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David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and one sixteenth Chinese (the latter three from his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Good Night, and Good Luck.
Good Night, and Good Luck. Edward R. Murrow
(2005)
Eight Men Out
Eight Men Out Eddie Cicotte
(1988)
Sneakers
Sneakers Irwin 'Whistler' Emery
(1992)

Filmography

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 2018 Fast Color (post-production)
Ellis
 2018 An Interview with God (completed)
The Man
 2017 The Gettysburg Address (post-production)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (voice)
 2017 UFO (post-production)
Franklin Ahls
 2017 McMafia (TV Series)
Semiyon Kleiman
- Episode #1.8 (2017) ... Semiyon Kleiman
- Episode #1.7 ... Semiyon Kleiman
- Episode #1.5 ... Semiyon Kleiman
- Episode #1.6 ... Semiyon Kleiman
- Episode #1.3 ... Semiyon Kleiman
 2017 November Criminals
Theo Schacht
 2017 Billions (TV Series)
Black Jack Foley
- Sic Transit Imperium (2017) ... Black Jack Foley
- The Kingmaker (2017) ... Black Jack Foley
- Indian Four (2017) ... Black Jack Foley
 2015-2017 Z: The Beginning of Everything (TV Series)
Judge Anthony Sayre
- Quicksand (2017) ... Judge Anthony Sayre
- Playing House (2017) ... Judge Anthony Sayre
- The Right Side of Paradise (2017) ... Judge Anthony Sayre
- Just Humans (2017) ... Judge Anthony Sayre
- Pilot (2015) ... Judge Anthony Sayre
 2016 American Pastoral
Nathan Zuckerman
 2015-2016 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Peter Kotsiopulos
- The Director (No. 24): Conclusion (2016) ... Peter Kotsiopulos
- The Director (No. 24) (2016) ... Peter Kotsiopulos
- Zal Bin Hasaan (No. 31) (2015) ... Peter Kotsiopulos
- Sir Crispin Crandall (No. 86) (2015) ... Peter Kotsiopulos
- Arioch Cain (No. 50) (2015) ... Peter Kotsiopulos
 2015 Axe Cop (TV Series)
Extincter
- Night Mission: The Extincter (2015) ... Extincter (voice)
 2015 Louder Than Bombs
Richard
 2015 Oliver's Deal
Nathan
 2015 Repeater (Short)
Franklin
 2014 Godzilla
Admiral William Stenz
 2014 Clementine (TV Movie)
Henry
 2013 No God, No Master
William Flynn
 2011-2012 Alphas (TV Series)
Dr. Lee Rosen
- God's Eye (2012) ... Dr. Lee Rosen
- Need to Know (2012) ... Dr. Lee Rosen
- If Memory Serves (2012) ... Dr. Lee Rosen
- Life After Death (2012) ... Dr. Lee Rosen
- The Devil Will Drag You Under (2012) ... Dr. Lee Rosen
 2012 Lincoln
William Seward
 2012 The Bourne Legacy
Noah Vosen
 2012 Maladies
Delmar
 2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Movie)
John Dos Passos
 2010 Matadors (TV Movie)
Roman Lodari
 2010 The Whistleblower
Peter Ward
 2010/I The Tempest
King Alonso
 2010 House M.D. (TV Series)
Nash
- Lockdown (2010) ... Nash
 2010 Temple Grandin (TV Movie)
Dr. Carlock
 2010 Howl
Ralph McIntosh
 2009 Kisses Over Babylon (Short)
Minor
 2009 The Uninvited
Steven
 2009 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
J. Robert Oppenheimer
- The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2009) ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
 2009 Cold Souls
Dr. Flintstein
 2008 Monk (TV Series)
Patrick Kloster
- Mr. Monk and the Genius (2008) ... Patrick Kloster
 2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles
Arthur Spiderwick
 2007 Matters of Life and Death (Short)
Mr. Jennings
 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum
Noah Vosen
 2007 My Blueberry Nights
Arnie
 2007 Steel Toes
Danny Dunkelman
 2007 Racing Daylight
Henry / Harry
 2007 Fracture
DA Joe Lobruto
 2007 The Supreme Court (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Rehnquist Revolution (2007) ... Narrator
- A Nation of Liberties (2007) ... Narrator
- One Nation Under Law (2007) ... Narrator
- A New Kind of Justice (2007) ... Narrator
 2006 Take 3 (TV Series)
Henry R. Hocknell Jr.
 2006 We Are Marshall
President Dedmon
 2006 Heavens Fall
Judge James Horton
 2006 The Shovel (Short)
Paul Mullin
 2005 The Notorious Bettie Page
Estes Kefauver
 1993-2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Willa Cather: The Road Is All (2005) ... Narrator
- Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer (1999) ... Narrator
 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck.
Edward R. Murrow
 2005 Missing in America
Henry R. Hocknell Jr.
 2004 The Sopranos (TV Series)
Robert Wegler
- Cold Cuts (2004) ... Robert Wegler
- Sentimental Education (2004) ... Robert Wegler
- All Happy Families (2004) ... Robert Wegler
 2004/I Twisted
Dr. Melvin Frank
 2004/I Paradise (TV Movie)
Reverend Bobby Paradise
 2003/I The Root
 2002 Speakeasy
Bruce Hickman
 2002 Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (TV Movie)
