- Sam Waterston
name = Sam Waterston
caption = Sam Waterston displaying gifts from fans
birthname = Samuel Atkinson Waterston
birthdate = birth date and age|1940|11|15
yearsactive = 1967 — present
spouse = Barbara Rutledge (1964-1969)
Lynn Louisa Woodruff (1976-)
emmyawards = Outstanding Informational Series
geminiawards = Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries
The Matthew Shepard Story"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actor - Drama Series
1993 "I'll Fly Away"
sagawards = Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Law & Order"
Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston (born
November 15 1940) is an American actor noted particularly for his portrayal of Jack McCoyon the long-running NBC television series" Law & Order". He has also appeared in many feature films.
Waterston, one of four siblings, was born in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. His mother, Alice Tucker (née Atkinson), was an American Mayflowerdescendant and worked as a landscape painter, and his father, George Chychele Waterston, was an immigrant from Leith, Scotlandand a semanticistand language teacher. [ [http://www.wargs.com/other/waterston.html Ancestry of Sam Waterston ] ] [ [http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9542268 Sam Waterston Biography - Biography.com ] ] Waterston attended both the Brooks School, a boarding school in North Andover, Massachusetts, and the Groton School. He entered Yale Universityon a scholarship in 1958 and graduated with a BA in 1962. After graduating from Yale, he attended the Clinton Playhouse for several months. Waterston also attended the Sorbonne in Parisand the American Actors Workshop.
The classically trained Waterston has quite a few stage credits to his name. For example, he played an award-winning Benedick in
Joseph Papp's production of Shakespeare's " Much Ado About Nothing", and played the title character in " Hamlet". He continues live theater work during the summers, often seen acting at places like Long Wharf Theatreand the Yale Repertory Theatrein New Haven. [Playbill.com, "Sam Waterston Travesties Opens at Long Wharf Theatre May 11," http://www.playbill.com/news/article/92893.html] [Celia Wren, "When Chekov had a Bad Dream, "New York Times", http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E01E3D8113FF93BA25756C0A9659C8B63]
Waterston made his film debut in "
Fitzwilly" in 1967. He starred with Katharine Hepburnin a 1973 TV movie adaptation of Tennessee Williams' " The Glass Menagerie". The film also featured Michael Moriarty, whom Waterston later replaced as the Executive Assistant District Attorney many years later on "Law & Order". Other films include "Savages" (1972), "The Great Gatsby" (1974), " Journey Into Fear" (1975), " Capricorn One" (1978), "Heaven's Gate" and "Hopscotch" (1980), "The Killing Fields" (1984, nominated Academy Award for Best Actor), " Mindwalk" (1990), " Serial Mom" (1994) and Woody Allen's " Interiors" (1978), " Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986, cameo), and " Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989). Waterston is a six-time Emmy Awardnominee as well as a winner of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Aside from "Law & Order", he has played other television roles including D.A. Forrest Bedford in "I'll Fly Away". He also had a starring role in an episode segment on the TV series "
Amazing Stories" called "Mirror Mirror". He is also on the Advisory Committee for the Lincoln Bicentennial, celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Waterston has portrayed Lincoln on stage and screen ("The Civil War", " Gore Vidal's Lincoln," "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" on Broadway, voiced Lincoln in an exhibit at the National Constitution Centerin Philadelphia, and delivered Lincoln's Cooper Union speech on May 5, 2004.
Waterston has appeared in episodes of four different series with
Richard Belzer: " Law & Order", ', ' and "". He also made a popular cameo appearanceon an episode of " Saturday Night Live" as himself, extolling the virtues of Old Glory Insurance, meant to protect the user from robotattacks. [YouTube: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVnkd7ot_pw "SNL Sketch 2."] Retrieved March 17, 2007.]
Waterston lent his voice to the popular animated television series "
Family Guy" where he played Dr. Kaplan, the psychiatrist Brian Griffinconsulted during his mid-life crisis in the episode " Brian in Love". He was Dr. Kaplan's voice in the episode " Road to Rhode Island", but he is not credited in any other episode in which the character appears. Waterston also narrated NBC's documentary, "The Great Race", the story of the famous 4 x 10-kilometer cross-country relay at the 1994 Winter Olympicsin Lillehammer, Norway, which Italywon over the host nation. The special aired during NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympicsin Torino, Italy, on February 18, the day before the 2006 relay took place, which was also won by Italy. He added partial narration to the PBSdocumentary, "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery", serving as the voice of Thomas Jefferson. He also appeared in the first episode of ABC's " Masters of Science Fiction", playing an amnesiac in the episode " A Clean Escape."
Waterston appeared on the 5,100th edition of "
Jeopardy!", on November 10, 2006, with Kathryn Erbeof ' and Christopher Meloniof '. Waterston finished second to Meloni, and received a $25,000 prize, which he donated to Refugees Internationaland Oceana.
Waterston is regularly featured in television advertisements for
Toronto-Dominion Bank's TD Ameritrade(formerly TD Waterhouse, the bank's investment arm). He replaced former "Law & Order" castmate Steven Hillas TD's spokesman. Also, he has lent his voice to an ad for " The Nation".
Waterston has also appeared in a recurring segment on "
The Colbert Report", called "Sam Waterston Says Things You Should Never Believe In A Trustworthy Manner". The segments usually involve Waterston simply stating an obviously untrue film quote in a very convincing voice.
