Sam Waterston
American actor
Sam Waterston
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.
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Post-Truth Heroine: Miss Sloane
Huffington Post - 3 months
Oxford Dictionaries just declared "post-truth" as its 2016 international word of the year. The heart of the definition is how public opinion is shaped less by objective facts and more by emotional appeals. Which brings me to the movie, Miss Sloane, directed by John Madden and starring Jessica Chastain. Billed as a political thriller, I prefer to call it a drama filled with plenty of edgy twists and turns, and, yes politics are involved. On its surface, the game is about the gun lobby and its opposition. The real story is about Power--its pursuit, the avid hunger for it, and who can play the game best. The movie is also a character study. Enter Elizabeth Sloane, the Machiavellian heroine/villain of the movie. She's a successful special-interest lobbyist on Capitol Hill, who is driven to win and appears to give little thought to the various causes she represents, or to the people she uses to achieve her goals. She manipulates not only the truth, but the emotions of the people ...
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Netflix Just Announced The Premiere Dates For All Your Faves
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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In 'Anesthesia,' Separate Threads That Take Too Long To Be Joined
NPR - about 1 year
Sam Waterston stars in this ensemble piece that frustratingly refuses to reveal connections between its many stories until it's too late to engage viewers.
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Couch bound? Here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Netflix
Yahoo News - over 1 year
This list is continually updated to reflect recent Netflix availability as TV shows are frequently added and removed. Netflix has a treasure trove of awesome movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days, or even weeks on end. If you just finished a good series and you need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the place to go. Nothing beats a weekend-long marathon with no commercials, so without further ado, we give you our tightly-curated list of the best Netflix Instant TV shows. Related: Best movies streaming on Hulu | Best movies streaming on YouTube Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Note: For a complete list of everything coming to Netflix, as well as what’s going away, take a look at our comprehensive monthly breakdown. New for November 2015 Master of None ...
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Jane Fonda And Lily Tomlin Reunite In ‘Grace And Frankie’
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
Longtime friends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting for the first time since 1980 in the Netflix show “Grace and Frankie.” (Netflix) “Nine to Five,” starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, hit movie theaters 35 years ago. The two have remained friends since then. Now 77 and 75, respectively, they’re reuniting on their first big project since that film. Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen play the husbands in “Gracie and Frankie.” (Netflix) They play the title characters in the new Netflix sitcom “Grace and Frankie,” about two older women whose husbands are business partners. The women soon find out their husbands are also lovers, when they leave their wives for each other. The two women, former rivals, come to depend on one another during their mutual crisis. “We like playing women of a certain age – our age – and we thought it would be a very good platform for talking about aging and growing older and the problems that women in particular face,” Tomlin told Here & Now’s ...
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Bea Miller, Ciara, Lady Antebellum to Perform on “TODAY” Show
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
This past December, Bea Miller made her debut appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” Show. She performed as part of the monthly Elvis Duran “Artist to Watch” segment. Later this month, Miller will return to the morning talk show. Per NBC, the “Young Blood” and “Fire N Gold” singer will be a musical guest on the May 12 edition of “TODAY.” The young singer-songwriter, who will be releasing her debut album “Not an Apology” and touring with Fifth Harmony this summer, is one of several newly confirmed “TODAY” performers. Other upcoming musical guests include Ciara (5/5), The Willis Clan (5/5), Avery Wilson (5/8), A Thousand Horses (5/11), David Duchovny (5/12) and Lady Antebellum (5/13). NBC’s complete “TODAY” listings follow: Monday, May 4 (7-9 a.m.) Melissa Rivers discusses her book, The Book of Joan. Savannah Guthrie’s Mother’s Day trip to Australia. The Voice on Today. #MakeYourTODAY: Mother’s Day. Elizabeth Banks on Pitch Perfect 2. (9-10 a.m.) Brad Garrett on his book, When the ...
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LGBT the big theme at premiere for Netflix show 'Grace and Frankie'
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
Veterans Jane Fonda and Sam Waterston talk LGBT issues at premiere of new Netflix comedy 'Grace and Frankie' about two married men who fall in love with each other. Francis Maguire reports.
