Gary Alan Sinise is an American actor and musician. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, Sinise is known for several memorable roles. In 2016, Sinise began starring in Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders, Sinise was born in Blue Island, son of Robert L. Sinise, a film editor, and his wife Mylles Sinise. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, Sinises great-grandfather Vito Sinisi having immigrated from Ripacandida, Sinise briefly attended Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn and graduated from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, followed by Illinois State University. In 1974, Sinise and two friends, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Sinise honed his acting and directing skills at Steppenwolf, and received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction of Lyle Kesslers play Orphans. That took him from Chicago to New York City, and to Londons West End, in 1982, Sinises career began to take off when he directed and starred in Steppenwolfs production of True West.
In 1983, he earned an Obie Award for his direction, in 1988, Sinise directed Miles from Home, a film starring Richard Gere, about two brothers fight against the foreclosure of the family farm. Sinise collaborated with fellow actor Tom Hanks three times, including Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, and The Green Mile. Other noteworthy films in which Sinise has appeared include Of Mice and Men, Reindeer Games, Snake Eyes, Mission to Mars, The Stand and he narrated the audiobooks for John Steinbecks Travels with Charley. In 2004, he began his first regular series, in the crime drama CSI, New York. He was credited as a producer from season two onwards and wrote the storyline of an episode, Dan Band, which Sinise and Kimo Williams co-founded in 2003. The band is named for Sinises character in Forrest Gump, apart from his television and movie work, Sinise is the host in the video for the Epcot ride Mission, SPACE, at Walt Disney World, Florida, and a model for Baume & Mercier watches. Sinise said, Iraq is in the every day.
But there are some positive stories, and how our soldiers are rebuilding schools and helping kids is one of them. Sinise was the narrator for the Discovery Channels miniseries When We Left Earth in 2008 and he was awarded the Presidential Citizen Medal by George W. Bush for work he did supporting the U. S. military and humanitarian work supporting Iraqi children. He narrated Army and Army Reserve Army Strong recruitment ads in late 2008 and he is the national spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. Sinise is the executive producer—along with David Scantling—of the Iraq War documentary Brothers at War, the film features an American military family and the experiences of three brothers, Jake Rademacher, Isaac Rademacher, and Joseph Rademacher. In November 2009, Sinise narrated the highly acclaimed World War II in HD on the History Channel, in 2010, he narrated the World War II documentary Missions That Changed The War on the Military Channel
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at U. S. and Canadian box offices and more than $9.0 billion worldwide, Hanks has been nominated for numerous awards during his career. In 2004, he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor and, in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, in 2010, Spielberg and Hanks were executive producers on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Hanks was born in Concord, the son of Janet Marylyn, a worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks. His mother was of Portuguese descent, while his father had English ancestry. The familys three oldest children, Sandra and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, Jim, in his childhood, his family moved often. By the age of ten, Hanks had lived in ten different houses, while Hanks family religious history was Catholic and Mormon, he has characterized himself as being a Bible-toting evangelical for several years as a teenager.
In school, Hanks was unpopular with students and teachers alike, telling Rolling Stone magazine, I was a geek, I was horribly, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy whod yell out funny captions during filmstrips, but I didnt get into trouble. I was always a good kid and pretty responsible. In 1965, his father married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent, Frances had three children, two of whom lived with Hanks during his high school years. Hanks acted in plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland. Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward and transferred to California State University, Hanks told New York magazine in 1986, Acting classes looked like the best place for a guy who liked to make a lot of noise and be rather flamboyant. I spent a lot of going to plays. I wouldnt take dates with me, id just drive to a theater, buy myself a ticket, sit in the seat and read the program, and get into the play completely. I spent a lot of time like that, seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams, during his years studying theater, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.
At Dowlings suggestion, Hanks became an intern at the festival and his internship stretched into a three-year experience that covered most aspects of theater production, including lighting, set design, and stage management, prompting Hanks to drop out of college
The organization was formed on March 30,2012, following the merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. SAG-AFTRA is a member of the AFL–CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, as of January 2013, Variety reported that the merger had proceeded with few bumps, amid shows of good will on both sides. The union is perceived as having two factions, the larger faction has focused on creating job opportunities for members. A second faction has criticized the current administration for being too quick, ken Howard, first president of the merged union, died on March 23,2016. He was succeeded as president by Gabrielle Carteris on April 9,2016, membership in SAG-AFTRA is considered a rite of passage for new performers and media professionals. It is often procured after getting hired for their first job in a studio that has a bargaining agreement with the union. SAG-AFTRA work is considered to be substantially more prestigious than non-union jobs, due to the size and influence of the union, most major media firms have a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA.
