Sinise and Mantegna join up for a good cause

Sinise and Mantegna join up for a good cause
Actors Joe Mantegna, left, and Gary Sinise, practice their lines during a rehearsal of the 2010 National Memorial Day Concert on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, May 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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As we Canadians come off a long weekend, south of the border, two stars are getting ready to celebrate their own. 

“Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna and “CSI: New York” star Gary Sinise are set to co-host the PBS National Memorial Day Concert, an annual concert that serves as a night of remembrance for military heroes who have lost their lives in battle.

This will be the sixth time that Sinise and Mantegna have teamed up for the tribute. Both actors are well known for their work with the military, especially Sinise, who has made USO trips to Iraq, and co-founded the “Operation Iraqi Children Program.”

Last week, when Mantegna was talking to the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, the actor remarked “I think it's the most important thing I do. I love being an actor. I love the profession and I love my life, but in terms of importance, this is the most important thing.”

It’s possible that the memorial concert will be even more dramatic than normal, because with its usual focus on the events of 9/11, the festivities may take on a new meaning with the recent death of Osama bin Laden.

B.B. King, “American Idol” winner Kris Allen and “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano will perform at the event.

In other “Criminal Minds” news, this past April Mantegna received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Though both “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: New York” aired their season finales this month, both series will return to primetime this fall.

Besides “Criminal Minds,” Mantegna is known for his work on stage and on the big screen. Mantegna has won a Tony award for his portrayal of Richard Roma in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” and in 2004 received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival.

Sinise, a long-time character actor on the silver screen is perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump.” The actor took the legendary character’s name as the name for his own jazz group, in which he plays the bass guitar.

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About TyroneTyrone Warner has been with CTV.ca since 2005, covering news, entertainment and everything related to CTV. When he’s away from the computer, you can find him writing, recording and performing his own music, running his own record label and dabbling in photography, painting and creative collage. Follow him on Twitter!

 

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