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Review: ‘Please Be Normal,’ a Couple’s Dawning Desperation
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Sam Waterston, his daughter Elisabeth Waterston and her husband, Louis Cancelmi, star in Haik Kocharian’s drama about imminent parenthood, a move to the suburbs, detachment and control.
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ArtsBeat: Sam Waterston to Star in ‘The Tempest’ in Central Park
NYTimes - about 2 years
The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park program will offer “The Tempest” and “Cymbeline” in Central Park.
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'Killing Fields' left lasting impact on everyone involved
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
"The Killing Fields" premiered 30 years ago as more than the first major film to explore the atrocities of Pol Pot's reign of terror in Cambodia in the 1970s. The film "changed my life," said actor Sam Waterston, who earned an Oscar nomination playing New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg, one of the few American journalists left in Phnom Penh when the city fell to Khmer Rouge guerrillas in 1975. Warner Home Video offers reminders of the film's storied creation and lasting legacy with the recently released 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition of "The Killing Fields." Influenced by 'Algiers'British producer David Puttnam, who had won the best picture Oscar for the 1981 film "Chariots of Fire," explained that "The Killing Fields" was the movie "I had been waiting to do." Though Schanberg and other journalists were allowed to leave Phnom Penh, Dith was among the hundreds of thousands of Cambodians forced to leave the cities and work in the labor camps of the communist Khmer Rouge. Wat ...
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The legacy of the 'Killing Fields,' 30 years later
LATimes - about 3 years
'The Killing Fields,' about atrocities in Cambodia, had a lasting effect on everyone involved, including star Sam Waterston. Warner is releasing a 30th anniversary edition. "The Killing Fields" premiered 30 years ago as more than the first major film to explore the atrocities of Pol Pot's reign of terror in Cambodia in the 1970s.
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<em>Lost Boy Home</em> and the South Sudan Conflict
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This short video relates the story of a "lost boy," Zachariah Char, who returned to South Sudan in December to build a medical clinic honoring his father and mother. Two days before he was to travel to his home village, violence broke out in Juba. On December 18, he was evacuated from South Sudan by the U.S. government. In this brief Op-Doc, Zachariah speaks movingly as to how these events have preempted the realization of his "dream." Zachariah was the subject of a recent award-winning documentary I produced and directed, Lost Boy Home, that premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Involved in this project was award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz (Queen of Versailles), Grammy-award winning composer Marcus Hummon, and Executive Producer Liesel Litzenburger Meijer. The film was narrated by Sam Waterston. Lost Boy Home - Op-Doc from Mark Elliott on Vimeo.
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Who Got Snubbed At The Emmys?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Like every year, the 2013 Emmy nominations brought some members of the Hollywood elite good news and others not-so-good news. There were names we were pleasantly surprised (Mrs. Coach herself Connie Britton) to see on the list of nominees, and some that were noticeably absent ("Parenthood" star Monica Potter for her gut-wrenching portrayal of a mother dealing with breast cancer). So which were the most glaring snubs of the 2013 Emmy nominations? And which shows and stars were surprisingly added to the list of nominees this year? Read 'em and weep -- and then share your own snubs and surprises in the comments. SNUBS: Monica Potter, "Parenthood" (Supporting Actress in a Drama) Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black" (Lead Actress in a Drama) "The Americans" (Drama Series) Keri Russell, "The Americans" (Lead Actress in a Drama) Aaron Sorkin, "The Newsroom" (Writing For A Drama Series) Matt Weiner, "Mad Men" (Writing For A Drama Series) Melissa McCarthy, "Mike &amp; Molly" (Lea ...
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Vogue: Dress the Part: HBO's The Newsroom
Huffington Post - over 3 years
by Mark Guiducci, Vogue In one episode of The Newroom's first season, Maggie and Jim make a field trip to Flounce, a would-be Manhattan boutique where shopgirl Lisa, their roommate and love, respectively, is helping a customer find a dress for the Tony Awards. The News Night duo's utter indifference toward their friend's profession and pending commission on the sale -- save for Jim's incredulity at hearing one Alexander McQueen dress's five-figure price tag ("That's three times what I paid for my car!" he balks )-- underscores the characters' larger presumption that fashion is pretty much a nonissue for serious journalists like themselves. See more: 2013 Fashion Trends: Denim Guide And yet, while the women of The Newsroom are exchanging barbs at full-tilt Sorkinian speed, they find style choices to be nonetheless unavoidable (and often useful), as the offices of Atlantis Cable News simultaneously function as journalistic ground zero, corporate jungle gym, and an all- ...