Studios that have signed a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA are not closed shops, nearly all professional actors and media professionals working for medium or large-scale American media firms are expected to be unionized. As a result, SAG-AFTRA has many members who are out of work, uncommon for a union. These members are ineligible to vote in the union, honorable withdrawals constitute the largest portion of these, at 20% of the total membership, or 46,934 members. Suspended payment members are the second largest, at 14%, or 33,422 members and this classification scheme is continued from the Screen Actors Guild, rather than the scheme used by AFTRA. The strike resulted from attempted negotiations since February 2015 to replace the previous contract, the Interactive Media Agreement, there are four major issues being fought for with this strike. It was the first such organized strike within the game industry. As of January 24,2017, it is the second-longest strike within SAG, surpassing the 95-day 1980 Emmy Awards strike, Sean J.
SAG-AFTRA Names Top Leadership. SAG, AFTRA members overwhelmingly approve merger
Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, known professionally as Anne Bancroft, was an American actress associated with the method acting school, having studied under Lee Strasberg. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film and she won one Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globes, two Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards, and several other awards and nominations. She won both an Oscar for her work in the film, and a Tony for the role in the play. On Broadway in 1965, she played a medieval nun obsessed with a priest in John Whitings play The Devils and she was perhaps best known as the seductress, Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate, a role that she stated had come to overshadow her other work. Bancroft received several other Oscar nominations and continued in lead roles until the late 1980s, in 1987, she starred with Anthony Hopkins in 84 Charing Cross Road. In the 1990s she returned to supporting roles in films, and she received Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, for The Roman Spring of Mrs.
Stone, as well as an Emmy nomination for 2001s Haven. Bancroft was born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in the Bronx, New York, Bancrofts parents were both children of Italian immigrants. In an interview, she stated her family was originally from Muro Lucano and she was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx, moving to 1580 Zerega Ave. and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 1948. She attended HB Studio, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Actors Studio, after appearing in a number of live television dramas under the name Anne Marno, she was told to change her surname for her film debut in Dont Bother to Knock. In 1958, Bancroft made her Broadway debut as lovelorn, Bronx-accented Gittel Mosca opposite Henry Fonda in William Gibsons two-character play Two for the Seesaw, for Gittel, she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. She took the role to Hollywood, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She had returned to Broadway to star in Mother Courage and Her Children, so Joan Crawford accepted Bancrofts Oscar on her behalf, Bancroft is one of the few actors to have won an Academy Award and a Tony Award for the same role.
Bancroft co-starred as a medieval nun obsessed with a priest in the 1965 Broadway production of John Whitings play The Devils, produced by Alexander H. Cohen and directed by Michael Cacoyannis, it ran for 63 performances. Bancroft received a second Academy Award nomination in 1965 for her performance in The Pumpkin Eater and her best-known role during this period was Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, for which she received a third Academy Award nomination. In the film, she played a married woman who seduces a family friend. In the movie, Hoffmans character dates and falls in love with her daughter, Bancroft was ambivalent about her appearance in The Graduate, she stated in several interviews that the role overshadowed all of her other work. Despite her character becoming an archetype of the older woman role, a CBS television special, the Women in the Life of a Man, won Bancroft an Emmy Award for her singing and acting. Bancroft is one of few entertainers to win an Oscar, an Emmy
William Bill Paxton was an American actor and film director. The films in which he appeared include The Terminator, Weird Science, Predator 2, True Lies, Apollo 13, Titanic, U-571, Edge of Tomorrow, Paxton starred in the HBO drama series Big Love. In 2013, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, the son of Mary Lou and John Lane Paxton. His father was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive and his mother was Roman Catholic, and he and his siblings were raised in her faith. Paxton was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22,1963, photographs of an 8-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas. On the Marc Maron podcast, Paxton revealed at the age of 13 he contracted rheumatic fever which had damaged his heart, during his teens, Paxton worked as a paper delivery boy with Mike Muir.
