Crim­i­nal Minds: Be­yond Bor­ders

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Best known as leg­less war vet­eran Lieu­tenant Dan in 1994 drama film For­rest Gump, these days Gary Sinise is lov­ing his role as Agent Jack Gar­rett in Crim­i­nal Minds: Be­yond Bor­ders (2016-cur­rent), the spin-off of drama se­ries Crim­i­nal Minds (2005-cur­rent). “I love these types of he­roes. They deal with very chal­leng­ing is­sues, cases, peo­ple and events – it’s a priv­i­lege to play them and try show off how grate­ful we are that we have these peo­ple,” he says.

The 61-year-old doesn’t just hon1

our these he­roes on the screen – he’s started The Gary Sinise Foun­da­tion that as­sists “our coun­try’s de­fend­ers, veter­ans, first re­spon­ders, their fam­i­lies and those in need”. Plus, his band Gary Sinise & The Lt Dan Band play venues across the US at mil­i­tary sup­port events.

The act­ing bug bit in high school 2

and Gary started the Step­pen­wolf The­ater Com­pany with two friends in Illi­nois. It’s be­come such a suc­cess that it’s hosted plays fea­tur­ing ac­tors in­clud­ing Ethan Hawke, John Malkovich, Joan Allen and Wil­liam Petersen, aka Gil Gris­som in CSI (2000-2015).

Gary’s theatre com­pany is ac­tu­ally 3

where he met ac­tress wife Moira Har­ris, whom he mar­ried in 1981. They have three kids: daugh­ters So­phie (27) and Ella (23), as well as son McCanna An­thony (25).

He’s a huge Dis­ney fan and 4

ad­mits to be­ing “blown out of this world” when the en­ter­tain­ment gi­ant asked him to nar­rate their Mis­sion: SPACE ride in 2003 at the fa­mous EP­COT Cen­ter at Walt Dis­ney World, Florida.

In 2014, Gary flew 5

50 mil­i­tary men and women and their fam­i­lies to Dis­ney­land in Los An­ge­les to visit the stu­dio where For­rest Gump was filmed be­cause “I couldn’t not do any­thing. I’ve be­come com­mit­ted to be­ing some­body who can try make a dif­fer­ence, even if it’s some­thing as small as go­ing to an amuse­ment park,” he says.

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