Steppenwolf Theatre Company

by Sylviastel | created - 23 Jul 2014 | updated - 17 Jan 2017 | Public

What began as a modest theatre company named Steppenwolf whether from the rock group or the Hermann Hesse's novella, it has become a phenomenon in American theatre. There have been others but nothing like Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

1. Jeff Perry

Actor | Wild Things

Jeff Perry was born on August 16, 1955 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Wild Things (1998), Scandal (2012) and My So-Called Life (1994). He is married to Linda Lowy. They have one child. He was previously married to Laurie Metcalf.

Co-Founder and Ensemble Player

2. Terry Kinney

Actor | Oz

Terry Kinney, the stage, film and television actor, was born on January 29, 1954 in Lincoln, Illinois and attended Illinois State University. While at university, his friend, the aspiring actor Jeff Perry, took Kinney to Chicago to see a production of "Grease" in which his best friend, Gary Sinise,...

Co-Founder and Ensemble Player

3. Gary Sinise

Actor | Forrest Gump

Gary Alan Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, to Mylles S. (Alsip) and Robert L. Sinise, A.C.E., a film editor. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Swedish ancestry. His family moved to Highland Park, where he attended high school. ...

Co-Founder and Ensemble Player

4. Moira Sinise

Actress | Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Moira Harris was born on April 19, 1954 in Pontiac, Illinois. She attended and graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, (also where John Malkovich attended) and met Gary Sinise during her college years. They have three children: Sophie Sinise, McCanna Anthony Sinise and Ella ...

Ensemble Player as Moira Harris since 1976.

5. John Malkovich

Actor | Being John Malkovich

John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary ...

Ensemble Player since 1976.

6. Laurie Metcalf

Actress | Lady Bird

Laurie Metcalf was born June 16, 1955 in Carbondale, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Libby (Mars), a librarian, and James Metcalf, a budget director. She was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. Laurie attended Illinois State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts in theater in ...

Ensemble Player since 1976.

7. Alan Wilder

Actor | Child's Play

Alan Wilder was born on September 24, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Child's Play (1988), Home Alone (1990) and Public Enemies (2009).

Ensemble Player since 1976.

8. Joan Allen

Actress | Room

Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She ...

Ensemble Player since 1980.

9. Francis Guinan

Actor | Constantine

Francis Guinan was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Constantine (2005), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and The Last Airbender (2010).

Ensemble Player since 1980.

10. Glenne Headly

Actress | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

For the past fourteen years, she has said that family has been the most important thing to her and she has set most of her time aside to be a "present" mother to her son. Movies, plays and television are chosen, for the most part, when they occur in town or on a school break. She has taken the ...

Ensemble Player since 1980.

11. Tom Irwin

Actor | My So-Called Life

A native of Illinois, Tom Irwin attended Illinois State University. After graduation, he joined the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. The renowned ensemble of artists - among them Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Joan Allen - still work together as often as possible...

Ensemble Player since 1980.

12. John Mahoney

Actor | Frasier

John Mahoney was an award-winning American actor. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, the seventh of eight children of Margaret and Reg, a baker. His family was evacuated to the sea-side resort to avoid the Nazi bombing of their native Manchester. The Mancunian Mahoneys eventually ...

Ensemble Player since 1980.

13. Rondi Reed

Actress | The Astronaut's Wife

Rondi Reed was born on October 26, 1952 in Dixon, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Mo' Money (1992) and Army of One (1993).

Ensemble Player since 1980.

14. Kevin Anderson

Actor | Orphans

KEVIN ANDERSON has been a Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble member for 35 years. He recently wrapped up the world premiere production of Tracy Letts's "THE MINUTES", a scathing political satire, directed by Tracy's longtime collaborator "AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY" director Anna Shapiro, and co-starring fellow...

Ensemble Player since 1985.

15. Randall Arney

Actor | Chain Reaction

Randall Arney was born on June 23, 1956 in Effingham, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Chain Reaction (1996), The Color of Money (1986) and Crime Story (1986).

Ensemble Player since 1985.

16. Robert Breuler

Actor | The Crucible

Robert, originally from New Haven Connecticut, is a Chicago based actor. From his first professional role at Joe Papp's New York Public Theatre where he played Kress in David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel", to Sidney Greenstreet in "Ten Chimneys" at Milwaukee Rep and Frank in "Detroit"...

Ensemble Player since 1985.

17. Gary Cole

Actor | Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Gary Cole was born on September 20, 1956 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA as Gary Michael Cole. He is known for his work on Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), One Hour Photo (2002) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). He was previously married to Teddi Siddall.

Ensemble Player since 1985.

18. Frank Galati

Writer | The Accidental Tourist

Frank Galati was born on November 29, 1943 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for The Accidental Tourist (1988), American Playhouse (1981) and The Party Animal (1984).

Ensemble Player since 1985.

19. Tim Hopper

Actor | Vanilla Sky

Tim Hopper is an actor, known for Vanilla Sky (2001), The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and To Die For (1995).

Ensemble Player since 1985.