Jack Hoschouer
 2002 Lathe of Heaven (TV Movie)
Mannie
 2002 Blue Car
Auster
 2001 The Victim (Short)
Mark Zingerline
 2001 Ball in the House
Dr. Charlie
 2001 Big Apple (TV Series)
FBI Agent Will Preecher
- Episode #1.8 (2001) ... FBI Agent Will Preecher
- Episode #1.7 (2001) ... FBI Agent Will Preecher
- Follow the Blender (2001) ... FBI Agent Will Preecher
- A Ministering Angel (2001) ... FBI Agent Will Preecher
- A Passport to the Universe (2001) ... FBI Agent Will Preecher
 2000 A Good Baby
Truman Lester
 2000 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Captain Keller
- The Miracle Worker (2000) ... Captain Keller
 2000 Harrison's Flowers
Harrison Lloyd
 2000 Freedom Song (TV Movie)
Peter Crowley
 1999 A Map of the World
Howard Goodwin
 1999 Limbo
'Jumpin' Joe Gastineau
 1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Theseus
 1998 Meschugge
Charles Kaminski
 1998 Simon Birch
Rev. Russell
 1998 With Friends Like These...
Armand Minetti
 1998 Evidence of Blood (TV Movie)
Jackson Kinley
 1997 Song of Hiawatha
Marcel
 1997 Bad Manners
Wes Westlund
 1997 The Climb
Earl Himes
 1997 L.A. Confidential
Pierce Patchett
 1997 In the Gloaming (TV Movie)
Martin
 1996 Mother Night
Lieutenant Bernard B. O'Hare
 1996 Beyond the Call (TV Movie)
Russell Cates
 1995 Home for the Holidays
Russell Terziak
 1995 Dolores Claiborne
Joe St. George
 1995 Losing Isaiah
Charles Lewin
 1994 The River Wild
Tom Hartman
 1994 April One
John McCowan
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
Getso
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Young Arthur Huntington
 1993 The Firm
Ray McDeere
 1993 Lost in Yonkers
Johnny
 1992 Passion Fish
Rennie
 1992 Sneakers
Irwin 'Whistler' Emery
 1992 Bob Roberts
Mack Laflin
 1992 A League of Their Own
Ira Lowenstein
 1992 O Pioneers! (TV Movie)
Carl Linstrum
 1991 Lethal Innocence (TV Movie)
Dag
 1991 City of Hope
Asteroid
 1991 Without Warning: The James Brady Story (TV Movie)
Doctor Art Kobrine
 1991 Son of the Morning Star (TV Mini-Series)
Capt. William F. Benteen
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Capt. William F. Benteen
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Capt. William F. Benteen
 1990 Judgment (TV Movie)
Father Frank Aubert
 1990 Memphis Belle
Col. Craig Harriman
 1990 Heat Wave (TV Movie)
Bill Thomas
 1990 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Sheriff Matthew Stemkowski
- His Master's Voice (1990) ... Sheriff Matthew Stemkowski
- A One Horse Town (1990) ... Sheriff Matthew Stemkowski
 1989 The Feud
The Stranger
 1989 Day One (TV Movie)
J. Robert Oppenheimer
 1988 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Phillip Borchek
- Sea of Fire (1988) ... Phillip Borchek
 1988 Eight Men Out
Eddie Cicotte
 1988 Call Me
Sam
 1988 Dominick and Eugene
Martin Chernak
 1988 Stars and Bars
Charlie
 1987 Matewan
Sid Hatfield
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Doggie Thorpe
- One for My Daughter (1987) ... Doggie Thorpe
 1987 Broken Vows (TV Movie)
Stuart Chase
 1986 At Close Range
Tony Pine
 1985 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Marty Lang
- Out Where the Buses Don't Run (1985) ... Marty Lang
 1985 When Nature Calls
Weejun
 1984-1985 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Hand
- Episode #1.8636 (1985) ... Dr. Robert Hand (credit only)
- Episode #1.8633 (1985) ... Dr. Robert Hand (credit only)
- Episode #1.8610 (1984) ... Dr. Robert Hand (uncredited)
- Episode #1.8608 (1984) ... Dr. Robert Hand (uncredited)
- Episode #1.8607 (1984) ... Dr. Robert Hand (credit only)
 1984 The Brother from Another Planet
Man In Black
 1984 Iceman
Dr. Singe
 1983 Silkwood
Wesley
 1983 Lovesick
Marvin Zuckerman
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Dave Wilcox (1987)
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Other Works:

He acted William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," in an American Contemporary Theatre production at the Geary Theater in San Francisco, California. Carey Perloff was director. See more »

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1 Interview | 2 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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Personal Quote:

Artists, actors and performers are sometimes vilified for stepping outside of the workplace or using their work as a kind of bully pulpit. See more »

Trivia:

Attended Williams College with director John Sayles, who regularly casts Straithairn in his films. See more »

Trademark:

Commanding voice

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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