06/8/2018 2018 American Spirit Award The American Spirit Awards, presented by Hancock Whitney, celebrates individuals whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II and throughout history.  Presented at the American Spirit Awards Gala, Gary Sinise was honored for his ability to inspire others through his selfless acts - particulary in areas of leadership, service to country or community, and education.  The National WWII Museum
05/21/2018 2018 Andrew Gomez Compassionate Service Award Awarded during the Paul Mitchell FUNraising Gala 2018, The Andrew Gomez Compassionate Service Award seeks to recognize compassionate service in exceptional individuals. Gary Sinise has demonstrated compassionate selfless service through his tireless dedication to our nations military, first-responders, and their families. The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
05/6/2018 2018 The Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit (Citizen Artist) The Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit recognizes recipients who have had an enduring impact on the advancement of arts and culture. At the 2018 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, Gary Sinise was recognized for his work leading and founding the Gary Sinise Foundation's Arts & Entertainment Outreach Program, which is dedicated to honoring America's defenders and their loved ones through free dinners and theater performances.  The Kennedy Center 
03/21/2018 2018 Circle of Honor Award The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation aims to promote the ideals of the Medal of Honor. These ideals include courage, sacrafice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity, and commitment. Gary Sinise has embodied these traits through his inspiring dedication to serving our nations defenders and their families.  The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
03/6/2018 2018 Gaurdian Angel Award The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) honors Gary Sinise for his extraordinary support and personal engagement with the families of America's fallen heroes.  The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
11/1/2017 2017 Angel of Honor Award The Angel of Honor Award is the highest award the Armed Services YMCA can offer.  Recipients must make contributions that extend and propel the mission of the Armed Services YMCA.  The ASYMCA Board of Directors selected Gary Sinise for his tireless effort to strengthen service members and their families. Armed Services YMCA
10/11/2017 2017 George Catlett Marshall Medal

The George Catlett Marshall Award is the AUSA's highest award for distinguished public service, presented to Gary Sinise by the Council of Trustees of the Association of the United States Army. Gary is the 2017 recipient, awarded for his sustained commitment to the men and women of America's armed forces. 

Association of the United States Army (AUSA)


FBI Director's Community Leadership (DCLA) Award

The Office of Public Affairs honors The Gary Sinise Foundation for its work in ensuring the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their loved ones are never forgotten. One of the foundation’s most notable programs is R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), which builds mortgage-free, specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded heroes to improve their quality of life and increase their independence. 

 James B. Comey, Director of the FBI- On Behalf of the FBI HQ Office of Public Affairs
04/17/2017 2017 Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Gary was presented with the star in honor of his decades of acting and decades of philanthropy in support of the troops.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
04/08/2017 2017 James Cardinal Gibbons Medal

The James Cardinal Gibbons Medal is the Alumni Association’s highest accolade, presented to Gary in recognition of his unwavering support of the brave men and women who serve our country. 

The Catholic University of America Alumni Association
03/21/2017 2017 Legacy of Hope Award

The Legacy of Hope Award recognizes Gary Sinise "for all the incredible work he does for our nation's military members, their families and our wounded, ill and injured and their caregivers." Sinise was honored for his tireless efforts to meet and entertain troops around the world with his Lt. Dan Band.

USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore- "The Force Behind the Forces"
06/18/2016 2016

DAR Medal of Honor

Awarded the DAR Medal of Honor for his extraordinary qualities of leadership, service, and patriotism shown through his dedication to supporting our nation's defenders for more than 30 years. 

Daughters of the American Revolution
06/15/2016 2016 Bradley Prize

The Bradley Prize formally recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence in areas consistent with The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation's mission which believes strongly in the dignity and worth of each human being. Gary received the 2016 award for his support of America's service members. His dedication to our nation's active duty defenders, veterans, and first responders has become a tireless crusade of support, service, and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.  

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
05/27/2016 2016 Saint Pio Award 

The Saint Pio Award reflects the importance of those whom it is given. It is to recognize the selfless and outstanding contribution of individuals who are committed to the Catholic Church who follow in the footsteps of Padre Pio by "bringing relief of suffering to those in need."

