Sam Waterston

Born Nov 15, 1940

Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston is an American actor and occasional producer and director. Among other roles, he is noted for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Sydney Schanberg in 1984's The Killing Fields, and his Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning portrayal of Jack McCoy on the NBC television series Law & Order.… Read More

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1940 Birth Born on November 15, 1940.


1958 17 Years Old Waterston attended both the Brooks School, a boarding school in North Andover, Massachusetts, where his father taught; and the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts. He entered Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on a scholarship in 1958 and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1962. … Read More


1965 24 Years Old Waterston made his film debut in 1965's The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean, and came to prominence in Fitzwilly in 1967.


1973 32 Years Old He starred as Tom in a 1973 television film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, alongside Katharine Hepburn. … Read More
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One of his breakout roles was opposite Jeff Bridges in the western comedy Rancho Deluxe in 1975. … Read More
1976 35 Years Old Waterston married his second wife, former model Lynn Louisa Woodruff, in 1976. … Read More


1985 44 Years Old In 1985, he co-starred in Robert Preston's final television film with Mary Tyler Moore, Finnegan Begin Again. … Read More


1993 52 Years Old Aside from Law & Order, other television roles include D.A. Forrest Bedford in I'll Fly Away, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama Series in 1993. … Read More
In 1994, he appeared as US President William Foster, alongside Forest Whitaker and Dana Delany, in the television film The Enemy Within, a remake of director John Frankenheimer's Cold War political thriller Seven Days in May.


2006 65 Years Old Waterston appeared on the 5,100th edition of Jeopardy!, on November 10, 2006, with Kathryn Erbe of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Christopher Meloni of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. … Read More
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Waterston appeared as Polonius in the 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet. … Read More
2009 68 Years Old On February 12, 2009, Waterston joined the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College orchestra and chorus, along with the Riverside Inspirational Choir and NYC Labor Choir, in honoring Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday at the Riverside Church in New York City. … Read More
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On January 7, 2010, Waterston received the 2,397th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Waterston returned to television in 2012 as cable news president Charlie Skinner in The Newsroom, an HBO series by Aaron Sorkin. … Read More
2015 74 Years Old Waterston is currently appearing as Prospero in a 2015 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest, directed by Michael Greif.
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