A Hol­ly­wood star for Sinise

Khaleej Times - City Times - - HOLLYWOOD HUSTLE -

Oscar-nom­i­nated ac­tor and long­time armed forces cham­pion Gary Sinise was hon­oured on Mon­day with a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame in a markedly mil­i­tary cer­e­mony. The 62-year-old, who has ad­vo­cated for ser­vice per­son­nel and veterans for al­most 40 years, was given an hon­our guard by troops on Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, with the na­tional an­them sung by singer-song­writer Steve Amer­son.

“I’m grate­ful for th­ese he­roes and all who con­tinue to de­fend us,” Sinise said as he was pre­sented with the Walk’s 2,606th star for his work in tele­vi­sion. “It is a gift to be able to use some of the suc­cess that I’ve had in the movie and tele­vi­sion busi­ness to try to do some good for those who serve and sac­ri­fice each day for our pre­cious free­dom.”

His big screen re­sume in­cludes roles in Sam Raimi’s The Quick and the Dead (1995), Kevin Spacey’s 1997 di­rec­to­rial de­but Albino Al­li­ga­tor, and Brian de Palma films Snake Eyes (1998) and Mis­sion to Mars (2000). On tele­vi­sion he is best known as De­tec­tive Mac Tay­lor in all 197 episodes of the 2004-13 CBS po­lice pro­ce­dural CSI: NY and cur­rently stars in the net­work’s Crim­i­nal Minds: Be­yond Bor­ders.

He won a Golden Globe and Screen Ac­tors Guild Award for his role as US Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man HBO movie Tru­man and an Emmy two years later for TNT’s Ge­orge Wal­lace, a biopic of the seg­re­ga­tion­ist Alabama gov­er­nor.

Robin Rand, a four-star gen­eral with the US Air Force who has known Sinise since 2004, de­scribed his friend as a “tiger in bat­tle” who is al­ways “just there for us, qui­etly and with­out fan­fare.”

“To those of us who wear our na­tion’s cloth, Gary earned his star rank a long time ago,” Rand said.

To those of us who wear our na­tion’s cloth, Gary earned his star rank a long time ago.” Gen­eral Robin Rand

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