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Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston
Waterston at the PaleyFest 2013 panel for The Newsroom
Born Samuel Atkinson Waterston
(1940-11-15) November 15, 1940
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actor, television producer, television director
Years active 1964 – present
Spouse(s) Barbara Rutledge (1964–1975; divorced)
Lynn Louisa Woodruff (1976–present)
Children James Waterston
Elisabeth Waterston
Katherine Waterston
Graham Waterston

Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston (born November 15, 1940) is an American actor, producer and director. Among other roles, he is noted for his portrayal of Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields (1984), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and his starring role as Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC television series Law & Order (1994–2010), which brought him Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Emmy awards, having starred in over eighty film and television productions during his fifty-year career.[1] He has also starred in numerous stage productions. Allmovie has characterised Waterston as having "cultivated a loyal following with his quietly charismatic, unfailingly solid performances."[2]

Waterston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2012.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Waterston, the third of four siblings (Roberta, George, and Ellen), was born in Leith, Scotland, and a semanticist and language teacher.[3][4]

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. After graduating from Yale, he attended the Clinton Playhouse for several months. Waterston also attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the American Actors Workshop.

Career

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.[5][6]

Waterston made his film debut in 1965's The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean, and came to prominence in Fitzwilly in 1967. He starred as Tom in a 1973 television film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, alongside Katharine Hepburn. The film also featured Michael Moriarty (as the Gentleman Caller), whom Waterston later replaced as the Executive Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order. One of his breakout roles was opposite Jeff Bridges in the western comedy Rancho Deluxe in 1975. 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). In 1985, he co-starred in Robert Preston's final television film with Mary Tyler Moore, Finnegan Begin Again. 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), 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.

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. He also had a starring role in an episode segment on the TV series Amazing Stories called "Mirror Mirror". In 1994, he appeared as US President William Foster, alongside Forest Whittaker 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.

In 1994, Waterston debuted as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy in the fifth season of the television series Law & Order. 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.[7][8] 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.[9]

Waterston displaying gifts from fans

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.

Waterston lent his voice to the animated television series Family Guy where he played Dr. Kaplan, the psychiatrist Brian Griffin consults during his mid-life crisis in the episode "Brian in Love". He voices Dr. Kaplan again 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 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, which Italy won over the host nation. 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".

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. 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.[10]

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.

Waterston appeared as Polonius in the 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet. His performance received excellent reviews in The New York Times and many other newspapers around the country, particularly in the Northeast.[11][12] Waterston has narrated for Time-Life history specials.

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. 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.[13]

On January 7, 2010, Waterston received the 2,397th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[14]

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.

Waterston returned to television in 2012 as cable news president Charlie Skinner in The Newsroom, an HBO series by Aaron Sorkin.[15] That same year, Waterston received induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[16] Waterston has also appeared 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".[17]

Waterston is currently appearing as Prospero in a 2015 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest, directed by Michael Greif. [18]

Personal life

Waterston and his first wife, Barbara Rutledge-Johns, divorced in 1975. They have one son, James, also an actor. Waterston married his second wife, former model Lynn Louisa Woodruff, in 1976.[19] They have three children, daughters Katherine Waterston and Elisabeth Waterston, who are also actors, and a son, Graham.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

Waterston, a practicing Episcopalian,[23] narrated the 1999 biographical documentary of Episcopal civil rights martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Here Am I, Send Me.

He was a spokesman for the Unity08 movement, which unsuccessfully sought to run a non- or bipartisan presidential ticket in the 2008 presidential election.[24] 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.[25] Waterston has also appeared in print ads, and announced in television commercials, for the liberal magazine The Nation. However, he endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.[26]

