Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Highest Rated: 94% Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Lowest Rated: 0% Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Birthday: Nov 15, 1940

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

An award-winning theater actor since the early 1970s, Sam Waterston became the soul of honesty, compassion and dedication through his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln in "Gore Vidal's Lincoln" (NBC, 1988) and his 16-year tenure as District Attorney Jack McCoy on "Law and Order" (NBC, 1990-2010). Blessed with a speaking voice that seemed imbued with these same qualities, he found his best showcases in earnest roles that required him to grapple with major issues, like Nick Carraway in "The Great Gatsby" (1974), physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in "Oppenheimer" (PBS, 1980), and journalist Sydney Schanberg in "The Killing Fields" (1984), which earned him an Oscar nomination. Television gave him his most memorable roles - in addition to Lincoln in the Vidal play and in "The Civil War" (PBS, 1990), he was the beloved father and lawyer in "I'll Fly Away" (NBC, 1991-93) and the prickly yet passionate McCoy on "Law and Order" and its many spin-offs. Admired for over four decades by critics, audiences and peers alike, Waterston was a star that eschewed the trappings of fame for the beauty of a great role.

Highest rated movies

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story Self - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man in the Woods Headmaster Waldorf (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 60% The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science Unknown (Character) - 2018
72% 76% On the Basis of Sex Erwin Griswold (Character) $24.7M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators Narrator - 2017
76% 72% Miss Sloane George Dupont (Character) $3.5M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dateline: Saigon Narrator - 2016
25% 50% Anesthesia Prof. Walter Zarrow (Character) $22.4K 2015
No Score Yet 50% Please Be Normal Dad (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 83% Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen Narrator - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commission J. Lee Rankin (Character) - 2003
36% 26% Le Divorce Chester Walker (Character) $9.1M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Matthew Shepard Story Dennis Shepard (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet A House Divided David Dickson (Character),
Producer
- 2000
No Score Yet 62% Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Jack McCoy (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 73% Miracle at Midnight Dr. Karl Koster (Character) - 1998
0% 18% Shadow Conspiracy The President (Character) $2.3M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proprietor Harry Bancroft (Character) $113.6K 1996
57% 70% The Journey of August King Mooney Wright (Character),
Producer
$6K 1995
No Score Yet 62% David's Mother John Nils (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Daniel Chamberlain (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet David John Nils (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 33% The Enemy Within President William Foster (Character) - 1994
64% 72% Serial Mom Eugene Sutphin, D.D.S. (Character) $6.8M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Fly Away: Then and Now Forrest Bedford (Character) - 1993
90% 85% The Man in the Moon Matthew Trant (Character) $2.2M 1991
88% 88% Mindwalk Jack Edwards (Character) $7.6K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Fly Away Forrest Bedford (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie IV Jordan Manmouth (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Captive in the Land Royce (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 92% Lantern Hill Andrew Stuart (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nightmare Years Bill Shirer (Character) - 1989
94% 91% Crimes and Misdemeanors Ben (Character) $17.6M 1989
No Score Yet 62% Welcome Home Woody (Character) $830.7K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Room Upstairs Travis Coles (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami Jim Delmore (Character) - 1987
67% 52% September Peter (Character) $404.8K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil's Paradise Jones (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fifth Missile Capt. Allard Renslow (Character) - 1986
33% 53% Just Between Friends Harry Crandall (Character) $5.9M 1986
20% 41% Warning Sign Cal Morse (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again Paul Broadbent (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Lives On Bernie (Character) - 1985
93% 91% The Killing Fields Sydney Schanberg (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 40% Dempsey Doc Kearns (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Defense of Kids Paul Wilcox (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Games Mother Never Taught You David Bentells (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet William William McClusky (Character) - 1980
59% 54% Heaven's Gate Frank Canton (Character) - 1980
73% 77% Hopscotch Cutter (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Downtown Farmer Felix (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 29% Eagle's Wing White Bull (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 69% Friendly Fire C.D. Bryan (Character) - 1979
79% 79% Interiors Mike (Character) - 1978
62% 57% Capricorn One Peter Willis (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 0% Sweet Revenge Le Clerq (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandy, the All-American Girl Le Clerq (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mahoney's Last Stand Felix (Character) - 1975
68% 37% Rancho Deluxe Cecil Colson (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey Into Fear Mr. Graham (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reflections of Murder Michael Elliott (Character) - 1974
39% 47% The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 65% The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed Mary What's 'er Name? Alex (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cover Me Babe Cameraman (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 33% Three Taylor (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time for Giving Desmond (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 64% Fitzwilly Oliver (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean Andy (Character) - 1966

TV

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No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Visionaries Host 2013-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2020
88% 89% Grace and Frankie Sol (Character) 2015-2020
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jack McCoy (Guest Star) 2018 2010 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
59% 91% The Newsroom Charlie Skinner (Character) 2012-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Exec. Asst. D.A. Jack McCoy (Character) 1994-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephen Hawking's Sci Fi Masters Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Dr. Kaplan (Guest Voice) 2000
91% No Score Yet Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1999 1997
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Fly Away D.A. Forrest Bedford (Character) 1991-1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Civil War Abraham Lincoln (Voice) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gore Vidal's Lincoln Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986

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