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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 26, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Happy birthday, David Strathairn

A fine American actor turns 60 today: David Strathairn is perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck”; more often, he’s the guy in the supporting role who’s so good you wish the movie were about him instead. His long career has included close to a hundred film and TV appearances, including a string of films written and directed by his friend John Sayles (my favorite: his haunting performance as a handyman with lost dreams in “Limbo”).
Ever-busy, Strathairn will turn up in this week’s horror film “The Uninvited” and recently wrapped a film version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Julie Taymor. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago, when he came to town to do press for “Good Night,” and was happy to find a low-key, pleasant guy who was delighted to talk about playing Murrow. “George wanted us to move differently, to talk differently, to talk faster,” he said. He spoke of his long study for the role, including tapes of Murrow’s broadcasts, letters, and even looking at equipment Murrow would have used — “like something from a science fiction set.”
Here’s a look at Strathairn as Murrow; if you haven’t seen this movie, do.

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