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.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1965 The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean Andy
1967 Fitzwilly Oliver
1969 Generation Desmond
1969 Three Taylor
1970 Cover Me Babe Cameraman
1971 Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? Alex
1972 Mahoney's Last Stand Felix US title: Mahoney's Estate
1972 Savages James
1973 Much Ado About Nothing Benedick Television movie
1973 The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield Television movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1974 The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1974 Reflections of Murder Michael Elliott Television movie
1975 Rancho Deluxe Cecil Colson
1975 Journey into Fear Mr. Graham
1976 Sweet Revenge Le Clerq
1978 Capricorn One Lt. Col. Peter Willis
1978 Interiors Mike
1979 Eagle's Wing White Bull
1979 Friendly Fire C. D. Bryan Television movie
1980 Sweet William William
1980 Hopscotch Joe Cutter
1980 Heaven's Gate Frank Canton
1984 The Killing Fields Sydney Schanberg Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1984 The Boy Who Loved Trolls Ofoeti Television movie
1985 Love Lives On Bernie Television movie
1985 Warning Sign Cal Morse
1985 Finnegan Begin Again Paul Broadbent Television movie
1986 The Fifth Missile Captain Allard Renslow Television movie
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters David
1986 Just Between Friends Harry Crandall
1986 Flagrant désir Gerry Morrison
1987 The Room Upstairs Travis Coles Television movie
1987 Devil's Paradise Mr. Jones
1987 September Peter
1989 Welcome Home Woody
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Ben
1990 Lantern Hill Andrew Stuart
1990 The Nightmare Years William Shirer
1990 Mindwalk Jack Edwards
1991 The Man in the Moon Matthew Trant
1993 A Captive in the Land Royce
1994 David's Mother John Nils Television movie
1994 Serial Mom Eugene Sutphin, D.D.S.
1994 The Enemy Within President William Foster Television movie
1995 The Journey of August King Mooney Wright
1995 China: Dynasties of Power Narrator
1995 Nixon Richard Helms
1996 The Proprietor Harry Bancroft
1997 Shadow Conspiracy The President
1998 Miracle at Midnight Dr. Karl Koster Television movie
2000 A House Divided David Dickson
2002 The Matthew Shepard Story Dennis Shepard Television movie
2003 Le Divorce Chester Walker
2003 The Commission J. Lee Rankin
2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea Various
2011 Prohibition
2015 Anesthesia Prof. Walter Zarrow Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Dr. Kildare Mark Episode: "Enough La Boheme for Everybody"
1967 N.Y.P.D. Marco Episode: "Murder for Infinity"
1982 Oppenheimer J. Robert Oppenheimer 7 episodes
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor on Television
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1982 Q.E.D. Quentin Everett Deverill 6 episodes
1986 Amazing Stories Jordan Manmoth Episode: "Mirror, Mirror"
1988 Lincoln President Abraham Lincoln
1990 The Civil War President Abraham Lincoln 9 episodes
1991–93 I'll Fly Away Forrest Bedford 38 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1992-93)
1993 Tales from the Crypt G.G. Devoe Episode: "As Ye Sow"
1994–2010 Law & Order Jack McCoy 368 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1997, 1999-2000)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1998, 2000)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995-2002, 2004)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1998-2000)
1997–99 Homicide: Life on the Street Jack McCoy 2 episodes
1998 Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Jack McCoy TV Movie
2000 Family Guy Dr. Kaplan 2 episodes
2000–10 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jack McCoy 3 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Jack McCoy 2 episodes
2012–14 The Newsroom Charlie Skinner Main cast, 25 episodes
2013 Jo David Zivkin Episode: "Le Marais"
2015 Grace and Frankie Sol

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1974 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Glass Menagerie Nominated
1975 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture The Great Gatsby Nominated
New Star of the Year – Actor Nominated
1981 BAFTA TV Awards Best Actor on Television Oppenheimer Nominated
1983 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
1985 Academy Awards Best Actor The Killing Fields Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
1992 Best Actor – Television Series Drama I'll Fly Away Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
1994 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Abe Lincoln in Illinois Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie I'll Fly Away: Then and Now Nominated
Tony Awards Best Actor in a Play Abe Lincoln in Illinois Nominated
1995 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Law & Order Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
1996 Nominated
1997 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
1998 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
1999 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
2000 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2002 Nominated
2004 Nominated

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  6. ^ Wren, Celia. "When Chekov had a Bad Dream". The New York Times.
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