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Founded Operation Iraqi Children ( in early 2004 with "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" author Laura Hillenbrand.

Kimo Williams first worked with Gary as composer for a Steppenwolf production of Streetcar Named Desire. After learning of Gary's talents on the bass, Kimo encouraged him to do more playing, and over the years they enjoyed the occasional jam session. As Gary began what has turned out to be an extraordinary commitment to the USO, these jams eventually led to gigs in the Chicago area, gathering local talent and performing for troops and their families.

The two episodes of "Crime Story" (1986) that he directed are the only times he has been credited as "Gary A. Sinise."

Received his first college degree in 2003 - an honorary degree from Amherst College.

Was considered for the starring role in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). When he didn't get the part, he recommended that the producers hire William Petersen, which they did. Ironically, he is currently the star of "CSI: NY" (2004), the spin-off of Petersen's successful TV series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000).

Nominated for a Tony Award for directing a new version of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child". (1996)

His Steppenwolf theater company, started by high-school grads in a Catholic-school basement, is now an institution housed in an $8 million theater.

Won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a mini-series or dramatic special for portraying George Wallace the very night the real George Wallace died.

Gary appeared on screen with spouse Moira Harris in _"Crime Story" (1986)_ , portraying a married couple. Moira had a small role in Miles from Home (1988), the first feature Gary directed, but Moira's role was left on the cutting-room floor. Moira appeared as the Girl in the Red Dress in Of Mice and Men (1992).

Shares a birthday with Rob Lowe, with whom he co-starred in "The Stand" (1994) (mini).

Son of Robert L. Sinise.

While most of the "CSI: NY" (2004) cast is from New York, Sinise is one of three exceptions. The others are Melina Kanakaredes (who was born in Ohio) and Anna Belknap (who was born in Maine). However, Sinise, Belknap and Kanakaredes have all lived in NY at some point in time.

Gary Sinise was born on March 17, 1955. In the movie Apollo 13 (1995), Gary Sinise played original Apollo 13 pilot, Kenneth Mattingly. Mattingly was born on March 17, 1936.

Performed in a band called "Half Day Road" as a teen. Band broke up before their first album "Half Day Road" could be recorded.

In 1997, played George Wallace in George Wallace (1997) (TV). He re-prised the role, uncredited, in Path to War (2002) (TV).

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