David Strathairn Biography (1949-)

Full name, David Russell Strathairn; born January 26, 1949, in San Francisco,CA; father, a physician; married Logan; children: Tay, another child. 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.

Birth Details
January 26, 1949
San Francisco, California, United States

Famous Works

  • 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 asStepkids), 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
  • Miniseries
  • Captain Frederick Benteen, Son of the Morning Star, ABC, 1991
  • Jack Hoschouer, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, CBS, 2002
  • Movies
  • Stuart Chase, Broken Vows, 1987
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer, Day One, CBS, 1989
  • Father Frank Aubert, Judgment (also known as Sacraments andVermillion 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
  • Specials
  • Young Frederick Law Olmsted, Frederick Law Olmsted and the Public Parkin 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 (alsoknown 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
  • 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 YorkCity, 2001
  • Ivanov, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Centerfor 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 YorkCity, 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 Lightand Theatre; We Won't Pay, We Won't Play; Death, Center Stage,Baltimore, MD.
  • Taped Readings
  • Peter David's Hulk, Random House Audio, 2003

Further Reference


    • Esquire, October, 1994, p. 48
    • New Leader, February 24, 1997, p. 22
    • Variety, August 2, 1999, p. 42

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