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Born: March 17, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Blue Island, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Ironically, on the night Sinise won his Emmy for his portrayal of politician George Wallace, Wallace died.

"The actors I was most impressed with and who were influencing my taste were all movie actors, so I always wanted to do movies but I didn't want to go to Hollywood and become a waiter in the meantime. The chances are really slim that an actor will be discovered in Hollywood. ... I've never had to compromise myself for a job, ever."---Gary Sinise to Neon, November 1998.

"I'm still basically a character actor in the business. Until you prove yourself as a box office star, you're not going to get offered those things. But I'm still driven by whether I connect to the character, and does it make sense to me as a movie. I've turned down things, possible commercial choices, but they just didn't feel right. I turned down some starring roles in features, but nothing I've ever regretted."---Gary Sinise quoted in The Boston Globe, August 2, 1998.

"Each time out, I try to have some impact. If the part's important to the story, that's the vital thing."---Sinise quoted in Live!, September 1996.

"'The Stand' came out in May of '94 and was seen by 60 million people a night for four nights, and then two months later 'Forrest Gump' opened. So within a very short time I went from being depressed about not getting any work to being in two of the most popular shows of the year."---Sinise to Movieline, June 1995.

"He wasn't the best student, and he hadn't done a lot of reading. We used to tease him that he would only read the plays he was about to do. In that sense, he's come miles."---Steppenwolf actor Laurie Metcalf on Sinise to Entertainment Weekly, July 29, 1994.

"There are times when I just love acting so much. It's almost spiritual. A visceral adrenaline thing that's kind of addicting. There's something really insecure inside me. I never lose that insecure actor thing, I've always had that. Even when things are working. There's something I have to keep proving to myself I can do it."---From "At Lunch with Gary Sinise: A Takeoff Fueled By Passion" by Bernard Weinraub, The New York Times, July 27, 1994.

"Television is very, very good to guys my age. The movies are very good to guys half my age. Things like type, age and celebrity all come into play with what's going to be available to you as an actor. Also, unless you are a very well established movie star, the level of writing you tend see is not all that good. The writing on television these days is quite often much better than in the movies."---Sinise on taking the role in "CSI: NY" to emmy, issue no. 5, 2004.

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