David Strathairn

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David Strathairn
David Strathairn
Born January 26, 1949
San Francisco, California, United States
Notable role(s) William Stenz
First work Return of the Secaucus 7 (1979)
Notable work Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

David Russell Strathairn is an American actor. He portrayed Admiral Stenz in Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, and reprised his role in the sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.



DAVID STRATHAIRN (Adm. William Stenz) earned an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in George Clooney’s acclaimed drama, “Good Night, and Good Luck.” His portrayal of legendary news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in the film also brought him the Volpi Cup at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, as well as Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, BAFTA Award, Independent Spirit Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. Additionally, the cast of “Good Night, and Good Luck.” received a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. Strathairn has shared in two more SAG Award® nominations in the same category, for Curtis Hanson’s “L.A. Confidential” and, most recently, for Steven Spielberg’s epic 2012 biopic “Lincoln.”

He has enjoyed a long association with director John Sayles, whom he met when they were students together at Williams College in Massachusetts. Their first film was “The Return of the Secaucus Seven,” which marked Sayles’ directing debut and Strathairn’s feature film debut. Strathairn later won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Sayles’ “City of Hope,” and also garnered Spirit Award nominations for his work in “Passion Fish” and “Limbo.” They have also collaborated on “The Brother from Another Planet,” “Matewan” and “Eight Men Out.”

Strathairn has more than 70 other films to his credit, including a wide range of both major studio releases and independent features. He has starred in two installments of the “Bourne” action franchise, Paul Greengrass’ “The Bourne Ultimatum” and Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy.” His recent film work also includes “The Whistleblower,” Julie Taymor’s screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” “The Uninvited” and Mark Waters’ “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” Also counted among his many diverse credits are “Fracture,” with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling; “We are Marshall”; “The Notorious Bettie Page”; Philip Kaufman’s “Twisted”; “Harrison’s Flowers”; “A Map of the World”; Michael Hoffman’s screen version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; “Simon Birch”; Jodie Foster’s “Home for the Holidays,” joining an all-star cast; Taylor Hackford’s “Dolores Claiborne”; Curtis Hanson’s “The River Wild”; Sydney Pollack’s “The Firm”; Phil Alden Robinson’s “Sneakers”; and Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own.”

On the small screen, Strathairn won an Emmy Award and received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the 2010 HBO biopic “Temple Grandin.” He gained a second Emmy nomination in 2012 for his work in the HBO movie “Hemingway & Gelhorn,” directed by Philip Kaufman. His previous television work includes a recurring role on “The Sopranos” and such longform projects as “Paradise,” “Lathe of Heaven,” “The Miracle Worker,” “Freedom Song,” Christopher Reeve’s “In the Gloaming,” “The American Clock,” “O Pioneers!,” “Son of the Morning Star” and “Judgment.” He also starred on the series “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.”

Strathairn has also maintained a high profile in the theatre world, recently returning to Broadway to star with Jessica Chastain in “The Heiress.” He had made his Broadway debut in 1981 in “Einstein and the Polar Bear,” and went on to star in the plays “The Three Sisters,” “Dance of Death” and Salome.” He has also been seen on the stages of such venues as the Manhattan Theatre Club, the New York Shakespeare Festival, SoHo Rep, the Hartford Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Seattle Repertory.



Selected filmography


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