Strathairn, David 1949–

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STRATHAIRN, David 1949–


Full name, David Russell Strathairn; born January 26, 1949, in San Francisco, CA; father, a physician; married Logan; children: Tay, another child. Education: Attended Williams College and Ringling Brothers Clown College.

Addresses: Agent—The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Abrams Entertainment, 5225 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 515, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Career: Actor. Worked as a clown in a traveling circus; helped start a children's theater, Glen Falls, NY.

Awards, Honors: Independent Spirit Award, best supporting male, 1992, for City of Hope; Independent Spirit Award nomination, best supporting male, 1993, for Passion Fish; CableACE Award nomination, guest actor in a dramatic special or series, 1997, for In the Gloaming; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast, 1998, for L.A. Confidential; Independent Spirit Award nomination, best male lead, 2000, for Limbo; Maverick Tribute Award, Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, 2002.


Film Appearances:

Ron Desjardins, Return of the Secaucus Seven, Libra, 1980.

Marvin Zuckerman, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983.

Wesley, Silkwood, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Bounty hunter in black, The Brother from Another Planet, Cinecom, 1984.

Dr. Singe, Iceman, Universal, 1984.

Jerry, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (also known as Enormous Changes and Trumps), ABC/Ordinary Lives, 1985.

Weejun, When Nature Calls (also known as The Outdoorsters), Troma, 1985.

Tony Pine One, At Close Range, Orion, 1986.

Police Chief Sid Hatfield, Matewan, Cinecom, 1987.

Eddie Cicotte, Eight Men Out, Orion, 1988.

Charlie, Stars and Bars, Columbia, 1988.

Martin Chernak, Dominick and Eugene (also known as Nicky and Gino), Orion, 1988.

Sam, Call Me, Vestron, 1988.

The stranger, The Feud, Feud Company, 1989.

Colonel Craig Harriman, Memphis Belle, Warner Bros., 1990.

Asteroid, City of Hope, Samuel Goldwyn, 1991.

Erwin "Whistler" Emory, Sneakers, Universal, 1992.

Rennie, Passion Fish, Miramax, 1992.

Keith Powers, Big Girls Don't Cry … They Get Even (also known as Stepkids), New Line Cinema, 1992.

Ira Lowenstein, A League of Their Own, Columbia, 1992.

Bugs's attorney, Mack Laflin, Bob Roberts, Miramax, 1992.

Ray McDeere, The Firm, Paramount, 1993.

Johnny, Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" (also known as Lost in Yonkers), Columbia, 1993.

Getso, A Dangerous Woman, Gramercy Pictures, 1993.

Tom Hartman, The River Wild, Universal, 1994.

Don (some sources cite John) McCowan, April One, Astral Films, 1994.

Russell "Sad Sack" Terziak, Home for the Holidays, Paramount, 1995.

Joe St. George, Dolores Claiborne, Columbia, 1995.

Charles Lewin, Losing Isaiah, Paramount, 1995.

Lieutenant Bernard B. O'Hare, Mother Night, Fine Line Features, 1996.

Wes Westlund, Bad Manners, Skyline Entertainment, 1997.

Pierce Patchett, L.A. Confidential, Warner Bros., 1997.

Earl Himes, The Climb (also known as Le Defi), Banner Pictures, 1997.

Reverend Russell, Simon Birch (also known as Angels and Armadillos and A Small Miracle), Buena Vista, 1998.

Charles Kaminski, Meschugge (also known as The Giraffe), Bavaria Film International, 1998.

Theseus, A Midsummer Night's Dream (also known as William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Sogno di una notte di mezza estate), 1999.

Joe Gastineau, Limbo, 1999.

Howard Goodwin, A Map of the World (also known as Unschuldig verfolgt), 1999.

Harrison Lloyd, Harrison's Flowers (also known as Les fleurs d'Harrison), Universal Focus, 2000.

Truman Lester, A Good Baby, Curb Entertainment, 2000.

Mark Zingerline, The Victim (short), 2001.

Dr. Charlie, Ball in the House (also known as Relative Evil), Screen Media Ventures, 2001.

Bruce Hickman, Speakeasy, Miramax, 2002.

Auster, Blue Car, Miramax, 2002.

The Root, 2003.

Himself, The Making of "Sneakers" (documentary short), Universal Studios Home Video, 2003.

Himself, Creating a Twisted Web of Intrigue (documentary short), Paramount Home Video, 2004.

Dr. Melvin Frank, Twisted, Summit Entertainment, 2004.

Henry, Missing in America, 2005.

Judge James Horton, Heavens Fall, 2005.

Edward R. Murrow, Good Night. And, Good Luck, Warner Independent Pictures, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Moss Goodman, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, NBC, 1988, then Lifetime, 1989–90.

