David Strathairn

Johanna Lawshea

Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn had an extensive resume of supporting roles before being cast in the lead as newsman Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. He has been a longtime collaborator with the writer/filmmaker John Sayles and has appeared in seven of Sayles’s films, including Return of the Secaucus Seven, Brother From Another Planet, Matewan, and Limbo. Strathairn has appeared in the films The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. He earned an Emmy award for his role in the HBO television film Temple Grandin and an Emmy nomination for his role as John Dos Passos in Hemingway and Gelhorn. He has continued to perform on the stage as well, twice at ACT in San Francisco, and most recently in New York, on Broadway in The Heiress. His involvement since its inception with Bryan Doerries’ “Theater of War”— the innovative public-health project seeking to help military veterans cope with combat stress and PTSD— continues to be among the most vital and rewarding experiences of his acting career.