20. Austin Pendleton

Actor | The Muppet Movie

Actor Austin Pendleton was born March 27, 1940 in Warren, Ohio to Frances and Thorn Pendleton. He graduated from Yale University. He later became an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, and acted in several of the theater's productions. His first film appearance in Petulia (1968),...

Ensemble Player since 1985.

21. Molly Regan

Actress | Confessions of a Shopaholic

Molly Regan is an actress, known for Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Pollock (2000) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994).

Ensemble Player since 1985.

22. Rick Snyder

Actor | U.S. Marshals

Rick Snyder was born on January 27, 1951 in Elmhurst, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for U.S. Marshals (1998), The Net (1995) and The Human Stain (2003). He has been married to Susan Tyra since 1981. They have two children.

Ensemble Player since 1985.

23. Jim True-Frost

Actor | The Hudsucker Proxy

Jim True-Frost was born on July 31, 1966 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA as James True. He is an actor, known for The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Singles (1992) and Affliction (1997). He has been married to Cora Frost since June 5, 1999. They have two children.

Ensemble Player since 1985 as Jim True.

24. Kathryn Erbe

Actress | Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Kathryn Erbe was born on July 5, 1965 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA as Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe. She is known for her work on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Stir of Echoes (1999) and What About Bob? (1991). She was previously married to Terry Kinney.

Ensemble Player since 1990.

25. K. Todd Freeman

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

K. Todd Freeman was born on July 9, 1965 in Houston, Texas, USA as Kenneth Todd Freeman. He is an actor, known for Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and The Cider House Rules (1999).

Ensemble Player since 1990.

26. Tina Landau

Director | The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!

Tina Landau is a director, known for The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! (2019), Old Hats (2016) and Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar (2002). She was previously married to Niki Cunningham.

Ensemble Player since 1990.

27. Martha Lavey

Actress | Cold Justice

Martha Lavey was born in 1957, daughter of a CIA agent. She graduated from Northwestern in 1979 and later returned for a graduate theater degree. Most of her acting has been on the stage and she is today director of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, where her colleagues have included John Malkovich ...

Ensemble Player since 1990. Artistic Director.

28. Mariann Mayberry

Actress | War of the Worlds

Mariann Mayberry was born on May 25, 1965 in Springfield, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for War of the Worlds (2005), Dogman (2012) and No God, No Master (2013). She was married to Scott Jaeck. She died on August 1, 2017 in Simsbury, Connecticut, USA.

Ensemble Player since 1990.

29. Amy Morton

Actress | Up in the Air

Amy Morton was born in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for Up in the Air (2009), 8MM (1999) and The Dilemma (2011).

Ensemble Player since 1990.

30. Sally Murphy

Actress | Fearless

Sally Murphy was born on October 12, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for Fearless (1993), Scent of a Woman (1992) and Pollock (2000).

Ensemble Player since 1990.

31. Martha Plimpton

Actress | The Goonies

She has show biz in her blood. Martha Plimpton was born November 16, 1970, in New York City to two actors: Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Martha began her career at age 8, when her mom had a friend of hers, composer Elizabeth Swados, enroll her in an actors' workshop. At age 10, she got a ...

Ensemble Player since 1990.

32. Eric Simonson

Producer | We Know You Have a Choice

Eric Simonson is an ensemble member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a position he maintains while working as a writer and director for film, television, theatre and opera.

Recent films include the documentary, "Studs Terkel: Listening to America" (Emmy nomination); "A Note of Triumph: ...

Ensemble Player since 1990.

33. Lois Smith

Actress | Minority Report

Lois Smith was born on November 3, 1930 in Topeka, Kansas, USA as Lois Arlene Humbert. She is an actress, known for Minority Report (2002), Lady Bird (2017) and Twister (1996). She was previously married to Wesley Dale Smith.

Ensemble Player since 1990.

34. Tracy Letts

Actor | Lady Bird

Tracy Letts is the son of actor Dennis Letts and best-selling author Billie Letts, of "Where The Heart Is" and "The Honk And Holler Opening Soon" fame. Tracy is also the author of the stage play "Killer Joe", which ran off-Broadway in 1998 for nine months and starred Scott Glenn, Amanda Plummer, ...

35. Shannon Cochran

Actress | The Ring

Shannon was born in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She had extensive theatre work in Chicago, including the world premiere of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile", a play by Steve Martin. She received a Joseph Jefferson Award for her role as "...

36. Yasen Peyankov

Actor | Captive State

Yasen Peyankov was born in Varna, Bulgaria and went to the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. He arrived in the United States in 1990 and very quickly found his place as an actor in the vibrant off-Loop theatre scene in Chicago. In 1992 he co-founded the European Repertory Company...

37. William Petersen

Producer | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

William Petersen was born on February 21, 1953 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as William Louis Petersen. He is a producer and actor, known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Manhunter (1986). He has been married to Gina Cirone since June 14, 2003. They have ...

38. Audrey Francis

Actress | Knives and Skin

Audrey Francis is an actress, known for Knives and Skin (2019), Later Days and Signature Move (2017).

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