Saint Pio Foundation 
03/23/2016 2016 Honorary Battalion Chief  Gary was bestowed Honorary Battalion Chief by FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro for his tireless efforts in support of the our nations Fire Departments. Nigro stated, since September 11th, Gary has been a tremendous friend to the Department, raising funds to help build the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island, and bringing his band to perform at countless FNDY events that have helped raise money for our fallen members.  Fire Department of the City of New York
10/22/2015 2015 Sylvanus Thayer Award

The Thayer Award is given to a citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose outstanding character, service, accomplishments, and stature in the civilian community draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: "Duty, Honor, Country." 

West Point Association of Graduates
09/15/2015 2015 Doughboy Award

The Doughboy Award is presented annually to recognize an individual for outstanding contributions to the United States Army Infantry. The award is presented on behalf of all infantrymen past and present. The Doughboy Award is the highest honor the Chief of Infantry can bestow on a Soldier or civilian. It is awarded for significant and lasting contributions to the Infantry on behalf of all Infantrymen past and present.

The Chief of Infantry - on behalf of the United States Army Infantry
06/16/2015 2015 Service to America Leadership Award

The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. Considered NABEF's highest individual honor, Gary received the 2015 Award for his ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support for our nation's defenders, veterans, first-responders, their families and those in need. 

National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation 
04/11/2015 2015 True Grit Humanitarian Award 

Awarded for his personal quest to give back to those who selflessly sacrifice for our nation and encouraging others to do the same. The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary established the “True Grit” Award to recognize individuals who embody the values that were characteristic of John Wayne. The award will be given to heroes who have demonstrated, through their body of work, uncompromising integrity and commitment to the values of our great country: freedom, equality, and democracy.

The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary 
02/27/2015 2015 Noble Award

Awarded for his support of active duty service members and veterans. The Noble Award is presented to individuals who have made a positive impact on society and the world. 

The 3rd Annual Noble Awards
11/14/2014 2014 Charles Durning Patriotism Award 

Awarded for his continuing dedication to enriching the lives of America's veterans. Gary Sinise is the third recipient of this prestigious award. 

Disabled Veterans Business Alliance
10/25/2014 2014 Envoy Citizen Patriot Award

Awarded annually to the person that most embodies the true qualities of a Citizen Patriot. Provide support and comfort to our American Heroes and their families, who proudly defend our country and our freedoms.

Envoy Air/American Airlines
06/11/2014 2014 Ronald Reagan Award

The Ronald Reagan Award is presented to individuals who promote the principals of individual freedom, peace through strength, and traditional American values as found in the Declaration of Independence. 

Frontiers of Freedom 
04/11/2014 2014 Eisenhower Award

The Eisenhower Award is bestowed annually on an individual who National Defense Industrial Association best reflects President Eisenhower's beliefs and support for a strong national security and industrial base.

10/26/2013 2013 Globe and Anchor Award

The Globe and Anchor Award is presented to individuals who have displayed dedicated and inspirational civic and community leadership.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
10/23/2013 2013 American Spectator Award for Service

Awarded for an individual who has distinguished themselves through service to others, with substantial personal sacrifice, without drawing attention to themselves.

American Spectator Foundation
08/26/2013 2013 Honorary Marine

Awarded by Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, to individuals in the civilian community who have made extraordinary contributions to the Marine Corps.

The United States Marine Corps
05/23/2013 2013

SIF Award for Courage and Patriotism

Honored as an outstanding Italian American humanitarian

Order Sons of Italy in America

05/22/2013 2013

Outstanding Civilian Service Award

For outstanding service that makes a substantial contribution to the major Army command

Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond T. Odierno

04/25/2013 2013

Annual Dinner Award

For dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans and first responders, their families, and those in need; and the crusade of support, service, and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.

Shelter Partnership

04/16/2013 2013

Easter Seals Advocacy Award

To recognize individuals, corporations and foundations who have transformed the landscape for people with disabilities and special needs.

Easter Seals Serving DC, MD, VA

03/19/2013 2013

Civic Statesmanship Award

For his dedication to serving America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need through the Gary Sinise Foundation, and Operation International Children

U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

02/11/2013 2013

Silver Service Medallion Award

Silver Service Medallion Awarded to individuals who personify the courage, sacrifice, and optimism of the Greatest Generation National WWII Museum

Greatest Generation National WWII Museum

11/15/2012 2012

Spirit of Hope Award

For selflessly contributing an extraordinary amount of time, talent, and resources to benefit members of the U.S. Armed Forces

Department of Defense

09/17/2012 2012

Gill Robb Wilson Award

For distinguished humanitarian service to our nation’s veterans

Air Force Association

08/24/2012 2012

Honorary Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Continued support of the US Navy

US Navy at Naval Memorial, Washington, DC

08/07/2012 2012

“Magic Legs” Award

For integrity, big heart, and sense of respect for our nation

Disabled American Veterans

06/21/2012 2012

Gabriel Award for Personal Achievement

For Christian witness exemplified in both professional career and on for work on behalf of our military, first responders, and families.

Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals

03/15/2012 2012

Boy Scouts of America Leader of the Year


Awarded by 5th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast Los Angeles Area Council Boy Scouts of America

12/30/2011 2011

Admiral in the Texas Navy

This honor is bestowed upon people who have done noteworthy community service for the citizens of the great State of Texas.

Governor Rick Perry, State of Texas

11/20/2011 2011

Joe Foss Award for Patriotism

His patriotism, his love for America, the impact that 9/11 had in his life, and the importance of defending our freedom.

Joe Foss Institue

11/16/2011 2011

Suicide Prevention International Humanitarian Award

Awarded for Gary’s efforts to help with suicide prevention awareness

Suicide Prevention International

10/30/2011 2011

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

“In recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community & outstanding service to America’s Military and Veterans”

State of California Congress signed by Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon

10/30/2011 2011

State of California Certificate of Recognition

“In honor of your outstanding dedication and commitment to our U.S. Military service men and women”

State of California Senate; signed by Tony Strickland, Senator, 19th District

10/22/2011 2011

“Salute to Medal of Honor”

“In appreciation to Gary Sinise for your patriotism and unwavering support of our Nation’s Veterans, Military Service Members, and their families.”

Skyball IX

07/16/2011 2011

Gold Good Citizenship Medal

“in recognition of notable services on behalf of our American principles”

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

06/16/2011 2011

USO Patriot Award

“In acknowledgment of magnificent & continuing support of our troops”

Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX

05/19/2011 2011

NIAF Special Achievement Award in Entertainment

Special achievement award in entertainment

National Italian American Foundation

05/05/2011 2011

The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award

For Gary’s extraordinary work with Operation Iraqi Children & Disabled Veteran’s LIFE Memorial Foundation

The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation

04/20/2011 2011

2011 National Citizenship Award

Humanitarian efforts

Military Chaplains Association of the USA

04/16/2011 2011

Ft. Hood Thanks Lt. Dan Band Award

Appreciation to Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band after recent performance

Ft. Hood

04/12/2011 2011

Order of Military Medical Merit Award

Presented on 5/12/2011 “in appreciation for your steadfast support and contributions to Army medicine”

Presented by Surgeon General of US Army, Lt. General Eric B. Schoomaker, M.D, Ph.D. - Army Medicine

04/02/2011 2011

Crystal Heart Award

Gary’s demonstrated leadership and innovation in community or public service

USC - Marilyn Flynn, Dean

04/01/2011 2011

The Gold Star Award

On behalf of the men and women of the Canadian Forces “Thank you for your dedication to the troops”

Rear-Admiral Richard Greenwood, OMM, MSM, CD, Defence Attache

10/17/2009 2009

Operation Troop Aid “Patriot Award"

Gary’s work championing the men and women serving in the American Armed Forces Operation Troop Aid
10/16/2010 2010

Heart of a Patriot Award

Gary’s support of our men & women in the military

Medal of Honor

10/04/2009 2009

A Night of Honor

Gary honored for his dedication and commitment to our fighting troops in Iraq

Iraq Star

10/02/2009 2009

Spirit of the USO Award

Awarded to Gary for his support of troops and the USO


08/22/2009 2009

Alabama Clay Eagle

For exemplary volunteer service to the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The Disabled American Veterans National Headquarters and The DAV Dept. of Alabama DAV National Convention Denver, Colorado

07/01/2009 2009

Moments of Excellence Award

For his selfless devotion and patriotism in providing entertainment to military service members, their families and our vets

Stephen H. Pauli, Assistant Chief of Staff Marine Corps Community Services

05/21/2009 2009 Honorary "Night Stalker"

Awarded Honorary Member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment by Secretary of the Army, Col. Clayton M. Hutmacher, for Gary's continuous support of the troops and esprit de corps.

