nod and an Emmy win.

David Strathairn in American Pastoral

American Pastoral

2016 R

Living a seemingly charmed life, Seymour Levov sees his family and once-idyllic world begin to crumble after his rebellious young daughter joins a violent band of Vietnam War protesters.

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