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Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Vietnam war correspondent Sydney Schanberg in THE KILLING FIELDS, a role that also brought him Golden Globe and British Academy Award (BAFTA) nominations. It was an earlier role as Nick Carraway in THE GREAT GATSBY that first caught Hollywood's attention, netting Waterston two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Since joining the cast of Law & Order in 1994 as Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy, Waterston has received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, the 1999 Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe nomination in 1995. He received three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe for the acclaimed series I'll Fly Away. He also won an Emmy for hosting the 10-part NBC mini-series Lost Civilizations. He produced and starred in the cable movie A House Divided, and appeared in the award-winning telefilm The Matthew Shepard Story, opposite Stockard Channing.

Waterston first collaborated with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant on the 1972 film SAVAGES. He has appeared in several Woody Allen films including INTERIORS, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS and CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. Other notable film credits include John Waters' SERIAL MOM, HOPSCOTCH, HEAVEN'S GATE, JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS, and WELCOME HOME. He can be seen in the upcoming THE COMMISSION, with Martin Landau. In theatre, Waterston was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Abe Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, and an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Sam Waterston Facts

Birth NameSamuel Atkinson Waterston
BirthdayNovember 15, 1940 (83)
BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Sam Waterston compared to you?
Awards1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Drama Series (for Law & Order)
1993 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama (for I'll Fly Away)

Selected Filmography

Miss Sloane
Man in the Moon
The Enemy Within
Grace And Frankie Season 1
Grace And Frankie: Season 2
The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition
Ken Burns: The Civil War
Serial Mom
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