He directed several films, including the music video for Barnes & Barnes novelty song Fish Heads. He was cast in a video for the 1982 Pat Benatar song Shadows of the Night. In 1982, Paxton and his friend Andrew Todd Rosenthal formed a new wave band called Martini Ranch. The band released its full length album, Holy Cow. The album was produced by Devo member Bob Casale and featured guest appearances by two members of that band. The music video for the bands single Reach was directed by James Cameron, Paxton worked with director James Cameron on True Lies and Titanic, the latter of which was the highest-grossing film of all time at its release. In his other roles, Paxton played Morgan Earp in Tombstone, Fred Haise in Apollo 13, the lead in Twister, Paxton directed the feature films Frailty, in which he starred, and The Greatest Game Ever Played. Four years after appearing in Titanic, he joined Cameron on an expedition to the actual Titanic, a film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003.
He appeared in the video for Limp Bizkits 2003 song Eat You Alive as a sheriff. His highest profile television performances received positive attention, including his lead role in HBOs Big Love. Paxton received good reviews for his performance in the History Channels miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, alongside co-star Kevin Costner. In 2014, he played the role of the villainous John Garrett in Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. and a supporting role in Edge of Tomorrow
Maya Angelou was an American poet and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays and she received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood, the first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She was an actor, writer and producer of plays, movies, in 1982, she earned the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and she was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture.
Her works are used in schools and universities worldwide although attempts have been made to ban her books from some U. S. libraries. Angelous most celebrated works have been labeled as fiction. She made an attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity and travel. Marguerite Annie Johnson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4,1928, the child of Bailey Johnson, a doorman and navy dietitian, and Vivian Johnson. Angelous older brother, Bailey Jr. nicknamed Marguerite Maya, derived from My or Mya Sister, four years later, the childrens father came to Stamps without warning and returned them to their mothers care in St. Louis. At the age of eight, while living with her mother, Angelou was sexually abused and raped by her mothers boyfriend and she told her brother, who told the rest of their family. Freeman was found guilty but was jailed for one day. Four days after his release, he was murdered, probably by Angelous uncles, Angelou became mute for almost five years, believing, as she stated, I thought, my voice killed him, I killed that man, because I told his name.
And I thought I would never again, because my voice would kill anyone. Shortly after Freemans murder and her brother were sent back to their grandmother, Angelou credits a teacher and friend of her family, Mrs. Bertha Flowers, with helping her speak again. When Angelou was 14, she and her brother moved in with their once again
Alfre Woodard is an American film and television actress and political activist. Woodard has been named one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation and she has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award,18 times for an Emmy Award, and has won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Woodard began her career in theater. After her breakthrough role in the Off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, in 1983, she won major critical praise and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Cross Creek. In the same year, Woodard won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the NBC drama series Hill Street Blues. A. In the 1990s, Woodard starred in such as Grand Canyon and Souls, How to Make an American Quilt, Primal Fear and Star Trek. For her lead role in the HBO film Miss Evers Boys, Woodard won Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and several another awards.
In years she has appeared in several blockbusters, like K-PAX, The Core, and The Forgotten, starred in independent films, from 2005 to 2006, Woodard starred as Betty Applewhite in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, and starred in several short-lived series. She appeared in the films The Family That Preys,12 Years a Slave and Annabelle, Woodard is a founder of Artists for a New South Africa, an organization devoted to advancing democracy and equality in that country. She is a member of AMPAS. Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard and she is the youngest of three children. She was a cheerleader in high school, Woodard attended Bishop Kelley High School, a private Catholic school in Tulsa and graduated from there in 1970. She studied drama at Boston University, from which she graduated, Woodard made her professional theater debut in 1974 on Washington, D. C. s Arena Stage. In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles and she said, When I came to L. A. people told me there were no film roles for black actors.
Im not a fool. But I was always confident that I knew my craft and her breakthrough role was in the Off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf in 1977. The next year, Woodard made her debut in Remember My Name. In the same year, she had a role in the The Trial of the Moke. In 1980, Woodard had a role in the comedy film Health directed by Robert Altman
David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce is an American actor and comedian. Pierce has appeared on and directed for the stage and he won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in the musical Curtains. He played Dr. Jones in When We Rise. Pierce was born David Pierce in Saratoga Springs and his father, George Hyde Pierce, was an aspiring actor, and his mother, Laura Marie, was an insurance agent. He added his middle name Hyde to avoid confusion with another actor named David Pierce, as a child, Pierce frequently played organ at the local Bethesda Episcopal Church. While attending Yale, Pierce performed in and directed student productions and he directed the Gilbert & Sullivan Societys operetta Princess Ida. Among other roles Pierce played at Yale were in Waiting for Godot, Saint Joan, during this period he played Laertes in a popular off-Broadway production of Hamlet and made his Broadway debut in 1982 in Christopher Durangs Beyond Therapy. Pierces first big break came in the early 1990s with Norman Lears political comedy, The Powers That Be, in which Pierce played Theodore.
