Sam Waterston

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Sam Waterston
Birth name Samuel Atkinson Waterston
Born November 15, 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Notable Roles Law & Order: Jack McCoy
I'll Fly Away: Forrest Bedford
Notable Episodes
Awards 1 Golden Globe
1 Screen Actors Guild Award
1 Gemini Award

Sam Waterston is best known for his stint on the long running series Law & Order. His character, Jack McCoy, has also appeared on other Law & Order related shows.

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Q.E.D. Quentin E. Deverill 1982 1
I'll Fly Away Forrest Bedford 1991–1993 1 2
Law & Order Jack McCoy 1994–2010 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
The Newsroom Charlie Skinner 2012–2014 1 2 3
Grace and Frankie Sol 2015–  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Dr. Kildare Mark 5x06 - Life in the Dance Hall (2) September 28, 1965
Dr. Kildare Mark 5x08 - Enough La Boheme for Everybody (4) October 11, 1965
Amazing Stories Jordan Manmoth 1x19 - Mirror, Mirror March 9, 1986
Tales from the Crypt G. G. Devoe 5x02 - As Ye Sow October 2, 1993
Homicide: Life on the Street Jack McCoy 6x05 - Baby, It's You (2) November 14, 1997
Homicide: Life on the Street Jack McCoy 7x15 - Sideshow (2) February 19, 1999
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jack McCoy 1x15 - Entitled (1) February 18, 2000
Family Guy Dr. Kaplan 2x04 - Brian in Love March 7, 2000
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Jack McCoy 1x01 - The Abominable Showman March 3, 2005
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Jack McCoy 1x08 - Skeleton (2) April 15, 2005
Masters of Science Fiction Robert Havelmann 1x01 - A Clean Escape August 4, 2007

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Room Upstairs Travis Coles January 31, 1987 Hallmark Hall of Fame

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

(1 Win in 7 Nominations)

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama (1993)
I'll Fly Away

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 8 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Informational Series (1996)
Lost Civilizations

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(1 Win in 2 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1999)
Law & Order

Trivia

  • His mother, Alice was a landscape painter and his father, George worked as a semanticist and language teacher
  • Is the third of four children in his family
  • Graduated from Yale University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the American Actors Workshop
  • Was married to his first wife, Barbara Rutledge-Johns from 1964 to 1975; they have a son, James, who is an actor
  • Married to his second wife, Lynn Woodruff since 1976; they have a son, Graham and two daughters Katherine & Elisabeth, who are actresses
  • Is a board member of Refugees International, Meals on Wheels, The United Way, and The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America