Waterston is set to appear as
Poloniusin the 2008 Shakespeare in the Parkproduction of Hamlet. [http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/126/219/ Public Theater - Shakespeare in the Park] [http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/showpage.php?t=haml6406 NYTheatre]
Waterston also narrates for
humanitarian, Waterston donates considerable time to organizations such as Oceana, where he is a board member, Refugees International, Meals on Wheels, The United Way, and The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America. Waterston, a practicing Episcopalian, [ [http://gts.edu/news_view.asp?langdisp=&id=115 The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church ] ] narrated the 1999 biographical documentary of Episcopal civil rightsmartyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels, "Here Am I, Send Me".
A political independent, he was a spokesman for the
Unity08movement, which unsuccessfully sought to run a non- or bipartisanpresidential ticket in the 2008 presidential election. [Unity08.org: [http://www.unity08.com/news/pr_120506 "Actor Sam Waterston Calls on Americans to Join Growing 2008 Political Movement, Unity08"] Retrieved 2008-01-04.] Waterston has stated that he was a Democratic Party supporter until he left in disgust following the airing of Lyndon B. Johnson's infamous "Daisy" election ad in 1964 [http://www.newsweek.com/id/78180] . Waterston has also appeared in print ads, and announced in television commercials, for the liberal magazine " The Nation".
In 2002, Waterston and fellow "
Law & Order" castmate Jerry Orbachwere honored as "Living Landmarks" by the New YorkLandmarks Conservancy.
Waterston is a longtime friend and fan of the
Mark MorrisDance Group and hosted the television presentation of "Mozart Dances" on PBS's "Live From Lincoln Center", August 16, 2007.
The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean" (1965) - Andy
Fitzwilly" (1967) - Oliver
*"Generation" (1969) - Desmond
*"Three" (1969) - Taylor
Cover Me Babe" (1970) - Cameraman
Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?" (1971) - Alex
Mahoney's Estate" (1972) - Felix
*"Savages" (1972) - James, the Limping Man
The Glass Menagerie" (1973) - Tom Wingfield
*"The Great Gatsby" (1974) - Nick Carraway
Rancho Deluxe" (1975) - Cecil Colson
Journey into Fear" (1975) - Mr. Graham
*"Sweet Revenge" (1976) - Le Clerq
Capricorn One" (1978) - Lt. Col. Peter Willis
Interiors" (1978) - Mike
Eagle's Wing" (1979) - White Bull
Sweet William" (1980) - William
*"Hopscotch" (1980) - Joe Cutter
*"Heaven's Gate" (1980) - Frank Canton
*" Oppenheimer" (1982) - J. Robert Oppenheimer
*"Q.E.D." (1982) Professor Quentin Everett Deverill
*"The Killing Fields" (1984) - Sydney Schanberg
The Boy Who Loved Trolls" (1984) - Ofoeti
*"Warning Sign" (1985) - Cal Morse
Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) - David (cameo)
Just Between Friends" (1986) - Harry Crandall
Flagrant désir" (1986) - Gerry Morrison
Devil's Paradise" (1987) - Mr. Jones
*"September" (1987) - Peter
*" Lincoln" (1988) - Abraham Lincoln
Welcome Home" (1989) - Woody
Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) - Ben
A Captive in the Land" (1990) - Royce
Mindwalk" (1990) - Jack Edwards
*"The Man in the Moon" (1991) - Matthew Trant
David's Mother" (1994) - John Nils
Serial Mom" (1994) - Eugene Sutphin, D.D.S.
The Enemy Within" (1994) - President William Foster
The Journey of August King" (1995) - Mooney Wright, Producer
*"Nixon" (1995) -
Richard Helms(scenes deleted)
The Proprietor" (1996) - Harry Bancroft
Shadow Conspiracy" (1997) - The President
Miracle at Midnight" (1998) - Dr. Karl Koster
The Matthew Shepard Story" (2002) - Dennis Shepard
Le Divorce" (2003) - Chester Walker
The Commission" (2003) - J. Lee Rankin
Beowulf" (2007) - Narrator
Nominee: 1985 - Best Actor in a Leading Role, "The Killing Fields"
Nominee: 2000 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 1999 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 1998 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Winner: 1996 - Outstanding Informational Series, "Lost Civilizations"
Nominee: 1994 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Special, "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now"
Nominee: 1993 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, "I'll Fly Away"
Nominee: 1992 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, "I'll Fly Away"
Nominee: 1974 - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, "The Glass Menagerie"
Golden Globe Awards
Nominee: 1995 - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama, "Law & Order"
Winner: 1993 - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama, "I'll Fly Away"
Nominee: 1992 - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama, "I'll Fly Away"
Nominee: 1985 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, "The Killing Fields"
Nominee: 1983 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, "Oppenheimer"
Nominee: 1975 - Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, "The Great Gatsby"
Nominee: 1975 - Most Promising Newcomer - Male, "The Great Gatsby"
Screen Actors Guild
Nominee: 2004 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 2002 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 2001 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 2000 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Winner: 1999 - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 1999 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 1999 - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 1998 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
Nominee: 1997 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Law & Order"
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* [http://www.nbc.com/Law_&_Order/bios/Sam_Waterston.shtml Waterston's profile at the official "Law & Order" website]
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