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Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston was born on November 15, 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Samuel Atkinson Waterston. He is an actor and producer, known for Law & Order (1990), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Man in the Moon (1991). He has been married to Lynn Louisa Woodruff since January 26, 1976. They have three children. He was previously married ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Law & Order
Law & Order Jack McCoy
The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields Sydney Schanberg
The Man in the Moon
The Man in the Moon Matthew Trant
Serial Mom
Serial Mom Eugene Sutphin, D.D.S.


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 2017 Godless (TV Series) (filming)
Marsal John Cook
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Marsal John Cook
 2015 And It Was Good (Short)
Judge Alexander Baas / Doctor / Gravedigger
 2014 Please Be Normal
 2013 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
Poncho Denews / Charlie Skinner
- Peter Baker (2013) ... Poncho Denews / Charlie Skinner
 2013 Jo (TV Series)
David Zifkin
- Le Marais (2013) ... David Zifkin
 2013 The Path to Violence (TV Series)
Narrator (2013) (voice)
 1994-2010 Law & Order (TV Series)
Jack McCoy
- Rubber Room (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Love Eternal (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Immortal (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Crashers (2010) ... Jack McCoy
 2000-2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Jack McCoy
- Torch (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Blinded (2007) ... Jack McCoy
 2007 Masters of Science Fiction (TV Series)
- A Clean Escape (2007) ... Havelman
 2000 A House Divided (TV Movie)
David Dickson
 2000 Family Guy (TV Series)
Dr. Kaplan
- Road to Rhode Island (2000) ... Dr. Kaplan (voice, uncredited)
- Brian in Love (2000) ... Dr. Kaplan (voice)
 1997-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Jack McCoy
- Baby, It's You: Part 2 (1997) ... Jack McCoy (as Sam Waterson)
 1998 Exiled (TV Movie)
Jack McCoy
 1998 Miracle at Midnight (TV Movie)
Dr. Karl Koster
 1997 Shadow Conspiracy
The President
 1996 The Proprietor
Harry Bancroft
 1995 The Journey of August King
Mooney Wright
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie)
President William Foster
 1994 David's Mother (TV Movie)
John Nils
 1993 A Dog Race in Alaska (Short)
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
G.G. Devoe
- As Ye Sow (1993) ... G.G. Devoe
 1992 Warburg: A Man of Influence (TV Mini-Series)
Siegmund Warburg
 1991 The Man in the Moon
Matthew Trant
 1990 Mindwalk
Jack Edwards
 1990 A Captive in the Land
 1989 Welcome Home
 1989 Lantern Hill (TV Movie)
Andrew Stuart
 1989 The Nightmare Years (TV Mini-Series)
Bill Shirer
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
- Part 2 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
- Part 1 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
 1988 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- Views of a Vanishing Frontier (1988) ... Narrator (voice)
 1988 Lincoln (TV Mini-Series)
Abraham Lincoln
 1988 A Walk in the Woods (TV Movie)
John Honeyman
 1987 September
 1987 The Room Upstairs (TV Movie)
Travis Coles
 1986 Flagrant désir
Inspecteur Gerry Morrison
 1986 Just Between Friends
Harry Crandall
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Jordan Manmouth
- Mirror, Mirror (1986) ... Jordan Manmouth
 1986 The Fifth Missile (TV Movie)
Capt. Allard Renslow
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
David (uncredited)
 1985 Warning Sign
Cal Morse
 1985 Love Lives On (TV Movie)
 1985 Finnegan Begin Again (TV Movie)
Paul Broadbent
 1984 The Boy Who Loved Trolls (TV Movie)
 1983 Dempsey (TV Movie)
Doc Kearns
 1983 In Defense of Kids (TV Movie)
Paul Wilcox
 1982 Freedom to Speak (TV Mini-Series)
Theodore Roosevelt
 1982 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
David Bentells
 1980 Hopscotch
 1980 Sweet William
William McClusky
 1979 Eagle's Wing
White Bull
 1979 Friendly Fire (TV Movie)
C.D. Bryan
 1978 Interiors
 1977 Capricorn One
Peter Willis
 1976 Sweet Revenge
Le Clerq
 1975 Journey Into Fear
Mr. Graham
 1975 Rancho Deluxe
Cecil Colson
 1974 Reflections of Murder (TV Movie)
Michael Elliott
 1973 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
 1972 Mahoney's Estate
 1972 Savages
James, the Limping Man
 1971 Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?
Alex Monte
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (segment "Foul!")
- Foul!/Actor's Choice (1970) ... (segment "Foul!") (as Sam Waterson)
 1970 Cover Me Babe
 1969/I Three
 1969 Generation
 1969 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Foul! (1969)
 1967 Fitzwilly
 1967 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- Murder for Infinity (1967) ... Marco
 1966 Camera Three (TV Series)
Man 2
- In Search of Ezra Pound: Part 1 (1966) ... Man 2
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
- Enough La Boheme for Everybody (1965) ... Mark
- Life in the Dance Hall (1965) ... Mark
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In June 2000 appeared with son James Waterston and Tony Award-winning actress Elizabeth Franz in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" at Syracuse Stage. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sam Waterson | Samuel A. Waterston


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Personal Quote:

If I have to be typecast, I'd like it to be Abraham Lincoln. See more »


Received an honorary degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (2001). See more »


Frequently portrays Abraham Lincoln (three times) and other Presidents of the United States. See more »

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