Gary Sinise Reveals His Secret to Happy Marriage After 40 Years Together With Moira Harris

April 24, 2019 Updated: April 29, 2019

The actor with a heart of gold Gary Sinise is known for giving back to his community, particularly military veterans and their families. But as a husband of nearly 40 years, he can also say that he knows a thing or two about marriage.

Sinise’s memorable role as Lt. Dan Taylor garnered him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. It also resonated with the heroes he so passionately supports in real life. He started the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011, through which he provides adaptive homes to ex-soldiers who were injured in the line of duty—he’s helped several quadruple amputees get their lives back on track. They also extend their generosity to thousands of sons and daughters of fallen soldiers by hosting getaway retreats to fun places like Disneyworld.

The actor is known for being as genuine in real life as all of the things we hear about him suggest. One might wonder if his warm persona extends to his married life. It does. Gary met Moira Harris (who also became an actress) during their college years in Illinois when their careers were still budding. They were married in 1981, and have been married ever since—and happily so.

Actor Gary Sinise arrives with his wife, Moira Harris, at the premiere of John Malkovich’s directorial debut “The Dancer Upstairs” Jan. 24, 2002, in Los Angeles, California. (©Getty Images | Sebastian Artz)
Gary Sinise and family attend the world premiere of “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” at Universal Studios, Nov. 8, 2003, in Hollywood, California. (©Getty Images | Carlo Allegri)

The happy couple raised three children together: Sophie, 30; their son McCanna Anthony, 28; and their youngest, Ella, 27. So far, Ella hasn’t taken up acting like her older siblings have, who both starred in TV and movie productions such as “CSI” and “Mission to Mars.”

Gary and Moira remain happily married even after nearly 40 years of having tied the knot. He shared his secret to lasting happiness in an interview with Parade:

“A sense of humor,” he said. “My wife’s a loving, funny, Irish-spirited person, and I’m still surprised at some of the things she says. She makes me laugh every day.”

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The actor who is constantly giving of himself—his time and effort helping others, doing concerts with his Lt. Dan Band, hosting Veteran’s Day events, etc.—put the pause on all of that when he was expecting to become a grandfather in 2017. He didn’t want to miss that, he told CBS.

Perhaps one of the most fundamental forces behind his devoted personality is Sinise’s faith. He recounted a story of when he and his wife were in the car together while being chased by a hurricane in an interview with EWTN, and she announced at that time that she would be converting to become a catholic. Gary followed suit and hasn’t looked back. He stresses the importance of “service above self,” which was the inspiration behind his foundation for veterans.

“This is a calling,” he said. “All this stuff that I’ve done prior to this, the movie business, the television work, the theater company, the success I’ve had, this is what it’s for. It’s to give something.”

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