Gary Sinise

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Quotes (24)

  • Gary Sinise: (about the audiences who see his band perform) They're curious as to what the hell I'm actually going to be doing in the band. Usually when they show up and hear us, they're shocked and surprised that we're actually good. We play a good, long show. There are a lot of fun moments.

  • Gary Sinise: The first play I did, the night it was over I sobbed like a baby because it was over and I had discovered this thing and it meant so much.

  • Gary Sinise: (on founding Steppenwolf theater with friends at the age of 19) We all made sacrifices. We decided not to make any money out of it for quite a long time. We ate a lot of macaroni and cheese and tuna fish and went to the theater and worked all night and went and worked other jobs in the day.

  • Gary Sinise: (on choosing acting as a career) I was one of those lucky ones that found his life's work at a very young age. When I was 16 I did my first play and I haven't stopped doing plays or acting since then.

  • Gary Sinise: (on visiting wounded soldiers in the hospitals) When I walk in, it's like Lt. Dan is walking in, and they think that I understand their situation because I played the character. I only understand it so much. That was acting. But I think because I did play that character, there's some kind of connection they make with me. And if I can come in and help them during a difficult time in the hospital, that's the least I can do.

  • Gary Sinise: (on work) When I think of work, it's mostly about having control over your destiny, as opposed to being at the mercy of what's out there.

  • Gary Sinise: (on character development on CSI NY) I was concerned and interested in having relationships and drama to play and things that are different from the plots and solving crimes. Our show is a procedural crime drama so we had to find a way to add back story and love into it. Our writers subtly plant this into the mysteries we solve every week.

  • Gary Sinise: Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running.

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Trivia (31)

  • Gary Sinise is of Italian descent.

  • In 2008, Gary Sinise was the recipient of an "Inspire Award" presented by AARP magazine to individuals who have made the world a better place. Gary was honored for his work with Operation Iraqi Children.

  • Before he started acting professionally, Gary worked as a gardener. He also worked on a loading dock and as a shipping clerk at Neiman Marcus.

  • In May 2008, Gary Sinise received one of the "Ellis Island Medal Of Honor" awards presented to Americans from various ethnic backgrounds who have distinguished themselves. Gary Sinise is of Italian descent.

  • In 1995, 1996, and 1998, Gary was nominated for SAG Awards for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries". In 1995, he was nominated for The Stand. In 1996, he won for Truman, and in 1998, he won for George Wallace.

  • His height is 5' 10" (1.78 m.).

  • Sinise's family has two cats and a dog.

  • Gary Sinse is a huge fan of John Steinbeck.

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