Sam Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor noted particularly for his portrayal of Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, as well as for his many motion picture roles.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Waterston is equally at home on the stage, in movies, and on television. Waterston grew up at the Brooks School, a boarding school in North Andover, Massachusetts. He attended the Groton School (another prep school), Yale University, and the Sorbonne.
His first film was Fitzwilly in 1967. Other films include The Great Gatsby, Rancho Deluxe, Journey Into Fear, Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate, Hopscotch, The Killing Fields (nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor), Interiors, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mindwalk, Serial Mom, and Predator 1 and 2 .
Besides Law & Order, he has played other television roles including D.A. Forrest Bedford in I'll Fly Away.
Waterston is a six time Emmy Award nominee, winner of the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild awards. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Killing Fields.
He is also on the Advisory Committee for the Lincoln Bicentennial, celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Waterston, who takes an active interest in Lincoln, has portrayed Lincoln on stage and screen (The Civil War, Gore Vidal's Lincoln and Abe Lincoln in Illinois on Broadway).
An active humanitarian, Waterston also donates considerable time to organizations such as Refugees International, City meals-on-Wheels, The United Way, and The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.
Memorial Day Special Broadcasts on WAMC
WAMC is pleased to present one of America's finest actors and friend of WAMC, Sam Waterston, in a compelling conversation about one of the history's most renowned playwrights, William Shakespeare, in Shakespeare in American Life with Sam Waterston.
Opinion: Turning Random Thoughts Into Good Juju
Connecticut Law Tribune
Oh, and — with apologies to Sam Waterston, who is a great actor — Jack McCoy gets a Lifetime Achievement Award for Character Who Consistently Makes Me Want to Punch Him in the Face Due to His Vomit-Inducing Self-Righteousness. • I get a peverse ...
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