David Strathairn

Actor, Clown
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1949 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (108)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

Ty Burley (Actor)

Godzilla 2014 (Movie)

Admiral William Stenz (Actor)

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Louder Than Bombs 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maladies 2014 (Movie)

Delmar (Actor)

No God, No Master 2014 (Movie)

William Flynn (Actor)

Racing Daylight 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Speakeasy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alphas 2010 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

William Seward (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bourne Legacy 2012 (Movie)

Noah Vosen (Actor)

The Whistleblower 2011 (Movie)

Peter Ward (Actor)

House 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Ralph McIntosh (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tempest 2010 (Movie)

King Alonso (Actor)

Cold Souls 2009 (Movie)

Dr Flintstein (Actor)

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Uninvited 2009 (Movie)

Steven (Actor)

Monk 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Blueberry Nights 2008 (Movie)

Arnie (Actor)

The Sensation of Sight 2008 (Movie)

Finn (Actor)

The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 (Movie)

Arthur Spiderwick (Actor)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

Dalton Trumbo (Actor)

Fracture 2007 (Movie)

District Attorney Joe Lobruto (Actor)

Steel Toes 2007 (Movie)

Danny Dunkelman (Actor)

The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 (Movie)

Noah Vosen (Actor)

The Supreme Court 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Estes Kefauver (Actor)

We Are Marshall 2006 (Movie)

President Dedmon (Actor)

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

Edward R Murrow (Actor)

Heaven's Fall 2005 (Movie)

Judge James Horton (Actor)

With Friends Like These 2005 (Movie)

Armand Minetti (Actor)

Missing in America 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

Dr Melvin Frank (Actor)

Blue Car 2003 (Movie)

Mr Auster (Actor)

Harrison's Flowers 2002 (Movie)

Harrison Lloyd (Actor)

Big Apple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Relative Evil 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Miracle Worker 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Good Baby 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Song of Hiawatha 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Giraffe 2000 (Movie)

Charles Kaminski (Actor)

A Map of the World 1999 (Movie)

Howard Goodwin (Actor)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

Joe Gastineau (Actor)

Bad Manners 1998 (Movie)

Wes Westlund (Actor)

Don't 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

Reverend Russell (Actor)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

Pierce Patchett (Actor)

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

Bernard B O'Hare (Actor)

The Climb 1996 (Movie)

Earl Himes (Actor)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

Joe St George (Actor)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

Russell Terziak (Actor)

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

Charles Lewin (Actor)

The River Wild 1994 (Movie)

Tom Hartman (Actor)

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

Getso (Actor)

April One 1993 (Movie)

Don McCowan (Actor)

Lost in Yonkers 1993 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

Ray McDeere (Actor)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Ira Lowenstein (Actor)

Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even 1992 (Movie)

Keith Powers (Actor)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Bug's Attorney Mack Laflin (Actor)

O Pioneers! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

Rennie (Actor)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

Whistler (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Asteroid (Actor)

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Memphis Belle 1990 (Movie)

Commanding Officer (Actor)

The Feud 1990 (Movie)

The Stranger (Actor)

Day One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me 1988 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Dominick and Eugene 1988 (Movie)

Martin Chernak (Actor)

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

Eddie Cicotte (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Matewan 1987 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

At Close Range 1986 (Movie)

Tony Pine (Actor)

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 1985 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

When Nature Calls 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Iceman 1984 (Movie)

Dr Singe (Actor)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

Man in Black (Actor)

Lovesick 1983 (Movie)

Marvin Zuckerman (Actor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Wesley (Actor)

The Return of the Secaucus Seven 1980 (Movie)

Ron Desjardins (Actor)

Beyond the Call (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Vows (TV Show)

Actor

Day One (Movie)

J. Robert Oppenheimer (Actor)

Evidence of Blood (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom Song (TV Show)

Actor

Heat Wave (TV Show)

Actor

Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Actor

In the Gloaming (TV Show)

Actor

Judgment (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Paradise (TV Show)

Actor

Son of the Morning Star (TV Show)

Actor

Temple Grandin (TV Show)

Actor

The Blacklist (Tv Show)

Actor

The Human Behavior Experiments (TV Show)

Narrator

The Lathe of Heaven (TV Show)

Actor

Willa Cather: The Road is All (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

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.

