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Also Known As: David Russell Strathairn Died:
Born: January 26, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, clown

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In spite of his prolific body of work, actor David Strathairn remained somewhat apart from Hollywood, thanks to his long-standing collaboration with friend and former college friend John Sayles, who directed the actor in several of the filmmaker's independent movies. Following his debut in Sayles' "The Return of the Secaucus Seven" (1980), Strathairn branched out to more mainstream fare with a supporting role in "Silkwood" (1983) and delivered one of his finer performances in "Eight Men Out" (1988), in which he played the morally flawed pitcher Eddie Cicotte from the famed Black Sox. After another acclaimed Sayles performance - this time as the off-kilter street wretch, Asteroid, in "City of Hope" (1991) - Strathairn began to stretch his wings with supporting roles in major studio productions: He was Tom Cruise's jailbird brother in "The Firm" (1993), Meryl Streep's workaholic husband in "The River Wild" (1994) and the upscale purveyor of prostitution, Pierce Pratchett, in "L.A. Confidential" (1997). He also delivered strong turns on the small screen, as he did portraying the emotionally distant father of a son with AIDS in "In the Gloaming" (HBO, 1997) and Helen Keller's father in the remake of "The...

In spite of his prolific body of work, actor David Strathairn remained somewhat apart from Hollywood, thanks to his long-standing collaboration with friend and former college friend John Sayles, who directed the actor in several of the filmmaker's independent movies. Following his debut in Sayles' "The Return of the Secaucus Seven" (1980), Strathairn branched out to more mainstream fare with a supporting role in "Silkwood" (1983) and delivered one of his finer performances in "Eight Men Out" (1988), in which he played the morally flawed pitcher Eddie Cicotte from the famed Black Sox. After another acclaimed Sayles performance - this time as the off-kilter street wretch, Asteroid, in "City of Hope" (1991) - Strathairn began to stretch his wings with supporting roles in major studio productions: He was Tom Cruise's jailbird brother in "The Firm" (1993), Meryl Streep's workaholic husband in "The River Wild" (1994) and the upscale purveyor of prostitution, Pierce Pratchett, in "L.A. Confidential" (1997). He also delivered strong turns on the small screen, as he did portraying the emotionally distant father of a son with AIDS in "In the Gloaming" (HBO, 1997) and Helen Keller's father in the remake of "The Miracle Worker" (ABC, 2000). But it was his performance as the iconic news anchor Edward R. Murrow, who openly challenged Senator Joseph McCarthy during the height of the Red Scare, in George Clooney's excellent period drama "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), as well as his portrayal of ruthless CIA officer Noah Vosen in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), that propelled his career to a new level.

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Grew up in the San Francisco Bay area
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Met John Sayles while attending Williams College
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Toured for six months with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a replacement for half of the Siamese-twin clown
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Helped start a children's theater in Glen Falls, NY
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Worked with Sayles in a summer theater company in New Hampshire
1980:
Film debut, "The Return of the Secaucus Seven" directed by Sayles
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Worked in children's theater and summer stock
1981:
Made stage debut in "Einstein and the Polar Bear" at Connecticut's Hartford Stage
1983:
Off-Broadway debut, "Blue Plate Special"
1983:
Appeared as Wesley in Mike Nichols' "Silkwood"
1984:
Played an extraterrestrial bounty hunter alongside John Sayles in Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet"
1985:
TV debut, guest appearance on an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1987:
Portrayed the morally upright Constable Hatfield in Sayles' "Matewan"
1988:
TV series debut, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC/Lifetime) as the Moss, the eccentric bookstore owner
1988:
Delivered a compelling interpretation of the morally flawed baseball pitcher Eddie Cicotte in Sayles' "Eight Men Out"
1989:
Portrayed J. Robert Oppenheimer in CBS's "Day One"
1991:
Played the brain surgeon in HBO's appeal for gun control "The James Brady Story"
1991:
Portrayed a realistic street person for Sayles' "City of Hope"
1992:
Starred opposite Jessica Lange in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "O Pioneers!" (CBS)
1992:
Played a blind, brilliant computer hacker in "Sneakers" opposite Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier
1992:
Played a dynamic adman in "A League of Their Own"
1992:
Proved himself a capable romantic lead in Sayles' "Passion Fish"
1993:
Portrayed Tom Cruise's jailbird brother in the film adaptation of John Grisham's novel "The Firm"
1993:
Appeared in the TNT adaptation of Arthur Miller's stage play "The American Clock"
1994:
Acted opposite Meryl Streep in "The River Wild"
1994:
Starred alongside Stockard Channing in the Lincoln Center production of Tom Stoppard's play "Hapgood"
1995:
Reunited with Jessica Lange for "Losing Isaiah"
1997:
Appeared as the wealthy procurer Pierce Patchett in "L.A. Confidential"
1997:
Played the emotionally remote father of a son coping with AIDS in "In the Gloaming" (HBO), helmed by Christopher Reeve
1997:
Was part of the all-star cast of the Roundabout Theater's revival of "Three Sisters"
1998:
Cast as the Reverend Russell in "Simon Birch"
1999:
Portrayed Theseus in Michael Hoffman's adaptation of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1999:
Reunited with Sayles to play a fisherman who romances a lounge singer (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) in "Limbo"
1999:
Gave an effective performance as Sigourney Weaver's farmer husband in "A Map of the World"
2000:
Played a mysterious man who meets an equally odd woman (Kyra Sedgwick) on a plane in Craig Lucas' stage play "Stranger"
2000:
Featured as a photojournalist who disappears in the former Yugoslavia in the festival-screened drama "Harrison's Flowers"
2000:
Played Helen Keller's father in the ABC remake of "The Miracle Worker"
2001:
Had regular role on the short-lived CBS police drama "Big Apple"
2001:
Returned to Broadway in support of Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in "The Dance of Death"
2002:
Featured in the Sundance-screened "Blue Car"
2005:
Portrayed journalist Edward R. Murrow, who scrutinized Sen. Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunt in George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck"; earned Oscar, Independent Spirit Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor
2006:
Cast in the HBO original film "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pin-up model
2007:
Co-starred in the dramatic thriller "Fracture" as the district attorney opposite Anthony Hopkins
2007:
Played the leader of a secret operation who¿s mission is to hunt down Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in "The Bourne Ultimatum"
2008:
Played the father in the fantasy film "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
2009:
Co-starred in Roundabout Theatre Company¿s production of Samuel Beckett¿s "Waiting for Godot"
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album <i>The Lincoln-Douglas Debates</i>
2010:
Co-starred opposite Claire Danes in "Temple Grandin"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie ("Temple Grandin")
2010:
Starred as King Alonzo in the Julie Taymor directed adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("Temple Grandin")
2012:
Reprised role in "The Bourne Legacy"
2012:
Portrayed U.S. Secretary of State William Seward opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
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Education

Williams College: Williamstown , Massachusetts -
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College: Venice , Florida -
Redwood High School: Larkspur , California - 1966

Notes

Strathairn is of Hawaiian and Scottish descent.

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wife:
Logan Strathairn.

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son:
Tay Strathairn. Actor. Appeared in John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" and "Lone Star".

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