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Jack Mirkinson: Here We Go Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not seen the Season 2 premiere of HBO's "The Newsroom," titled "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers." The first season of "The Newsroom" was not very good. Even cast members have described it as a "first draft" of the show. So, apparently, the second season promises a big reinvention. I will say at the outset that, for the first episode at least, that deep cleanse is not much in evidence. Most of the show's biggest problems are still big problems. It is, however, a mild improvement on the depths the first season could sink to. Let us dive, then, into the Season 2 premiere, "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers." (Lest you think all of Sorkin's grandeur has been curbed, that's a line from Shakespeare.) We get the "change" message right at the top, as brand new titles replace the Edward Murrow-heavy ones of the first season. Now, we see more restrained images of teleprompters and people reading newspapers and spill ...
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Meet The Woman Who Uses 'Law & Order' As Therapy For PTSD
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I have Sam Waterston's home phone number, which over the last 15 years I have called four times.Three of those times were while I was having a panic attack at work, when I knew that hearing the sound of his voice on his answering machine would soothe me. The other time was also from work, when a student was having a panic attack in my office. I offered to call Sam Waterston's answering machine on speaker phone and she enthusiastically accepted
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Olivia Munn from 'The Newsroom' answers your questions
LATimes - over 3 years
Join "The Newsroom" star Olivia Munn and Times staff writer Patrick Kevin Day today at noon PDT for a discussion of the HBO series, which returns for its second season July 14. The Aaron Sorkin-created series is unique in that it tackles real-life news stories, albeit a few months after they actually happened. As the second season opens, the "News Night" team is ramping up its coverage of the 2012 elections. VIDEO: Jeff Daniels, Jenna Fischer and more talk Emmys 2013 Munn plays financial analyst Sloan Sabbith, who somehow manages to dispense relationship advice, as well as sound economic advice, to her co-workers, played by Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer , John Gallagher Jr. , Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Sam Waterston. We'll talk with Munn about her role on the show, taking on actual current events and delivering that distinctive Aaron Sorkin -penned dialogue. To join, just click on the RSVP tab above and bring your questions. ALSO: Tatiana Maslan ...
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HBO's 'The Newsroom' now available on Blu-ray, DVD
Cleveland.com - over 3 years
Now on DVD and Blu-ray is the critically-acclaimed first season of HBO's Golden Globe-nominated drama 'The Newsroom' created by Academy Award and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston and Dev Patel.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Waterston
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 74
    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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  • 2012
    Age 71
    However, he endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012, and is currently a registered Democrat.
    More Details Hide Details Waterston is a longtime friend and fan of the Mark Morris Dance Group and hosted the television presentation of Mozart Dances on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center on August 16, 2007.
    In 2012, Waterston received the Goodermote Humanitarian Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for his longtime support of refugees around the world.
    More Details Hide Details Waterston, a practicing Episcopalian, narrated the 1999 biographical documentary of Episcopal civil rights martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Here Am I, Send Me, produced, directed and filmed by Lawrence M. Benaquist.
    Waterston returned to television in 2012 as cable news president Charlie Skinner in The Newsroom, an HBO series by Aaron Sorkin.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Waterston received induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Waterston costars with Martin Sheen, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Waterston supported Tomlin and Fonda in demanding higher salaries than the supporting actors, saying, "I think they're being cheated".
  • 2010
    Age 69
    On October 30, 2010, Waterston read Stephen Colbert's original poem "Are You Sure" at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D.C.
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    On January 7, 2010, Waterston received the 2,397th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Under the direction of Maurice Peress, they performed Earl Robinson's "The Lonesome Train: A Music Legend for Actors, Folk Singers, Choirs, and Orchestra" in which Waterston depicted Abraham Lincoln.