Relationships

Mary Frazier

Mother

Logan Goodman Production Assistant

Wife
Married 1980

Tay Strathairn Actor

Son
Born Oct. 31, 1980; mother, Logan Goodman; appeared in John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" (1988) and "Lone Star" (1996)

Thomas Strathairn

Father

Thomas Strathairn

Grandfather
Paternal grandfather; helped map Western rivers

Ebberly Strathairn

Son
Born 1987; mother, Logan Goodman

EDUCATION

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts
Classmates included John Sayles

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College

Venice , Florida

Redwood High School

Larkspur , California 1966

Milestones

2012

Portrayed U.S. Secretary of State William Seward opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

2012

Reprised role in "The Bourne Legacy"

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")

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"

2010

Co-starred opposite Claire Danes in "Temple Grandin"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

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 The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

2008

Played the father in the fantasy film "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

2007

Played the leader of a secret operation who’s mission is to hunt down Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in "The Bourne Ultimatum"

2007

Co-starred in the dramatic thriller "Fracture" as the district attorney opposite Anthony Hopkins

2006

Cast in the HBO original film "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pin-up model

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

2002

Featured in the Sundance-screened "Blue Car"

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"

2000

Played a mysterious man who meets an equally odd woman (Kyra Sedgwick) on a plane in Craig Lucas' stage play "Stranger"

2000

Played Helen Keller's father in the ABC remake of "The Miracle Worker"

2000

Featured as a photojournalist who disappears in the former Yugoslavia in the festival-screened drama "Harrison's Flowers"

1999

Gave an effective performance as Sigourney Weaver's farmer husband in "A Map of the World"

1999

Reunited with Sayles to play a fisherman who romances a lounge singer (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) in "Limbo"

1999

Portrayed Theseus in Michael Hoffman's adaptation of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1998

Cast as the Reverend Russell in "Simon Birch"

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"

1995

Reunited with Jessica Lange for "Losing Isaiah"

1994

Starred alongside Stockard Channing in the Lincoln Center production of Tom Stoppard's play "Hapgood"

1994

Acted opposite Meryl Streep in "The River Wild"

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"

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"

1992

Starred opposite Jessica Lange in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "O Pioneers!" (CBS)

1991

Portrayed a realistic street person for Sayles' "City of Hope"

1991

Played the brain surgeon in HBO's appeal for gun control "The James Brady Story"

1989

Portrayed J. Robert Oppenheimer in CBS's "Day One"

1988

Delivered a compelling interpretation of the morally flawed baseball pitcher Eddie Cicotte in Sayles' "Eight Men Out"

1988

TV series debut, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC/Lifetime) as the Moss, the eccentric bookstore owner

1987

Portrayed the morally upright Constable Hatfield in Sayles' "Matewan"

1985

TV debut, guest appearance on an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC)

1984

Played an extraterrestrial bounty hunter alongside John Sayles in Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet"

1983

Appeared as Wesley in Mike Nichols' "Silkwood"

1983

Off-Broadway debut, "Blue Plate Special"

1981

Made stage debut in "Einstein and the Polar Bear" at Connecticut's Hartford Stage

1980

Film debut, "The Return of the Secaucus Seven" directed by Sayles

Met John Sayles while attending Williams College

Worked with Sayles in a summer theater company in New Hampshire

Grew up in the San Francisco Bay area

Helped start a children's theater in Glen Falls, NY

Worked in children's theater and summer stock

Toured for six months with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a replacement for half of the Siamese-twin clown

Bonus Trivia

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Strathairn was of Hawaiian and Scottish descent.

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