Gary Sinise Finally Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actor given the distinguished honor for his decades of creative work — and for his endless support of our troops

by Zachary Leeman | Updated 18 Apr 2017 at 10:47 AM

Actor Gary Sinise was awarded a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday for his decades of valued contributions to the film industry.

At the ceremony, Sinise, 62, was also recognized for his unprecedented work in supporting our brave American veterans.

“There’s no living person in our industry that does more for our military than Gary Sinise,” said actor Joe Mantegna at the ceremony. Mantegna is the lead actor on the CBS show “Criminal Minds,” while Sinise heads “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” Both shows have crossed over in the past, leading the two to share screen time.

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Through his eponymous Gary Sinise Foundation, the actor has helped build homes for injured veterans, as well as provide entertainment through his band, The Lt. Dan Band — named, of course, after Sinise’s most iconic role in the 1994 film, “Forrest Gump,” a role for which the actor was nominated for an Academy Award.

Other acting roles for Sinise have included nine seasons and 197 episodes of “CSI: NY,” as well as films such as “The Green Mile,” “Ransom,” and “Reindeer Games.”

After receiving his award, Sinise received congratulations from the Department of Defense via its official Twitter account.

The department tweeted, "Congratulations to @GarySinise, a longtime supporter of veterans, on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star!"

"Everybody Loves Raymond" actress Patricia Heaton was at the ceremony and took the stage to praise her fellow actor.

"My pal, Gary Sinise, exemplifies what it means to be a person of selflessness, courage, good cheer, hard work, and humility," said Heaton. "And those are qualities that are quite hard to come by in the industry that we are in."

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When taking the podium himself, Sinise remained humble and shined the light not on himself, but on the men and women he's worked so tirelessly to support.

The actor said, "I'm grateful for these heroes and all who continue to defend us. It's a gift to be able to use some of the success that I've had in the movie and television business to try and do some good for those who serve and sacrifice each day for our precious freedom."

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