  • 2008
    Age 67
    He was a spokesman for the Unity08 movement, which unsuccessfully sought to run a non- or bipartisan presidential ticket in the 2008 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Waterston has stated that he was a Democrat until he left the party in disgust following the airing of Lyndon B. Johnson's "Daisy" election advertisement in 1964. Waterston has also appeared in print ads, and announced in television commercials, for the liberal magazine The Nation.
    Waterston appeared as Polonius in the 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet.
    More Details Hide Details His performance received excellent reviews in The New York Times and many other newspapers around the country, particularly in the Northeast. Waterston has narrated for Time-Life history specials.
  • 2006
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Waterston finished second to Meloni, and received a $25,000 prize, which he donated to Refugees International and Oceana. He also made a popular cameo appearance on an episode of Saturday Night Live as himself, extolling the virtues of Old Glory Insurance, meant to protect the elderly from robot attacks. Waterston is regularly featured in television advertisements for TD Ameritrade (formerly TD Waterhouse, which is mostly owned by Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Ricketts family). He replaced former Law & Order costar Steven Hill as TD's spokesman. He has lent his voice to an ad for The Nation. Waterston has 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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 53
    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 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, which Italy won over the host nation.
    More Details Hide Details The special aired during NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in 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 Ken Burns documentary, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, serving as the voice of Thomas Jefferson. He also played Jefferson in Burns' documentary about Jefferson. He also appeared in the first episode of ABC's Masters of Science Fiction, playing an amnesiac in the episode "A Clean Escape".
    In 1994, Waterston debuted as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy in the fifth season of the television series Law & Order.
    More Details Hide Details He played the role of McCoy, who would eventually become District Attorney, through the series finale in 2010, and has reprised the role throughout the Law and Order franchise. Upon the show's cancellation, Waterston was the second longest-serving cast member (behind S. Epatha Merkerson), having reprised his role through 16 seasons. Due to the success of the New York-based TV series, Waterston and his fellow longtime Law & Order cast mate Jerry Orbach were declared "Living Landmarks" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Waterston served 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, and the Broadway play Abe Lincoln in Illinois). He also voiced Lincoln in an exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and delivered Lincoln's Cooper Union speech on May 5, 2004.
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a starring role in an episode segment on the TV series Amazing Stories called "Mirror Mirror".
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 44
    In 1985, he co-starred in Robert Preston's final television film with Mary Tyler Moore, Finnegan Begin Again.
    More Details Hide Details Also with Moore, Waterston played the title role in Lincoln (1988), a television film adaptation of Gore Vidal's "Lincoln" (1984). Other roles include Assault at West Point with Samuel L. Jackson, Mindwalk (1990), The Man in the Moon (1991) and Serial Mom (1994). Waterston has appeared in several Woody Allen films, including Interiors (1978), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), September (1987) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989); the last of which also featured his future Law & Order co-star Jerry Orbach. Waterston is a six-time Emmy Award nominee, as well as a winner of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 35
    Waterston married his second wife, former model Lynn Louisa Woodruff, in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details They have three children, daughters Katherine Waterston and Elisabeth Waterston, who are also actors, and a son, Graham. An active humanitarian, Waterston donates 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.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    Waterston and his first wife, Barbara Rutledge-Johns, divorced in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details They have one son, James, also an actor.
    One of his breakout roles was opposite Jeff Bridges in the western comedy Rancho Deluxe in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Other films include Savages (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), Journey Into Fear (1975), Capricorn One (1978), Heaven's Gate, Hopscotch (1980), and The Killing Fields (1984, nominated Academy Award for Best Actor).
  • 1973
    Age 32
    He starred as Tom in a 1973 television film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, alongside Katharine Hepburn.
    More Details Hide Details The film also featured Michael Moriarty (as the Gentleman Caller), whom Waterston later replaced as the Executive Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 24
    Waterston made his film debut in 1965's The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean, and came to prominence in Fitzwilly in 1967.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from Yale, he attended the Clinton Playhouse for several months. Waterston also attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the American Actors Workshop. The classically trained Waterston has numerous stage credits to his name. For example, he played an award-winning Benedick in Joseph Papp's production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and played the title role in Hamlet. He continues live theater work during the summers, often seen acting at places like Long Wharf Theatre and the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on November 15, 1940.
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