Despite positive reviews critics, the show was canceled after a brief run. In part due to his physical resemblance to Kelsey Grammer. For his work on Frasier, Pierce was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy a record eleven consecutive years, Pierce appeared alongside Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate, with Anthony Hopkins in Oliver Stones Nixon, and with Ewan McGregor in Down With Love. He provided the voice for Doctor Doppler in Disneys 42nd animated feature, Treasure Planet, Slim, in 2001, he starred in the cult 1980s summer camp comedy Wet Hot American Summer as the befuddled astrophysicist, Prof. Henry Newman. In his role in Sleepless in Seattle, Pierce played the brother of Meg Ryans character, the movie was released just three months before the start of Frasier. In 2005, Pierce joined Tim Curry and others in the production of Spamalot. In August and September 2006, he starred as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains, a new Kander and Ebb musical staged at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
In March 2007, Curtains opened on Broadway and on June 10,2007, in his acceptance speech, Pierce said the first words he spoke on a Broadway stage were, Im sorry, Im going to have to ask you to leave. On November 19,2007, Pierce was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Niagara University in Lewiston, in 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Skidmore College, located in his native Saratoga Springs. In 2010, Pierce appeared in a revival of David Hirsons play La Bête directed by Matthew Warchus, the production debuted on Londons West End before moving to New York. In 2015 he directed the Manhattan Theater Club production of David Lindsay-Abaires play Ripcord Off-Broadway at City Center, Pierce appears in the Off-Broadway limited engagement of A Life by Adam Bock
Lois Smith is an American actress. In television she has performed in series that include The Americans, True Blood, Smith is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007 for her contributions to the theatre. In 2013 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Obie Award for excellence in Off-Broadway performance, in her career she has taught and written for the stage. Smith was born Lois Arlene Humbert in Topeka, the youngest of six children of Carrie and William Humbert and her father died in 1950 at age 54. Her family included her two sisters and Marvelle, and three brothers, William and Phillip, all of whom are now deceased and her father moved the family to Seattle when Lois was eleven years old, and he was heavily involved in the church. William would put on plays at church in which young Lois would perform and she went on to study theatre at the University of Washington but did not graduate. At age 18, in 1948, she married Wesley Dale Smith, the couple had one daughter, Moon Elizabeth Smith.
Around 1951, Smith and her decided to leave Seattle. After she worked with Elia Kazan on East of Eden, he encouraged her to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and she was mentored in her early years in New York City by John Van Druten. In November 1955, she was featured on the cover of Life Magazine, Smith made her television debut in 1953 on Kraft Television Theatre. In 1954 she appeared as the daughter of Mary Astor in a Studio One production and she performed on many series through the 1950s and 60s, guest starring on Naked City, The Doctors, Dr. Kildare, and The Defenders. In 1956 she appeared with John Cassavetes in Bring Me A Dream, a teleplay by John Vlahos, in 1959 she was given the lead role of Cindy in the teleplay Cindys Fella, a modernized version of Cinderella, opposite James Stewart and directed by Gower Champion. In 1960 she performed in The Master Builder as Hilda and as Julie in Miss Julie in public television specials. Also in 1960 she appeared as Lena in a teleplay based on Victory by Joseph Conrad and she appeared on four episodes of Route 66, and in 1967 she performed in Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night on CBS Playhouse with Shirley Booth.
In 1970 she performed along with Kim Stanley in a special of Tennessee Williams plays titled Dragon Country. In 1978 Smith played the role of Stacey MacAindra in a teleplay Stacey based on The Fire Dwellers by Margaret Laurence. She played supporting roles in the Emmy-nominated television films Rage of Angels, The Execution of Raymond Graham, Switched at Birth and she guest starred on two episodes of The Equalizer and one episode of Thirtysomething in 1991
2nd Screen Actors Guild Awards
The 2nd Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented on February 24,1996 in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles. This was the first year the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture was offered, winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface