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Biography #2 (for Blue Car)

David Strathairn has been both a leading man and an outstanding character actor in films for nearly two decades. He began his film career starring in John Sayles' seminal indie film Return of the Secaucus Seven, and went on to work with Sayles in such films as The Brother From Another Planet, Matewan, Eight Men Out, City of Hope and most recently, the acclaimed and controversial Limbo.

His other recent films include French director Elie Chouraqui's Harrison's Flowers, A Map of the World with Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore, A Midsummer Night's Dream with Michelle Pfeiffer and Stanley Tucci, the family feature Simon Birch and the Oscar-winning L.A. Confidential. On the indie side, recent work includes Katherine Dieckmann's A Good Baby, Bob Swaim's The Climb and Jonathan Kaufer's Bad Manners. He will next be seen in the telefilm The Lathe of Heaven, based on the Ursula K. Le Guin sci-fi story and starring James Caan, Lisa Bonet and Lukas Haas.

San Francisco born, Strathairn graduated from Williams College and earned another degree from the Ringling Brothers Clown College before turning his talents to film and stage.

His film roles also include starring with Meryl Streep in The River Wild, with Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier in Sneakers, opposite Holly Hunter in Home for the Holidays, with Kathy Bates in Dolores Claiborne, opposite Jessica Lange in Losing Isaiah, with Tom Cruise in The Firm, with Debra Winger in A Dangerous Woman, opposite Mercedes Ruehl in Lost in Yonkers, with Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna in A League of Their Own and with Cher in Silkwood. He has also appeared in Tim Robbins' satire Bob Roberts, Joan Micklin Silver's Big Girls Don't Cry and Michael Caton-Jones' Memphis Belle. Equally well known to television audiences, Strathairn most recently played high-level FBI agent Will Preecher on the series Big Apple. His extensive credits include Beyond the Call, The James Brady Story, Christopher Reeves' directorial debut In the Gloaming, the miniseries O Pioneers! and the series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.

Strathairn has appeared in numerous stage productions including Caryl Churchill's Fen, Louise Page's Salonika and Vaclav Havel's Temptation at The Public Theater, Pinter's Ashes to Ashes and Chekov's The Three Sisters at the Roundabout Theater, Tom Stoppard's Hapgood at Lincoln Center, and with Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren in Strindberg's The Dance of Death at the Broadhurst Theater.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Blue Car" (25-Apr-2003)