Photo of Gary Sinise Gary Sinise

Born in Blue Island, Ill., on March 17, 1955, Gary Sinise got hooked on acting as a high schooler in suburban Chicago. As a founding member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, he acted in and directed some of the stage's most challenging works, including Sam Shepard's "True West," which was later filmed for PBS.

One of Sinise's first feature films was Of Mice and Men (1992), costarring fellow Steppenwolf actor John Malkovich. But it was his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump (1994) that thrust Sinise into the public eye and earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Notable appearances in Apollo 13 (1995) and Ransom (1996) soon followed.

Sinise won an Emmy in 1997 for portraying the title character in the made-for-cable film "George Wallace." In 2004, he prepared to conquer television drama in the role of Det. Mac Taylor on "C.S.I.: NY."

Gary Sinise in The Big Bounce

The Big Bounce

2004 PG-13

Slacker Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) never expected the job he took caring for a retired judge (Morgan Freeman) to get complicated. But that it does when he becomes involved with a woman (Sara Foster) who's also sleeping with a corrupt land developer (Gary Sinise). The magnate has plans to build a new property in Hawaii without following all the rules and happens to be an enemy of the judge. Before long, Jack's loyalties are tested to the hilt.

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