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Ft. Campbell, TN
03/29/2009 2009

Michael Landon Award - Contribution to Youth

Gary’s work as Co-Founder: Operation Iraqi Children Young Artist Awards
Year of 2009 2009

Telly Award - Bronze Winner

Executive producer on “Uncle Jack” / Strategic Perception Inc. Republican National Convention Medal of Honor


12/10/2008 2008

Presidential Citizens Medal

The United States honors Gary Sinise as a humanitarian and a patriot

President George W. Bush, The White House

10/25/2008 2008

Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts

To honor Gary for his accomplishments as a philanthropist and contemporary artist

Cal State Stanislaus

05/23/2008 2008

Guest of Honor at the Marine Corps’ Evening Parade

For Gary’s dedication to our troops and the support he gives servicemen and women

Department of the Navy/United States Marine Corps - Lt. Gen. R.F. Natonski

05/10/2008 2008

Ellis Island Medal of Honor

“Outstanding Americans who have distinguished themselves as citizens of the United States”

National Ethnic Coalition

12/03/2007 2007

Inspire Award

Gary was honored for his fundraising efforts on behalf of Operation Iraqi Children

AARP Inspire Awards

11/09/2007 2007

FlIFF Career Achievement Award

Career achievement award

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival


09/29/2007 2007

God of Fire Man of the Year

For his charitable work for the children in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the children affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Cigar Family Charitable Foundation

09/22/2007 2007

Royal Court of the Golden Lion Charity Award

For humanitarian & leadership as an Italian-American

Sons of Italy Western Foundation

08/11/2007 2007

Citation from the President, Borough of Brooklyn, City of NY

To honor the entertainer who most embodies the spirit of the American G.I. and his work

Office of the President, Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York

05/26/2007 2007 GI Spirit Award Award to honor the entertainer who most embodies the spirit of the American G.I. and his work.

GI Film Festival

04/27/2007 2007

Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment

Awarded to patriotic entertainers The Congressional Medal of Honor Society 



MOAA Distinguished Service Award

For individuals or organizations that strongly support military men and women and their families as they promote a strong national defense Military Officers Association of America
04/01/2007 2007

American Spirit Award

Given to Gary for his support of and commitment to the creative community

The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors in Association with AFTRA, SAG, WGA

Year of 2007 2007

Telly Award - Silver Winner

Suicide prevention PSA / Disabled American Veterans “Give Back to Them”


03/18/2006 2006

Ben Franklin Humanitarian Award

For humanitarian efforts

Pennsylvania Speakers Ball

03/03/2006 2006

NIAF Special Achievement Award

Gary’s “...many contributions to the entertainment industry”

National Italian American Foundation

11/06/2005 2005

CIMA Humanitarian Award

Gary honored for visiting American troops abroad and supporting Iraqi schoolchildren

Catholics in Media Associates

05/20/2005 2005

Superior Public Service Award

Gary’s support of US service members

Gordon England, Deputy Secretary of Defense

01/07/2005 2005


Fallen Angel (2003, Shared Award)

Character and Morality in Entertainment

10/23/2004 2004

Face of Valor, Heart of a Patriot Award

Gary honored for his support of the men and women serving our nation

The Board of Directors of the USO of Illinois

04/27/2004 2004

American Veterans Disabled For Life Award

Gary honored for “...outstanding efforts to raise public awareness on behalf of our country’s disabled veterans.”

Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation

12/15/2003 2003 AFI Award 2003 Honoring a year of excellence

For Gary’s and the entire creative ensemble of “The Human Stain” for it’s contribution to America’s cultural legacy

AFI Awards
05/25/2003 2003

Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

For his work in theater and the movies, as a producer, director, and actor

Amherst College

01/14/2003 2003

DVD Premiere Award

Best Actor “A Gentleman's Game”

DVD Exclusive Awards

06/03/2001 2001

Tony Award Nomination

Best Lead Actor in A Play “One Flew Over the Cookoos Nest” American Theatre Wing
05/11/2001 2001

Drama League Awards

Outstanding performance in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

The Drama League

10/26/2000 2000

Best Acting / Milan International Film Festival

Best Actor “All the Rage” (1999)

Milan International Film Festival

Year of 2000 2000

The Joseph Jefferson Award

Best Actor “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee

05/26/1999 1999

Blockbuster Entertainment Nomination

Favorite Supporting Actor-Suspense “Snake Eyes”

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards


1998 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special “George Wallace” Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
03/08/1998 1998

Screen Actors Guild Award

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries “George Wallace”