FBI Agent Will Preecher, Big Apple, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Captain Frederick Benteen, Son of the Morning Star, ABC, 1991.

Jack Hoschouer, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Stuart Chase, Broken Vows, 1987.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Day One, CBS, 1989.

Father Frank Aubert, Judgment (also known as Sacraments and Vermillion Parish), HBO, 1990.

Bill Thomas, Heat Wave (also known as Burn, Baby, Burn), TNT, 1990.

Dag, Lethal Innocence, 1991.

Dr. Art Kobrine, Without Warning: The James Brady Story (also known as The James Brady Story and Thumbs Up), HBO, 1991.

Young Arthur Huntington, Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" (also known as The American Clock), TNT, 1993.

Russell Cates, Beyond the Call (also known as Beyond the Call: The Wayne Felde Story), Showtime, 1996.

Martin, In the Gloaming, HBO, 1997.

Armand Minetti, With Friends Like These, Starz!, 1998.

Jackson Kinley, Evidence of Blood, The Movie Channel, 1998.

Marcel, Song of Hiawatha, Showtime, 1999.

Peter Crowley, Freedom's Song, TNT, 2000.

Captain Keller, The Miracle Worker, ABC, 2000.

Mannie, Lathe of Heaven, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Reverend Bobby Paradise, Paradise, Showtime, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Young Frederick Law Olmsted, Frederick Law Olmsted and the Public Park in America (documentary), PBS, 1990.

Dag, "Lethal Innocence," American Playhouse, PBS, 1991.

Carl Linstrum, "O Pioneers!," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1992.

Narrator, Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing (also known as American Masters: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing; documentary), PBS, 1993.

Voice of Dashiell Hammett, Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer (also known as American Masters: Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer), PBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Marty Lang, "Out Where the Buses Don't Run," Miami Vice, NBC, 1985.

Doggie Thorpe, "One for My Daughter," Spenser: For Hire, 1987.

Philip Borchek, "Sea of Fire," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988.

Sheriff Matthew Stemkowski, "A One Horse Town," Wiseguy, CBS, 1990.

Sheriff Matthew Stemkowski, "His Master's Voice," Wiseguy, CBS, 1990.

Robert Wegler, "All Happy Families," The Sopranos, HBO, 2004.

Robert Wegler, "Sentimental Education," The Sopranos, HBO, 2004.

Robert Wegler, "Cold Cuts," The Sopranos, HBO, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Bobby, Einstein and the Polar Bear, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1981.

About Spontaneous Combustion, New Dramatists Inc., New York City, 1981.

Ricky Jim, Blue Plate Special, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1983.

Danton's Death, Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1984.

Emil, "Saxophone Music," One—Act Play Marathon '84, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Wilson, Frank, Tewson, and Geoffrey, Fen, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Nehemiah Byron, "My Life in Art," The New Director's Project, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Cowboy, I'm Not Rappaport, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1984–85.

Ben, Salonika, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1985.

Jake, A Lie of the Mind, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1985–86.

Boris, The Sea Gull, Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986.

Nils, A Doll's House, Hartford Stage Company, 1986.

Stanley, The Birthday Party, Classic Stage Company, CSC Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Gilbert, The Cezanne Syndrome, SoHo Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Officer, Mountain Language, and Stanley, The Birthday Party (double-bill), Classic Stage Company, CSC Theatre, 1989.

Dr. Foustka, Temptation, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1989.

Kerner, Hapgood, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1994–95.

Vershinin, The Three Sisters, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Henry, Eyes for Consuela, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, 1998.

Devlin, Ashes to Ashes, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Hush, Stranger, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 2000.

David Strathairn, Cherry Docs, Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, then New York City, 2000.

Colette, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 2000.

Kurt, Alice's cousin, Dance of Death, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Ivanov, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2002.

Jokhannan, Salome: The Reading, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY, 2002, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Martin, Hannah & Martin, American Theatre of Actors, New York City, 2002, then Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Leontes, The Winter's Tale, Classic Stage Company, New York City, 2003.

Lysistrata Project, New York City, 2003.

Rodney, Rodney's Wife, Nikos Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, then Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 2004.

Narrator, Egmont, Philadelphia Orchestra, 2004.

Also appeared in L'Atelier; A Moon for the Misbegotten; The Tempest, ACT, San Francisco, CA; Sally's Gone, People's Light and Theatre; We Won't Pay, We Won't Play; Death, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD.


Taped Readings:

Peter David's Hulk, Random House Audio, 2003.



Esquire, October, 1994, p. 48.

New Leader, February 24, 1997, p. 22.

Variety, August 2, 1999, p. 42.

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