Screen Actors Guild

02/22/1998 1998

Golden Satellite Award

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “George Wallace” (1997) (TV) Satellite Awards
01/18/1998 1998

Golden Globe Nomination

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Made for TV “George Wallace”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association


1997 Cable ACE Award Actor in a movie or Miniseries “Truman” National Cable Television Association


Cable ACE Award Best Actor in a Movie or a Miniseries “George Wallace” National Cable Television Association
05/07/1997 1997

Brandeis University Outstanding Contribution Award

For his outstanding contribution to American theater and film

Donna Silver, President, Brandeis University

Year of 1997 1997

Governor’s Award

For Contributions to the arts in Illinois

Hinsdale Center For The Arts

11/06/1996 1996

Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise Day 4/28/1997 in Illinois

Proclaiming 4/28/1997 Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise Day in Illinois

State of Illinois; George Ryan, Secretary of State & Jim Edgar, Governor


1996 Emmy Nomination Outstanding Lead Actor in a miniseries or special “Truman” Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
05/06/1996 1996 Tony Award Nomination

Best Director “Buried Child”

American Theatre Wing
03/12/1996 1996

Chicago Film Critics’ Commitment to Chicago Award

Contribution as an actor

Chicago Film Critics Association



Screen Actors Guild Award

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for “Truman” Screen Actors Guild Awards



Screen Actors Guild Award

Outstanding Performance by a Cast “Apollo 13” (1995) Screen Actors Guild Awards
01/21/1996 1996

Golden Globe Award

Best Actor in a TV/Miniseries “Truman”

Hollywood Foreign Press

Year of 1996


The Joseph Jefferson Award

Best Director of a Play “Buried Child” The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee


1995 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor “Forrest Gump” The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films
03/27/1995 1995

Academy Award Certificate of Nomination

Best Supporting Actor “Forrest Gump”  (motion picture first exhibited in 1994)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

03/16/1995 1995

Breakthrough Award

Gary celebrated as new, young rising talent

Us Magazine and E! Entertainment

March of 1995

1995 Chlotrudis Award Best Supporting Actor “Forrest Gump” Chlortrudis Society for Independent Film



Screen Actors Guild Nomination

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries, “The Stand” Screen Actors Guild



Screen Actors Guild Inaugural Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture “Forrest Gump.” Screen Actors Guild
01/21/1995 1995

Golden Globe Nomination

Best Supporting Actor “Forrest Gump”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association


1994    NBR Award Best Supporting Actor for Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump” National Board of Review, USA
08/21/1994  1994    Disabled American Veterans National Commanders Award Acceptance of Commander's Award for his portrayal of severely wounded veteran Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump Disabled American Veterans
Dec of 1994 1994

Star of Tomorrow 

Best Supporting Actor “Forrest Gump”

National Board of Review

11/19/1992 1992

LAFTA 1st Film in Education Award

For promoting literature to literacy as exemplified by “Of Mice and Men”

The Los Angeles Film Teacher’s Association

10/02/1992 1992 Most Promising Male Newcomer of the Year Award For Directing, Producing, and Co-Starring in MGM's "Of Mice and Men"  Motion Picture Bookers Club
05/07/1992 1992

Golden Palm Nomination

Of Mice and Men

Cannes Film Festival



Tony Award Nomination

Best Featured Actor in a Play “Grapes of Wrath” American Theatre Wing
05/20/1990 1990

Drama Desk Award Nomination

Best Actor in a Play “Grapes of Wrath”

Drama Desk Awards

05/23/1988 1988

Golden Palm Nomination

Miles From Home Cannes Film Festival
Year of 1985 1985

The Joseph Jefferson Award

Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Chicago Area Theatres for Director - Play “Orphans”

The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee

Year of 1985 1985 Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Ensemble Performance in “Balm in Gilead”

Drama Desk Awards
Year of 1983 1983

Obie Award

Direction of a Play, "True West"

The Obie Awards/Off-Broadway Theater Awards

Year of 1982 1982

The Joseph Jefferson Award

Nomination for Best Director of a Play for “True West”

The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee

Year of 1980 1980 The Joseph Jefferson Award

Best Supporting Actor, "Getting Out"

The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee

2017 Hurricane Relief

We’re thrilled to announce Snowball Express is now an official program of the Gary Sinise Foundation! More details will follow, but rest assured we will expand on this program’s important work while maintaining their many wonderful traditions.

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